Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Alumni Spotlight: Harlan Freedman

Alumni Spotlight: Harlan Freedman

The SDSU School of Television, Theatre, and Film is proud to have many successful alumni working in their respective fields. Harlan Freedman, a 1985 graduate of the Telecommunications and Film (now Television, Film, and New Media) program, has been working for over 18 years as an Executive Producer and Creative Executive for networks such as ABC, NBC, The WB, A&E, TLC, Bravo, ABC Family, Fox Family, and FoxKids, among many others. Harlan is a rare producer that has successfully worked in both scripted and unscripted TV, including such hits as “Billy The Exterminator,” on A&E, and “West Coast Customs” on Discovery.

Freedman graciously gives back to SDSU by working with the TFM department to connect the program’s hundreds of talented and successful alumni with students and other alumni. “Most recently, I created a Facebook group for all LA based SDSU TCF/TFM alumni to be able to connect, network and help one other, both professionally and along life’s journey,” said Freedman. The Facebook group has provided an outlet for job postings, promotion, words of wisdom, and even an alumni reunion party.

In collaboration with TFM Professor Stuart Voytilla, Freedman also created an alumni mentoring program that matches recent graduates with LA-based TV/Film professionals to assist in the transition from school into the industry. In addition, Freedman has worked closely with Area Head Professor Greg Durbin to create an alumni electronic lecture series, a summer internship program, and an industry night where students can share projects with people working in the industry in LA.

Thank you, Harlan. We are grateful for your volunteer service!

Stay tuned for more outstanding alumni profiles in future newsletters.

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