Bernard Friedman

Los Angeles/Chicago


Bernard Friedman is an entrepreneur with twenty-five years of enterprise development experience in media, design, and the life sciences. He is founder and the managing member of Immunova, a drug development venture; and founder and creative director of the documentary production company, Flying Mind.

Following a decade of executive positions in the entertainment industry, Bernard raised investment for his own company, DOG DAZE PICTURES, a developer of feature films. As the new media revolution reached critical mass toward the end of the 1990’s, he opened ARROWIRE, an innovative web-focused production-marketing company for the entertainment industry, with clients such as Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount, and American Public Media.

Under the auspices of his current multidisciplinary production company FLYING MIND, he’s followed his interest in art, music and architecture and produced documentaries for radio and television, including the short film “American Homes”, an animated 1000-year history of residential architecture in North America; and two feature documentaries, “Bogalusa Charm”, a study of the changing American South; and “Crossing the Sea”, a inquiry into the nature of innovation as understood through the story of a novel approach to cancer.

Bernard has supported research at Johns Hopkins and Yale University, which has led to two university spinoffs, IMMUNOVA and CELLUNOVA, to catalyze the commercial development of their research in cellular and nanoparticle-based therapies.

He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles, California.



Managing Partner, FLYING MIND, January 2005 – Present. A broad content development production company with expertise in filmed documentary and new media. Producer of American Homes, an animated 1000-year history of residential architecture in North America, and Horrible, Terrible, New York Television Festival Award Winner. In production on the feature documentaries: Crossing The Sea and X Marks The Spot.

Managing Partner, ARROWIRE, 1998 – 2005. A media production-based marketing firm specializing in the strategic use of interactive multimedia on the Internet. Clients included Twentieth Century Fox, New Line Cinema, Paramount, American Public Media.

Creative Director, THE HUB, AMERICA ONLINE, 1997. Oversaw the redesigned The HUB, a joint-venture of America Online and New Line Cinema.

Executive Producer, DOG DAZE PICTURES, 1992 – 1997. Co-founded independent development/production company for feature films and television. Raised development fund for entertainment properties including: Love & Rockets: with comic book creators Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez; Lets Go: Television series based upon popular budget travel books; Winter of Frozen Dreams: a true crime story developed for ABC; Silent Pace: thriller developed for Showtime Concurrently maintained a housekeeping agreement with Cosgrove-Muerer Productions, a supplier of network television movies and series.

Director of Development, S&S DEVELOPMENT, 1988 – 1991. Managed publicly held development fund with substantial slate. Negotiated the acquisition of over a dozen film properties, and the production-development agreement with Avenue Productions. Production executive on Robert Redford directed feature film.

Marketing Director, ROBERT REDFORD COMPANIES, 1987 – 1988. Produced marketing project for the Milagro Beanfield War — Twelve national premier charitable events designed to promote the Universal feature film.

Story Editor, ISLAND PICTURES, 1986 – 1987. Managed the Story department during the She's Gotta Have It, Stranger Than Paradise, and Kiss of the Spiderwoman heyday.

Development Executive, ATLANTIC ENTERTAINMENT, 1985 – 1986. Managed the development of feature projects for this early independent distributor ( Extremities, 1984, Teen Wolf ).


Bend the Arc – Member, 2009 to Present
Arid Lands Institute – Director, Advisory Council, 2009 to Present
The Oaks School – Member, 2014 to Present
Snapshot Nation – Founding Director, 2007 to Present
Rabbit Hole – Treasurer, 2011 to Present
Immunova – Founding Director, 2011 to Present
Cellunova – Founding Member, 2013 to Present
Flying Mind – Founding Director, 2005 to Present


B.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison