Harlan has been a fixture in the New York and Long Island world of entertainment for nearly 20 years. He began his career handling large-scale promotions for clubs and events from Montauk to Manhattan in which he dealt with political leaders, motion picture celebrities and some of popular music’s biggest names. Later, at alternative rock station WLIR, he hosted and founded Tri-State Sound, a program created to introduce listeners to new artists. Some of the bands that used the Tri-State Sound platform include Maroon 5, Taking Back Sunday, Sugarcult, Phantom Planet and Matthew Koma. The Tri-State Sound Showcase Concert Series, a three-year stretch of sold-out concerts featuring bands ranging from Good Charlotte to The Who’s late John Entwistle, was born out of the popularity of the program.
Harlan became Program Director for WLIR and head of programming for its sister properties WBON and WDRE. Following WLIR, he helped found Betamax Artist Development, an artist production and development company that advises young up and coming musicians. He then went on to join the Long Island Press, the 6th largest weekly alternative newspaper in the country, where he returned to his roots of managing special events for the paper and its web properties. He was also the theatre writer. Additionally, Harlan was also the sports correspondent on the Nationally syndicated television show, Live It Up!
In 2010, Harlan took years of relationships and business connections and founded The Harlan Agency.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Harlan in the past in several of the Strategic Groups ventures. His level of professionalism, attention to detail and amiable approach has always made him a pleasure to work with. He is a great asset to any project or event.
Harlan Friedman is one of the smartest, dedicated, most savvy, and hardest working people I’ve had the good fortune to work with on numerous media and entertainment projects. That he additionally has impeccable taste, ethics, and loyalty make it so easy to recommend him in virtually any capacity!
Harlan is one of the friendliest and most good natured people I have ever met. On every project we have worked on together every promise was delivered and every client and guest walked away with a smile. I greatly value both my professional relationship and friendship with Harlan.
The Harlan Agency is a full-service marketing, special events and PR company that builds brand exposure and experiences for the sports, entertainment and hospitality industries. We facilitate programs by leveraging our years of relationships and unparalleled access to build exclusive partnerships and exposure for our clients.