Surge is an entertainment development company, which early-identifies intellectual property and grows brands into multi-platformed entertainment and product licensing programs. Through simultaneous merchandise licensing and entertainment production, we are able nurture brands while maintaining our central core value – continuous enhancement of the fan experience.


Surge was established in 1986 as one of the pioneers in developing a multi-media strategy (driver) approach to product licensing through the development and targeted marketing of unique and compelling entertainment. Throughout our history we have pioneered or challenged conventional practices by venturing into non-traditional areas that most would never conceive. An example of this was our discovery and licensing of an obscure comic book entitled “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)” which we un-equivocally are credited for its discovery, brand launch, marketing, and management and entertainment developer of. With over 600 licensees worldwide we grew the TMNT’s into a global phenomena earning at its height over $1 Billion Dollars in licensing and entertainment revenue ultimately revolutionizing the industry. Founded by Mark Freedman who is a veteran licensing and entertainment agent, Surge continues to build brands, produce entertainment franchises and acts as a consultant for some of the worlds largest media companies.


Mark Freedman


Mark has been one of the most successful independent licensing Agents and Television Producers in the industry. Most noted for his discovery and launch of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book property into TV, Film, Live Entertainment, and a global consumer products licensing business, Freedman was able to steer the “Turtles” franchise into a $3 billion dollar mega-brand success culminating in the sale of the IP to Viacom’s Nickelodeon children’s network in 2009.

Freedman, a consummate outdoor sports enthusiast has been producing reality based field sports television for NBC Sports Network with his hit series The Best & Worst of Tred Barta now in its 9th consecutive broadcast season.

Throughout his career Freedman has produced or managed children’s animated TV series for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, syndicated content, as well as managed licensing rights for a diverse portfolio of content.


Elan Freedman

VP of Business Development

Elan Freedman, Surge’s VP of Business Development works extensively in new media and the comic book space, identifying emerging content to expand into entertainment and licensed products. Born part of the “MTV Generation,” Elan is fully in touch with kids, teens, and twentysomethings media preferences. Some of his work has led the company to represent the hit independent web comic Axe Cop which he launched into a collector card game series that is being distributed throughout North America and Europe, leading the brand into (soon to be broadcasted) animated TV and an online series, as well as merchandise. Elan also is credited with representing SkullKickers published by Image Comics, which is being launched in the collectable card game category and being developed for TV and film. Elan also has been at the forefront of digital content distribution and YouTube entertainment, working with Dick Figures, the hit on-line animated series produced by Six Point Harness and distributed by Mondo Media, which was quickly launched into nationwide retail and is expanding internationally.

A graduate of Emory University, Elan is an avid soccer player, is typically spotted with a milkshake in hand, and wishes he spent more time playing video games.

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