Kimberly Steward is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and producer. In 2013 she formed K Period Media, a company that develops, finances and produces story-driven, commercially viable and thought-provoking content spanning media from film and television to digital and interactive platforms. In just a few years Steward has forged strategic relationships with some of the most prolific producers, distributors and financiers in the entertainment industry. At the same time, it is Steward’s mission to discover diverse new voices and launch the careers of next-generation talent, on both sides of the camera.
K Period Media’s releases to date include the noted documentaries Opposite Fields, about the first entrants from Africa to compete in the Little League World Series; Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, which examines African-Americans’ long history with photography; and the forthcoming Looking for Terry, chronicling the efforts of inner-city students to train for the daunting Fordham Law Moot Court. Also in the pipeline is Conversion, a feature drama whose script made the film industry’s heralded “Black List” of the best unproduced screenplays in 2012.
A native of St. Louis, Steward inherited both a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a gift for philanthropy from parents David and Thelma Steward. Her father founded the highly successful systems integration firm World Wide Technology. Steward gained an appreciation for movies from her mother, a film buff who introduced her to master moviemakers such as Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock.
At age 19 Steward opened her first business, an event and bridal planning service that staged more than 200 events in the Midwest. After college she moved to New York City and worked at magazines including Women’s Wear Daily, Real Simple, Food Network Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and Elle Décor, along the way transitioning her focus from event planning to fashion, design and marketing. In 2010 she started Kess Agency, which represented creative professionals working in the fashion industry.