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The K Period Media Foundation exists to harness the power of art and storytelling to build a more inclusive world. We are on a mission to foster equitable representation, access and opportunity in the creative industry to amplify narratives that reflect the truths of our world.

K Period Media Foundation (KPMF) was founded in 2022 by philanthropist, entrepreneur, and Academy Award-nominated producer, Kimberly Steward, as the non profit arm of her production company, K Period Media (KPM). K Period Media Foundation is a fiscally-sponsored fund housed at the Entertainment Industry Foundation that is focused on harnessing the power of art and storytelling to build a more inclusive world. KPMF invests in and develops impact programs that lift up underrepresented voices and provide new opportunities for diverse talent in the entertainment and media industry.

KPMF pursues its mission through three approaches:

  • Narrative Change: We build and promote narratives that illuminate injustices, reframe public perceptions and move people to action.
  • Equitable Representation, Access & Opportunity: We lift up underrepresented communities and voices through opportunity creation and access to diverse stories and content.
  • Issue-Based Impact: We support the work of advocates and organizations addressing the biggest issues of our time.

Impact Programs:

Screamwriters Program: KPMF’s Screamwriters Program was piloted in 2023 in partnership with Blumhouse Productions and under the advisement of the Sundance Institute. The program provides support to underrepresented artists working in the horror genre. Fellows receive a 360 experience through a multi-day intensive focused on developing their projects and honing their skills, targeted mentorship from industry leaders, agents, managers, executives, producers, as well as ongoing career development and support.

Narrative Journalism Program: KPMF’s Narrative Journalism Program was piloted in 2024 in partnership with Epic Magazine. This fellowship program supports journalists who want to craft narrative longform nonfiction, an endangered art form in the modern media landscape.  Rather than assign a single story, the program provides an annual grant to the selected journalists which provides a living wage as well as the time and support needed to develop the fellows into mature journalistic voices. The goal is for program participants to publish a minimum of 2 stories per year that have the viability to be adapted into a fiction or nonfiction project (feature, series or podcast) and drive meaningful impact.