Kia Jam CEO, Founder
Kia Jam is the founder and President of K. Jam Media. He has independently produced and/or financed more than 20 motion pictures over the past 20 years. The most recent release, In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth was done in association with Warner Bros. and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez and starring Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Jam will be executive producing the television series Empress, a co-production with Starlight Media and the producer of Game of Thrones.
Mr. Jam also produced Devil’s Pass, which was shot entirely on location in Russia and was directed by Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2, Skiptrace). In September of 2016, Mr. Jam was invited to the 2016 Silk Road International Film Festival in Xi’an, China as an official member of the jury for the festival. While in Xi’an, Mr. Jam was also an guest speaker at a Media Leadership Class at the China Film Group Corporation. He has also spoken at the Beijing Film Academy, USC Film School, UCLA, Harvard and at varied other distinguished universities.
Prior to launching K. Jam Media, Mr. Jam was a principal founder and C.O.O. at Ascendant Pictures, an independent film production and finance company based in Beverly Hills, California. Along with its subsidiary Rising Star; Ascendant financed eighteen movies over a five year period with budgets totaling more than $750 million. Mr. Jam acted in a producing capacity on all of Ascendant Pictures’ projects including Lucky Number Slevin (starring Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, and Morgan Freeman) and The Big White (starring Robin Williams and Holly Hunter). With Tom Cruise, he co-produced Ask the Dusk (starring Colin Farrel, Salma Hayek) and co-produced The Jacket (starring Adrien Brody and Keira Knightly) alongside George Clooney. In 2006 along with Barrie Osborne (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Matrix), Mr. Jam served as an executive producer of the sci-fi action adventure Outlander (starring Jim Caviezel and Ron Perlman), produced in partnership with The Weinstein Company. He is also the producer of Who's Your Caddy and Timber Falls. Prior to his tenure at Ascendant, Mr. Jam was President of an independent film production company based in Santa Monica, California. In 2002, he co-produced Juwanna Mann for Morgan Creek Pictures and Warner Bros. Among his other productions are Dungeons + Dragons with Joel Silver (The Matrix Trilogy, Lethal Weapon) for New Line Cinema, which starred Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans.
Prior to producing features, Mr. Jam was recruited by James Cameron’s visual effects powerhouse Digital Domain where he was involved in all levels of production on over 60 television commercials, including a Clio Award-winning Jeep Commercial and David Fincher’s Grammy Award-winning Rolling Stones music video for “Love is Strong”. Mr. Jam has also served as a consultant for a wide range of filmed entertainment company clients such as Relativity, Xinhua Media Entertainment, and Miramax Films, where together with his partners he secured and help organize the $660m purchase of Miramax from The Walt Disney Company.
Mr. Jam graduated as a member of The Golden Key International Honor Society from the University of California Irvine with a degree in Political Science. Additionally, he is member of the Producers Guild of America and has served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation for several years. He and his wife live in Los Angeles.
PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT
Producer • The Misfits
Producer • Crash Pad
Producer • Divine Intervention
Producer • Above Heaven And Below Hell
Producer • Jake
Producer • Santa: The Adventure Begins
Executive Producer • Divinity
Producer • High Stakes
Producer • Killer's Game
Executive Producer • (TV Series) Rolling Justice
Producer • Stopping Power
Producer • Taming Ben Taylor
Producer • Untitled Clown Project
Executive Producer • Work of Art: Inside the At World
PAST FILMS & PROJECTS
2015 • In Association With: In the Heart of the Sea
2015 • Producer: Accidental Love
2014 • Executive Producer: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
2013 • Producer: Devil's Pass
2010 • Producer: Father of Invention, starring Kevin Spacey, Heather Graham
2009 • Producer: Black Water Transit, starring Laurence Fishburne & Stephen Dorff
2008 • Producer: $5 A Day, starring Christopher Walken, Sharon Stone
2007 • Producer: Timber Falls
2007 • Producer: Who's Your Caddy?
2006 • Producer: Lucky Number Sleven, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman
2006 • Executive producer: Outlander with Barrie Osborne (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), starring Jim Caviezel, Ron Perlman, partnered with the Weinstein Company
2006 • Co-producer: Ask the Dust w/ Tom Cruise, starring Colin Farrel, Salma Hayek
2005 • Producer: The Big White, starring Robin Williams & Holly Hunter
2005 • Co-producer: The Jacket w/ George Clooney, starring Adrien Brody
2002 • Producer: Juwanna Mann for Morgan Creek & Warner Bros.
2000 • Producer: Dungeons & Dragons with Joel Silver (The Matrix, Lethal Weapon), starring Jeremy Irons & Marlon Wayans
Carolina Vianna Leite Executive Assistant
Carolina Vianna Leite serves as the Executive Assistant to Kia Jam, the founder and president of K. Jam Media. Prior to joining the team at K. Jam Media, she held the position of Distribution Coordinator at Vision Films, an independent worldwide distributor and VOD aggregator of feature films, documentaries, television series, music, and reality programming. There, reviewing projects for possible acquisitions and working alongside producers and directors to obtain quality content that aligned with the company's objectives became a passion, which has helped inspire her work with K. Jam Media.
Ms. Vianna Leite received her education at the Academy of Art University, where she studied Fine Arts, Motion Picture & Television. She furthered her learning, while incorporating her love for varying cultures, by studying abroad in Paris and attending Lund University in Sweden. While she indulges and has many passions in life- she is proud to say cinema is one of the greatest.