Margaret G. Kim
Founder and President of iSTAND Media, LLC and iSTANDtv,
Margaret G. Kim is a Peabody and multi-award winning executive producer with a proven track record in producing critically acclaimed, high quality programs and ratings results. As a seasoned executive in the media industry, she is highly regarded as a strategic thinker, visionary, and team builder, who maximizes every resource and opportunity, and delivers results.
Ms. Kim is the Founder and President of iSTAND Media, LLC and iSTANDtv, a global multi- platform network, content studio and community hub for young people (ages 18-34), who believe in the power of media and want to use that power for good. Featuring the best in short documentaries, films, music, comedy, talk shows and animation from the U.S. and around the world, iSTANDtv’s goal is to promote compelling stories that come from a perspective of hope and authenticity.
In 2017, Ms. Kim created and produced the FUTURE NOW Media & Entertainment Conference as an initiative of iSTANDtv. The conference is the first of its kind, bringing top college and graduate students together with industry professionals and executives from every area of the business. Inspired by the overwhelmingly positive response and feedback from that first conference, she launched the FUTURE NOW Media Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit leadership incubator, whose mission is to raise up and equip the best and brightest future leaders in media.
Prior to establishing iSTAND and FUTURE NOW, Ms. Kim was VP of Programming & Production at Alloy Media & Marketing, where she built AlloyTV, a multi-platform distribution network and content studio producing original fashion, music and pop culture entertainment for Millennial audiences. In her previous position as Director of Programming and Executive Producer at The History Channel, she developed and oversaw 300+ hours of programming, managing multi- million dollar budgets and delivering hit series like Digging for the Truth, which attracted a younger audience, hailed unprecedented press coverage and defined a new era at the network. Her instinct and passion for great storytelling were honed in her prior production roles at MSNBC, Court TV, CBS New Productions, NBC Sports, NBC Olympic Unit, ABC Sports and ABC News.
Ms. Kim’s work has been recognized with the industry’s top awards and honors, including the Peabody, Emmy, IDA, Cine Golden Eagle, Telly, Imagen, Gabriel, New York Festivals, Parents’ Choice, and Prism awards for programs like Blood Diamonds, Rwanda – Do Scars Ever Fade?, Beyond the Da Vinci Code, Secrets of the Aegean Apocalypse, Conquest of America, LBJ vs. The Kennedys: Chasing Demons, Inside Pol Pot’s Secret Prison, and more. In 2005, she was named to CableFAX 100’s Also Influential list (‘Nobody embodies the youth movement at The History Channel more than Kim….’), and Cablevision Magazine called her a ‘Woman to Watch.’
Ms. Kim started on her entrepreneurial journey in 2008, when she founded MGK Media, a media consulting and production company. Her clients have included major consumer brands like AccuWeather, PepsiCo, MyPillow and Real Techniques as well as production companies, nonprofits and humanitarian organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
Ms. Kim currently serves on the boards of Asbury University and OM USA. She is a member and has served on the board of Women in Cable Telecommunications New York, and is a member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, New York Women in Film & Television, International Documentary Association, Asian American Journalists Association and National Association of Latino Independent Producers. She is a popular and frequently requested speaker at industry conferences, film festivals, and colleges and universities. She also dedicates her time to mentoring young people pursuing careers in the media industry.
Ms. Kim earned her Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Williams College. For “Distinguished Achievement in the Arts & Entertainment Field,” Williams College honored her with the 2007 Bicentennial Medal, one of the most significant honors bestowed by the College.