Director, writer, producer, and financier Jim Kohlberg is the Chairman and co-founder of Story Mining and Supply Co. Jim founded SMS with the goal of acquiring, developing, financing and producing multi-platform premium content through unique access to quality material.
As a filmmaker, Jim directed and produced the feature film The Music Never Stopped, which opened the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. That year he was awarded the “Music Has Power” award by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function of The Beth Abraham Family of Health Services and the “Cinema Advocate Award” by the American Music Therapy Association in honor of his work on the film. Jim’s directorial debut; the Pulitzer Prize winning All My Sons, lead a cast of actors at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in 2008.
Jim has also produced several feature films and documentaries including serving as the executive producer of Two Family House, the Sundance 2000 Audience Award winner and Trumbo, the acclaimed documentary which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and received the National Board of Review’s Freedom of Expression Award. At SMS, Kohlberg is the Executive Producer of the TV show Outlander, based on the best-selling series by Diana Gabaldon. Jim also serves as producer on 2017’s The Yellow Birds, based on the Kevin Powers novel and directed by Alex Moors, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
As a writer, Jim penned the critically acclaimed novel The Golden Gate is Red and his short fiction has appeared in various literary magazines, including The Distillery, The MacGuffin and The South Dakota Review.
Jim co-founded the private equity firm Kohlberg & Company in 1987 and was its sole Managing Partner from 1993 to 2007. Currently, he is Chairman of the firm.
In addition, as Chairman of Kohlberg Ventures Jim has been an active investor in internet media, and is a Board Member at Open Road Integrated Media, a New York based digital publishing company. Jim is Chairman of Social Chorus, and a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Times Company.