Kimberly King-Burns heads up the digital media and alternative/green, clean technology energy practices at convergenz/solutions, which combines strategic communications and financial consulting for clients and projects around the world. She recently served as chief operating officer and president of Greenbridge Capital's digital media, alternative energy/green technology consulting groups in Los Angeles; co-chairs the Keiretsu Forum's alternative energy task force; is active on the community advisory board of KCET Channel 28 Los Angeles (PBS); and serves as the executive director of The Briland Modem Fund, a community /development foundation serving the Out Islands of the Bahamas.
Prior to co-founding Greenbridge Media, Inc., King-Burns was the Managing Partner of convergenz/solutions, a Los Angeles-based new media brokerage, financial consulting and technology marketing consultancy with expertise spanning traditional media including music, film, cable, television and advertising as well as new media technologies including Internet, mobile, VOD, and e-government, which active role King-Burns has since resumed. Before launching convergenz/solutions in 1995, King-Burns headed up the high technology and corporate communications groups at Golin/Harris Los Angeles, Shandwick Los Angeles and Porter/Novelli Communications. Her top accounts included Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba, Canon Computer Systems, Inc. and LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation. Prior to her work at Golin/Harris, King-Burns' broad experience included the hands-on development and marketing of CD-ROM interactive entertainment in the early 1990s as marketing manager with Time Warner Interactive Group. King-Burns came to Time Warner Interactive from PolyGram Records' distribution arm, where she was active in market research roles in New York City and Los Angeles. Her ongoing analysis and coverage of retail new media trends has been published by way of regular contributions to Billboard Magazine, SN Magazine (Fairchild Group of Publications), Video Business Magazine, Perfect Vision, and Computer Life (U.S. and U.K. editions), and her monthly column "Wild West: Hollywood and Technology" was featured for several years in Ziff-Davis' Computer Life U.K. Post-college, King-Burns worked as staff producer and anchor/reporter for two PBS affiliates in Florida, and developed original programming for several Jones Cable and TCI Cable affiliates throughout the state. In Tampa, King-Burns co-hosted and produced an entertainment show for multiple cable systems, "Screen Test," which won several cable ACE honors and was the forerunner for what later became E! Entertainment Television.
King-Burns is presently active in Women In Technology International [WITI], the Interactive Television Alliance, the Minority & Media Telecommunications Council and Bahamas Film Commission. She serves on the advisory boards of the FAME Renaissance Business Enterprise Center and VIC Network, and was active in the launch of the Getty Information Institute's DigitalExperience laboratory. She co-produced the first Hollywood Film Festival, remains active with Hollywood Black Film Festival's InfoTainment Conference; consults with the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute on Hispano-Hollywood initiatives; and regularly co-produces the annual Asia-specific Global Leadership Forums in tandem with University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.
King-Burns was raised on Harbour Island, Bahamas, and has since launched several Bahamian and Caribbean community portals online. King-Burns is also executive director of the not-for-profit Briland Modem Fund, a community development foundation. In addition to the top-rated Briland Modem, King-Burns developed NetworkBahamas.com, and Wired Island Network, IT and digital media business development, information and education B2B resources for the Bahamas and Caribbean. She remains active with the Digital Divide Network, and co-chairs the resources and recycling committee for the Caribbean ICT Virtual Community (CIVIC) CarisNet, a network of community technology centres throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Elkanah J. Burns, Esq. is a partner and general counsel of convergenz/solutions, with experience in civil litigation, oil and gas, contract and entertainment law. Burns enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1960 and graduated with a B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1966. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1968 and served in Viet Nam in 1969 flying A-4 Skyhawks. Upon his return to the U.S., he flew AV-8A Harriers until he left the service as a Captain in 1973. He received his Juris doctorate from The Antioch School of Law in 1976 and founded the law firm of Canan, Burns & O'Toole in Washington, D.C. where he served as the managing partner of the nine-attorney firm until 1983.
In 1986 Burns relocated to Los Angeles, California and opened the Law Offices of Elkanah J. Burns. He has been active in theater, film, and television since arriving in Los Angeles, and served as the chairman of the board of directors of The Alliance Repertory Company in Burbank, California for five years. Since joining convergenz/solutions in 1996, he has overseen the accounts of Comdex, NetWorld+Interop, Seybold Seminars, Frank Wilson & Associates, Ziff-Davis Events, the Global Association of Independent Television, and NetReflector LLC. He has been a member of the Venice Interactive Community (VIC), Internet Professional Network (IPN), the Association of Internet Professionals (AIP), and the Media District Intellectual Property Bar Association.
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