Marion MacKenzie Pyle
Perhaps no one can champion the essence of a brand better than Marion MacKenzie Pyle. Best known as an innovator, storyteller, strategic thinker, and dynamic communicator, Marion brings a blend of expertise that includes television, broadcast journalism, social marketing, advertising, media production, and public affairs.
With a career that began in the performing arts, Marion has worked with luminaries such as Meryl Streep, Sam Neil, Michael York, and directors Fred Schepisi and Michael Pattinson. Her body of work includes television, film, musical theatre, commercials, and voice overs. While living in Melbourne, Marion co-founded the P&M Drama Studios, an artistic hub that trained a stable of acclaimed actors and directors.
In Los Angeles, Marion pioneered the first ever cable television series in California about water sustainability and green living. As the series principal writer/producer/director and host, she transformed complex public policy and technical issues into stylish and entertaining episodes that aired on statewide cable networks and Bay Area PBS stations. Sponsored by Metropolitan Water District (MWD), one of the largest water wholesalers in the world, the “Straight From The Tap” series garnered six Telly awards, two PRism awards, and numerous other media recognitions, including the American Water Works Association for Achievement in Public Communication.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Marion also directed bilingual public affairs for MWD where she forged strategic media partnerships, functioned as the District’s bilingual spokesperson and provided expert media training to senior executives and regional board directors. Marion also shaped groundbreaking public information campaigns, and produced frequent press events and educational forums about cutting-edge environmental issues.
As Vice President of Multicultural Strategies for the Rogers Group, Marion directed a bilingual team that provided public relations, social marketing and crisis communications for a stable of clients that included Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, First 5 California, LA Auto Show, Office of the Patient Advocate, LA County Health Department, and Whole Foods.
The advertising industry has recognized Marion’s copywriting and producing talents with it’s highest honor: a Clio award, and she has used her skills to champion poverty alleviation initiatives for non profits around the world, and celebrate the work of special artists such as Pulitzer-prize-winning author and playwright, Larry McMurtry, actors Jeff Bridges, Diane Lane and Jake Gyllenhaal, to name a few.
An avid health advocate, Marion is also author of the acclaimed book “Healed, Healthy and Whole, How We Beat Cancer.” She has shared the remarkable story of her husband’s recovery during media appearances all over the U.S. offering an inspiring message of hope and healing.
Marion holds a B.A. in Mass Media and Communications, and an M.A. in Communication Management from the Annenberg School of Communication at USC. She is an active member of the Producer’s Guild of America and of several non profit boards.