Marion MacKenzie Pyle
Perhaps no one can capture and champion the essence of a brand better than Marion MacKenzie Pyle. Best known as an innovator, storyteller, strategic thinker, and dynamic communicator, Marion brings an international blend of expertise that includes cable television, advertising, broadcast journalism, social marketing, theatre arts, media production, and public affairs. Marion’s talents have inspired and entertained, elevated profiles, increased sales, and/or led to measurable behavior change for organizations and brands in the U.S. and overseas.
With a career that began in the performing arts where she honed her talents as an actor, television host and director. She’s worked with industry luminaries such as Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Michael York, and directors Fred Schepisi and Michael Pattinson. Her body of work includes television, film, musical theatre, and commercials. While living in Melbourne, Marion also co-founded the P&M Drama Studios, an artistic hub that trained a stable of talented actors and directors.
For the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a 1.6 billion dollar water wholesaler, Marion pioneered a cable television series titled “Straight From The Tap,” considered one of the District’s most strategic and successful branding initiatives in its history. As the writer, producer, director, and co-host, Marion transformed complex scientific, legislative and political issues about water sustainability and green living into entertaining and stylish programs that aired regularly on more than 135 statewide cable networks, Bay Area PBS and the Web. The series was honored with Telly awards, PRisms, and numerous other media recognitions including the American Water Works Association for Achievement in Public Communication.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Marion also spearheaded bilingual public affairs, built strategic partners with statewide media stakeholders and directed a wide spectrum of public communication materials and initiatives. She also designed and led media training seminars for senior executives of Metropolitan’s 26-member agencies and regional partners.
Known as one of the best media trainers in the business, Marion has also equipped senior executives from the City of Beverly Hills, L.A. County Dept. of Public Works, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Council for Watershed Health, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Yorba Linda Water District, and numerous other regional and national entities.
Showcasing her public relations expertise, Marion served as Vice President for the Rogers Group, where she directed a bilingual team that provided public relations, social marketing and crisis communications for public, consumer and non-profit clients. Using a strategic blend of traditional and social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and other platforms), she directed successful regional and/or national Spanish-language campaigns for Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, First 5 California, LA Auto Show, Office of the Patient Advocate, LA County Health Department, Whole Foods, and Foresters Insurance.
Marion also has designed successful multi-media branding initiatives for cultural, medical, and poverty alleviation non profits. She has produced fundraising galas and video productions with celebrities such as Pulitzer-prize-winning author and playwright, Larry McMurtry, actors Jeff Bridges, Diane Lane and Jake Gyllenhaal, among other luminaries. Other PR efforts have included work for the Producer’s Guild of America’s Green Committee, the Robert Redford Conservancy at Pitzer College, Habitat for Humanity, and eVox Television. Marion’s international television copywriting and producing for clients such as the Mexican Ministry of Tourism have been honored with a Clio award and other advertising industry recognitions.
An avid health advocate, , Marion is also a blogger, speaker and the author of the acclaimed book “Healed, Healthy and Whole, How We Beat Cancer with Integrative Therapies and Essential Healing Strategies.” The story of her husband’s remarkable recovery has taken her all over the U.S. with her 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, several non profit boards, and serves as the West Coast-Hollywood Regional Director of Christian Women in Media.