Marion MacKenzie Pyle
Marion MacKenzie Pyle is an international, award-winning writer, director and producer who develops and shapes non fiction and fiction films, programming for television, docu-series, digital media, video news magazines, news features, commercials, and corporate projects for broadcast networks, digital outlets, government and corporate clients, as well as national and international non profits.
Fluent in English and Spanish, Marion is distinguished for her cross cultural competency. She has worked in front and behind the camera in films, television, theatre, and commercials in Australia, Latin America, and the U.S. Her bilingual advertising work includes Clio-award-winning copywriting and producing for Mexico’s Department of Tourism (Find Yourself In Mexico), Kraft USA campaigns (The Adventures of Oscar and Lupita), and La Opinión newspapers.
Marion is also known for her pioneering work as showrunner of the award-winning cable television video series Straight From The Tap (Time Warner and PBS), which was recognized with more than a dozen media industry honors. Debuting this fall 2019 is the funny, family-friendly doc-series Winning At Love that Marion co-created, directed and co-produced. Marion is also the co-creator, writer and director of the groundbreaking and award-winning (2017-2018) web series The California Mental Health Initiative that highlights homelessness and mental health issues.
Marion has worked with Jeff Bridges, Diane Lane, Jake Gyllenhaal, Suzanne de Passe, and Polly Platt as the story producer for a special video program honoring screenwriter, playwright and novelist Larry McMurtry. She also collaborated with the cast of “Glee” on public relations efforts that included Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Cory Monteith, Demi Lovato and Chris Colfer. At the Rogers Group, Marion held senior positions where she provided strategic expertise in bilingual public relations and public affairs. She is considered one of the best media trainers in the PR business.
Marion began her career as an actor in theatre, film, television, commercials, and voice overs. She appeared in films with Meryl Streep and Sam Neil (A Cry in the Dark / Evil Angels), with Colin Friels and Donald Pleasance (Ground Zero), in a limited series with Michael York and Sigrid Thornton (A Far Country), and with Jackie Weaver (House Rules), as well as the popular Australian television productions Flying Doctors, Inside Running, House Rules, Embassy for the Nine Network and Crawford Productions.
As co-star of the musical Pastrana, she was nominated for a Green Room Award (Australian Tony Award), and also co-penned the theatrical production With This Baggage We Leap! that ran for months in Melbourne to critical acclaim. Also in Melbourne, Marion co-founded and co-directed The P&M Drama Studios, an artistic hub that trained hundreds of talented Australian actors and directors.
In Southern California, Marion is co-founder and president of Legacy Media Lab, a full service media production company that produces films, and content for television, digital outlets, as well as public and private-sector clients. Topics have included arts and entertainment, environment and science, health and wellness, lifestyle and culture, energy efficiency, homelessness and mental health, and poverty alleviation.
Marion’s acclaimed, best-selling book “Healed, Healthy and Whole, How We Beat Cancer with Integrative Therapies” is considered a gripping read and chronicles her husband’s race against time and ultimate victory over the disease using only alternative approaches. In ongoing media appearances all over the U.S., she shares her remarkable story and has inspired thousands with a 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 a member of the Producer’s Guild of America, SAG/AFTRA and also donates her time to several other non profit causes.