Bio

MARION MacKENZIE PYLE

(213) 703-9957 • marion@connectup.us • www.mackenziepyle.com

Perhaps no one can capture and champion the essence of a brand or big idea better than Marion MacKenzie Pyle.Marion is an international communications professional best known as an innovator, storyteller, strategic thinker, and dynamic communicator. Gifted at touching both hearts and minds, her unique blend of expertise includes broadcast journalism, social marketing, theatre arts, media production, public affairs, and public relations. 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, Marion has worked with such talents as Meryl Streep, Sam Neil 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. She is also a noted seminar leader and coach.

For the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Marion pioneered a video news magazine titled “Straight From The Tap,” considered one of the District’s most strategic and successful branding initiatives in its history. As the writer, producer and co-host, she transformed complex scientific, legislative and political issues about water sustainability and green living into an entertaining and stylish series that aired regularly on more than 135 statewide cable networks and, occasionally, on Bay Area PBS stations. The series was honored repeatedly 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 led bilingual public affairs for MWD, as well as spearheaded media training for the District’s 26 member agency leadership.

As Vice President and Director of Latino Strategies at The Rogers Group, Marion 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, other platforms and interactive events), 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 Fair, LA County Health Department, Whole Foods, and Foresters Insurance.

Always close to media and entertainment, Marion 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. Her own international advertising copywriting and producing has been honored with a Cleo award and other advertising industry recognitions.

Marion is also a published author and health advocate. Her award-winning book “Healed, Healthy and Whole, How We Beat Cancer with Integrative Therapies and Essential Healing Strategies” chronicles her husband’s heroic battle and complete healing from deadly bladder cancer. The book has attracted national media attention and led to dozens of interviews on national television and radio. Today, Marion makes time to speak at events, as well as lead seminars about integrative cancer treatments and healthy living.

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 and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, an award-winning producer, editor, and set and lighting designer.