Described as “fabulously creative with a keen business sense,” Marion MacKenzie Pyle’s award-winning skills as a media and television writer, producer and director have successfully helped clients in public, corporate, non-profit, as well as broadcast networks and web outlets successfully grow their business, raise awareness, facilitate learning, increase sales, or simply uplift and entertain.
When writing and producing, Marion accesses her unique blend of public relations, broadcast journalism, advertising, public affairs, and performing arts expertise to create special projects that help leaders, organizations and brands advance their mission and goals in innovative and impactful ways.
For 8 seasons Marion was showrunner and co-host of the award-winning video news magazine Straight from the Tap. This stylish and entertaining series championed green living in the home and garden as a way of reducing the strain on California’s limited water supplies. The show aired on Time Warner cable and PBS receiving more than a dozen media and television awards.
In response to the tide of homeless people flooding California’s state and local libraries, Marion wrote, directed and co-produced the award-winning web training series The California Mental Health Initiative which equipped librarians on how to professionally and compassionately interact with homeless and mentally ill individuals. The series received high acclaim, media honors and is now also being used by other libraries around the country.
To help young adults navigate the complicated maze of singleness and dating, Marion wrote, produced and co-directed the upbeat, family friendly series Winning At Love, Spirit-filled Stories about Dating and Romance . Receiving praise from parents and singles of all ages, the series is available for viewing on Truli Media.
As a tribute to Pulitzer-prize winning author and playwright Larry McMurtry, Marion story-produced a multi-screen video tribute that included film highlights and interviews with several of McMurty’s favorite artists including Jeff Bridges, Diane Lane, Jake Gyllenhaal, Suzanne de Passe, and Polly Platt.
Marion has lived and/or worked in Australia, Latin America, Asia, and India resulting in an outstanding cross cultural competency. Fluent in Spanish, Marion’s bilingual production work for the television advertising campaign Find Yourself in Mexico was honored with a Clio Award, and she has received Clio nominations for her copywriting and producing of the Kraft USA campaigns titled The Adventures of Oscar and Lupita.
Her acclaimed book Healed, Healthy and Whole, How We Beat Cancer with Integrative Therapies and Essential Healing Strategies was met with equal success and has helped hundreds of people. It is a gripping read that chronicles her husband’s race against time and ultimate victory over the disease using a combination of alternative health approaches.
Marion began her career as an actor in theatre, film and television appearing with Meryl Streep and Sam Neill in the feature film A Cry in the Dark; with Colin Friels and Donald Pleasance in Ground Zero; and in the limited series A Far Country with Michael York and Sigrid Thornton. She also guest-starred in the popular Australian television series including House Rules (with Jackie Weaver), Flying Doctors, Inside Running, Embassy, and Chances for the Nine Network and Crawford Productions. As co-star of the musical Pastrana, she was nominated for a Green Room Award (Australian equivalent of a Tony), and also co-penned and produced the acclaimed theatrical production With this Baggage We Leap! Marion also co-founded and directed the P&M Drama Studios, an artistic hub that trained many well known Australian actors and directors.
Marion holds a B.A. in Mass Media and Communications from the Anahuac University in Mexico City and an M.A. in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. She is an active member of the Producer’s Guild of America.
Together with her husband, producer and editor, Russell Pyle , Marion is co-founder of Legacy Media Lab , a full service media production company in Nashville, TN that provides media production such as television and digital series, branding videos, fundraising promos, online training, media training, audiovisual consulting, and executive coaching.