ABOUT DR. LESLIE
A tenured Associate Professor, Dr. Leslie Kreiner Wilson — or Dr. Leslie — teaches fiction, screenwriting, and film history at Pepperdine University where she also directs the MFA Program in Writing for Screen and Television; co-directed the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture; as well as produced a documentary web series on the art of screenwriting. A scholar-advocate, her research, writing, and publishing focus on women in early Hollywood working with the founding moguls such as Louis B. Mayer, Carl Laemmle, and Adolph Zukor.
Dr. Leslie co-founded AMI Films, a producer of many award-winning media projects. The shows from their edit bays have earned such honors as film festival prizes, top Billboard rankings, the Aurora, the Lumiere Award, and the Emmy. They have been theatrically released as well as broadcast on such diverse platforms/networks as DIRECTV, PBS, Amazon, Netflix, VH1, and AXS. Her consulting work has ranged from mentoring student MFA projects to working with well known Hollywood directors such as Garry Marshall.
She has served as a judge for Prize Americana, the University Film and Video Association, the Social Impact Media Awards, as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences college television and internship competitions.
Dr. Leslie is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Americana: An Institute for American Studies and Creative Writing at americanpopularculture.com and volunteers with WriteGirl, inspiring underprivileged teens in Los Angeles to write their way into college. A member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the University Film and Video Association, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, she holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and Film Studies from Claremont Graduate University.