AMI Profile




Leslie Wilson

Films Co-Principal

Producer - Writer - Consultant


Dr. Leslie Wilson 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, and the Lumiere Award. They have been theatrically released as well as broadcast on such diverse platforms/networks as European television, PBS, Netflix, and AXS. Her consulting work has ranged from mentoring student MFA projects to working with well known Hollywood directors such as Garry Marshall.

A screenwriter and fiction writer, her projects include Frankie Laine, Mississippi Son, Twisted Sister, Extreme, Great White, and The Aerynon Chronicles. She and her partner are currently working on Foreigner.

Her academic research and writing focus on early Hollywood women screenwriters, including Mae West, Frances Marion, and Anita Loos. She currently has a book and documentary on the topic of women and screenwriting forthcoming. This work has also appeared in such journals as Literature/Film Quarterly; the Quarterly Review of Film and Video; the Journal of Screenwriting; the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance; the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television; and The Popular Culture Studies Journal.

She has served as a judge for Prize Americana, the University Film and Video Association competitions, the Social Impact Media Awards, as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences college television and internship competitions.

A tenured Associate Professor, she teaches fiction, screenwriting, and film history at Pepperdine University’s Seaver College 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 produces a documentary web series on the art of screenwriting.

Dr. Wilson is Executive Director of Americana at americanpopularculture.com. She is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the University Film and Video Association, as well as the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and Film Studies from Claremont Graduate University.




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