AMI Profile




Leslie Wilson

Films Co-Principal

Producer - Writer - Director


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

Published and produced in multiple genres, her academic writing has 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, her research examines the life and work of 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.

She has served as a judge for Prize Americana, the University Film and Video Association documentary competition, 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 screenwriting and film studies 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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