Leslie Kreiner Wilson

  • Leslie Kreiner Wilson is a tenured Associate Professor in Creative Writing 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. 

    Published 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.

    A screenwriter herself, she co-founded AMI Films, a media production company with many award-winning projects that have earned such honors as film festival prizes, the Silver Telly, the Aurora, top Billboard rankings, and the Lumieres. They have 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.

    She has served as a judge for 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.

    Dr. Wilson is the Executive Director of Americana at americanpopularculture.com and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Association of Writers and 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.