Kathryn Linehan, Manager


Kathryn Linehan brings over 20 years of experience within the fields of film, finance, fitness and health to her role as manager of Pepperdine’s Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture. Craig Detweiler said, “Kathryn brings so much creativity and talent to Pepperdine. She is beloved within the Malibu community, but also has forged strategic alliances between Hollywood and the wider world. She understands the power of media to promote positive change.”

As a filmmaker, Kathryn produced documentaries that were broadcast on PBS, shown in theatres, and used to promote causes for nonprofit organizations. “Children of Afghanistan” was screened at Sundance in 2001. The LA Times’ featured the Afghan project in an extensive article, stating the movie was “one of the most compelling stories of the festival.” She also created the Backyard Film Festival to honor young filmmakers from across North America and encourage youth to see “a world without walls.”

At Pepperdine University, Kathryn also teaches FORM, a class she created to bring forth whole body health, and has contributed to research that measures the cognitive aspects of exercise. As a health and fitness innovator, she licenses the FORM program throughout the US as well as trains private clients and teachers at the Slow FORM studio in Malibu. Kathryn’s business training was with Mellon Bank in Wealth Management, Wells Fargo’s Commercial Bank, and in sales management with Xerox.

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