Marlene Edmunds has been in the media industry for 23 years, both as an entertainment consultant and a writer specializing in the rapidly evolving global media industry.
She has consulted with media organizations across the globe, including REED Midem. More recently, she was instrumental in helping plan the first ever MIPTV invitation-only Drama CoProXchange Summit, to which more than 50 of the world’s top media drama co-production players were invited to a closed-door meeting in Cannes.
She is a frequent speaker and moderator at media events, among them MIPTV and MIPCOM. Marlene has also spoken at IBC in Amsterdam and at BCWW in Korea, and has been a judge at several international festivals, such as Cinekid and the Seoul Drama Festival. She has also lectured in communications at the University of Amsterdam.
Marlene has written numerous articles on trending media over the last two decades for the world’s top entertainment publications. She was a correspondent for Variety in Europe for some 17 years, and also worked for The Hollywood Reporter, Locations Magazine, World Screen, Lions Daily News, and the family of publications published for REED Midem by Boutique Editions.
Marlene has covered all genres and all territories around the globe in the area of multimedia, convergence, local product, music, advertising, publishing, and film. She has interviewed many of the world's top media executives, as well as major film and entertainment figures. She has also published in the areas of health, science, literary criticism and travel.
Marlene holds Dutch and American citizenship and currently resides in France. She is a student of Asian history and culture and has studied martial arts for more than 25 years.
She began her career working in the US as a journalist and editor for several national radio news services, and went on to found the former Women’s News Institute in San Francisco. She has been an associate of The Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press for more than 30 years.
She is a lover of mystery novels and, in her spare time, is currently writing her second novel, Deadly Reckoning, about murder, betrayal and religious fanaticism in the old and new Europe. She is represented for fiction in the US by Elizabeth Pomada of Michael Larsen/Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco.