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Walter F. Parkes (born April 15, 1951) is an American producer, screenwriter, and media executive. The producer of more than 50 films, including the Men in Black series and Minority Report, he is the co-founder and co-chairman of Dreamscape Immersive.[1][2]

Walter Parkes
Born
Walter Steven Fishman

(1951-04-15) April 15, 1951 (age 68)
ResidenceSanta Monica, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm producer, screenwriter, media executive
Spouse(s)Laurie MacDonald

Parkes and his wife and business partner, producer Laurie MacDonald, helped to build DreamWorks, with Parkes the head of its motion picture division,[3] and the two later moved to Amblin Entertainment, where Parkes served as president.[4] He has been nominated for three Academy Awards, receiving his first nomination as the director/ producer of the 1975 documentary The California Reich; his second for co-writing the original screenplay for WarGames; and his third as a producer of Awakenings.[5] Parkes and MacDonald created the Parkes + Macdonald production company (P+M, P+M Imagine Nation) in 2010, collaborating on the production costs of a number of films, including films that Amblin has released.

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Life and careerEdit

Parkes was born in Bakersfield, California. He attended Yale University, and graduated cum laude in 1973.[6]WarGames, co-written by Parkes with Lawrence Lasker and Walon Green, garnered a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination. Parkes and Lasker co-produced several films, including Sneakers and Awakenings, a Best Picture Oscar nominee in 1990. Other films Parkes produced or on which he served as executive producer include, the Men in Black series, The Kite Runner, Golden Globe-winning Sweeney Todd, Dinner for Schmucks, Gladiator, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, The Ring, The Terminal, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Road to Perdition, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Deep Impact, Twister, The Legend of Zorro and Amistad.

In 1994, Parkes was named President of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and later that year, he and his wife and business partner Laurie MacDonald[7] were tapped to help create the DreamWorks SKG motion picture studio. As the studio's president, Parkes, in partnership with MacDonald, oversaw development and production of all DreamWorks' film projects, including three consecutive Best Picture Oscar winners: American Beauty, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind — the latter two in partnership with Universal Studios. Other films produced during their tenure include: Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, Robert Zemeckis' What Lies Beneath, Adam McKay's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Michael Mann's Collateral, and Steven Spielberg's Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning drama Saving Private Ryan, which was the top-grossing film domestically of 1998.

Parkes is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Writers Guild of America and the Global Business Network. He is on the board of directors for the Center for A New American Security (CNAS).

Parkes and MacDonald live in Santa Monica, California, and have two children, Jane MacDonald and Graham Joseph.[7]

Parkes + Macdonald production companyEdit

Parkes and MacDonald created the Parkes + Macdonald production company (also known as P+M and as P+M Image Nation) in 2010, with initial funding from long time Amblin Entertainment production partners Imagenation Abu Dhabi (now Image Nation).[8] Since then, P+M has collaborated on the production costs of a number of films that Amblin and Image Nation have produced, including the Men in Black film series from the third film onwards.[8]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Producer Executive
Producer
Writer Notes
1975 The California Reich Yes No No Co-directed and co-edited with Keith F. Critchlow
Documentary
1983 WarGames No No Yes
1985 Volunteers Yes No No
1987 Project X Yes No No Script revision
1989 True Believer Yes No No
1990 Awakenings Yes No No
1992 Sneakers Yes No Yes
1994 Little Giants No Yes No
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar No Yes No
How to Make an American Quilt No Yes No
1996 Twister No Yes No
The Trigger Effect No Yes No
1997 Men in Black Yes No No
The Peacemaker Yes No No
Amistad No Yes No
1998 Deep Impact No Yes No
Small Soldiers No Yes No
The Mask of Zorro No Yes No
2000 Gladiator No Yes No
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence No Yes No
2002 The Time Machine Yes No No
Minority Report Yes No No
Men in Black II Yes No No
Road to Perdition No Yes No
The Tuxedo No Yes No
The Ring Yes No No
Catch Me If You Can Yes No No
2004 The Terminal Yes No No
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Yes No No
2005 The Ring Two Yes No No
The Island Yes No No
Just Like Heaven Yes No No
The Legend of Zorro Yes No No
2007 The Lookout Yes No No
The Kite Runner Yes No No
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Yes No No
2008 The Burning Plain Yes No No
2009 The Uninvited Yes No No
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Yes No No
2012 Men in Black 3 Yes No No
Flight Yes No No
2015 He Named Me Malala Yes No No Documentary
2016 Keeping Up with the Joneses Yes No No
2017 Rings Yes No No
Tulip Fever No Yes No
2018 Free Solo No Yes No Documentary
2019 Men in Black: International Yes No No
2020 Barbie Yes No No Pre-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Executive
Producer
Writer Creator Notes
1991 Eddie Dodd Yes No Yes 6 episodes
1994 Birdland Yes Yes Yes 7 episodes
Wrote episode ''Pilot''
1997-2001 Men in Black: The Series Yes No No 53 episodes
2014 Crossbones Yes No No 8 episodes
2015 The Slap Yes Yes Developer 8 episodes
Wrote 4 episodes
Warrior Yes No No Television film

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barnes, Brooks (September 26, 2017). "Coming Soon to AMC Theaters: Virtual Reality Experiences". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Fink, Charlie. "Dreamscape's Big Dreams for Immersive VR". Forbes. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Duke, Paul F. (May 23, 2000). "D'Works reups film co-toppers". Variety. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  4. ^ BRAXTON, GREG (January 27, 1994). "'Birdland' Pair Unruffled by It All : Entertainment: Executives Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are getting ready to take over at Spielberg's Amblin, but say, 'We can't afford to get ahead of ourselves.'". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Parkes and MacDonald Renew DreamWorks Deal". May 23, 2000. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Kaplan, Fred (February 19, 2016). "'WarGames' and Cybersecurity's Debt to a Hollywood Hack". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Walter F. Parkes (1951– )". FilmReference.com. Retrieved January 10, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Siegel, Tatiana (September 24, 2015). "Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald on New 'Malala' Doc, Feminist Barbie and a Revived 'Men in Black' (Sans Will Smith)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 9, 2019.

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