[07/30/10 - 10:48 AM]
Universal Media Studios Inks New Development Deal with Oscar-Winning Production Team of Walter F. Parkes and Laurie Macdonald
The duo are behind such features as "Gladiator," "Men in Black" and "The Ring."

[via press release from NBC]


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - July 30, 2010 - Universal Media Studios has signed a first-look, two-year development deal with the Oscar-winning producing team of Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ("Gladiator," "Men in Black," "The Ring"). The announcement was made today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

"Our new working relationship with Walter and Laurie represents a perfect match for our brand and they've developed such a wide variety of success in both drama and comedy," said Bromstad. "They have an amazing resume and we want to translate that to television."

The husband-and-wife team of Parkes and MacDonald produced or executive-produced such feature films as "Gladiator," "Amistad," "Men in Black" (I and II), "Minority Report," "The Mask of Zorro," "Catch Me If You Can," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "The Terminal," "Road to Perdition" and "The Ring."

In 2007, Parkes and MacDonald created their own production company and produced the screen adaptations of the novel "The Kite Runner" and Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." In total, films produced or executive-produced by Parkes and MacDonald have earned $6 billion in worldwide box office.

As studio heads at DreamWorks (which they helped to create), Parkes and MacDonald were responsible for the company's diverse slate of films. Their films received Oscars for three consecutive Best Picture-winning motion pictures -- "American Beauty," "Gladiator" and "A Beautiful Mind" (the latter two produced in partnership with Universal Pictures).

Other critical and commercial successes include the film "Almost Famous," "What Lies Beneath," "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Collateral" and Steven Spielberg's Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning "Saving Private Ryan."

They are currently preparing "Men in Black III" with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, and their film "Dinner with Schmucks" is released nationwide today.

In 2009, Parkes and MacDonald paired with the Abu Dhabi Media Company to form Parkes-MacDonald Imagenation, a partnership that will fund screenplay development for the duo's projects at DreamWorks and other studios, and to provide production co-financing on selected films.

Parkes himself is a three-time Oscar nominee for his documentary "California Reich," and for writing (with Lawrence Lasker) the original screenplay for "WarGames." He earned a third nomination as producer on "Awakenings." MacDonald began her career as a documentary and news producer at KRON television in San Francisco. She later joined Columbia Pictures as Vice President of Production. Four years later, she began a production company with Parkes. Just prior to starting at DreamWorks, she also oversaw development and production at Amblin Entertainment.

Parkes and MacDonald are represented by UTA.

  [july 2010]  

(series past and present)
(series in development)
(tv movies and mini-series)

[10/13/15 - 02:42 PM]
"The Wiz Live" Key Art
Get your first look at David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Ne-Yo as the Tin Man and Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow.

[10/13/15 - 02:38 PM]
Katie Nolan's Takedown of Greg Hardy Sets "Garbage Time" Digital Viewership Record
FOX Sports spins the digital numbers from Wednesday, October 7 to date.

[10/13/15 - 02:15 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, October 12.

[10/13/15 - 01:16 PM]
National Geographic Channel and Bill Nye Tackle Climate Change with a Little Muscle from Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Explorer: Bill Nye's Global Meltdown" premieres Sunday, November 1 at 8:00/7:00c.

[10/13/15 - 01:01 PM]
New Daytime Show Hosted by Harry Connick, Jr. Sold to FOX Television Stations
"Harry" will be hosted by multi-award winning musician, singer, composer, actor and legendary live performer Harry Connick, Jr. and will air on the Fox owned TV stations in 17 markets.

[10/13/15 - 12:55 PM]
MLB ALDS Comes Down to the Wire with Two Deciding Game 5s Tomorrow on FS1 & FOX Deportes
Kevin Burkhardt, Eric Karros, Frank Thomas and C.J. Nitkowski kick things off with a pre-game show at 3:00 PM ET.

[10/13/15 - 12:34 PM]
"48 Hours: Shadow of Death" Is Saturday's #1 Non-Sports Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, October 10.

[10/13/15 - 12:26 PM]
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" Marathon to Air October 25 - October 31 on FXX
Said stunt features all 25 spooktacular "Treehouse of Horror" episodes airing in consecutive order.

[10/13/15 - 11:28 AM]
Video: WGN America Unveils Provocative First Trailer for the Highly Anticipated New Drama "Outsiders"
David Morse, Thomas M. Wright and Ryan Hurst co-star in the series, premiering in early 2016.

[10/13/15 - 11:27 AM]
DIY Network Premieres "Miami Flip" on October 21
In the series, licensed contractor and fearless renovator Carolina Sullivan showcases her keen eye for buying low and selling high as she and her team gut outdated Miami properties and renovate them into gorgeous modern homes to sell.

[10/13/15 - 11:22 AM]
Hallmark Channel Reaps Top Ratings with Premiere of Latest Original Movie, "Harvest Moon"
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for Saturday, October 10.

[10/13/15 - 11:08 AM]
ABC Television Network Gives Hit New Drama Series "Quantico" a Full Season Order
Season to date, "Quantico" ranks as Sunday's No. 1 scripted broadcast show in Adults 18-49, improving the 10 o'clock hour for ABC by 44%.

[10/13/15 - 10:41 AM]
Starz Shocks Fans with a Surprise Screening of "Ash vs Evil Dead" at New York Comic-Con 2015
Nearly 2,400 fans were treated to the surprise screening at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

[10/13/15 - 10:26 AM]
FX to Air Special Halloween Marathon of the Hit FOX Show "Scream Queens"
Spend Halloween night with FX, catching up on the first six episodes of the new FOX horror comedy.

[10/13/15 - 10:07 AM]
Gear Up for a Genre-Busting Month of October on El Rey Network
Highlights include the "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" season finale on Tuesday, October 27.