Former Fox exec to head TV at production co.
Parkes/MacDonald Prods. looks to break into the TV business. Gold will oversee TV development and production for Parkes/MacDonald, which has a first-look deal in place with NBC Universal. “Walter and Laurie have produced some of the most iconic and memorable films of the last couple decades, including several of my favorites,” Gold said. “Translating their brand to the TV medium presents a rare, fantastic opportunity. I look forward to making great television and having a lot of fun.” In a joint statement, Parkes and MacDonald said they gravitated to Gold because of his “terrific reputation” and “impressive track record developing material.” “We know his relationships within the creative community and his excellent taste will be a successful combination for our new venture,” the duo said. Parkes and MacDonald’s track record as producers includes “Men in Black,” “The Ring,” “Gladiator” and “Catch Me If You Can.” Gold most recently served as an exec producer last season on CBS’ “Three Rivers.” He also was head of TV development for Deuce Three Prods. At Fox, Gold served as senior VP of drama series, developing skeins such as “Prison Break” and “Bones.” Before that, Gold oversaw TV development at Spelling Entertainment, working on shows such as “Kingpin.” His resume also includes a stint at New World Ent. under Brandon Tartikoff.