Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Image Nation Abu Dhabi have extended their joint venture with a new five-year deal. The deal includes the appointment of Evan Hayes as president of production at…
Abu Dhabi-based Image Nation, run by U.S. exec Michael Garin, is a unique outfit set on a financially disciplined course with a multi-pronged strategy: calculated risk investments in Hollywood pics…
Participant Media is joining Image Nation Abu Dhabi as co-financer of the upcoming documentary about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt…
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
Warner Bros. is in negotiations with Frank John Hughes to pen the action pic “Tier 1” for the studio. The studio had already set him to pen the adaptation of the Denzel Washington pic “Shovel Ready”…
“Waiting for Superman” director Davis Guggenheim has started shooting a feature-length documentary on 15-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, with Walter Parkes and Laurie…
NBC’s pirate adventure series “Crossbones” is ready to go before the cameras now that John Malkovich has been tapped to star as Blackbeard the Pirate. Project, which has a 10-episode order, centers…
‘Flight’ – Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey & Robert Zemeckis
"It was less a hunt for backers than the challenge of attaching elements that demanded the film be made -- and then making the film under very strict financial limitations."
The Indian conglom that has seeded a lot of high-profile investments in the film biz during the past few years has turned its attention to the smallscreen.
Michael LeSieur has come on to a pair of projects -- "Keeping Up With Jones" at Parkes/MacDonald and the "Le Mac" remake at Media Rights Capital and Red Hour Films.
Tamara Tunie ("Law & Order: SVU") has been tapped to co-star opposite Denzel Washington in Paramount's "Flight."
Former Fox exec Ted Gold has been tapped to head TV for Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald's production shingle.