Fox ups Parker

Studio vet grows into exec veep, prod'n slot

Hutch Parker — the 20th Century Fox production exec who has overseen three of the studio’s 1998 spring/summer releases — has been upped to executive vice president of production.

He continues to report to Fox prexy of worldwide production Tom Rothman, who made the deal to keep Parker within the Fox exec ranks.

With the promotion, Fox picks up the final-year option on Parker’s existing contract with the studio.

“Hutch is a superior production executive,” said Rothman. “His work on ‘Bulworth,’ ‘The X-Files’ and ‘There’s Something About Mary’ has been essential to our upcoming summer slate, and this promotion reflects that. As the filmmakers he works with will be the first to say, he is someone who cares deeply about his projects. He is a class act.”

In addition to supervising production of Warren Beatty’s current Beltway comedy “Bulworth”; the May 19 big-screen version of TV’s “The X-Files”; and Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s July 15 laugher “There’s Something About Mary,” Parker supervised the production of the recent Fox release “The Object of My Affection,” helmed by Nicholas Hytner.

Parker, who joined Fox in June 1995 as senior vice president of production, was instrumental in bringing the Farrellys onto the Fox lot under a new three-year writing, producing and directing deal with the studio.

He also serves as the primary exec on the John Davis Entertainment, Elephant Walk, Harold Ramis’ Ocean Pictures and Chris Columbus’ 1492 accounts.

“He’s on the top of his game,” Bobby Farrelly told Daily Variety. “Besides being just a great guy, he’s a great person to have between the creative talent and the studio because he wants to know what your vision is and he’ll fight for you — rather than trying to impose his vision on you, he helps you to keep yours.”

Parker joins Elizabeth Gabler and Sanford Panitch (who, in March, also was promoted to exec VP) as the senior-most production execs working under Rothman at the Fox division.

He joined Fox from HBO Pictures where he served as senior VP of production from 1991 to 1995. During that time, Parker oversaw original pics that included “The Burning Season,” “Against the Wall” and “Tuskegee Airman.”

Previously, he served as veepee of production at Orion Pictures, working on such projects as “The Silence of the Lambs” and “The Addams Family” (which ended up being released by Paramount). Prior to joining Orion, Parker worked as director of development of Simpson-Bruckheimer Prods., when the indie production company was based at Paramount.