Parkes/MacDonald, Image Nation Extend Joint Venture for 5 Years

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 Parkes/MacDonald, headed by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. He will oversee the company’s slate of feature film projects as well as supervise all aspects of production and creative development.

The deal extends a relationship that began in 2010 with a $10 million revolving financing fund. The relationship expanded in 2012 when Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation was formed. The next Parkes+Macdonald/Image Nation project is the untitled feature-length documentary about Malala Yousafzai directed by Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”).

The partnership has included  “Flight,” “Men in Black 3” and the upcoming “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” written by Mike LeSieur, which the partnership developed through their $10 million fund, with Greg Mottola (“Superbad”) directing and Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher starring.

The partnership is also developing the feature “Barbie” with Mattel, set up at Sony Pictures, and is in production on NBC’s “The Slap,” which is currently shooting in Brooklyn. The alliance is also backing Paramount’s “Ring 3,” with director F. Javier Gutierrez slated to begin principal photography in Atlanta in early March.

“We’ve worked with Walter and Laurie for a number of years now, and the new deal is the natural extension of our great partnership,” said Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi.

Hayes was most recently partner and president of production at Story Mining & Supply Co.

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