Laurie MacDonald

Executive, Producer
A regular presence on annual "most powerful executives in Hollywood" lists during her career, Laurie MacDonald was a producer and studio co-head who helped make some of the top movies of her era. Along with husband and ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1953 in United States

Filmography

Producer (33)

Keeping Up With the Joneses 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rings 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Circle 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

He Named Me Malala 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Crossbones 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Flight 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dinner for Schmucks 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Burning Plain 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Uninvited 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Kite Runner 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Lookout 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Just Like Heaven 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Legend of Zorro 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ring Two 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Terminal 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Men in Black: The Series 1997 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Ring 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Tuxedo 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Time Machine 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Mask of Zorro 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Peacemaker 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Trigger Effect 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Twister 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Birdland 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

A regular presence on annual "most powerful executives in Hollywood" lists during her career, Laurie MacDonald was a producer and studio co-head who helped make some of the top movies of her era. Along with husband and producing partner Walter Parkes, she helped run DreamWorks, the high-powered studio responsible for a host of big-budget, popular films. Her first credit as a producer was in television, namely on the short-lived medical drama "Birdland" (1994). She didn't stay in that medium long, choosing instead to concentrate on film, the preferred arena of Parkes. She debuted as a film producer with the '95 romantic drama "How to Make an American Quilt," and her career quickly gained steam. Consistently working with her husband, she helped create such blockbusters as the '97 science-fiction romp "Men in Black" and the Ridley Scott-directed Roman arena fighter epic "Gladiator" ('00). As one of the essential movers at DreamWorks, MacDonald was instrumental in birthing numerous films directed by studio partner Steven Spielberg. These include '02's "Catch Me if You Can," starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a real-life counterfeiter/forger active in the '60s, and the man-stuck-in-an-airport dramedy "The Terminal" ('04). Other directors collaborating with her on projects included Tim Burton ('07's period Gothic, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street") and Michael Bay (the futuristic thriller "The Island," in '05).

Relationships

Walter Parkes

Husband

EDUCATION

California State University, Sonoma

Milestones

Named co-head (with husband Walter Parkes) of motion picture division of DreamWorks SKG

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