Parkes/MacDonald Sign New Five-Year Pact With Image Nation Abu Dhabi

"MiB" Team Re-Ups With Mideast Cash

The husband-and- wife producing team of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ("Men in Black 3") saw their first-look deal with DreamWorks end in January. But they have formed a new joint venture, Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation.

Evan Hayes has been named president of production

Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Image Nation Abu Dhabi have signed a new deal extending their joint venture, which began in 2010 with a $10 million revolving financing fund, for another five years. As part of the new expansion, Evan Hayes has been appointed president of production at Parkes/MacDonald and will oversee the company's large slate of feature film projects as well as supervise all aspects of production and creative development. He was most recently partner and president of production at Story Mining & Supply Co. 

After the initial 2010 agreement, the relationship expanded in 2012 when Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation was formed, which built on the fund by providing overhead and a first-look deal to develop, acquire and produce projects.

The next Parkes+Macdonald/Image Nation project is an untitled feature-length documentary about Malala Yousafzai, directed by Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth). Also in the works is Keeping Up With the Joneses, written by Mike LeSieur, which the partnership developed through their $10 million fund and is now slated for production at Fox 2000 with Greg Mottola (Superbad) directing and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby) starring. 

The Parkes+Macdonald/Image Nation partnership is also developing a number of other independent and studio projects, including a live-action comedy feature based on the girls' toy line Barbie, being produced with Mattel set up at Sony Pictures.    

Other projects in production or preproduction include NBC's The Slap, which is currently shooting in Brooklyn, New York, and Paramount's Ring 3 with director F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall), slated to begin principal photography in Atlanta in early March.