Laurie MacDonald

Laurie MacDonald

Highest Rated: 97% Free Solo (2018)

Lowest Rated: 8% Rings (2017)

Birthday: Dec 19, 1953

Birthplace: Not Available

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).

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
22% 66% Men in Black: International Producer $80M 2019
97% 93% Free Solo Executive Producer $17.5M 2018
8% 23% Rings Producer $27.8M 2017
20% 37% Keeping Up With the Joneses Producer $14.9M 2016
72% 72% He Named Me Malala Producer $2.6M 2015
68% 70% Men in Black 3 Producer $179M 2012
77% 75% Flight Producer $93.7M 2012
42% 42% Dinner for Schmucks Producer $73M 2010
32% 49% The Uninvited Producer $28.6M 2009
38% 56% The Burning Plain Producer $200.4K 2008
86% 81% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Producer $52.9M 2007
65% 84% The Kite Runner Executive Producer $15.8M 2007
87% 74% The Lookout Executive Producer $4.6M 2007
55% 75% Just Like Heaven Producer $48.3M 2005
26% 48% The Legend of Zorro Producer $45.4M 2005
20% 33% The Ring Two Producer $75.9M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Island Producer $35.8M 2005
72% 63% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Producer $118.6M 2004
61% 74% The Terminal Producer $77M 2004
39% 45% Men in Black II Producer $192.4M 2002
71% 48% The Ring Producer $128.6M 2002
96% 89% Catch Me if You Can Executive Producer $164.4M 2002
21% 30% The Tuxedo Executive Producer $50.2M 2002
29% 37% The Time Machine Executive Producer $56.7M 2002
77% 87% Gladiator Executive Producer $187.7M 2000
82% 73% The Mask of Zorro Executive Producer $93.8M 1998
92% 79% Men in Black Producer $250.1M 1997
77% 79% Amistad Executive Producer - 1997
43% 39% The Peacemaker Executive Producer $41.3M 1997
75% 43% The Trigger Effect Executive Producer $3.6M 1996
59% 58% Twister Executive Producer $241.7M 1996

TV

Credit
67% No Score Yet The Slap Executive Producer 2015
59% 53% Crossbones Executive Producer 2014

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