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STEVEN SPIELBERG NAMES WALTER F. PARKES PRESIDENT AND LAURIE MACDONALD EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT

 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Writer-producer Walter F. Parkes has been named president of Amblin Entertainment and producer Laurie MacDonald has been named executive vice president, it was announced today by Steven Spielberg, owner and chief executive officer.
 "I look to Walter and Laurie for production creativity and administrative innovation," said Spielberg, "and I am particularly pleased that Walter will be bringing a writer's perspective to the company. With Laurie's executive experience, they make a great combination.
 "They will be working with an Amblin team that has already established a significant place in the motion picture industry," he added. "That entire team will be staying at Amblin to join with them in moving the company further ahead in several very unique directions.
 "Walter and Laurie have known me and my family for many years, and I expect our new relationship at Amblin to be as smooth and effortless as our personal relationship has been."
 Parkes and MacDonald will assume their new positions in six months in order for them to complete work on their new ABC television series "Birdland" and on various motion picture projects for their own company, Aerial Pictures.
 Parkes is a three-time Academy Award nominee; first as director/producer of the Feature Length Documentary "The California Reich" in 1978; then as the writer, with Lawrence Lasker, of the Original Screenplay for "WarGames" in 1983; and third as producer for the Best Picture nominee "Awakenings" in 1990.
 Other credits have included "Sneakers" (producer, co-writer), "Volunteers" (producer), "Project X" and "True Believer" (producer). He most currently co-wrote, with Scott Frank, the pilot to "Birdland."
 For Parkes, an office at Amblin will be a homecoming. When the Amblin building on the Universal lot was built in 1984, he and Lasker were the first writers and the first outside talent to be based there to develop a project.
 MacDonald began her career as a news and documentary producer for the NBC affiliate in San Francisco, eventually producing "SFO," a nightly news and entertainment magazine show for the bay area. She moved to Los Angeles in 1984 to become a creative executive at Columbia Pictures and was promoted to vice president of Production a year later. MacDonald first collaborated with Parkes on "True Believer" in 1988, and soon after they formed Aerial Pictures. Currently, she is executive producer with Parks on "Birdland."
 Aerial's Senior Vice President Karen Teicher will continue to work for Parkes and MacDonald in an executive position to be determined later. The Director of Development Glenn Williamson is also expected to continue with the company.
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