CEO Eric Parkinson Biography
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Parkinson is known within the industry primarily for his film marketing and distribution skills, especially with respect to the U.S. Home Video Market. As a film distributor, he has handled the release of over 1,200 titles, including major hits such as "The Terminator", "Little Nemo" and "Highlander 2". Schooled primarily in film production (University of Kansas and later at the University of Arkansas), Parkinson is also a skilled filmmaker, with extensive production credits, and a directorial (feature) debut in the works. As a child, Parkinson was considered a musical prodigy with performance level classical piano training, awards and accolades.
In 2002, he purchased Truman Press, Inc. d/b/a "Hannover House" and added DVD products to the book publishing line. As of 2010, "Hannover House" was merged to become a publicly traded company (symbol OTC: HHSE). Parkinson has been the CEO of Hannover House since 2002. Hannover House has released over 400 titles to the DVD market during its first 15 years in the home media sector... and recently the company began to refocus efforts towards the release of theatrical feature films as the DVD business for independent titles grew increasingly competitive. The company has aligned some aspects of home video, streaming and television product distribution through major studio partners, but maintains its direct access to the major theatre circuits in North America.
Parkinson is active as a Producer and Executive Producer of films, with current projects ranging from the $500,000 budget for Wildfire to the $10-mm budget for Meltdown.
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Parkinson is brother of former Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson (D) and was a co-chairman of west coast fund-raising for the 1996 Presidential campaign for former U.S. Senator Bob Dole. Parkinson's father was public relations and marketing guru and author Hank Parkinson, whose Wichita, Kansas firm helped launch several major companies and publications including Pizza Hut, Delta Dental Plan and Campaign Insight.
Parkinson is a founding board member of the Smithsonian Institute Museum Project for N.W. Arkansas. He is also founder and CEO of Made In The USA, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to encourage consumers to purchase goods manufactured in the USA.