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 1,500 titles, including major hits such as "The Terminator", "Little Nemo" and "Highlander 2". During Parkinson's tenure as C.E.O. of Hemdale - a major independent production & distribution company - he earned over 100 RIAA / ITA Gold or Platinum Best Selling video awards, with 8 titles hitting # 1 on the Billboard video charts . 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 ("Wildfire" . As a child, Parkinson was considered a musical prodigy with performance level classical piano training, awards and accolades.
While C.E.O. of Hemdale, Parkinson was credited with paying off over $58-million in corporate debt that the company was carrying prior to his engagement - as well as the placement of the company's impressive film library within the MGM-UA family of companies . 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 450 titles to the DVD market during its first 19 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 $700,000 budget for Wildfire to the $15-mm budget for the upcoming action-comedy feature, Meltdown.