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HHSE CEO Eric Parkinson Professional BIOgraphy With Photos


HHSE CEO Eric "DealMaker" Parkinson

Eric F. Parkinson (born December 15, 1958) is an American entertainment producer and distributor, and is CEO of Hannover House.

A former news photographer for NBC-Affiliate station KKRD in Wichita, Kansas, Parkinson moved to Los Angeles in 1983 and began working in the emerging home video industry at Continental Video, Inc. He won his first RIAA Platinum Sales Award the next year with his ABC-Sports co-production release of "The 1984 Summer Olympic Highlights" video, the first of 137 sales achievement awards to be earned over the next 25 years.

From 1985 to 1988, Parkinson was President of the specialty video production company, Twin Tower Enterprises, Inc. From 1989 to 1991, he was President of A.I.P. Home Video, Inc., before moving to Hemdale Film Corporation in March 1991 to become President of Hemdale Home Video, Inc. and Hemdale Communications, Inc., with partners John Daly and Derek Gibson. From 1996 to 2001, Parkinson was a partner in Plaza Entertainment, Inc. (with John Herklotz and later with Charles von Bernuth), and in January 2002, he took over sales, marketing and eventually the ownership of Truman Press, Inc., d/b/a "Hannover House" a respected, boutique book publishing company, and added a DVD products line.

In December, 2009, Parkinson and his operating partner at Hannover House, D. Frederick Shefte, entered into an agreement to merge with the publicly-traded Target Development Group, Inc., in order to create a financing structure to facilitate the company's move into higher-profile, theatrical level films and release activities. Hannover House also distributes a library of over 175 titles.

Parkinson has also produced or executive produced over forty feature films and television specials, and is currently at work on his film directing debut with ShadowVision a science-fiction thriller for release in 2012.

Parkinson attended the University of Kansas beginning in the Fall of 1977 and was a member of the varsity football team, while majoring in Film and Television. Eric is the brother of Mark Parkinson, the recent former Governor of Kansas.

From Quarterly Report - Additional Disclosures & Cash Flows / Q3 / For Current Status - 11/21/11:

Eric Parkinson has been active full-time in the film & video distribution and entertainment industries since 1984, with his first position as General Manager of Continental Video (producer / distributor of the # 1 best selling title, “The 1984 Summer Olympic Highlights”). Parkinson worked his way up through the corporate ranks of independent film studios, becoming President of A.I.P. (1989 – 1991) and President / C.E.O. of Hemdale Home Video and Hemdale Communications, Inc., a NASDAQ traded company (1991 – 1996). Parkinson has provided marketing and distribution consultation services for more than 800 releases, including work on titles for release through MGM, Columbia-Tri-Star, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, CBS and The Discovery Channel.

An old Bio of HHSE CEO Eric Parkinson when at Blue Steel Releasing (2001)

Eric Parkinson - President of Home Entertainment

Mr. Parkinson has over 18 years of experience as a senior executive and top industry producer for the video marketplace. As President and CEO of Hemdale Communications, Inc. And Plaza Entertainment, he managed all aspects of acquisition, production, campaign design, publicity, advertising, and marketing implementation for video sales. He has more Gold and Platinum video awards than any other distribution executive in the industry, holding 5 industry sales records.

4 of Parkinson's #1 Best Selling release statistically outperformed market standards by more than 500%. These films included the $23,000,000 video gross for Little Nemo, the $18,000,000 video gross for The Princess & the Goblin, the $16,000,000 video gross for The Magic Voyage, and the $25,000,000 re-release of The Terminator 8 years after it's initial distribution.

Mr. Parkinson has developed very strong and close relationships with key buyers at the nation's top mass merchants and video specialty chains. Parkinson is also accomplished as a film producer and director. His 25 feature projects have all been profitable, financial successes for the production companies, distributors and investors.

Go to Blue Steel website, click on "People", then click "Eric Parkinson":


Eric Parkinson While at Hemdale Communications

Hemdale Film Corporation, known as Hemdale Communications after 1993, was an independent film production company and distributor founded in London in 1967 as the Hemdale Company by actor David Hemmings and his manager, John Daly. Hemdale was initially founded as a talent agency that helped launch the careers of such bands as Black Sabbath and Yes. However, after Hemmings left the company in 1971, Daly purchased the rest of the company and refocused Hemdale as a film studio. Originally a producer and distributor of British films, Hemdale relocated to Hollywood in 1980. Derek Gibson later joined the company.

Among its most well-known films are The Terminator, The Return of the Living Dead, Hoosiers, Salvador, River's Edge, Platoon, and The Last Emperor; the latter two were back-to-back recipients of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Despite these critical and commercial successes, Hemdale followed these films up with a series of box office bombs and the company eventually declared bankruptcy.

In 1991, Eric Parkinson joined Hemdale as president of the company, eventually shutting down its production facilities and duties, and started acquiring and distributing films independently produced by other people.

In 1995, Hemdale shut its doors, shortly after it was announced that Daly and Gibson would leave the company. The library was then incorporated into Consortium de Realisation, a French holding company set up to handle the rights to titles acquired by Credit Lyonnais Bank.

After the studio's closing, the Hemdale library was incorporated into the Orion Pictures output now owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after MGM acquired the Consortium de Realisation library from PolyGram (ironically, Orion was the original distributor for many of Hemdale's films). One key exception is The Last Emperor, a Hemdale production originally issued by Columbia Pictures, but whose rights are now held by its producer, Jeremy Thomas. Most of the outside productions Hemdale distributed have subsequently returned to their original owners (such as Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, which producer Tokyo Movie Shinsha now controls worldwide).

In 1991, Hemdale created a collection of many video cassette titles released by Hemdale Home Video, which was formed by Parkinson, around the United States of America. In 1995, the video rights to some of Hemdale's higher-profile titles were licensed to LIVE Entertainment (now Lionsgate).

The company's last new credit was for the Virgin Games video game adaptation of The Terminator, which showed up on the game's start up screen as "Hemdale's The Terminator" in text on the scrolling logo, despite all box art calling it "The Terminator"


HHSE executives FRED SHEFTE and ERIC PARKINSON announce the launch of Medallion International Pictures to handle the company's higher-end productions

An Old Bio From His Days at Empire Film Group:


As President and C.E.O. of Truman Press, Inc. (d/b/a “Hannover House”) since January of 2002, Parkinson expanded the company’s product scope from book publishing into the growing DVD production and distribution marketplace. In only five years, Parkinson has built the film and DVD catalog for Hannover House to over 170 titles. Hannover has direct sales relationships with most of the key USA mass merchants and video retailers, as well as theatre chains, book sellers and other forms of film distribution.

Prior to Empire/Hannover, Eric founded and managed (as CEO/President) Hemdale Communications, Inc. and Hemdale Home Video, Inc., a NASDAQ Traded, Independent Video and Film Distribution Studio. During Parkinson’s five-year contract with Hemdale, he managed the business to achieve more than $150-million in revenues through the release of 90 feature films. Parkinson has over twenty-four years of experience as a President or C.E.O. in the Motion Picture, Television, Video and International Film Distribution industries, handling all aspects of acquisition, production, campaign design, publicity, advertising and marketing implementation, as well as the administration and management of support staff of over 100 employees. As a motion picture marketing executive, Parkinson has had more #1 best selling titles than any other independent distributor in North America, and has more R.I.A.A. Gold or Platinum certified hits than any other marketer. Parkinson has also produced 20 feature films, over 30 made-for-video programs, and released over 800 titles to the U.S. video marketplace. Former # 1 best-selling titles for Parkinson include "Terminator", "Little Nemo" (both BILLBOARD # 1 titles), "Savage Land", "Magic Voyage" and "Highlander: The Gathering" (all Video Business Magazine # 1 titles).

Eric attended Wichita State University and the University of Kansas where he majored in Radio, Television-Film. He is also founder and a board member of the $100-million dollar "Science Springs" museum project for N.W. Arkansas, a world-class, Smithsonian-affiliated museum complex to showcase and explain science and technology.


Eric Parkinson - Mini Biography at the Internet Movie Database

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 750 titles, including major hits such as "The Terminator", "Little Nemo" and "Highlander 2". Schooled primarily in film production (University of Kansas), 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.

As of 2010 he is the CEO of the film and video distributor Hannover House (OTCBB: HHSE). Hannover House is an entertainment media distributor, specializing in the manufacture and release of prerecorded movies and programs onto DVD and Blu-Ray video devices, and the publication of literary and non-fiction books. Hannover is also active in the release of higher-profile films to theaters and to the domestic (North American) television markets.


HHSE CEO Eric Parkinson Filmography (Film Credits) at The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) - 9/9/14:


HHSE CEO Eric Parkinson next to the teaser artwork for "The Legend of Belle Starr."

HHSE CEO Eric Parkinson is the featured guest on this week's 9/30/14 "SELLING TO THE MASSES" show for WM-Vendorville Media


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