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.