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David Kirkpatrick (producer)

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David Kirkpatrick
David Kirkpatrick Introduction Movie-Making.jpg
BornDavid Paul Kirkpatrick
(1951-06-29) June 29, 1951 (age 69)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
OccupationFilm producer, screenwriter, studio executive
Alma materCalifornia Institute of the Arts
Literary movementTransmedia
Notable awardsGolden Globe, Independent Spirit Award

David Paul Kirkpatrick (born June 29, 1951) is an American film producer, studio executive and writer. He is widely known[1] for his career at Paramount Pictures where he started as a story editor, oversaw the studio's exclusive development deal with Eddie Murphy[citation needed] and eventually became President of the Motion Picture Group.[citation needed] Kirkpatrick was chief of production at two studios at the same time, Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures.[2]


Kirkpatrick was raised as a Catholic in the state of Ohio.[3] He graduated from Hudson High School in Hudson Ohio in 1969.


Kirkpatrick sold his first screenplay to Paramount at the age of 17 while still in high school[citation needed] and taught screenwriting at the California Institute of the Arts at the age of 18[citation needed] where he received his bachelor's degree in 1974.[citation needed] Kirkpatrick's screenplay Dynamite Woman was produced in 1976 and distributed by New World Pictures.[4] Shortly after, he took a position in the story department at Paramount Pictures.[citation needed] Kirkpatrick worked his way up the ranks at Paramount making his name by overseeing Paramount's exclusive development deal with Eddie Murphy. The arrangement resulted in several hits including the $234 million blockbuster Beverly Hills Cop.[citation needed]

During his years at Paramount, Kirkpatrick oversaw the successful Indiana Jones and Star Trek franchises, box office hits such as Top Gun (1986), Ghost (1990), and The Hunt for Red October (1990), and award-winning films such as Witness (1985), Terms of Endearment (1983), and Reds (1981).[citation needed]

Kirkpatrick worked under industry executives Barry Diller, Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg at Paramount.[5] Both Kirkpatrick and Katzenberg were involved in the development of Coming to America (1988)[citation needed] and the subsequent Buchwald v. Paramount breach of contract lawsuit.[citation needed] The case was the subject of the 1992 book Fatal Subtraction.

Kirkpatrick was also instrumental in replacing Hunt for Red October star Alec Baldwin with Harrison Ford in the Jack Ryan franchise. Baldwin revealed this in a March 2011 column on The Huffington Post, in which he accused Kirkpatrick of back-handed dealings in the matter, referring to Kirkpatrick as "a beady-eyed, untalented tool".[6]

Disney and Touchstone

From 1987 to 1989,[7] Kirkpatrick became the chief of production at Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures becoming the first motion picture executive to hold that position at two studios at the same time. During that period, he oversaw The Little Mermaid (1989), Pretty Woman (1990) and Dead Poets Society (1989) among other films, before returning to Paramount.

Original Voices

Kirkpatrick left his post at Paramount after finding his office furniture on the lawn after an altercation with fellow executive Stanley R. Jaffe.[citation needed] Afterward, he entered into a production deal with the company and then produced The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), and The Evening Star (1996), a sequel to Terms of Endearment.[8] He then formed his own production company Original Voices concentrating on smaller budget projects, producing the independent hits Big Night (1996) and The Opposite of Sex (1998), with Rysher Entertainment.[9]

Good News Holdings

In 2006, Kirkpatrick co-founded Good New Holdings, a faith-based entertainment company that produced "spiritainment". The company and Kirkpatrick were featured in a The New York Times profile, "A Once-Feared Kingmaker Called to a Different Battle" in December 2006.[5] The title of the profile refers to the battle outlined in Ephesians 6:12 regarding the struggle over souls.[citation needed]

In 2012, David Kirkpatrick lost a $2.3 million civil lawsuit brought by an investor against Kirkpatrick and Good News Holdings. According to the jury's ruling, Kirkpatrick and Good News Holdings had "made intentional misrepresentations, intentionally concealed material information, violated state securities laws and breached their fiduciary duties." [10]

Plymouth Rock Studios

After leaving Good News Holdings, Kirkpatrick co-founded Plymouth Rock Studios, a planned $500 million film and television studio that was scheduled to open in 2012 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Other executives involved included Earl Lestz, former President of Paramount Studio Groups for 21 years, real estate developer Bill Wynne,[11] who built Rancho Santa Margarita, and Joe DiLorenzo,[12] former CFO of the Boston Celtics and current Chairman of the Financial Executives International organization. In November 2009, the Studio had announced that it had secured $500 million in financing. The financing eventually fell through. Kirkpatrick and Plymouth Rock Studios parted ways in June 2010.[13]

Rock Organization

Kirkpatrick took a position in 2011 with the Rock Organization. It is a Christian worldview foundation based in the Midwestern United States. He is working on a transmedia event on the life of Jesus Christ.


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie
Let It Be Me
1996 Big Night Executive producer
The Evening Star
1997 The Opposite of Sex
A Smile Like Yours
2000 Bruno
2001 The Whole Shebang
2003 National Lampoon's Barely Legal Executive producer
As an actor
Year Film Role
1988 Evil Angels TV Film Editor
Art department
Year Film Notes
1993 Knights Swing gang


Year Title Credit Notes
1993 The Substitute Executive producer Television film
1996 Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Executive producer Television film
As an actor
Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Flying Doctors Vince Banks
1991 Ratbag Hero Firefighter Television film
1996 Ocean Girl Immigration Official


David Kirkpatrick produced the 1996 HBO film Rasputin that won the Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series of Motion Picture Made for Television. Alan Rickman won both the Emmy and the Golden Globe for his title performance role in the mini-series. Kirkpatrick also produced The Opposite of Sex, which received the 1999 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. In 2007, he became the first recipient of the "David Award" the lifetime achievement award from Regent University, a Christian college, for "redemptive work" in the entertainment field. The award derives its name from the David of the Old Testament.[14]


  1. ^ "The Monster That Ate Hollywood – Interviews | PBS – FRONTLINE". PBS. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Kirkpatrick, David (February 24, 2004). "A nod to the chief Mouseketeer".
  3. ^ "David Kirkpatrick: Hollywood Pioneer Moves to a New Front". Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b "A Once-Feared Kingmaker Called to a Different Battle". The New York Times. December 10, 2006. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Baldwin, Alec (March 11, 2011). "Two and a Half Men Is Better Than None". Huffington Post.
  7. ^ "PRODUCED BY 2009 // David Kirkpatrick". Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  8. ^ Dana Harris (May 1, 2005). "Ex-Par prexy kicking it up". Variety. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  9. ^ Charles Lyons (October 20, 2000). "Original Voices gets 'Special'". Variety. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  10. ^ "David Kirkpatrick named in $2.3 million ruling against Good News Holdings - Plymouth Wicked Local". June 21, 2012.
  11. ^ Clark, Emily (October 13, 2011). "PLYMOUTH ROCK STUDIOS: And then there was one? – Plymouth, MA – Wicked Local Plymouth". Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  12. ^ "Team. Plymouth Rock Studios". Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  13. ^ "Cofounder splits from Plymouth Rock Studios – The Boston Globe". June 2, 2010. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  14. ^ Fisher, Bobbie. "Regent University Christian Leader Magazine: Regent Hosts Candlelight Forum in Hollywood". Retrieved October 4, 2013.

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