David Kirkpatrick is the Chairman and Executive Managing officer of Plymouth Rock Studios. He is the former President of Paramount Pictures, where he worked for over 17 years after starting as the studio's story editor.
Creating stories through sound and motion has been a lifelong passion for David Kirkpatrick. David was the first person ever in the motion picture industry to hold two studio production chief jobs simultaneously, when he ran both Walt Disney Studios and Touchstone Studios.
As a motion picture executive, David oversaw some 200 movies, including Forrest Gump, Top Gun, The Firm, Ghost, Witness, Ordinary People, The Hunt for Red October, Terms of Endearment, Dead Poets Society, Elephant Man, An Officer and a Gentleman, Reds and The Little Mermaid. He was also responsible for such successful franchises as the Indiana Jones and Star Trek series.
In the 1980s, David was involved with the most successful exclusive arrangement between an actor and a studio in 50 years. As the responsible executive for Eddie Murphy, David oversaw such early classics as 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop I & II, Trading Places and Coming to America. The pictures on which David worked have a collective worldwide box office gross of over $10 billion and have garnered close to 400 Academy Award® nominations and 163 wins.
As a producer, David was the recipient of a Golden Globe®, an Emmy Award® and the Independent Spirit Award. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.