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At one time the director of the Tony-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Parkin joined NBC in 1981 as a story editor and was soon helping to develop miniseries and novels for TV, including "Fatal Vision" (1984), "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" and "The Long Hot Summer" (both 1985). He entered the executive ranks upon moving to ABC in 1986, overseeing the production of "The Betty Ford Story" (1987), "Little Girl Lost" (1988), "Liberace" (1988), "Separate but Equal" (1991) and "Something to Live For: The Alison Gertz Story" (1992). After nearly a decade at ABC, Parkin resigned in August 1996, amid speculation that he would become and independent producer.
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