Luke Parker Bowles | CEO
Luke Parker Bowles previously served as Executive Vice President of Production for Open Road Integrated Media, a digitalpublisher and multimedia content company. Open Road publishes and markets ebooks from authors including William Styron, Pat Conroy, Alice Walker, James Jones, and Pearl S. Buck.
Parker Bowles created and ran Open Road’s Digital Entertainment division, producing short documentary film pieces around its authors in order to market their ebooks. He also managed a worldwide team of filmmakers who interview Open Road authors and their families, colleagues, and friends.
Parker Bowles also developed and produced television projects from Open Road’s extensive ebook backlist. The company developed William Styron’s Lie Down in Darkness, adapted by Richard Yates and Scott Cooper, for Mr. Cooper to direct, and Cocoa Beach, a television show based on the life story of Open Road author Jay Barbree and adapted by Emmy and Golden Globe Award winners Andre and Maria Jacquemetton.
Hailing from London, Parker Bowles began his film-industry career at International Creative Management (ICM) London in 1999 after obtaining his degree from the University of London.
An established film industry executive in both the United Kingdom and the United States, Parker Bowles has developed and managed a diverse slate of films for both major studios and independent film companies, including Working Title Films, Hart Sharp Entertainment, and Sharp Independent at HarperCollins.
Parker Bowles joined Working Title Films’ creative department in 2001. There, he was involved in the development of hit films such as Chris and Paul Weitz’s About a Boy, Beeban Kidron’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and Richard Curtis’s Love Actually.
In the fall of 2003, Parker Bowles moved to New York and began working with producer Jeffrey Sharp at Hart Sharp Entertainment.
Parker Bowles serves on the boards of BAFTA New York and the Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden in New York, and on the advisory boards for the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Montclair Film Festival. He is a contributor to the Daily Beast and is a member of the Pilgrims Society as well as the St. George’s Society.
In addition to attending the University of London, Parker Bowles studied at Yale University and Carnegie Mellon University.