Mark Waters (director)

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Mark Waters
Born Mark Stephen Waters
(1964-06-30) June 30, 1964 (age 52)
Wyandotte, Michigan, United States
Alma mater American Film Institute
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, producer
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Dina Spybey (m. 2000)
Children 2
Relatives Daniel Waters (brother)

Mark Stephen Waters (born June 30, 1964) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. Waters is perhaps best known for directing the comedies Freaky Friday (2003) and Mean Girls (2004).


Waters is the brother of screenwriter Daniel Waters and has been married to actress Dina Spybey since 2000. They have two daughters, Zoe and Alex. He is a graduate of the American Film Institute and as of September 2006 has a development deal with Paramount Pictures. He often directs light-hearted, family-friendly comedy films.

Waters was one of the 120 invitees to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2006.[1]


Year Title Writer Director Producer Notes
1997 House of Yes, TheThe House of Yes Yes Yes Writer of film adaptation.
2001 Head Over Heels Yes
2002 Warning: Parental Advisory Yes
2003 Freaky Friday Yes
2004 Mean Girls Yes
2005 Sorry, Haters Yes Executive producer
Just Like Heaven Yes
2008 Spiderwick Chronicles, TheThe Spiderwick Chronicles Yes
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Yes Yes Executive producer
500 Days of Summer Yes
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Yes Yes Executive producer
2014 Vampire Academy Yes
2016 Bad Santa 2 Yes Yes Executive producer
TBA Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Yes Announced[2]
Magic Camp Yes Announced[3]


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