Mark Waters made his feature film directorial debut with the dark comedy indie hit The House of Yes. The film premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival where Parker Posey won a Special Jury Prize for her performance.
Waters then scored with the back-to-back hit comedies Freaky Friday and Mean Girls. Freaky Friday, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan, earned a 2004 Critic's Choice Award nomination for Best Family Film and brought a Golden Globe Award nomination to Jamie Lee Curtis. Mean Girls, written by Tina Fey, won three MTV Movie Awards, including one for Lindsay Lohan as Best Actress.
Waters followed in 2005 with the fantasy comedy romance Just Like Heaven, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo. In 2008 he directed the acclaimed family adventure The Spiderwick Chronicles, adapted from the popular book series.
In 2009, Waters directed Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Matthew McConaughey, and produced (500) Days of Summer which was nominated for two Golden Globes. Waters followed that with Mr. Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey in 2011.