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David E. Talbert and Will Packer have sold a holiday-themed comedy spec script to Universal Pictures titled “A Meyers Thanksgiving,” which Talbert will write and direct, with Packer producing.

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Here today gone later today is a saying that is all too prominent in Hollywood.  Film producer Will Packer has been able to avoid those consequences by steadily crafting standout projects including Think Like A Man, Ride Along and Stomp The Yard.

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On May 2, 2015 nearly 1,200 graduates will further prove the effectiveness of Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) mission of enhancing lives through innovative research, engaging cooperative extension, and public service.  FAMU alumnus and filmmaker Will Packer will serve as the speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony.

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The American Film Institute and SAG-AFTRA are pledging to work toward 1 million hours of mentorship as part of President Obama’s United We Serve initiative.  Obama will announce the commitment on Friday as part of the White House Student Film Festival, which will showcase projects from 15 students tied to the theme “The Impact of Giving Back.” The selections for the festival were made in collaboration with the AFI.  Among those expected at the event are AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale, SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, Participant Media’s Chad Boettcher, SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White, Terrance J, Jake Johnson, LaLa Anthony, Michael Ealy, Joe Morton, director Steve McQueen, producer Bianca Stigter, Amber Riley, Hillary Swank, Kal Penn and producer Will Packer.

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Instagram is the new everything and Will Packer (@willpowerpacker — 97.8K followers) has one of the most followed industry Instagram pages.  He tells THR, “Social media is my bedrock, my grass-roots connection to my audience.  Celebrity used to be about mystery — not knowing what stars were doing — but now celebrity is about knowing everything.”

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar is returning to NBC.  The Franklin & Bash star — and Saved by the Bell alum — has booked the leading role in NBC’s comedy pilot People Are Talking.  He joins a cast that includes Bad Judge‘s Tone Bell, who plays Mitch’s best friend and neighbor. Bresha Webb and Brooke Ishibashi co-star.  Nash will pen the script for the multicamera comedy and executive produce the Universal Television comedy alongside Will Packer Productions’ Will Packer and Korin Huggins.

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Mike Epps has been tapped for the title role in Uncle Buck, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the classic John Hughes film starring John Candy. Also cast in the project, from Universal TV and Will Packer Productions, is Nia Long.

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When he was just a fledgling producer new to Los Angeles, Will Packer was determined to have a power lunch at Mr. Chow (No. 10), the Chinese cuisine power nexus in Beverly Hills that celebrated 40 years in business last year.

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Ride Along producer Will Packer’s big development season is getting bigger.  The producer, in his first year developing for the small screen, has sold his fourth project. NBC has handed out a script commitment to an untitled female buddy-cop project from Packer and Gossip Girl alum Amanda Lasher, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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Ride Along producer Will Packer is off to a strong start in his first TV development season. Packer, via his Universal Television-based production company, has just made his third sale this season. He’s teaming with Growing Up Fisher creator DJ Nash for NBC comedy #PeopleAreTalking, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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