The Hot Newcomers: In his first development season since venturing into TV with a deal at Universal Television, feature producer Will Packer landed two comedy pilots, and both of them went to series — People Are Talking at NBC and Uncle Buck at ABC.
Barbara had an amazing spirit and passion for her family and her career. She will be missed for her creativity and fearlessness as an executive, but more importantly for her incredibly giving nature as a person. — Will Packer, Founder & Producer, Will Packer Productions
Will Packer weighs in on stories of racism in the news.
The network on Friday handed out a series order to its African-American-led remake of Uncle Buck, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The comedy was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley (Happy Endings), who exec produce alongside Will Packer and his Will Packer Productions topper Korin Huggins as well as Phil Traill. The series is a co-production between ABC Studios and Universal Television, with the latter’s Universal Pictures owning the rights to the movie.
The order for NBC’s pickup of “People Are Talking,” a multi-cam comedy starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar happened today. “Talking” is about two diverse couples who are neighbors and best friends. The “Saved by the Bell” alum will star with Meaghan Rath, Tone Bell and Bresha Webb. The multi-cam project was written by D.J. Nash who exec produces with Will Packer and “How I Met Your Mother’s” Pam Fryman who directed the pilot.
Will Packer is one of the new producers set to take part in the seventh annual Produced By Conference, the Producers Guild of America announced this morning. Panels include a conversation with Reese Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Papandrea, moderated by Ride Along and Think Like A Man producer Will Packer.