Will Packer Sets Up Content Venture With Discovery, Universal Pictures

Prolific producer Will Packer has set up a TV, digital and branded content production venture with Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures. As part of the deal, Will Packer Media will have a first-look programming pact with OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s joint venture with Discovery. Packer will serve as CEO, with Scripps Networks Interactive alum Alix Baudin signing on as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Amazon Developing Series ‘Black America’ From Will Packer

Amazon is developing a drama series from Will Packer and Aaron McGruder that will deal with a post-slavery reparations America. The alt-history series will explore a world in which newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as reparations for slavery. The new nation, known as New Colonia, has a tumultuous relationship with the United States government.