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.
In our new episode of Blueprint, Complex’s Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever links up with Packer to find out how he was able stay motivated in his early days. From his Atlanta estate, Packer shows Complex how he proved the bankability of people of color and helped launch the careers of Kevin Hart, Idris Elba, and more.
The Will Packer-produced and Malcolm D. Lee-directed Girls Trip is at least the third movie centered on black women (or a black leading lady) to make over $100m domestic. In the last 25 years of video game movies, from Super Mario Bros. in 1993 to Assassin’s Creed in 2016, there have been just two $100 million+ domestic grossers.
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.