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.
Amazon Studios has put in development an untitled drama project from The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder and feature producer Will Packer (Straight Outta Compton). The storyline is being kept under wraps but is said to revolve around an alternate universe in the vein of The Man in the High Castle. McGruder will executive produce with Norman Aladjem and Packer.
The network is teaming with Will Packer to develop a single-camera comedy based on the 1976 feature film, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The NBC take is described as a workplace comedy that explores the family we build in order to survive — as seen through one kid’s determination to create his own destiny, one man’s struggle to accept who he has become and the bonds they form at an iconic Hollywood destination: Deluxe Car Wash.
Notable for producing high-profit films such as Stomp the Yard and the Think Like A Man and Ride Along franchises, Will Packer has carved his own path to success in Hollywood. In an exclusive interview with MADE, Will shares the formula to becoming a legendary leader.
CBS has given a script commitment plus penalty to Incognito, an action-driven legal procedural from writer Rashad Raisani and producers Will Packer and Adam Rifkin. Universal TV. Written by Raisani, Incognito is based on the Swedish series Inkognito. It centers on a crusading U.S. Attorney who leads a skilled team of misfits into life and death situations to find critical evidence the prosecution needs to even the playing field with the corrupt and the mighty.
NBC has nabbed Big of Me, a half-hour comedy from Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich and producers Will Packer and Eva Longoria. The project hails from Universal TV where Packer’s Will Packer Prods. and Longoria’s UnveliEVAble Entertainment have deals. Created and written by Iungerich, Big of Me centers on two women from different walks of life who start an unlikely friendship after their mutual husband dies. Iungerich and Packer executive produce alongside UnbeliEVAble Entertainment’s Longoria and Ben Spector. Will Packer Prods.’ head of TV Korin D. Huggins co-executive produces.
Will Packer, one of the executive producers of Straight Outta Compton, has addressed the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees, calling it a “complete embarrassment” that those recognized were overwhelmingly white.