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.

DEADLINE: Amazon Developing Alternate Universe Drama From Aaron McGruder & Will Packer

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.

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: ‘Car Wash’ Reboot From Will Packer Set at ABC

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.

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MADE Magazine:#1 Hit Movie Producer, Will Packer Reveals How to Achieve Legendary Status

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.

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Deadline.com: CBS Buys ‘Incognito’ Legal Drama Based On Swedish Format From Will Packer Productions, Rashad Raisani & Arnold Rifkin

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.

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DEADLINE: NBC Buys ‘Big Of Me’ Comedy From Will Packer, Eva Longoria & Lauren Iungerich

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.

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Entertainment Weekly: Straight Outta Compton producer calls lack of Oscar diversity ’embarrassing’

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.

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