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.
Roots, a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time, blockbuster 1977 miniseries Roots, is a go at History, which has been developing the project for over a year. The new event series is being made into a big A+E Networks affair, with History, A&E and Lifetime all set to simulcast it. Prolific feature producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like A Man), who is making a major foray into TV, has come on board as executive producer.
David E. Talbert and Will Packer have sold a holiday-themed comedy spec script to Universal Pictures titled “A Meyers Thanksgiving,” which Talbert will write and direct, with Packer producing.
Here today gone later today is a saying that is all too prominent in Hollywood. Film producer Will Packer has been able to avoid those consequences by steadily crafting standout projects including Think Like A Man, Ride Along and Stomp The Yard.
On May 2, 2015 nearly 1,200 graduates will further prove the effectiveness of Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) mission of enhancing lives through innovative research, engaging cooperative extension, and public service. FAMU alumnus and filmmaker Will Packer will serve as the speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony.
The American Film Institute and SAG-AFTRA are pledging to work toward 1 million hours of mentorship as part of President Obama’s United We Serve initiative. Obama will announce the commitment on Friday as part of the White House Student Film Festival, which will showcase projects from 15 students tied to the theme “The Impact of Giving Back.” The selections for the festival were made in collaboration with the AFI. Among those expected at the event are AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale, SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, Participant Media’s Chad Boettcher, SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White, Terrance J, Jake Johnson, LaLa Anthony, Michael Ealy, Joe Morton, director Steve McQueen, producer Bianca Stigter, Amber Riley, Hillary Swank, Kal Penn and producer Will Packer.
Instagram is the new everything and Will Packer (@willpowerpacker — 97.8K followers) has one of the most followed industry Instagram pages. He tells THR, “Social media is my bedrock, my grass-roots connection to my audience. Celebrity used to be about mystery — not knowing what stars were doing — but now celebrity is about knowing everything.”
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is returning to NBC. The Franklin & Bash star — and Saved by the Bell alum — has booked the leading role in NBC’s comedy pilot People Are Talking. He joins a cast that includes Bad Judge‘s Tone Bell, who plays Mitch’s best friend and neighbor. Bresha Webb and Brooke Ishibashi co-star. Nash will pen the script for the multicamera comedy and executive produce the Universal Television comedy alongside Will Packer Productions’ Will Packer and Korin Huggins.