You don’t know him, but you know him. You know his movies – Think Like A Man, Stomp The Yard, Takers, Obsessed, This Christmas, The Gospel, and Trois, among others. Will Packer has become a Hollywood blockbuster hit maker with four of his films opening at number one at the box office and all of his movies collectively grossing over $350 million worldwide.
Packer parlayed that success last year into a three-year first-look movie production agreement with Universal Pictures and a two-year overall development deal with Universal TV to produce network television programs. Under both deals he will create new projects for the studios under his Will Packer Productions banner, making him one of the only non-writing African-American producers with an overall deal at a major studio.
As if that’s not enough, Packer also co-owns Bounce TV, the first Black-owned broadcast network, and is one of the youngest African-American members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the organization that hosts the Oscars), which he was inducted into in 2012.
Now you’re really going to know Packer this year, as he has four major movies coming out in 2014, beginning with the Ice Cube-Kevin Hart comedy Ride Along, which opens nationwide January 17th.
That’s quite a track record for a brother who is still only 39 years old, but who on the other hand has been in the business of producing movies for half of his life.