Miami — Twenty years ago, freshly graduated from college, Will Packer loaded 350 newspapers into his Honda Civic every day at dawn and drove around Atlanta, tossing them onto lawns and driveways. In the afternoons, he sold subscriptions door to door.

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2015 was the year of the man. As we all bobbed our heads to Jidenna’s new men’s anthem, Classic Man, Hollywood’s favorite producer Will “Power” Packer was busy in the studio working on movie and television gold.

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Producer Will Packer is seemingly everywhere at once. He shepherded “Straight Outta Compton” to box office glory this past summer. He fielded two comedies for the 2015-16 season: NBC’s “Truth Be Told” and ABC’s upcoming “Uncle Buck.” He’s winding down the year at his home base in Atlanta, finishing work on “Ride Along 2,” starring…

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Producer Will Packer (Truth Be Told, Uncle Buck) has teamed with actor-rapper-producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Power) for My Friend 50, a single-camera series project, which has landed at Fox with the duo executive producing and 50 Cent set to recur, making occasional appearances as a version of himself. Written on spec by Ava Tramer (TBS’ Angie Tribeca), My…

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Fox has put in development The Diplomats, a drama project from Royal Pains co-creator/executive producer/co-showrunner Andrew Lenchewski and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Straight Outta Compton).Created and written by Lenchewski, The Diplomats — like Royal Pains — has a buddy element at the center. It revolves around two female State Department agents who are assigned to work…

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EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems’ romantic comedy feature franchise Think Like A Man is heading to television with its creative team on board. Fox is developing Think Like A Man, a single-camera comedy executive produced by comedian Steve Harvey, on whose best-selling advice book the movies were based, and by the films’ producer Will Packer. Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, who wrote the…

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Hollywood Producer Will Packer and his wife Heather Hayslett share their August wedding joy –and how ESSENCE brought them together.

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Will Packer, a magma cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University, visited Orlando, FL on Friday, September 25 for a fireside chat at the 2015 National Black MBA Association’s Annual National Conference moderated by actress Nicole Ari Parker.

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Will Packer is known for producing movies featuring African American characters, including the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises. Eva Longoria is producing two series with Latino protagonists, Devious Maids and NBC’s upcoming Hot & Bothered, in which she stars. Now Packer and Longoria have teamed for Bonita & Mechelle, a multi-camera comedy for NBC, which…

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Will Packer Productions continues its push in the hourlong arena this season with Under Her Thumb. The drama, created by Alison McDonald (Red Band Society, American Dad!), has sold to NBC with a put pilot commitment. Universal TV, where Packer recently renewed his overall deal, is the studio.  Written by McDonald, Under Her Thumb is…

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