Will Packer Productions

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Will Packer Productions
Industry Entertainment
Founders Will Packer
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Key people
  • Will Packer
  • Barbara Dreyfus
  • Korin Huggins
Products Motion pictures, television programs
Website Official site

Will Packer Productions is an American film and television production company founded and operated by Will Packer.


Packer began his film career at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with film director Rob Hardy when they started Rainforest Films in 1994. After producing profitable self-distributed independent films, Packer helped broker a major distribution deal with Sony in 2001. Packer produced several small budget, box office hits for Rainforest Films, including the box office number one films Stomp the Yard, Obsessed, Takers, Think Like a Man and Ride Along. In July 2013, Packer launched Will Packer Productions and signed a two-year deal with Universal Television to develop new projects for the studio.[1] Later that year, he signed a three-year "first-look" deal with Universal Pictures.[2] Packer and Hardy mutually dissolved Rainforest Films in June 2014. It was reported that the last Will Packer-produced film that would appear under the Rainforest Film's banner was About Last Night. Think Like a Man Too, No Good Deed, The Wedding Ringer and Ride Along 2 (all Will Packer-produced films that were in development, filming or in post-production at the time of Rainforest Films dissolution) will fall under the new shingle Will Packer Productions.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Lesley Goldberg (2013-07-09). "Film Producer Will Packer Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  2. ^ Fleming, Mike (2013-10-31). "Universal Makes First-Look Feature Pact With Hitmaking Producer Will Packer". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  3. ^ Yamato, Jen (2014-06-23). "'Think Like A Man Too' Producers Dissolve Hitmaking Shingle Rainforest Films". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Will Packer Productions | Film Production Company". Willpackerprods.com. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  5. ^ Thomas, Datwon (2013-12-19). "N.W.A. Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Brings On Writer". Vibe. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  6. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (27 April 2015). "David E. Talbert and Will Packer Pair Up for Thanksgiving - Shadow and Act". Shadow and Act. 
  7. ^ Ross A. Lincoln. "Universal Sets Release Dates For 'Legend', 'A Meyers Christmas'". Deadline. 
  8. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (2016-04-13). "Universal Retitles Family Comedy 'A Meyers Christmas'". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  9. ^ Dominique Hobdy (2014-02-25). "Malcom D. Lee and Will Packer Team Up for New Movie 'Girls Trip'". Essence.com. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 
  10. ^ Jeff Sneider (2014-03-19). "'South Park' Writer to Take 'Girl's Trip' With Malcolm D. Lee, Universal". Thewrap.com. Retrieved 2015-06-08. 
  11. ^ Dave McNary (2015-06-22). "Will Packer Sets Female Comedy at Universal". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  12. ^ Busch, Anita (2016-05-13). "Regina Hall To Star In Will Packer's Untitled 'Girl Trip' Film At Uni". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  13. ^ wilsonmorales (2017-05-31). "Gabrielle Union To Star & Produce "Breaking In" With Will Packer - blackfilm.com/read | blackfilm.com/read". Blackfilm.com. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  14. ^ Dave McNary (2017-04-13). "Kevin to Star in Comedy 'Night School'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-21. 
  15. ^ Fleming, Mike (2017-11-14). "'What Men Want' Movie: Taraji P. Henson To Star In 'What Woman Want' Remake". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  16. ^ Justin Kroll (2018-02-02). "Taraji P. Henson's 'What Men Want' Taps Director Adam Shankman – Variety". Variety.com. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  17. ^ Fleming, Mike (2016-03-21). "Michael Ealy Will Star In 'Jacob's Ladder' Reboot". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  18. ^ wilsonmorales (2016-03-22). "Michael Ealy To Star In "Jacob's Ladder" Remake With Producer Will Packer | blackfilm.com/read". Blackfilm.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  19. ^ Tara Bitran (2018-03-01). "Marsai Martin, Will Packer Movie Gets Release Date – Variety". Variety.com. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  20. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (2015-05-07). "NBC Comedy Orders: 'People Are Talking,' 'Crowded,' 'Superstore'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Upfronts 2015: The Overachievers". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  22. ^ Lesley Goldberg (2015-05-08). "'Uncle Buck' Remake Ordered to Series at ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2015-04-30). "'Roots' Remake Set For History, A&E, Lifetime; Will Packer, LeVar Burton Produce". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  24. ^ Cynthia Littleton (2015-04-30). "'Roots' Remake to Air on History, A&E and Lifetime Next Year". Variety. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  25. ^ "Will Packer to Executive Produce 'Roots' for Three Networks". Eurweb.com. 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  26. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-05-23). "'Being Mary Jane': Will Packer As EP, Erica Shelton Kodish Showrunner". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  27. ^ "Breaks: Will Packer to Executive Produce Being Mary Jane | Video | Celebrities | BET Breaks". BET. 2016-05-25. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  28. ^ "Upfront". Bet.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  29. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Will Packer To Produce Atlanta-Set Drama 'Buckhead' For NBC". Deadline. 
  30. ^ Lesley Goldberg (27 July 2015). "Will Packer Sells Atlanta Drama to NBC". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  31. ^ "Will Packer To Produce Atlanta-Set Drama 'Buckhead' For NBC". The Huffington Post. 28 July 2015. 

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