OWN has ordered two new series from executive producer Will Packer and his company Will Packer Media. The first, “Ambitions” is a soap opera-style drama from Lionsgate. the second, "Ready to Love," is an unscripted dating series. Packer will exec produce for both series. The new shows are the first television series to be created under Packer’s first-look deal with the network.“Will is a creative powerhouse who knows what audiences want,” said Erik Logan, president of OWN. “He has an...
Producer Will Packer has established himself as a Hollywood hit maker with nine of his films opening number one at the box office. Collectively, his films have grossed over $1 billion.
Packer’s films include Breaking In, Ride Along 2, No Good Deed, Think Like a Man Too, Ride Along, Think Like a Man, Takers, Obsessed and Stomp the Yard. In 2015, he served as an executive producer on the mega hit Straight Outta Compton, a biopic of the rap group N.W.A, that also opened number one at the box office and grossed over $200 million to date. His 2017 comedy sensation Girls Trip was the first comedy of the year to cross the $100M threshold and
was the top live action comedy of 2017.
His television, digital and branded content company, Will Packer Media, in partnership with Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures, produces episodic scripted and unscripted series across television and digital platforms, compelling content for brand clients, and short-form digital content for millennial audiences.
In 2016, Packer was nominated for an Emmy as the executive producer of Roots, a remake of one of the most celebrated TV programs of all time for A&E Networks.
Packer has an overall film deal with Universal Pictures. He is a member of the esteemed Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He has also been on the cover of both Essence and Black Enterprise magazines and featured on several high profile magazine lists including Variety’s 10 Producers to Watch, Jet’s Who’s Hot To Watch and Ebony’s prestigious Power 100 List. A longtime Atlanta resident, he sits on the Board for the Atlanta Hawks Foundation. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.