12:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Will Packer Inks New Overall Deal With Universal Television
Will Packer is putting down his roots at Universal Television.
The film and television producer has inked a new two-year overall deal to keep his Will Packer Productions banner at the studio through 2017.
The deal marks Packer's second overall with the studio and comes after his first year producing for the small screen yielded two series orders — NBC's People Are Talking and ABC's Uncle Buck remake. He's also set to executive produce History/Lifetime's Roots reboot.
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"Will Packer is energetic, passionate, creative and wants to win. He is a collaborative partner, a hands-on producer and is absolutely the best dressed!” Universal Television president Bela Bajaria said.
Added NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke: "Will Packer has become such a fantastic addition to our Universal family. We are lucky to have such an enthusiastic and prolific producer so engaged in network television. Will, [Will Packer Productions president] Korin [Huggins] and their team truly have their fingers on the pulse of entertaining and fun!”
On the film side, Packer has produced a number of No. 1 films including No Good Deed, Think Like a Man Too, Ride Along, Think Like a Man, Takers, Obsessed and Stop the Yard. He's an exec producer on Universal's upcoming Straight Outta Compton and Ride Along 2.
Packer is repped by UTA, Ziffren Brittenham and the Collins Jackson Agency.