Will Packer Moves Production Company to CAA
The producer, whose string of recent hits include 'Ride Along 2,' 'Straight Outta Compton' and 'The Wedding Ringer,' was previously at UTA.
Will Packer has moved his business, including his eponymous banner, to CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. He previously was at UTA.
At a time when inclusion continues to be a main subject of conversation in Hollywood, Packer's films have consistently featured largely African-American casts and packed theaters. His most recent, Ride Along 2, dethroned Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the top spot at the box office in January.
The banner's other films include The Wedding Ringer, the first Ride Along (which grossed $134 million), two Think Like a Man installments and Stomp the Yard, and its next movie, Almost Christmas (formerly titled A Meyers Christmas), will be released on Nov. 11. Packer also served as an executive director on Straight Outta Compton, which grossed $161 million in the U.S.
Will Packer Productions has deals at both Universal Pictures and Universal Television, the latter of which was re-upped last summer. The company was behind NBC's Truth Be Told and ABC's upcoming summer remake of Uncle Buck, both of which featured diverse ensembles. And Packer also executive produced the upcoming four-night miniseries remake of Roots, which will air on History, A&E and Lifetime starting May 30.
Packer continues to be represented by Ziffren Brittenham.