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Oscars Producer Will Packer Explains Why Will Smith Was Not Removed From the Show

Will Packer is shedding light on what happened behind the scenes at the Oscars after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage in one of the most shocking moments in Academy Awards history. The producer of the 2022 telecast sat down with Good Morning America for an interview airing five days after the show, in which […]

Oscars: Will Packer Says LAPD Was Prepared to Arrest Will Smith, Citing Battery

Will Packer, who produced the 2022 Oscars ceremony that aired Sunday, is speaking out following the fallout surrounding Will Smith slapping Chris Rock onstage. In a preview clip shared by ABC News ahead of Good Morning America’s interview with Packer that airs in full Friday, the producer said that the LAPD was ready to arrest […]

Oscars Producer Will Packer on Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock: “This Was a Very Painful Moment for Me”

Oscars 2022 producer Will Packer took to Twitter again on Monday morning to address one of the most shocking moments in Oscars history, which unfolded Sunday night when an enraged Will Smith struck presenter Chris Rock onstage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Packer didn’t officially comment on the incident Sunday night, but posted this […]

Will Packer Addresses “Misconceptions” Over Decision to Not Present Craft Categories Live at Oscars

Will Packer, the producer of the 2022 Oscars, addressed the controversy around the Academy’s decision to not present eight crafts categories live during the show this year, saying that everyone involved “values every last category, every last area.” “They’re our peers,” he said during a press conference on Thursday, which included Regina Hall and Wanda […]

Will Packer on Restoring the Gold to the Oscars: “I’m All About the Entertainment Value”

Super producer Will Packer packs a 100-watt smile and an unstoppable laugh that lights up any set or studio meeting. Now comes an impossible task that could make even one of Hollywood’s most prolific and commercially successful showmen insecure: getting the average viewer to give two cents about the Oscar telecast after years of declining […]

Will Packer Sets Adaptation of Heist Story ‘Love and Theft’ at Universal

Universal and Will Packer Productions are teaming for an adaptation of Stan Parish’s romantic heist story Love and Theft. Leon Chills, whose credits include Netflix’s Spinning Out and Amazon’s The Wilds, will pen the global feature that is set in Las Vegas, Mexico, and Spain. The novel, which was published by Penguin Random House imprint […]

Florida A&M Names Amphitheater After Will Packer

Florida A&M has named a new performing arts amphitheater in honor of alumni and producer Will Packer. The naming comes after Packer made a sizable donation to the school, where he earned an engineering degree. Packer, the principal behind Will Packer Productions and Will Packer Media, was most recently announced as the producer of the […]

Will Packer to Produce 2022 Oscars Telecast

The 2022 Academy Awards are starting to come into focus. Nearly six months ahead of ABC’s annual telecast, the academy has tapped Will Packer to produce the show. “The power, the beauty, the romance of the imagery in movies has always attracted me,” said Packer. “I’m fully embracing the challenge of bringing an ode to […]

Will Packer, EbonyLife Nab Rights to Article About Nigerian Instagram Influencer

Universal Pictures, Will Packer Productions and Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife have picked up the adaptation rights to the Bloomberg article “The Fall of the Billionaire Gucci Master,” about the Instagram influencer Ramon Abbas, also known as Ray Hushpuppi, @hushpuppi, Hush or the Billionaire Gucci master. The Bloomberg story by Evan Ratliff detailed claims by authorities that […]

Will Packer Media, Kinetic Content to Adapt Tia Williams’ ‘Seven Days in June’ for TV

Author Tia Williams’ recent best-seller Seven Days in June is getting the adaptation treatment. Will Packer Media and Kinetic Content, a Red Arrow Studios company, have secured the rights to adapt Williams’ novel for television. Chris Coelen, CEO of Kinetic Content along with President and Partner Melissa Myers will team up with Packer and Carolyn Newman, Head of […]

NBCU, Will Packer and Target Partner on Film Series Spotlighting Black Creators

NBCUniversal is partnering with Target and producer Will Packer on what it is calling the Scene in Color Film Series. The series launch will be tied to NBC’s summer movie nights on channels like USA and Bravo, with short films from three up-and-coming Black creatives set to run on the channels and on NBCU’s digital […]

Will Packer, Universal Team for HBCU Sports Drama ‘One and Done’

Universal is teaming with Will Packer on a sports drama 'One and Done'.