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Will Packer

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  • Universal Announces Names for Inaugural Emerging Writers Fellowship

    Universal Pictures announced Wednesday the five writers who have been selected to participate in the studio's inaugural Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship, which is aimed at identifying and cultivating emerging voices in storytelling and...
  • 'Ride Along's' Kevin Hart hits 2014 with ambitious drive

     'Ride Along's' Kevin Hart hits 2014 with ambitious drive
    By the time summer rolls around, moviegoers will have seen Kevin Hart in five films within a year. The stand-up comedian-turned-actor's BET sitcom "Real Husbands of Hollywood," meanwhile, has scored solid ratings. And then he was invited to spend seven...
  • Barbara Dreyfus Named Head of Motion Pictures for Will Packer's Production Company

    UTA talent agent Barbara Dreyfus has been tapped as head of motion pictures for Will Packer Productions. Packer, whose comedy "Ride Along" scored big at the box office with $48 million this past weekend, recently signed a three-year first look deal...
  • UTA Makes Big Move Into TV News With Acquisition Of N.S. Bienstock Agency

    Marking another expansion move by a major Hollywood talent agency, UTA has acquired N.S. Bienstock, the preeminent indie outfit representing TV news talent. Deal expands the scope of UTA in an area where the agency previously had very little presence....
  • Movies with black casts make a green argument

    Movies with black casts make a green argument
    It took 14 years to come to fruition, but "The Best Man Holiday," writer-director Malcolm D. Lee's sequel to his 1999 hit "The Best Man," opens Friday. Lee told me the other day that Universal executives were "hesitant" initially about the sequel, which...
  • NBC Seeks TV Comedy Talent for New 'Playground'

    NBC aims to find fresh comedy voices through a talent-search initiative dubbed "Comedy Playground." The Peacock is inviting aspiring writers to submit short video pitches for original comedy projects to the website NBCComedyPlayground.com starting on May...
  • Jamie Foxx, Kevin Hart and Tim Story Team Up for 'Black Phantom' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Jamie Foxx and Kevin Hart are in talks to star in "Black Phantom," with "Ride Along" helmer Tim Story in discussions to direct. If a deal makes, the film would reteam Hart and Story with their "Ride Along" producer Will Packer, who is producing the pic...
  • 'Ride Along 2′ to Bow on Martin Luther King Weekend 2016

    Universal is banking on the success it had when it opened "Ride Along" this past Martin Luther King weekend and has set the sequel's date for that holiday weekend in 2016. Set to bow Jan. 15, 2016, the film has Ice Cube and Kevin Hart set to return and...
  • 'Ride Along 2' to roll out in January 2016

    Kevin Hart and Ice Cube will ride again in "Ride Along 2" on Jan. 15, 2016, Universal Pictures has announced. The follow-up to the hit buddy comedy "Ride Along" will once again debut over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, a date that proved successful...
  • Will Packer and Malcolm Lee Set Up 'Girls Trip' at Universal

    "The Best Man Holiday" producer Will Packer and his director Malcolm Lee have set up their next project "Girls Trip," with Universal on board to distribute. Plot details on the film are being kept under wraps. "The Best Man Holiday" has grossed $71...
  • Kevin Hart's 'Ride Along' Cruising for a Sequel with Talent Deals in Place

    Universal has greenlit a sequel to its hit buddy comedy "Ride Along," with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart on board to reprise their roles. "Ride Along" has topped $117 million in the U.S. after five weekends, starting its run with three consecutive third-...