Powerhouse producer Will Packer will produce next year’s Oscar, the film academy said Tuesday.
It’s the first time Packer has been selected for the high profile gig, and the third time in a few years that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and broadcaster ABC have enlisted new teams to produce the show.
“What an hour!” Packer said in a statement. “The power, the beauty, the romance of the imagery in movies has always attracted me. I’m fully embracing the challenge of bringing an ode to one of the most iconic mediums in the world to life.
Packer is the founder and CEO of the film production company Will Packer Productions and Will Packer Media.
The legendary producer has produced or executive produced films like “Night School” and “Straight Outta Compton” as well as the television reboot of “Roots.” Packer’s chief of staff Shayla Cowan will be producing the Oscars alongside him.
The 94th Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC March 27, 2022.
I’d like to thank the Academy 🤯🕺🏾 pic.twitter.com/3P7lNltkDc
— Will Packer (@willpowerpacker) October 5, 2021