In SummaryFamed producer Will Packer has been named the producer of the 94th Oscars, which will air on March 27, 2022.
Will Packer has been selected to be the producer of the 94th Academy Awards and the show is set to air on March 27, 2022, the Oscars announced.
Packer is the producer behind numerous film and TV projects which the Black community has come to love over the years like Think Like a Man, Girls Trip and Straight Outta Compton. The producer was also behind the remake of the television miniseries Roots which earned him an Emmy nomination.
The prolific producer doesn’t have any live television programming on his resume, so producing the Oscars will be a challenge. However, he is the genius behind comedies that resonate with multiple audiences, and hopefully he will draw on that experience when producing this legendary show.
After last year’s low-rated broadcast, the Academy had to set out to find an innovative talent to spark new life into this iconic show. The 2021 Oscars was produced by Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins. The show actually didn’t air until April 25, which wasn’t the producing team’s fault, but trying to put on a live show under the unusual circumstances of the pandemic didn’t help.
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The nail in the coffin came when the team tried to switch the Best Picture award around and announced it before the lead acting awards. The producer assumed the late Chadwick Boseman would win for Best Actor, but when Anthony Hopkins surprisingly won, this final act left viewers with a sour taste in their mouth.