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Will Packer To Produce Three-Part Docu-Series On ‘The Atlanta Child Murders’ For Investigation Discovery

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Coming to the Investigation Discovery channel next month is a new docu-series produced by Will Packer that will tell the story of the 29 mysterious murders of African-American children that shook the Atlanta area in 1979.

‘The Atlanta Child Murders’ tells the story of what would turn out to be 23 horrifying months of trying to track down what appears to be a serial killer targeting the Atlanta, Georgia area. It began in 1979 when two 14-year-old boys go missing. A few days later a woman stumbles across their remains, with one boy fatally shot and the other strangled. This incident begins a horrifying 23 months, with a total of 29 African-American children being stolen from their families and killed. Multiple suspicions lead nowhere, and under intense pressure, local police rush to find the killer before he strikes again. The city is primed to blame someone, anyone, for these cold-blooded crimes against the community. Yet decades later, no person has been tried for these murders, and the killer has never been confirmed.

“This case remains one of our countries’ most perplexing mysteries, and at ID we are proud to shine a light on every angle of this largely forgotten story,” says Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America, “Will Packer’s vision to revisit this national tragedy through the never-before-heard perspective of the victims’ families brings home the true devastation of these cases.”

Will Packer will produce the three-part series with Jupiter Entertainment, according to Deadline. He will executive produce alongside Kelly Smith, Harrison Land, Mike Sheridan, Allison Wallach and Pamela Deutsch.

“Having lived in Atlanta for over 20 years, the story of this senseless tragedy is personally important to me, and the echoes of what happened 40 years ago still resonate in the city,” says Packer. “I am proud to give a voice to the victims’ families, many of whom still seek closure to this day, and analyze how this story is more relevant than ever in today’s environment.”

‘The Atlanta Child Murders’ will premiere on the cable network on March 23.

Shayla Cowan Named Chief of Staff of Will Packer Productions & Will Packer Media

Shayla Cowan has been promoted to Chief of Staff of Will Packer Productions as well as Will Packer Media. The announcement was made Wednesday (Nov. 5).

According to Deadline, Cowan started out as a crew member on the 2010 Will Packer-produced film Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming and later moved to executive assistant. Although Cowan will continue in her role of advising Packer and supporting the development and production of his projects, as Chief of Staff she will manage and oversee all operational and administrative activities of both companies.

“RIDE OR DIE – “Someone who holds you down and has your back no matter what. A true soldier who finds happiness in your success and helps take you to the next level.” Ya’ll help me congratulate @shayla_pc on this HUGE MOVE!!!!,” Will Packer shares on Instagram.

Shayla Cowan’s resume includes associate producer credits on Girls Trip, Night School, Little, What Men Want, Breaking In, and Almost Christmas. She also earned film credits for Think Like a Man, Ride Along (including their sequels), No Good Deed, Wedding Ringer, and Straight Outta Compton.

“Shayla has been a major factor in our extraordinary success,” said Will Packer. “Both companies will benefit from her exceptional organizational skills, negotiating expertise as well as her uncanny ability to quickly and efficiently solve any problem. There is no one I trust more than Shayla to help me grow these businesses.”

Chris Rock To Direct Kevin Hart In Universal Comedy ‘Co-Parenting’

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Chris Rock is preparing for his next directorial presentation with a Universal film titled Co-Parenting. The Will Packer-produced project will star Night School actor and comedian Kevin Hart. It is also based on an original idea by Rock and Hart.

According to Deadline, the film will revolve around a stay at home dad who raises the kids while his star CEO wife serves as the breadwinner. The man finds himself in emotional and public turmoil when his wife kicks him to the curb, and they engage in a bitter divorce and custody battle. There is no word yet on who will star alongside Kevin Hart in this Universal comedy.

“The comedy train continues people… Me and @ChrisRock have been in the kitchen and came up with something that we think you guys will love and enjoy,” Kevin says via Instagram. “Major shoutout to my partners @UniversalPictures and @WillPowerPacker and of course my amazing team at Hartbeat Productions… We will continue to work hard and deliver the world quality material!

The Co-Parenting script is being written by actress and writer Yamara Taylor (black-ish). Will Packer (Girls Trip, Ride Along 3, and Night School) is set to produce the film through his Will Packer Productions company with James Lopez. Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Productions and Chris Rock’s Chris Rock Enterprises will also work alongside Packer.

A release date has not been announced for this project.

Gabrielle Union to Star In Upcoming Thriller ‘Breaking In’

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Actress Gabrielle Union takes the silver screen in upcoming film Breaking In, the tale of a woman faced with the challenge of rescuing her two children being held hostage in a house with every security measure imaginable. The thriller set to release May 11, 2018, also Mothers Day, shares the power of a mother with a mission.

Photo by Paul Sarkis – © Universal Pictures

Producer Will Packer and Will Packer Productions, behind films Obsessed and Girls Trip joins Union on the production team for this original film. Directed by  James McTeigue  whose work includes V For Vendetta, co-stars include Billy Burke,  Richard Cabral and Aijona Alexus of Empire. 


Breaking In will be released by Universal Pictures. Watch the trailer below.