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COVER STORY

RESILIENT RATTLER AND SUPER PRODUCER

WILL PACKER BY [Kanya STEWART]

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hen most celebrities enter a crowded room with thousands of people, a few things could happen. Their security guards spring into action. They retreat to a reclusive VIP section. They find the quickest method to avoid the paparazzi or they purposely draw attention to themselves. But when Emmy®-nominated, Hollywood blockbustersuper producer Will Packer entered a standing-roomonly gymnasium full of proud Florida A&M University alumni during the 2016 Homecoming Convocation, something different happened. He blended in with the crowd. Without hesitation, Packer made his way to the aged, wooden bleachers of Gaither Gymnasium and made

himself comfortable. He sat quietly among a sea of students, alumni, community members, and University staff, most clad in their orange and green. He seemed to study the atmosphere with deliberation, taking in the fact that he was back on his old stomping grounds. He was, as he often says, at home on the “Hill.” And while those in the audience watched him in awe, he, too, seemed to be star-struck. He looked around in admiration of his alma mater – the place that he credits as the foundation for his success. That success includes producing nine, No.1, multi-milliondollar grossing films, and groundbreaking television such as the remake of “Roots” (which drew more than 8.5 million viewers during its debut). 4

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Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...

Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...