This weekend uber-producer Will Packer jumped on Instagram Live to cut it up before the Oscars roll out, live in Los Angeles, March 27, with his team members and the very funny Wanda Sykes, who is one of the three hosts.
I’m delighted to share that we’ve been invited back to cover the events, and have been invited since 2014.
There is excitement in the air both in the industry and with film lovers with Packer at the helm despite the controversy and major changes coming to this year’s show. Known for delivering time and time again, Packer’s goal is to find the balance between entertainment and respecting the artistry that is at the core of filmmaking.
Let’s talk turkey, so to speak. Packer is a prolific film producer whose credits include “Girls Trip,” “Ride Along,” “Night School,” and “Think Like a Man,” and to be considered “prolific” you have to earn money which he does.
You could feel the wind of changes sweeping through when the three hosts—Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes—were chosen to keep the March 27 telecast bouncing along.
Packer admits that producing the Oscars isn’t the easiest gig but admitted that he is a fearless man and was grateful for the challenge and opportunity.
And being the fearless leader that Packer is, he answered the questions around trimming the show and explaining that the winners of eight categories would be announced an hour before the show and that those acceptance speeches
would be edited into the live ABC telecast in an exclusive interview with Variety’s Clayton Davis.
The 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT and in more than 200 territories worldwide.
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