*The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will honor television and film producer Will Packer with the “Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award” at the 2016 ABFF awards gala, set to be held February 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. This year’s event will be hosted by actor and comedian Mike Epps.
ABFF Honors aims to celebrate Black culture by honoring individuals, movies and television shows that have had a significant impact on American entertainment, as well as the people who are proponents of championing diversity and inclusion in Hollywood.
“We are very excited about ABFF Honors this year, and the opportunity to pay tribute to my friend Will, who got his start at the ABFF, and who continues to support the efforts and mission of the festival,” said Jeff Friday, President and CEO, ABFF Ventures.
Packer’s long-standing history and relationship with the American Black Film Festival began in 1999 when his independent film Trois premiered at the ABFF. It became the fastest African American distributed film to surpass $1 million in sales. Since then, Will has premiered and screened six other films at the ABFF including “This Christmas,” “Takers,” and “Think Like A Man Too” opened the festival in 2014.
Last year, Packer accomplished the rare feat of producing two of the top six films at the box office, and he’s the only black producer to have seven films debut at number one during opening weekend.
His most recent box office hits are “Ride Along,” starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, which debuted number one at the box office in 2014, earning over $154 million worldwide. Packer also executive produced “Straight Outta Compton,” which has grossed over $200 million to date and is the highest grossing music biopic.
Collectively, Packer’s films have grossed over $780 million. In 2013, he signed first-look production deals with Universal Pictures and Universal Television.
For more information about the 2016 ABFF Honors, check out AbffHonors.com.