In their sixth collaboration, producer Will Packer and director Tim Story have partnered on Live & Learn, a single-camera comedy, which has been sold to Fox. Written by Crystal Jenkins (Mike & Molly), Live & Learn tracks modern-day college life at an HBCU through the eyes of Sydney Mitchell, a suburban freshman who impulsively enrolls in Owen College, a fictional black college in Atlanta, where her long-lost father teaches. The show follows her as she reconnects with her father, Bryan, while trying to gain the sense of cultural identity she lacked her entire life. Story is attached to direct the project, which he executive produces with Packer. Jenkins and Korin D. Huggins, head of Television for Will Packer Productions, co-executive produce.
Live & Learn, which is informed by Packer’s experience going to an all-black college, hails from Universal TV and studio-based Will Packer Prods.
Packer and Story, repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham, have worked together on two hit movie franchises, Think Like A Man and Ride Along, with Packer producing and Story directing the two original films as well as their sequels. The two also are collaborating on a Think Like A Man TV series, now in development at Fox.
Will Packers Prods.’ TV development slate also includes comedy My Friend 50, featuring 50 Cent, and drama The Diplomats at Fox; as well as comedy Bonita & Mechelle, with Eva Longoria producing, and drama Buckhead, both at NBC. The company has two series on the air, NBC’s Truth Be Told and ABC’s upcoming Uncle Buck.
Story, the highest-grossing African-American director, is finalizing a deal to direct the pilot episode of the Nicki Minaj ABC Family comedy series. He also has a first-look deal at HBO, where he directed the pilot for the upcoming comedy series Brothers In Atlanta.
Jenkins is repped by ICM Partners.