Riot Games Hired Ex-Netflix Exec As Chief Content Officer Of Entertainment

Riot Games, the developer team behind League of Legends and Valorant, has hired former Netflix executive Brian Wright as Chief Content Officer.

Riot Games Hired Ex-Netflix Exec

Riot Games Hired Ex-Netflix Exec
Riot Games Hired Ex-Netflix Exec
Riot Games Hired Ex-Netflix Exec
Riot Games Hired Ex-Netflix Exec

Riot Games’ Global President of Entertainment Shauna Spenley, who recently hired Frank Zhu as Managing Director of China Entertainment, will be in charge of overseeing Wright’s work.

Wright will supervise and develop Riot Entertainment’s programming strategies for original film, television, and animation. With Spenley and the global leadership team, he will bring together the gaming and entertainment industries, as well as find new creators and talent that can help expand the brand name’s IP. Wright will be directly in charge of creative, production, and business affairs.

“Brian is a dynamic leader with creative instincts that led to many shows that penetrated pop culture and delighted audiences around the world while working with the best showrunners, directors, and creators in entertainment,” Spenley said. “He is the perfect visionary to shepherd Riot’s beloved IP, help create original content and build a first-class studio all while keeping true to our ‘player first’ ethos.”

“I am beyond thrilled to be joining Riot Entertainment,” Wright said. “The League of Legends universe is some of the most imaginative and inspired IP known today — the ultimate playground to invite the world’s best storytellers. Working with Shauna and the team to build a cutting-edge studio is nothing short of a dream come true. A proof point of what’s possible can be found in Arcane, Riot’s first animated series, which blew me away with its inspired storytelling, visuals, and music. I can’t wait to bring more vibrant stories to players and fans around the world.”

Wright served as Netflix’s head of overall deals before leaving the company in June. He worked on deals with Ryan Murphy, the Duffer Brothers, and Shawn Levy, and many more. Previously, he was in charge of the streamer’s family and young adult department. Over the course of his seven-year career, Wright oversaw shows like Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why, Shadow & Bone, Atypical, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Outer Banks, The Umbrella Academy, and Sweet Tooth.

According to a report of last month, American Vandal‘s creators are working on a mockumentary about a fictional League of Legends esports team. It will premiere on Paramount+ under the title PLAYERS. Riot Games is also a producer on the project.

Video games and entertainment seem to be on the move, as Netflix recently hired former EA executive Mike Verdu as the head of its own gaming division.

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