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Riot Games Poaches Netflix's Brian Wright, Names Him Chief Content Officer

Riot Games chief content officer Brian Wright
(Image credit: Netflix)

Former Netflix executive Brian Wright will lead the creation of films and TV shows for Riot Games, joining the online video game company as chief content officer. 

The news was fed--exclusively!--to Deadline, but later confirmed on social media by a Riot Games press rep.

The West Los Angeles publisher, best known for League of Legends and first-person shooter Valorant, has made several notable hires of late from the video streaming industry. For example, former Hulu corpcomm exec Gaude Lydia Paez joined Riot earlier this year. 

As for Wright, he served as Netflix's head of overall deals before departing in June. 

At Riot Games, he'll report to Global President of Entertainment Shauna Spenley. 

Riot Games has already begun producing video content--Arcane, an animated spinoff of League of Legends, debuted on Netflix earlier this year. 

“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," Wright said in a statement provide--exclusively!--to Deadline

"Working with Shauna and the team to build a cutting-edge studio is nothing short of a dream come true," he added. "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.”

Daniel Frankel

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