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Riot Hires ex-Netflix Exec to Develop Original Films, TV, and Animated Shows

Riot Games is joining forces with an ex-Netflix executive to continue developing its new entertainment division.

Brian Wright has been hired as Riot's Chief Content Officer. Wright will help develop original film, TV, and animation projects for Riot Entertainment. In addition, Riot Games says Wright will work to bridge the relationship between the gaming and entertainment industries.

At Netflix, Wright worked on bringing more original content to the platform, including Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why, and more. Wright says he's "beyond thrilled" to join Riot Games, adding, "I can't wait to bring more vibrant stories to players and fans around the world.”

Riot Games is known for developing and publishing League of Legends and Valorant, and the company is developing Arcane, an upcoming animated series in the League of Legends universe. The show is coming to Netflix this fall.

Last month, we learned the creators of American Vandal are working on a mockumentary about a fictional League of Legends esports team. The show, titled PLAYERS, will debut on Paramount+. Riot Games is one of the producers on the project.

There appears to be a bit of red rover happening within games and entertainment as Netflix recently hired ex-EA executive Mike Verdu to lead up its own gaming division. Netflix currently soft-launched its mobile games app in Poland.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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