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Rising star executive Jordan Moblo is on the move.
Following a long tenure at Disney, where he most recently was tapped to co-run its newly launched Creative Acquisitions Department, Moblo has decamped for Netflix. In his new role at the streaming giant, Moblo will serve as director of literary scouting.
The newly created position will see Moblo, who remains based in L.A., overseeing book and intellectual property scouting for Netflix. The move marks the latest sign of how big conglomerates are prioritizing the demand for books and IP as the battle for rights grows increasingly competitive. Moblo, who is expected to hire and create a team of his own at Netflix, will report to vp creative services Brian Pearson.
The Netflix role caps a rapid rise for Moblo, who in February was tapped to co-run the newly created Creative Acquisitions Department at Disney. Moblo — who is well known in the book community for his influential Instagram account, @Jordys.Book.Club, which boasts nearly 70,000 followers — was tasked with working alongside Elizabeth Newman to identify and secure rights to books, podcasts, news stories and other IP. The department was designed to connect creators and rights holders with ABC Signature and 20th TV’s roster of showrunners, writers, directors and talent in a bid to supply series for Disney’s portfolio, including ABC, Hulu, Freeform, FX, Disney+, NatGeo and other platforms.
In his most recent role, Moblo helped Disney acquire more than 100 pieces of IP that are in various stages of development or have been sold to major networks and streamers.
Before that, he worked at former Fox studio 20th TV, where he secured rights and helped develop fiction, nonfiction, podcasts, theater, journalism, foreign formats and life rights for series adaptations. He recently worked with Issac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger on Hulu’s Love, Victor, as well as Liz Meriwether and others while setting up projects including Hulu’s Action Park, Out There and ABC’s The Growing Season. The former CAA talent exec, a member of the California Bar Association, also spent time as a casting manager at 20th before he pivoted to development.
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