Universal Studio Group hires Netflix & Disney alum to lead IP acquisition division

Jordan Moblo

Universal Studio Group (USG) has appointed former Netflix and Disney exec Jordan Moblo as EVP of creative acquisitions and IP management.

Moblo will lead the IP focused division with his team responsible for sourcing and acquiring content for Universal Television (UTV), UCP, Universal International Studios (UIS) and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS).

He will report directly to Erin Underhill, president of UTV; Beatrice Springborn, president of UCP & UIS; and Toby Gorman, president of UTAS.

Moblo will oversee global book and IP acquisitions for scripted and unscripted series across broadcast television, cable, streaming and podcasting. He will also work with the studios’ partners to identify strategic opportunities and manage the studio’s podcast division, USG Audio, and graphic novel imprint, USG Graphic.

Moblo joins USG from Netflix, where he was the director of IP scouting. During his time at the streamer, he built the company’s IP scouting department and oversaw a global team of executives and book scouts who identify, track and secure books and other forms of IP for adaptation.

Prior to Netflix, Moblo was the director and co-head of the creative acquisitions department at Disney Television Studios, and director of creative acquisitions at 20th Television.

“Jordan has impeccable taste in identifying and securing intellectual property that can be brought to series,” said USG chairman Pearlena Igbokwe. “We’re beyond pleased to have his expertise in sourcing and acquiring projects across the entire USG portfolio while building a team to acquire compelling content that aligns with and broadens our notable roster.”

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