Ryan Verniere has been appointed as the new senior vice president of story at AGBO, Joe and Anthony Russo’s entertainment company. Verniere is joining the studio’s senior team in developing science fiction and fantasy films and television. He will work closely with chief creative officer Angela Russo-Otstot and an internal creative team.
“Ryan is an innovative worldbuilder of the highest order,” says Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, co-presidents of story. “He has both a deep well of esoteric knowledge and the storytelling skills to transform it into popular entertainment. His facility with mythology, character, and genre will make him an incredibly valuable addition to AGBO and all we’re trying to create.”
Verniere’s Time At Riot Games
In joining AGBO, Verniere leaves an almost decade-long career at Riot Games, where he worked as creative director for franchises. Upon first gaining employment at Riot Games, Verniere’s focus was on the League of Legends publisher’s games. However, over the years, he turned his attention toward Riot Games’ film and TV department. Among other accomplishments, Verniere is the creator of the critically acclaimed role-playing title Blackbirds.
“I spent the last two decades working on digital toys as a Geppetto of sorts,” says Verniere. “All my years as a narrative designer have uniquely prepared me for this opportunity. AGBO is an innovative company with passionate storytellers, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team. Together we’ll bring new characters to life, and undiscovered worlds will manifest.”
Everything Everywhere at the Oscars
AGBO’s film Everything Everywhere All at Once won seven Oscars this year and had eleven nominations. The film stars Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis. At this year’s ceremony, Yeoh made history as the first Asian to win the Oscar for Best Actress. Likewise, Quan, who won Supporting Actor, is only the second Asian to do so.