Where Are They Now? Nate Moore
From representing the legacy of American Icon Jackie Robinson as a JRF Scholar to producing a blockbuster Hollywood film about patriotic superhero Captain America, Nate Moore has done it. A JRF Los Angeles Dodgers/UCLA Scholar, Nate graduated from UCLA in 2000 with a degree in Communications.
In a recent phone call with JRF, fit in while he was traveling to a site scout, Nate recalled “JRF’s Networking Weekend was a big deal for me as a student since I had not traveled outside of California before. When I came to New York, I got to meet Scholars from across the nation. It was so powerful to see black faces from across the country coming together.” He enthusiastically continued, “JRF felt like a family – and for me, it was important, especially in college, to be included in something like that, something bigger.”
It wasn’t just the travel to New York, however, that stuck with him about his JRF experience. “I got my first internship through a JRF board member. “
While still in college and attending one of JRF’s Networking Weekends (a.k.a. Mentoring and Leadership Conference), Nate connected with JRF co-Founder and board member Martin Edelman. Mr. Edelman’s son knew someone at Columbia Pictures, which eventually led to an internship for Nate and the start of a burgeoning career in the entertainment industry.
The internship was a success, and after graduation, Nate was hired full-time as an assistant at Columbia, the company behind major Hollywood hits of the time such as Ali, Panic Room, Men In Black, The Wedding Planner and a property he would work on in the future, Superman.
When it was time for him to take the next step in his career, Nate decided first to take six months off to backpack around the world – an experience he said he’d never forget.
Upon his return to the United States, the connections he had made while at Columbia Pictures helped him get a job as a Production Assistant on Spider Man 2 and solidified his credentials in the superhero entertainment universe. Then, with a credit such as Superman 2 on his resume, the opportunities began to come to him.
Following the example of Jackie Robinson in promoting social change, Nate moved to Participant Media (then Participant Productions), a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and, in fact, compels social change. He was the 2nd employee of the company behind films such as An Inconvenient Truth, Fast Food Nation, Lincoln, The Help, Good Night and Good Luck, and Waiting for Superman, among many others.
He was subsequently hired at Marvel. For his body of work at the company, he was recently cited in Variety magazine as one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” in film. Now the company’s Vice President of Production and Development, Nate co-produced Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and is the executive producer of the sequel, Captain America: Civil War, opening this weekend. The new film features Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jeremy Renner and, bringing it full circle to Jackie Robinson and JRF, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman, who Jackie Robinson fans know as the actor who flawlessly played Jackie in the film 42, was cast as the first black super hero, Black Panther. Marvel is creating a stand-alone film on Black Panther, scheduled for 2018.
“Chad and I have talked about it – about the importance of Jackie’s legacy and about how classy and impressive Mrs. Robinson is to this day,” recounted Nate when asked about the connection.