Chief Operations Officer
Jordan Beck is the Chief Operations Officer of Fun Academy Media Group as well as the 2D sequence director and voice actor for the animated feature film Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero. His duties on the film included the direction of all vintage-inspired map/propaganda animations and motion graphics, as well as the casting and direction of secondary voice roles including his own as Stubby’s squadmate and occasional antagonist, Elmer Olsen. For the studio, Jordan balances the creative aspects of filmmaking with the business of entertainment, overseeing day-to-day production, sales, and outreach efforts across Fun Academy’s international footprint.
Jordan is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but spent the majority of his youth in rural southwest Georgia. He began auditing college courses at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia when he was 12 years old and enrolled as a degree-seeking student three years later. At age 19, he graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies.
From 2009-2016, Jordan served as entertainment and creative director at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, a $110 million, 190,000-square-foot interactive tribute to the American Soldier. Jordan’s responsibilities – which began on opening day and extended through the first seven years of operations – included multimedia/giant screen cinema production, IMAX operations and film buying, audio-visual integration for galleries, entertainment booking, and educational programming. During his time there, the National Infantry Museum received the Themed Entertainment Association’s prestigious THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement (Museums) and was voted the “Best Free Museum in America” by USA Today. In 2015, Jordan led the conversion of the museum’s 15/70 film-based IMAX theatre to a Christie 6P laser projection system, one of the first installations of its kind in the world.
He earned his first screen credit as associate producer and field recordist on the giant screen film Soldiers’ Stories (2014), telling the events of the Battle of the Somme in World War I through the voices of modern combat veterans. The film was produced by Academy Award-winner Nick Reed and is the final screen appearance by Academy Award-winner Mickey Rooney. Jordan also co-produced country singer Tim Maggart’s music video “A Link (in the Chain of Freedom)” in 2013 and spent four years on the road as bassist and guitarist for Nashville recording artist Joey Allcorn.
In 2012, Jordan wrote, edited and narrated featurettes to accompany The American Road to Victory documentary trilogy’s national PBS broadcasts and collector’s edition DVD sets. The series creator, Richard Lanni, then enlisted Jordan to co-produce a follow-up series focusing on the WWI centennial, a project which ultimately led to the production of Sgt. Stubby and the founding of Fun Academy.
In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Beck currently serves as a military intelligence Captain (O3) in the Georgia Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.