Torres Port will supervise all consumer products licensing for Pocket.watch brands, focused on the growth of each franchise and the launch of new ones. With an eye toward international expansion, Torres Port will help Pocket.watch navigate new markets worldwide and brings with him almost three decades of growth experience at companies like Mattel, Nickelodeon, NBC Universal and Zag Entertainment. Under his leadership, his deals have contributed to more than $1 billion in net royalties throughout his career.
“We are thrilled to add such a seasoned and dynamic global consumer products licensing executive to the Pocket.watch family, which truly upgrades our leadership in this important division,” says Xavier Kochhar, chief operating and financial officer, Pocket.watch. “Manuel is a force, and I am excited to have him by my side as we execute Pocket.watch’s long-term monetizationgrowth strategy for our licensing business.”
While at Zag Entertainment, Torres Port was instrumental in consolidating strategic commercial global deals around IP, including “Miraculous.” He oversaw NBCUniversal’s consumer products global portfolio of franchises including Illumination Entertainment Animation (“Minions,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Sing”), “Jurassic World,” “Fast & Furious,” “Universal Monsters,” “Trolls,” “Spirit,” “Curious George” among many others. He was instrumental in the consolidation of Dreamworks Animation Consumer Products into NBC. He served in various global roles at Nickelodeon in New York and Miami and was vital in the relaunch of the worldwide franchise, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
In the early ‘90s, Torres Port joined Mattel Mexico and then transitioned to the U.S. for various international roles around brand development, category management and key account development. Manuel served on the board of directors of the Toy Association, the first Latino on the board, Toy Foundation and Breastcancer.org. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and his two daughters.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join Pocket.watch at this pivotal moment,” says Torres Port. “I have admired for some time the power of Pocket.watch and its disruptive force in the entertainment industry and I am grateful to Xavier and Chris for inviting me in to contribute to the company’s very bright future.”
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