The best team in the business –
paid to think and act like kids. Not a bad gig.
Chris M. Williams
Chief Executive Officer
“Seeing your children sit in front of big screen televisions watching their iPhones really changes your perspective on kids media.”
This all too familiar scenario is one of the many reasons that Chris decided to start pocket.watch. As the company’s CEO, Chris is responsible for setting pocket.watch’s vision as well as helping to cultivate a strong working environment where his world class management team is driven to perform at the top of their abilities. Chris is a true pioneer of online video, with 20 years of proven success in both predicting and capitalizing upon marketplace holes that have dictated the future of media and entertainment. Most recently, he served as the Chief Audience Officer of Maker Studios and prior to that, he was the founder and CEO of venture backed startup, Take180. Both companies were acquired by The Walt Disney Company where Chris also launched Disney Online Originals, a division dedicated to the creation of Disney branded short form content. The earlier part of Chris’s career was spent at Yahoo, where he was one of the first 100 employees.
Chris is married with two children and spends most weekends at his kids’ sporting events kicking it with other parents.
Chief Content Officer
“I believe you don’t stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing.”
It’s this philosophy that will dictate everything Albie Hecht does at pocket.watch. As Chief Content Officer, Albie will be responsible for overseeing content and character development of the brand’s slate of content and franchised properties. Prior to joining pocket.watch, Albie was President of Nickelodeon Entertainment, where he oversaw the development of hit shows like SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, and All That. He is also responsible for fan favorites like the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, which he co-created and produced and Academy Award and Emmy winning films including, War/Dance and Inocente under his nonprofit organization Shine Global.
Albie is excited to create a new world of characters that will make his grandkids proud of their pop pop.
Chief Strategy Officer
“If today’s kids are our future, then the future of their entertainment is definitely pocket.watch.”
Jon is proud to be serving as pocket.watch’s Chief Strategy Officer, where he will be in charge of supporting the launch and growth of pocket.watch by securing strategic partnerships and initiatives. Over the past two decades, Jon has built a reputation as a leading entertainment dealmaker, representing top Hollywood talent, including Ray Romano, Michelle & Robert King, Marc Cherry and Nia Vardalos. Additionally, Jon has also been heavily involved in the digital world, representing top creators like Bethany Mota and Lele Pons, as well as Apple and the NFL through some of their content initiatives. Prior to his experience in this arena, Jon also served as the President/CEO Zenimax Studios (a division of Zenimax Media) one of the original digital content studios.
Jon is the father of two great young women and pop to two amazing grandkids/target audience members.
Chief Revenue Officer
“We are living today in a world where the idea of ‘it’s not on’ no longer exists. If you’re not making great stuff that kids want, then they will shut you off and never come back.”
It is this idea that drove Stone Newman to join pocket.watch and be at the forefront of creating the ultimate destination for kids. As Chief Revenue Officer, Stone is responsible for bringing home the bacon and harvesting the crops through content sales, licensing and merchandising deals, and sponsorship sales. Prior to pocket.watch, Stone was President – Global Consumer Products Licensing, Worldwide Content Sales and Marketing for Genius Brands International. Stone is also an accomplished entrepreneur who previously founded the boutique licensing agency, Art + Science International, Inc., and Sababa Toys, which he built from a start-up into a $30MM toy and game manufacturer with product presence in more than 50,000 retail stores. Stone began his career as a Yo-Yo demonstrator at the flagship location of FAO Schwarz on 5th Avenue in Manhattan during college.
An active father of toddler twin girls and a 7 1/2 year old son, Newman loves the redeye. It means he can help put his kids to bed, read them a story (or two or three), all before heading out for the night flight to the next day’s meetings.
Chief Marketing Officer
Kerry Tucker is a seasoned executive with experience leading a range of companies, from Fortune 500s to startups. She has held leadership roles at major companies such as Victoria’s Secret, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and CBS Corporation, as well as startups The Video Genome Project (acquired by Hulu in 2016) and Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s media and production company.
Prior to joining pocket.watch, Ms. Tucker was the inaugural CEO of Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s media and production company, running the company from its inception. She was responsible for creating the infrastructure, business model, content strategy and brand position for the new company and executing all operations to ensure its successful launch in 2017. Ms. Tucker came to Hello Sunshine after Hulu’s acquisition of The Video Genome Project, where she served as Chief Operating Officer, leading strategy, business development and operations. Alongside Founder/CEO Xavier Kochhar, Ms. Tucker was instrumental in the acquisition of The Video Genome Project by Hulu in 2016.
Prior to her startup life, Ms. Tucker spent several years at larger companies in senior roles. She was the EVP Marketing for Victoria’s Secret, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of marketing for Victoria’s Secret and Pink brands through their 1,100 retail locations and ecommerce channels. Ms. Tucker honed her marketing and merchandising skills while serving in various executive roles at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. As SVP Marketing, Media & Merchandising, she oversaw the lifestyle brand’s robust branded integration business and licensing efforts with major retailers such as The Home Depot, Macy’s, PetSmart, Staples and Michaels.
Ms. Tucker’s earlier career began with CBS Corporation, where she served in escalating roles for CBS Radio and CBS R.I.O.T. (radio, interactive, outdoor and TV). As VP of Business Development, she generated millions of dollars in revenue creating cross-platform solutions for brands like Bank of America and AT&T.
Ms. Tucker lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with her 3 children.
“I have worked in the kids’ entertainment business for two decades and pocket.watch is one of the most dynamic and innovative companies I have ever encountered.”
Ed is excited to be the General Counsel of pocket.watch, where he is responsible for all of the company’s business and legal affairs, human resources and risk management. During his 30 plus year career, Ed has held positions with a variety of entertainment and technology companies. After stints at a law firm and in the financial services industry, Ed held senior roles with NBC and Hanna-Barbera. He then became the first General Counsel of World Wrestling Entertainment, where, among other things, he oversaw the company’s IPO, Secondary Offering, and joint venture with NBC for the XFL football league. Thereafter Ed served as the GC of THQ, then the leading videogame publisher of licensed kids’ content. Ed has also been GC of SONIFI Solutions, a provider of interactive entertainment to hotels, and most recently, the GC of World Oil Corp., the largest recycler of waste oil in the Western United States. Ed graduated from Stanford Law School and with Honors from the University of Virginia.
Ed is married to an amazing woman, and is the proud father of three boys, one girl, and one adorable shepherd-lab.
David B. Williams
SVP & GM, Channels
“While I mostly settled for Saturday morning cartoon crumbs, my kids feast on an entertainment banquet that’s literally endless. It’s a lot to come to terms with.”
As GM/SVP of Channels, David is charged with winning fans and growing pocket.watch franchises on short-form platforms. With twenty-five years at the frontiers of digital media, he comes to the role lavishly prepared. As part of Maker Studios’ senior leadership, David led the esteemed talent team and engineered marquee content initiatives. Prior highlights include serving as Chief Content and Technology Strategist for Endemol Beyond USA, co-founding venture-backed Take180 with Chris, leading digital teams at Disney, and developing a patented technology that powered fan-driven initiatives for franchises such as Star Trek and Toy Story and earned the honor of Interactive Emmy Award finalist for The L Word. An early digital entrepreneur, in 1996 David founded a digital-first entertainment studio where he went on to develop the world’s first major animated web series and licensed it to Showtime Networks.
David and his wife have twin boys with infinite energy they refuse to share.