George Port | Partner
George Port is one of the founding members of MarVista Entertainment and currently serves as Executive Vice President in charge of Business Affairs and New Business Development. Previous to joining MarVisa Entertainment, Port co-founded Anchor Bay Entertainment (f/k/a Video Treasures Inc.) in 1985 as a publisher and distributor of home video programming which became the largest independent video label in the United States. In 1989, Port and his original partners sold Anchor Bay to Handleman Company (NYSE) and Port remained as President where he had direct P&L responsibility for US and Canadian operations which included sales in excess of $50 million. Port was the President of Anchor Bay for thirteen years. In 1998 and for a three year period, Port headed up Anchor Bay’s international expansion as Managing Director of Anchor Bay International, Ltd. based in London, England. Port established Anchor Bay’s UK office for the acquisition of companies and properties for Anchor Bay Entertainment and affiliates and had extensive entertainment licensing activities throughout all of Europe.
Prior to founding Anchor Bay, Mr. Port served as Vice-Chairman of A. Gary Shilling & Co., Inc. where he oversaw the general management of the firm, client services, product development, marketing, planning and administration. He was a member of the New York stock exchange, administering firm broker-dealer activities. In 1977 Port was the Vice President of Corporate Relations/General Council for Pickwick International, Inc., a subsidiary of American Can Company. During his time at Pickwick Port had P&L responsibility for two marketing companies, one in the United States and one in England, totaling $60 million in annual sales.
Port, who holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an L.LB from New York University, began his extensive career in the Entertainment industry as an Assistant General Council for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). From the MPAA, Port worked as Assistant General Counsel for United Artists Corporation’s Music and Records Division, then as Attorney at American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.’s Theatrical Motion Picture and Music and Record Divisions where he went on to become Vice President/General Counsel at Record Club of America, Inc and then to Springboard International, Inc. as Vice President Business Affairs/General Counsel where Port had direct responsibility of growth from U.S. $6 million to U.S. $ 20 million during his administration.
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