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Founder and Co-President, Wise Entertainment


Recently awarded with an Innovation and Inclusion Award by the Digital Diversity Network, Mauricio served as executive producer of East Los High, an award-winning drama series that earned 6 Emmy nominations during its run on Hulu for its realistic portrayal of Latino high school students.

Mota began his career as an entrepreneur at the age of 15 when he developed a storytelling board game with writer Sonia Rodrigues, which he sold door-to-door all over Brazil. It is now present in over 5,000 schools. It later became a YA book collection and has been used by many Forbes 500 companies and the United Nations to foster creativity and innovation among their leaders. 

Later, Mota became a serial entrepreneur, pioneering multi-platform content by designing and creating products and IPs for TV channels, movie studios, and advertisers globally. Mauricio was the first Latin American to speak at the Futures of Entertainment conference at MIT. He has been a judge on many international juries, such as Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Festival of Media, the Emmys, and the One Show.

He sits on the boards of A Call to Men (a national violence prevention organization), Center for Third Space at the Annenberg School (an institute focused on shaping the next generation of business leaders), the PGA’s Diversity Board, Scriptd (an online marketplace for screenwriters), and Young Storytellers (a non-profit focused on mentoring low-income students through storytelling). Mauricio has also spoken for national and international audiences, including the White House Fellowship, the State Department, and the World Bank.