Fox lights on Watts for post

Exec upped to veep of production

Emma Watts has been promoted to executive VP of production at 20th Century Fox.

Watts has worked on a variety of pics at Fox, with a special focus on tentpoles. On deck for her is the comedy adventure “Night at the Museum,” starring Ben Stiller and directed by Sean Levy; the TV-to-screen adaptations of the Comedy Central series “Reno 911” and “Miami”; and an as-yet-untitled James Cameron film.

Watts is also shepherding a remake of the 1950 classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still”; a sequel to the Will Smith blockbuster “I, Robot”; and a remake of Fox’s 1982 hit “9 to 5.”

“Emma has that all-too-rare ability to successfully navigate the big pieces of event motion picture development, and to push her projects into production,” said Fox production prexy Hutch Parker. “She is always ready to fight for what’s best for her films.”

Watts joined Fox seven years ago as a creative exec, later earning her VP and senior VP stripes. She began her career as a creative exec at Def Pictures, before joining Oliver Stone’s Illusion Entertainment, where she worked as director of development on such projects as “Any Given Sunday” and “U-Turn.”

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