Emma Watts
Todd Williamson
United States


President, Motion Picture Group

In June 2020, Watts was named head of Paramount’s film division, putting her in charge of the studio’s film operations from development and casting through production and post-production. The move reunited her with Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, who had been her boss at Fox until his 2017 departure after 25 years at the helm. Watts joined Fox in 1998 as a creative exec and went on to oversee production at the studio for 13 years, shepherding box office hits such as “Night at the Museum,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Martian,” “Deadpool,” “Logan” and “Avatar.” Following the Disney-Fox merger in 2019, she transitioned to chief executive at the rebranded Twentieth Century Studios, where she saw to the likes of “Ford v Ferrari,” as well as “Free Guy,” starring Ryan Reynolds, and Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel,” both of which were delayed to 2021.




  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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Emma Watts Steps Down as Paramount Motion Picture Group President

Emma Watts Steps Down as Paramount Motion Picture Group President

Emma Watts has resigned her post as Paramount's motion picture group president, sources tell Variety.Watts exits just over a year in the job, on the heels of her former Fox boss Jim Gianopulos -- whose jaw-dropping ouster as Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO shook up Hollywood in early September.A representative for Paramount owner ViacomCBS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Watts' exit, predicted by industry insiders in the days following the Gianopulos news, comes as many in the...


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