Emma Watts
Todd Williamson
United States
2020

Paramount Pictures

Emma
Watts

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.

Career

  • DEADPOOL
  • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
  • FORD V FERRARI

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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Emma Watts Named President of Paramount Pictures

Emma Watts Named President of Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures has named influential production executive Emma Watts president of its motion picture group, studio chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos announced on Tuesday.The former Twentieth Century Fox leader replaces Wyck Godfrey, who will exit Paramount and transition back to producing film and TV. Watts starts July 20, and will report directly to Gianopulos.The move reunites Gianopulos with Watts -- the two worked together at 20th Century Fox for decades and enjoyed a close collaboration on hit franchises such as...

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