Emma Watts
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The Fox exec has wowed in overseeing the studio’s rebooted mega-franchises, including the “Planet of the Apes” and “X-Men” juggernauts. In her current post since February 2017, Watts added oversight of physical production, post-production, vfx and music to a portfolio that already watched over the production, story, creative and casting departments. Her successes include “Logan,” the third installment in the Wolverine franchise; David Fincher’s “Gone Girl”; and Tim Miller’s “Deadpool” films. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” received seven Oscar nominations. Watts has been with Fox since 1997, following stints as a creative exec with Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Pictures and Oliver Stone. She’ll supervise future installments of James Cameron’s “Avatar” pics.




  • 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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