Emma Watts
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United States

20th Century Fox


Vice Chairman / President, Production

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
  • Women's Impact
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