Sophie Watts
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President since STX’s 2014 launch, the Brit has been a key player alongside co-founder Robert Simonds in the media company’s fast rise and aggressive international growth strategy. Watts was the chief architect of STX’s uniquely collaborative partnership structure, and as president is responsible for conceiving and driving forward the company’s growth initiatives and new business development.

She also oversees the company’s recently established digital and music divisions, and while launching a new entertainment conglomerate is a tough mission, Watts has the necessary skills and background; she cut her teeth working on productions with such A-listers as Beyoncé, Elton John, Mariah Carey and Madonna, and has a diverse creative background as an award-winning film, television and video executive known for her strong talent relationships.

Watts championed and raised financing for award-winning documentaries such as “Bully,” and was executive producer of the acclaimed NBC series “State of Affairs.” She serves as a judge for the Business Innovation Awards sponsored by the U.K. Dept. of Trade and Investment, and for BAFTA-LA’s Student Film Awards. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cambridge, where she specialized in economic history, focusing on the rise of Asia.


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  • Cambridge University (UK)

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Ben Sherwood, David Linde, Sophie Watts to Give Keynotes at Mipcom

Ben Sherwood, David Linde, Sophie Watts to Give Keynotes at Mipcom

PARIS -- Ben Sherwood, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group's , David Linde, CEO of Participant Media and Sophie Watts, president of STX Entertainment will deliver a keynote at Mipcom.The three media mastermind keynotes will discuss "The New Television," which will be Mipcom's running theme. Mipcom indeed teamed up with Parrot Analytics to come up with a report titled “Who’s Winning in the World of the New Television?” which examines key trends impacting the five...



What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Be fair to everyone.”

What or who inspires you?

“Those who do things differently.”

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