Emma Watts has been named president of Paramount Motion Picture Group. Watts will be starting her new position on July 20 of this year. Watts comes to Paramount from Twentieth Century Fox, where she worked as a film executive for many years.
Shortly after Disney purchased Fox, Watts left the company, so her new position is not entirely surprising. Watts has decades of experience in the film industry with expertise in areas of both production and management.
“Emma is one of the most exceptional executives in the film industry. I worked with her for almost two decades during her career at Fox and have watched her become the stellar leader and creative talent she is today. As Paramount continues its evolution and growth, I am thrilled that she will deftly guide the film studio with her impeccable taste, talent relationships, and innovative vision,” said her longtime boss at Fox, Jim Gianopulos.
In her new role, Watts will oversee the development, production, and release of all Paramount Motion Picture’s films.
In a statement regarding her new position, Watts remarked, “At such a rapidly evolving time in our business, Paramount’s rich history and commitment to unique and diverse storytelling make it essential in this new era of filmmaking. I look forward to working alongside Jim and the rest of the talented Paramount team to continue creating an environment that not only provides stability and confidence within the industry, but also empowers the creative community to do their very best work.”