Twentieth Century Fox Film Names Emma Watts Vice Chairman

LOS ANGELES, CA – February 9, 2017– Twentieth Century Fox Film (TCFF) Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider today announced that long-time studio executive Emma Watts has been elevated to the role of Vice Chairman of TCFF and Twentieth Century Fox (TCF) President of Production.  Ms. Watts, who has served as President of Production for TCF since 2007, will continue to report to Ms. Snider, and her appointment is effective immediately. 

In conjunction with her promotion, Ms. Watts will now oversee a restructured group that brings together all of TCF’s filmmaking assets, adding physical production, post production, visual effects and music to her ongoing leadership of the studio’s production, story, creative affairs and casting departments. 

Fox Animation will continue to be led by its President, Vanessa Morrison, who will now co-report to Ms. Snider and Ms. Watts, and Fox International Productions President Tomas Jegeus will now co-report to Ms. Watts and Andrew Cripps, the studio’s President of International Distribution.

Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000 will continue to report to Ms. Snider, as will the studio’s Marketing, Distribution and other functional departments. 

“Emma’s work over the past 20 years speaks for itself – she’s simply the best in the industry,” said Ms. Snider.  “On a personal level, I am thrilled to have her in this new role, one that not only enables us to work more closely together, but also expands her scope so we as a company can take full advantage of her talents as we tackle all the opportunities that lie ahead.”

“I’m excited to take on more responsibility and incredibly grateful for the continuing opportunity to work with the most creative and dedicated people in the business,” said Ms. Watts.  “A special thank you to Stacey for the trust and confidence she has placed in me with this new role.”

Ms. Watts first joined Fox in 1997, following stints as a creative executive first with Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Pictures and later for Oliver Stone. Her tenure at Fox has encompassed over 100 movies, and she has led production and development efforts for some of the world’s most beloved, critically-acclaimed and commercially successful films, including Avatar, Deadpool, Gone Girl and The Martian, among others. She also led reboots of massive franchises like The Planet of the Apes and X-Men, while spearheading new franchises, such as Night at the Museum, Kingsman and The Maze Runner. In 2005, Ms. Watts was named EVP of Production for TCF and she has served as President of Production since 2007. TCF upcoming films include Logan, Alien: Covenant, War for the Planet of the Apes, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Red Sparrow, Murder on the Orient Express and The Greatest Showman.

About 20th Century Fox Film:

One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world.  These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of 20th Century Fox Film:  Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.

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Dan Berger