Shake-up at Paramount Pictures as former Fox Film boss Emma Watts joins studio

Shake-up at Paramount Pictures. Can ex-Fox Film boss Emma Watts spur a comeback?

7/1/2020 6:03:00 AM

Shake-up at Paramount Pictures. Can ex-Fox Film boss Emma Watts spur a comeback?

Watts left Disney's 20th Century Studios earlier this year after the sale of Fox.

Chris Aronson, previously at 20th Century Fox Film, replaces Kyle Davies at Viacom Inc.-owned Paramount as president of domestic distribution.“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,” Watts said in a statement.

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Watts is the latest former Fox executive brought to the company by Gianopulos, who previously led 20th Century Fox Film for 16 years. Paramount hired former Fox film distribution headto be its president of domestic theatrical distribution in November.

AdvertisementGodfrey will return to producing movies and television shows when he leaves the company, Paramount said. Godfrey was known for producing films such as “The Fault in Our Stars” and “The Maze Runner” before becoming an executive. During his tenure, Paramount’s movies included the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” and the “Transformers” spin-off “Bumblebee.”

Watts is known for her strong relationships with Hollywood filmmakers, and also has a track record of overseeing major commercial productions and franchises, such as “Deadpool,” “Night at the Museum” and “The Greatest Showman.”Watts had been a longtime film executive at Fox before Walt Disney Co. purchased 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion in March 2019. She started there as a creative executive in 1998 and rose to the ranks of president of production in 2007 and vice chair a decade later.

After the close of the sale to Disney, Watts stayed with the company to lead its greatly reduced film slate. She stepped down in January, after less than a year, finding that her role was much smaller under Disney than it was before Fox was purchased. She was the latest high-level Fox executive to depart as Disney continued to make significant changes to the studio.

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