Sophie Watts is the CEO of a global venture creation group for A-list stars. The company brings together billion-dollar brand development and marketing experience with deep and influential media reach to incubate, launch, and grow 360-degree talent-driven businesses that includes premium content, consumer products, and live experiences.
Ventures include co-founding “Mike Tyson’s Legends Only League,” the sports enterprise which, in November 2020, staged the Tyson-Jones fight which was the 8th most profitable pay-per-view event of all time.
Previously, Watts served as President of STX Entertainment since the Company’s inception, playing an instrumental role in its formation and growth alongside co-founder Robert Simonds. Watts was a core architect of STX’s structure and ground-up creation. As President, she was responsible for conceiving, driving forward and overseeing the Company’s new initiatives and business development, including the establishment of a fully-fledged movie studio, and both reality and scripted TV studios. She also oversaw the Company’s Digital, Virtual Reality, and Alternative Divisions.
During her tenure, STX grew from a start-up into a multi-billion-dollar media company that includes several studios. She helped secure capital from investors including private equity firms TPG and China-based Hony Capital; Tencent, the Chinese internet giant; Liberty Global, the media conglomerate; and PCCW, the global telecommunications provider.
Early in her career, Watts worked in music film, videos and programming in London. She moved to Los Angeles in 2007, where she was a producer and financier on film projects including the award-winning documentary Bully.
Watts has been named one of Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers by Variety, listed in Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40, and featured in Variety’s Power of Women Report, Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power100, and in ELLE magazine’s power list. She has been recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment.”
Watts graduated with a First (summa cum laude) from the University of Cambridge (MA) where she specialized in economic history, focusing on the rise of Asia.