Ellis Watson

Ellis Watson

Ellis Watson

Ellis Watson is Chief Executive of DC Thomson publishing, one of the world’s largest family owned media groups. He was previously global CEO of Syco Entertainment, the joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony – running the global format and commercial strategies for X Factor and Got Talent, as well as the recorded music businesses. The Syco appointment followed spells on the board of Menzies and FirstGroup, the huge public transport operator with brands from First Great Western to America’sGreyhound Bus network. Before that he was at the helm of Mirror Group Newspapers, running five national titles. Ellis’ first break came as a young Marketing Director at The Sun and The News of the World, moving on to take charge of the new digital business. After ten years at News Corporation he became CEO of Celador International – licensing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? to 100 countries. He is the embodiment of how happy breeds happy and at TEDxKingsCollegeLondon he’ll share the basic philosophy of how paying forward positive energy is the biggest secret to success.