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Bad Robot Productions

Bad Robot Productions
Industry Motion pictures and television
Founded 1998
Headquarters Santa Monica, California, United States
Key people
J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
Website .com.badrobotwww

Bad Robot Productions (formerly known as only Bad Robot) is an American film and television production company owned by J. J. Abrams. It is responsible for the television series Alias, Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest and Revolution alongside the feature-length films Mission: Impossible III, Cloverfield, Star Trek, Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Star Trek Beyond.

Bad Robot was originally part of Touchstone Television, but was moved by J.J. Abrams to Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Television, after his contract with ABC expired in 2006. Bad Robot produced Lost in association with ABC Studios, formerly Touchstone Television. The two companies jointly produced Six Degrees and What About Brian.

Abrams is Chairman/Chief Executive Officer. In April 2015, the company announced that Tommy Harper would become Chief Operating Officer, overseeing daily operations. Harper, who also serves as Executive Producer on Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, has worked with Abrams on numerous past film projects. In May 2015, Ben Stephenson left the BBC where he had been head of drama to helm Bad Robot Television. Lindsey Weber leads Bad Robot's feature film division. Bryan Burk serves as Executive Vice President of the company.

The production logo has appeared since 2001, featuring a red rectangular headed robot running through a meadow silhouetted until it appears suddenly in front of the camera, followed by voices provided by two of Abrams' children, Henry and Gracie Abrams, saying "Bad robot!"[1] Although some fans believe that the name comes from a line in the animated film The Iron Giant, Abrams told Entertainment Weekly that it simply came to him during a writers' meeting.

In February 2013, it was announced that Bad Robot would be partnering with the Valve Corporation to produce possibly a Half-Life or Portal film in the distant future.[2] Bad Robot released a trailer entitled "Stranger" (otherwise known as S.), it was rumoured to be J.J. Abrams' next film or television project, perhaps even a Lost spin-off, but it was finally explained to be promoting S., J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst's new novel. As of August 2015, Bad Robot Productions will be working on Team Fortress 2, specifically the new game mode "PASS Time" for the TF2 Beta.

Bad Robot Productions is currently based in Santa Monica, California.[3]

The original Bad Robot Productions logo used from 2001 to 2008.


  • Productions 1
    • Films 1.1
    • Television series 1.2
  • Awards and recognition 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Bad Robot Productions produces both television programs and films.


Year Title Director Notes Budget Gross
2001 Joy Ride John Dahl Co-production with 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises $23 million $36.6 million
2006 Mission: Impossible III J. J. Abrams Co-production with Paramount Pictures and Cruise/Wagner Productions $150 million $397.9 million
2008 Cloverfield Matt Reeves Co-production with Paramount Pictures $25 million $170.8 million
2009 Star Trek J. J. Abrams Co-production with Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment $150 million $385.7 million
2010 Morning Glory Roger Michell Co-production with Paramount Pictures $40 million $60 million
2011 Super 8 J. J. Abrams Co-production with Paramount Pictures and Amblin Entertainment $50 million $260.1 million
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Brad Bird Co-production with Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, and Cruise/Wagner Productions $145 million $694.7 million
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness J. J. Abrams Co-production with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions $185 million $467.4 million
2015 Infinitely Polar Bear Maya Forbes Co-production with Sony Pictures Classics, Paper Street Films and Park Pictures $6.7 million $123,901
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation[4] Christopher McQuarrie Co-production with Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, and Cruise/Wagner Productions $150 million $679.8 million
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens[5] J. J. Abrams Co-production with Lucasfilm Ltd. (Post-production) $200 million
2016 Star Trek Beyond[6] Justin Lin Co-production with Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, and K/O Paper Products (Filming)
Valencia Dan Trachtenberg Co-production with Insurge Pictures (Filming) $5 million

Television series

Year Title Notes
2001–06 Alias
2004–10 Lost
2005 The Catch Pilot
2006–07 What About Brian
2006–07 Six Degrees
2008–13 Fringe
2009 Anatomy of Hope Pilot
2010 Undercovers
2011–present Person of Interest
2012 Alcatraz
2012 Shelter[7] Pilot
2012–14 Revolution [8]
2013–14 Almost Human
2014 Believe
2015 Dead People[9] Pilot
2016 Roadies
2016 Westworld

Awards and recognition

  • 2002 Emmy Award Nomination, Outstanding Writing for A Drama Series (Alias)
  • 2005 Emmy Award Nomination, Outstanding Writing for A Drama Series (Lost)
  • 2007 Golden Globe Award Nomination, Best Television Series – Drama (Lost)
  • 2005 Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Drama Series (Lost)
  • 2005 Emmy Award Winner, Outstanding Directing for A Drama Series (Lost)
  • 2006 Golden Globe Award Winner, Best Television Series – Drama (Lost)


  1. ^ Nicholas Fonseca (December 7, 2001). Alias': The Story Behind J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot"'".  
  2. ^ Variety (February 12, 2013). "Star Trek's JJ Abrams and Valve's Gabe Newell - Full Keynote Speech - D.I.C.E. SUMMIT 2013". 
  3. ^ Abramian, Alexandria (September 11, 2013). "Source: J. J. Abrams Building 'Star Wars' Post-production Facility in L.A. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Star Wars Is Being Kick-Started with Dynamite".  
  6. ^
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "NBC Pilots 2012 Analysis: Single-Camera Comedies And J.J. Abrams Among Early Orders". Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "2ND UPDATE: ‘1600 Penn’, 'Animal Practice', 'New Normal', 'Revolution' & 'Save Me' Picked Up To Series At NBC". Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Andrew J. West To Play The Lead In CW Pilot 'Dead People' From Bad Robot". Deadline. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • "Bad Robot Productions Signs Far-Reaching Production Deals With Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Television" (Press release).  
  • Andreeva, Nellie; Tatiana Siegel (July 17, 2006). "Abrams builds his Robot".  
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