Bad Robot Productions

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Bad Robot Productions
Type Motion Picture
Founded 1998
Headquarters United States
Key people J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk

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, Revolution, Almost Human and Believe alongside the feature length films Cloverfield, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8 and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Bad Robot was originally part of Touchstone Television, but has moved with 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, and 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 and Portal film in the distant future. Bad Robot released a trailer entitled "Stranger" (otherwise known as S.), it was rumoured to be JJ Abrams' next film or television project, perhaps even a Lost (TV series) spin-off, but it was finally explained to be promoting S., J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst's new novel.

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


The original Bad Robot Productions logo used from 2001 to 2008, though still used on the company's website.

Bad Robot Productions produces both television programs and films.


Year Title Notes Budget Gross
2001 Joy Ride Co-production with 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises $23,000,000 $36,642,838
2006 Mission: Impossible III Co-production with Paramount Pictures and Cruise/Wagner Productions $150,000,000 $397,850,012
2008 Cloverfield Co-production with Paramount Pictures $25,000,000 $170,764,026
2009 Star Trek Co-production with Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment $150,000,000 $385,680,446
2010 Morning Glory Co-production with Paramount Pictures $40,000,000 $58,785,180
2011 Super 8 Co-production with Paramount Pictures and Amblin Entertainment $50,000,000 $259,422,500
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Co-production with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions $145,000,000 $693,054,071
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Co-production with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions $185,000,000 $451,813,226
2014 Infinitely Polar Bear Co-production with Paper Street Films and Park Pictures
2015 Star Wars Episode VII[2] Co-production with Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm, Pre-Production
2015 Mission: Impossible V[3] Co-production with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, Pre-Production

TV series[edit]

Year Title Notes
2001–2006 Alias
2004–2010 Lost
2005 The Catch Pilot
2006–2007 What About Brian
2006–2007 Six Degrees
2008–2013 Fringe
2009 Anatomy of Hope Pilot
2010 Undercovers
2011–present Person of Interest
2012 Alcatraz
2012 Shelter[4] Pilot
2012–present Revolution [5]
2013–present Almost Human
2014–present Believe

Awards and recognition[edit]

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


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