Bad Robot Productions

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

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 and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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, 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[citation needed].

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[citation needed].

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

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

Productions[edit]

Bad Robot Productions produces both television programs and films.

Films[edit]

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 and Skydance 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 Paper Street Films and Park Pictures $123,901
Upcoming
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation[4] Christopher McQuarrie Co-production with Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, and Cruise/Wagner Productions Pre-Production
Star Wars: The Force Awakens[5] J. J. Abrams Co-production with Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm, Post-production $200 million
2016 Star Trek Beyond[6] Justin Lin Co-production with Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, and K/O Paper Products In development

TV series[edit]

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
2014 Roadies[9] Pilot
2015 Dead People[10] Pilot
2015 Westworld

Awards and recognition[edit]

Nominations
  • 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)
Wins
  • 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)

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