Bad Robot Productions

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

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 Cloverfield, Star Trek, Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek Beyond.

Bad Robot was originally part of Touchstone Television, but was moved by 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 of the company. In April 2015, Bad Robot announced that Tommy Harper would become Chief Operating Officer, overseeing daily operations. Harper, who also serves as Executive Producer on Star Wars: 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.[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.), rumoured to be Abrams' next film or television project, perhaps even a Lost spin-off, but it was finally explained to be promoting S., Abrams and Doug Dorst's new novel, as a new trailer for S. was released. 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] in a building which is incorrectly labeled on purpose as the home of the fictional "National Typewriter Company" because Abrams "likes typewriters — and misdirection."[4]

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


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
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 Tom Cruise $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 Christopher McQuarrie Co-production with Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, China Movie Channel, Alibaba Pictures and Tom Cruise $150 million $679.8 million
Star Wars: The Force Awakens J. J. Abrams Co-production with Lucasfilm Ltd. $200 million $1.996 billion
2016 10 Cloverfield Lane[5] Dan Trachtenberg Co-production with Paramount Pictures (Post-production) $5 million
Star Trek Beyond[6] Justin Lin Co-production with Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions, and K/O Paper Products (Post-production) $150 million

Television 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 Pilot[7]
2012–14 Revolution
2013–14 Almost Human
2014 Believe
2015 Dead People Pilot[8]
2016 Roadies
2016 Westworld
2016 11.22.63

Awards and recognition[edit]



  1. ^ Nicholas Fonseca (December 7, 2001). "'Alias': The Story Behind J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  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. ^ Bruni, Frank (26 May 2011). "Filmmaker J. J. Abrams Is a Crowd Teaser". The New York Times Magazine (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 22 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Chitwood, Adam (January 14, 2016). "’10 Cloverfield Lane’ Is the Title of J.J. Abrams’ Secret Bad Robot Movie". Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (June 29, 2015). "Justin Lin Goes Beyond Search For Spock With ‘Star Trek 3’ Title Reveal". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 7, 2012). "NBC Pilots 2012 Analysis: Single-Camera Comedies And J.J. Abrams Among Early Orders". Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 25, 2015). "Andrew J. West To Play The Lead In CW Pilot 'Dead People' From Bad Robot". Deadline. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "54th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ "57th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Winners & Nominees Best Television Series - Drama". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ "57th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ "57th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 

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