Bad Robot Productions

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Bad Robot
Industry Motion pictures
Founded 1998; 20 years ago (1998)
Headquarters Santa Monica, California, United States
Key people
J. J. Abrams
Katie McGrath
Divisions Bad Robot Productions
Bad Robot Interactive
Bad Robot Television
Bad Robot Games

Bad Robot is an American film and television production company led by J. J. Abrams. Under its Bad Robot Productions division, the company is responsible for the television series Alias, Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest, Revolution and Westworld 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, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Star Trek Beyond, The Cloverfield Paradox, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.


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

Bad Robot was originally based at 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 and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Bad Robot, and Katie McGrath serves as the Company's Co-Chief Executive Officer. In June 2017, Bad Robot announced that Brian Weinstein would become President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing daily operations and spearhead the company’s growth strategy in its existing businesses, while developing new areas of expansion across the entire Bad Robot platform and pursuing alternative financing options.[1] 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.

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's children, Henry and Gracie Abrams, saying "Bad robot!"[2] 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.[3] In August 2015, Valve released a new beta game mode to Team Fortress 2, PASS Time, which Bad Robot worked on.[4] On July 7, 2016 the PASS Time game mode became official.[5] 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.[citation needed] In February 2017, it was announced Julius Avery is attached to direct a Paramount coproduction, the World War II zombie film Overlord, from screenwriter Billy Ray.[6]

Bad Robot Productions is currently based in Santa Monica, California,[7] in a building which is incorrectly labeled on purpose as the home of the fictional "National Typewriter Company" because Abrams "likes typewriters — and misdirection."[8]

In June 2018, the company announced a spin-off venture formed with the Chinese video game publisher Tencent to launch Bad Robot Games for the development of video games on mobile, computer and consoles, with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment as a minority investor. Bad Robot Games will develop and publish titles related to Abrams' works and other Bad Robot Production contents, with Tencent holding the rights for distribution in China. The division will be helmed by Dave Baronoff, who has worked on the Cloverfield franchise and in developing Spyjinx as a joint project between Bad Robot Productions and Epic Games (also partially owned by Tencent), while Tim Keenan, who helped develop Duskers, will serve as the creative director.[9]



Year Title Director Budget Gross
2001 Joy Ride John Dahl $23 million $36.6 million
2008 Cloverfield Matt Reeves $25 million $170.8 million
2009 Star Trek J. J. Abrams $150 million $385.7 million
2010 Morning Glory Roger Michell $40 million $60 million
2011 Super 8 J. J. Abrams $50 million $260.1 million
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Brad Bird $145 million $694.7 million
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness J. J. Abrams $190 million $467.4 million
2015 Infinitely Polar Bear Maya Forbes $6.7 million $1.8 million
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Christopher McQuarrie $150 million $682.7 million
Star Wars: The Force Awakens J. J. Abrams $306 million $2.068 billion
2016 10 Cloverfield Lane Dan Trachtenberg $15 million $110.2 million
Star Trek Beyond Justin Lin $185 million $343.5 million
2018 The Cloverfield Paradox Julius Onah $45 million N/A
Mission: Impossible – Fallout Christopher McQuarrie $178 million $436.9 million
2018 Overlord Julius Avery
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX J. J. Abrams

Television series[edit]

Year Title Creator(s) Co-production(s) Notes
2001–06 Alias J. J. Abrams Touchstone Television
2004–10 Lost Jeffrey Lieber
J. J. Abrams
Damon Lindelof
Touchstone Television (season 1–3)
ABC Studios (season 4–6)
2005 The Catch Pilot
2006–07 What About Brian Dana Stevens Sachs/Judah Productions (season 1)
Touchstone Television
2006–07 Six Degrees Raven Metzner
Stuart Zicherman
Nosebleed Productions
Touchstone Television
2008–13 Fringe J. J. Abrams
Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci
Warner Bros. Television
2009 Anatomy of Hope Pilot
2010 Undercovers J. J. Abrams
Josh Reims
Warner Bros. Television
Good Butter Productions
2011–16 Person of Interest Jonathan Nolan Kilter Films
Warner Bros. Television
2012 Alcatraz Elizabeth Sarnoff
Steven Lilien
Bryan Wynbrandt
Warner Bros. Television
2012 Shelter Pilot[10]
2012–14 Revolution Eric Kripke Kripke Enterprises
Warner Bros. Television
2013–14 Almost Human J. H. Wyman Frequency Films
Warner Bros. Television
2014 Believe Alfonso Cuarón
Mark Friedman
Esperanto Filmoj
Warner Bros. Television
2015 Dead People Pilot[11]
2016 11.22.63 11/22/63
by Stephen King
Bridget Carpenter
Carpenter B.
Warner Bros. Television
2016 Moon Shot Web series
2016 Roadies Cameron Crowe Vinyl Films
Warner Bros. Television
Showtime Networks
2016– Westworld Westworld
by Michael Crichton
Jonathan Nolan
Lisa Joy
HBO Entertainment
Kilter Films
Jerry Weintraub Productions
Warner Bros. Television
2018– Castle Rock Sam Shaw Old Curiosity Shop
Darkbloom Productions
Warner Bros. Television
TBA Demimonde J.J. Abrams Warner Bros. Television
TBA Lovecraft Country Lovecraft Country
by Matt Ruff
Misha Green
HBO Entertainment
Monkeypaw Productions
Warner Bros. Television
TBA The Wrong Mans The Wrong Mans
by James Corden
Mathew Baynton
Fulwell 73 Productions
BBC Studios
Warner Bros. Television


Year Title
2013 KRE-O Star Trek

Awards and recognition[edit]



  1. ^ Kroll, Justin (13 June 2017). "Bad Robot Names Brian Weinstein President and COO". Variety. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Nicholas Fonseca (December 7, 2001). "'Alias': The Story Behind J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Variety (February 12, 2013). "Star Trek's JJ Abrams and Valve's Gabe Newell - Full Keynote Speech - D.I.C.E. SUMMIT 2013". 
  4. ^ "Team Fortress 2". Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  5. ^ "Team Fortress 2 - Meet Your Match". Retrieved 2016-08-14. 
  6. ^ "Bad Robot's D-Day Movie 'Overlord' Finds Director (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. February 2, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Shanley, Patrick (June 7, 2018). "J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Launches Video Game Division". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 7, 2018. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 7, 2012). "NBC Pilots 2012 Analysis: Single-Camera Comedies and J. J. Abrams Among Early Orders". Deadline. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "54th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ "57th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Winners & Nominees Best Television Series - Drama". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  15. ^ "57th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ "57th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 

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