Bad Robot Productions

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Bad Robot
Industry Motion pictures and television
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 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 and The Cloverfield Paradox.


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]

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


Bad Robot Productions produces both films and television series.


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
2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout Christopher McQuarrie
Overlord Julius Avery
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX J. J. Abrams

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
2011–16 Person of Interest
2012 Alcatraz
2012 Shelter Pilot[9]
2012–14 Revolution
2013–14 Almost Human
2014 Believe
2015 Dead People Pilot[10]
2016 11.22.63 Miniseries
2016 Moon Shot Web series
2016 Roadies
2016– Westworld
2018– Castle Rock
TBA Demimonde


Year Title
2013 KRE-O Star Trek

Awards and recognition



  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. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 7, 2012). "NBC Pilots 2012 Analysis: Single-Camera Comedies and J. J. Abrams Among Early Orders". Deadline. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "54th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ "57th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Winners & Nominees Best Television Series - Drama". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  14. ^ "57th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  15. ^ "57th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". Retrieved January 8, 2016. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Bad Robot Productions on Twitter
  • "Bad Robot Productions Signs Far-Reaching Production Deals With Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Television" (Press release). Time Warner. July 15, 2006. 
  • Andreeva, Nellie; Siegel, Tatiana (July 17, 2006). "Abrams builds his Robot". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 14, 2008. 
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