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Tommy Harper Named COO of Bad Robot Productions

Tommy Harper is joining J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions as chief operating officer, the company announced Tuesday.

Harper has worked on some of Bad Robot’s biggest movies, including “Mission: Impossible III” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.” He is currently serving as executive producer on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

In the newly created position, Harper will report directly to company founder Abrams and oversee daily operations, while also helping to create strategic initiatives.

Harper’s two-decade career also includes credits on “Alice in Wonderland,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” and “Big Eyes.”

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Tommy Harper for years,” Abrams said. “Again and again he has proven to be an impressively responsible, dedicated and hard-working leader. His insights and experience will help Bad Robot across all departments, in countless ways. Despite how impeccably he dresses, I admire him enormously.”

Harper said he was excited to join Abrams full time after collaborating for many years. “Bad Robot is a dynamic company at the forefront of innovation in entertainment, and I look forward to coming on board to further its endeavors and work with the talented Bad Robot family,” he said in a statement.

The move follows other recent news at Bad Robot. The BBC’s Ben Stephenson is set to join in May to oversee television, while Lindsey Weber remains in charge of the feature film division. Bryan Burk will continue to focus on the completion of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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