J.J. Abrams
Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock
United States

Bad Robot


Co-CEO / Director / Producer

In 2002 while working on ABC’s “Alias,” Abrams told Variety he felt like he “lucked into” working in TV.
“The hours are brutal, the pressure’s tremendous and the need for material is insatiable,” he said. “But it’s so exciting to work with the same group of people on a long-term basis, and you’re writing something you know is going to get shot. That just doesn’t exist in features.”
Unless, perhaps, the feature has Abrams’ name attached to it. Even before writing and directing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Abrams was thought of as the inheritor of the Steven Spielberg mantle thanks to 2011’s “Super 8.” Now he’s become a latter-day George Lucas, too, as an executive producer on Disney’s new “Star Wars” trilogy.
Abrams started in TV as co-creator of The WB’s “Felicity” and creator of “Alias,” where his devotion to mythological storytelling took root. He developed “Lost,” and his company, Bad Robot, had a hand in dozens of movies and TV shows, from “Person of Interest” to HBO’s dense, mystery-packed “Westworld.”
Abrams and Bad Robot are developing “Glare,” about humans colonizing another planet, for HBO. And Abrams is branching out into theater as co-producer on the Broadway transfer of the British hit “The Play That Goes Wrong.”


  • LOST


  • Sarah Lawrence College (NY, USA)

News from Variety

Netflix in Talks to Buy J.J. Abrams' 'God Particle' From Paramount

Netflix in Talks to Buy J.J. Abrams' 'God Particle' From Paramount

Netflix is in talks with Paramount to buy "God Particle," the J.J. Abrams science-fiction thriller that's the next installment of the loosely connected “Cloverfield” film series, according to sources.Netflix and Paramount had no comment on the possible deal for "God Particle," also known as "Cloverfield Station," which has an April 20 release date in North America. The movie was originally going to open in February 2017 and has been delayed three times.Paramount previously made a deal with Netflix in December...


Deep Dive

Want more information on J.J. Abrams?

Variety's premium research & data service, Variety Insight, provides a wealth of information around everyone working in entertainment. Access contact information, development slates, ratings, box office, credits and more from the industry's leading source for entertainment data.