J.J. Abrams
Courtesy of J.J. Abrams
United States
2020

Bad Robot

J.J.
Abrams

Co-CEO

Like his childhood idol Steven Spielberg before him, Abrams matured from twenty­something prodigy (scoring his first big screen credit for writing 1990’s “Taking Care of Business”) to industry institution. He’s coming off two career milestones in 2019, earning a billion-dollar-plus worldwide gross with his second “Star Wars” film as director, “The Rise of Skywalker,” and signing a five-year pact for his Bad Robot prodco with Warner­Media, worth a reported $250 million, the first project of which will be a supernatural western feature titled, “The Pinkerton.” In spite of the pandemic production slowdown, he premiered two series in 2020: Apple TV Plus dramedy “Little Voice” and horror-driven “Lovecraft Country” for HBO, while hiring Oculus alum Anna Sweet to be the first CEO of his Bad Robot Games division alongside industry vet Mike Booth (“Left 4 Dead”) as general manager.

Career

  • STAR WARS: EPISODE VII - THE FORCE AWAKENS
  • STAR WARS: EPISODE IX - THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
  • WESTWORLD

Education

  • Sarah Lawrence College (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • TV Producers Impact
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Paramount and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot have brought on "The Batman" series showrunner Joe Barton to write the script for an untitled sequel to "Cloverfield," the studio has confirmed.Abrams will produce with Bad Robot head of film Hannah Minghella.The 2008 monster movie became a viral hit, grossing $172 million worldwide, and was the launchpad of a Cloverfield universe that grew to encompass "10 Cloverfield Lane" and "The Cloverfield Paradox," which premiered on Netflix in 2018. It helped launch the directing...

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