Producer / Director
Bad Robot Productions
Los Angeles, CA
J.J. Abrams is the founder and President of Bad Robot Productions, which he runs with his producing partner Bryan Burk. Formed in 2001, Bad Robot is partnered with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios, and has produced films and television series such as Cloverfield, Star Trek, Morning Glory, Super 8, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Alias, Lost, Fringe and Person of Interest.
Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, Abrams attended Sarah Lawrence College. In years following, he wrote or co-wrote such films as Regarding Henry, Forever Young, Armageddon and Joy Ride.
In 1998, Abrams co-created his first television series Felicity with collaborator and long-time friend Matt Reeves. Abrams served as Executive Producer for the series' four-season run. Additionally, Abrams created and executive produced Alias, and co-created and executive produced Lost with Damon Lindelof.
In 2006, Abrams directed his first feature film Mission: Impossible 3. His second feature directorial effort Star Trek was released in May 2009. Super 8, written and directed by Abrams, and produced by Abrams, Burk and Steven Spielberg, was released in June 2011. His most recent effort, Star Trek Into Darkness, was released in May 2013.
In 2005, Abrams received Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for the Lost pilot, as well as Outstanding Drama Series for Lost. He also received Emmy nominations for his Alias and Lost pilot scripts. In addition, Abrams composed the theme music for Alias, Fringe, Lost, Person of Interest and Revolution, and he co-wrote the theme song for Felicity.
In October 2013, Abrams' first foray into publishing, S., a novel conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, became a New York Times Best Seller.
Abrams presently serves as Executive Producer of CBS's Person of Interest, upcoming Showtime series Roadies, and HBO series, Westworld.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. He is also serving as Producer.
Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, live in Los Angeles with their children: Henry, Gracie and August.
Convention Guest Appearances
- Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 - April 16-19, 2015 in Anaheim, CA