Bad Robot

Bad Robot’s SVP of television Kira Innes departs JJ Abrams prodco

Bad Robot Productions’ SVP of television Kira Innes has left the company, according to US reports. Innes had been in the role since 2019, joining from Fox Television Studios. Bad Robot, which has a $250m overall deal with Warner Bros. Discovery, had been commissioned across unscripted and scripted, with orders for shows such as UFO […]

Ben Stephenson’s Poison Pen recruits Sky Studios exec as creative director

Poison Pen Studios, Ben Stephenson’s soon-to-launch ITV Studios-backed transatlantic scripted label, has appointed Sky Studios exec Preethi Mavahalli as creative director. Mavahalli will join the London- and LA-based firm when it launches in the new year, working across teams in both the UK & US offices alongside Stephenson to develop British and American dramas. She […]

Showtime seeks the truth about UFOs with JJ Abrams

ViacomCBS-owned Showtime network has commissioned UFO, a four-part docuseries about the unidentified flying object phenomenon, from JJ Abrams and Glen Zipper. The series is a co-production between Abrams’ Bad Robot and Zipper Bros Films and will explore the public’s fascination with UFOs, as well as the possibility that the US government, private companies and the […]

HBO Max orders JJ Abrams mystery thriller

HBO Max has ordered a new thriller series based upon an original idea by Bad Robot’s JJ Abrams. Subject To Change is being produced by Bad Robot in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams and showrunner Jennifer Yale will executive produce, alongside Ben Stephenson, while Rachel Rusch Rich will co-executive produce. The series follows a […]

Bad Robot hires FX exec John Agbaje to animation team

JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot has appointed former FX exec John Agbaje as its first SVP of animation. Agbaje will work on animation projects across the US prodco’s film and TV groups, reporting to Bad Robot’s president of film Hannah Minghella. The company’s current animated slate includes the recently announced short The Boy, The Mole, The […]

TBI Weekly: What next for the novel adaptation boom?

With drama producers around the world being forced to put filming on hiatus, development has taken centre-stage, something apparent in the recent flurry of news emerging about novel adaptations and option deals. TBI explores what’s next for the literary boom. Novels have been adapted for the screen pretty much since the day that the first […]

US media giants observe ‘Blackout Tuesday’ as JJ Abrams donates $10m to fight racism

US media giants including ViacomCBS are not conducting business today in order to mark the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, while Bad Robot Productions and the Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation have pledged to donate US$10m to charitable organisations “committed to anti-racist agendas”. Companies from across the entertainment industry including […]

HBO Max orders Bad Robot shows, incl ‘The Shining’ & ‘Justice League’ dramas

Soon-to-launch US streamer HBO Max has given the greenlight to three new one-hour dramas from JJ Abrams and Katie McGrath’s Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television Group. The production commitments for the trio follows the exclusive production pact struck by Bad Robot and the streamer’s parent company WarnerMedia in autumn last year. Duster, to […]

JJ Abrams close to US$500m AT&T deal

Star Wars and Cloverfield director JJ Abrams is reportedly about to sign a US$500 million (€446 million) deal with AT&T-owned Warner Media. The deal will see AT&T and Warner have first refusal on anything produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot production house. The New York Times claims that this will include “movies, television shows, video games, […]

James Corden’s The Wrong Mans is up for a US remake

Showtime has ordered a pilot of The Wrong Mans for the US, originally created by James Corden and Mathew Baynton. Corden and Baynton will adapt the BBC2 comedy thriller and have teamed with former Veep exec producer Ian Maxtone-Graham to write a 30-minute pilot with Parks and Recreation actor Ben Schwartz. The US edition will […]