J.J. Abrams

Apple orders J.J. Abrams music dramedy

Apple has ordered a J.J. Abrams musical dramedy named Little Voices, which will star Waitress duo Sara Barielles and Jessie Nelson. The company made a straight-to-series order of ten episodes, which will feature original music from Barielles. Little Voices has been described as a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York and explores […]

Netflix shocks at Super Bowl with sneak Cloverfield launch

Netflix’s marketing execs are slapping each other on the backs after their latest movie launch stunt stole the show during the Super Bowl last night. The SVOD service took everybody by surprise by announcing the launch of the latest instalment of the Cloverfield horror franchise during the annual American Football final in the US. US […]

Bad Robot boards Michael Jackson drama

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has become a coproducer on a Warner Bros. Television event series about the late pop star Michael Jackson. Bar Robot will join Warner and Smiley Television & Film as a copro partner of the adaptation of Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, which […]

Fox Europe bags Abrams’ Hulu drama

Fox Networks Group Europe has acquired rights to J.J. Abrams thriller drama 11/22/63 from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution in 18 territories. The deal gives Fox exclusive broadcast rights in Bulgaria, Flemish-speaking Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The deal marks the […]

BBC drama boss exits for J.J. Abrams prodco

The BBC’s drama chief, Ben Stephenson, is leaving the UK public broadcaster and relocating to LA. He will join J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions, as head of television. Stephenson has been controller of drama commissioning at the BBC since 2008, during which time he has greenlit shows such as Sherlock, Wolf Hall, Luther […]

Showtime recruits Bad Robot’s Roadies

US cable channel Showtime has ordered a comedy pilot about music roadies from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. Roadies will follow a successful rock band through the eyes of their crew members. Oscar-winner Cameron Crowe wrote the pilot and will direct and executive produce. Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) is showrunner, while Abrams and Bryan […]

News brief: Paisner re-elected before International Emmys

Bruce Paisner has been re-elected president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, just hours before the likes of J.J. Abrams were celebrated at the International Emmys. Paisner has been at the top of the academy, which organises the International Emmy Awards Gala, for the sixth time. His re-appointment came hours […]

Watch begins to Believe in Abrams’ new show

UK multichannel network Watch has acquired J.J. Abrams latest series Believe from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution. The upcoming NBC scripted show also counts filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón as a co-creator. UKTV-owned Watch will launch it early next year. Comprising 13 hours, Believe follows the story of a young girl with supernatural powers who is placed under the […]

All3 America unveils scripted arm

All3 America, the new US arm of UK producer All3Media, has opened a scripted division and has appointed a former exec from J.J. Abrams’ production company to helm it. Eric Lehrman has been named senior VP, scripted television, and will seek to build on All3’s slate of scripted formats, which include UK scripts such as […]