J J Abrams's Bad Robot deal with WarnerMedia now official

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by Andy Bassett
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J J Abrams's Bad Robot deal with WarnerMedia now official
After a flurry of stories back in June anticipating that Bad Robot - the prolific production company that J. J. Abrams runs with his co-CEO wife, Katie McGrath - would sign a deal with WarnerMedia, the Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that the deal is official.
The agreement means that Bad Robot will produce a wide ranging menu of content, including dramas, comedies, movies and high profile event series across television, theatrical, game and digital platforms for the huge media conglomerate.

The deal worth a reported $250 million brings all of Abrams’s interests, including the video game and digital arms of the company, under the same roof for the first time. WarnerMedia now has exclusive access to new projects for the next five years for its many media outlets, which includes films studios Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema plus TV channel HBO and the new streaming service, HBO Max.

While initial reports speculated that the deal would be worth $500 million, numerous sources have confirmed that it will actually be worth half that. Considering Abrams reportedly spent a year in talks with everyone from Apple to NBCUniversal and Sony to Netflix, before rejecting their overtures, there must have been something creatively or contractually enticing about continuing his relationship with WarnerMedia.

"I am grateful for the chance to write, produce and direct work for this incredible company and to help create films and series," Abrams said. "We can't wait to get started."

Despite the ‘exclusive’ nature of the deal, Abrams will complete his work on the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker movie for Paramount Studios (where Bad Robot’s film deal resided before the new agreement with WarnerMedia) which is due out in December. In addition, the pact does not seem to have affected his commitment to Apple TV+ to produce three shows, including Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story.

HBO Max is due to launch in spring of 2020 with a starting lineup of globally popular shows including Doctor Who, Friends, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and Veep along with movies like Wonder Woman and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Bad Robot’s brand new output can now be added to that list and no doubt announcements of upcoming projects will be used to keep consumers interested as the choice of streaming services increases in front of them.

The rumoured monthly subscription cost is $14.99 which is the same as the current HBO subscription but now makes Apple’s $4.99 per month for Apple TV+ and Disney+’s $6.99 per month look especially attractive.


Is Abrams’s impressive TV and movie production record (Alias, Lost, Fringe, Westworld, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and Cloverfield franchises) enough to keep HBO Max on the table as a streaming option for AVForums members? Let us know in the discussion thread.

Source: Press release, www.hollywoodreporter.com
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