JJ Abrams Signs Mega-Deal With WarnerMedia

After months of back-and-forth wrangling, JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot production company have signed a mega deal—estimated to hover around $250 million—with WarnerMedia. The deal includes film, TV, games and digital content. He and wife Katie McGrath lead Bad Robot together. 

Last Fall, a number of media congloms, including Netflix, Apple and Disney, began competing for Abrams’ loyalty, but WarnerMedia emerged as the leader quickly due to Abrams’ and WarnerMedia’s 13-year history. Of Bad Robot’s current roster, three are at WarnerMedia’s HBOWestworld, Lovecraft Country and Demimonde, the first series Abrams has solely created since Alias.

This puts Abrams in the same league as Greg Berlanti ($400 million from Warners), Ryan Murphy ($300 million from Netflix) and Shonda Rhimes ($100 million from Netflix). Unlike Berlanti and Murphy, Abrams did not bring a backend to the deal. 

He will honor his previous commitments, including Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which he is currently editing for Disney. He also has three shows in the works at Apple: the Stephen King adaptation Lisey’s Story, starring Julianne Moore; Sara Bareilles‘ Little Voice; and the Jennifer Garner vehicle My Glory Was I Had Such Friends