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J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has found its next president and COO.
CAA veteran Brian Weinstein has joined the company, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Weinstein with work closely with co-CEOs Abrams and Katie McGrath while overseeing Bad Robot’s daily operations. He also will spearhead the company’s growth in its existing businesses, while developing new avenues of expansion and pursuing alternative alternative financing options.
“We’ve been so lucky to be blessed with a team of brilliant, dedicated, thoughtful and talented people,” Abrams said Tuesday in a statement. “Now to have such an ambitious, bold and creatively business-minded person join the fray is thrilling. The ideas being discussed are wildly fun, and Katie and I can’t imagine a better partner to help us realize the next chapter at Bad Robot.”
Weinstein comes to Bad Robot after 12 years at CAA, where he most recently served as head of global client strategy. He succeeds Tommy Harper, who came onboard in the then-newly created position of COO in 2015.
“During his 12-year tenure with the agency, Brian has been an outstanding colleague and respected executive working across many areas of our business,” said CAA president Richard Lovett. “We are excited that he has partnered with J.J. and Katie, who exemplify the very best in our industry. Through their combined teamwork, Bad Robot will continue to be a trailblazing company with an even brighter future.”
On the film side, Bad Robot’s upcoming productions include the sixth Mission: Impossible pic, the next Star Trek sequel and a third Cloverfield movie, the latter set to be released later this year. In the TV world, Abrams has HBO’s Westworld, Hulu’s Castle Rock with author Stephen King and an adaptation of the 2016 best-seller The Nix, headlined by Meryl Streep.
“I’m incredibly excited to help further J.J. and Katie’s vision for Bad Robot and also help shape what the company can become in the years to follow,” said Weinstein. “J.J. and Katie have already built an extremely dynamic company with amazing executives, and I look forward to joining that team and helping Bad Robot develop and execute its next chapter.”
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