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Also Known As: Bryan "Burky" Burk, Brian Burk Died:
Born: December 30, 1968 Cause of Death:
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Along with his own credits as a film and television producer, Bryan Burk was Executive Vice President of Bad Robot Productions, which he founded with longtime friend J.J. Abrams. The production company had several high-profile successes in both film and television, but compared to the interview-friendly Abrams, the more retiring Burk remained a somewhat mysterious behind the scenes figure.As a teenager in Los Angeles, and later while attending film school at the University of Southern California, Burk developed an interest in Super 8 movies. In the 1980s, he heard about another pair of young Super 8 obsessives, J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves, who had not only entered their own films into a Super 8 Film Festival, but had been given the exalted job of restoring and editing the Super 8 films a young Steven Spielberg had made while growing up in Arizona in the 1960s. Burk became fast friends with Abrams and Reeves and has worked closely with both men through their careers; Burk's first screen credit came in 1994 as the producer of Reeves' segment of a low-budget science fiction anthology film, "Future Shock." Abrams and Burk founded Bad Robot Productions in 2001, after Burk had worked under storied...

Along with his own credits as a film and television producer, Bryan Burk was Executive Vice President of Bad Robot Productions, which he founded with longtime friend J.J. Abrams. The production company had several high-profile successes in both film and television, but compared to the interview-friendly Abrams, the more retiring Burk remained a somewhat mysterious behind the scenes figure.

As a teenager in Los Angeles, and later while attending film school at the University of Southern California, Burk developed an interest in Super 8 movies. In the 1980s, he heard about another pair of young Super 8 obsessives, J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves, who had not only entered their own films into a Super 8 Film Festival, but had been given the exalted job of restoring and editing the Super 8 films a young Steven Spielberg had made while growing up in Arizona in the 1960s. Burk became fast friends with Abrams and Reeves and has worked closely with both men through their careers; Burk's first screen credit came in 1994 as the producer of Reeves' segment of a low-budget science fiction anthology film, "Future Shock."

Abrams and Burk founded Bad Robot Productions in 2001, after Burk had worked under storied Hollywood producers such as Ned Tanen and John Davis. The company started strong right out of the gate; in its first year, they produced both the successful road-trip thriller "Joy Ride," co-written by Abrams, and the Abrams-created spy fantasy series "Alias" (ABC 2001-06). Burk began working in a more hands-on capacity on "Alias" in 2003, joining the show as an associate producer. As the number two man at Bad Robot, Burk went on to serve as executive producer on all the TV shows the company produced, including Emmy-winning cult favorite "Lost" (ABC 2004-10), including romantic espionage drama "Undercovers" (NBC 2010), science-fiction mindbender "Fringe" (Fox 2008-13), and mysterious crime procedural "Person of Interest" (CBS 2011-).

Bad Robot was equally successful on the big screen, co-producing Abrams' "Mission: Impossible III" (2006) and its follow-up "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" (2011), the live-action directing debut of animation mastermind Brad Bird; Reeves-directed found-footage thriller "Cloverfield" (2008), named for the Santa Monica Freeway exit one takes to get to the Bad Robot offices; and morning news-set romantic comedy "Morning Glory" (2010). In 2011, Bad Robot teamed up with Steven Spielberg to produce "Super 8," Abrams' homage to the 1980s, the Spielberg blockbusters that inspired Burk, Abrams and Reeves, and their own teenage adventures with homemade Super 8 films.

In 2009, Abrams and Burk re-booted the "Star Trek" franchise with a prequel showing how the Enterprise crew first joined forces. Burk claimed he had hoped to create a Star Trek movie that would attract a new and broader audience who, like himself, had not cared for the original TV series (NBC 1966-69) or its previous film installments. The reconceptualization worked, leading to the sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness" in 2013. That same year, it was announced that Abrams would direct the next installment of the iconic "Star Wars" franchise, to be co-produced by Bad Robot.

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University of Southern California: - 1988

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