A graduate of USC’s School of Cinema-Television, Bryan Burk began his career working with producers Brad Weston at Columbia Pictures, Ned Tanen at Sony Pictures and John Davis at Fox. In 1995, he joined Gerber pictures, where he developed TNT’s Emmy-nominated “James Dean.”
Burk was first brought in to Alias (2001-2006) as an associate producer for Season 3 of the show to help out in post-production with the editing and scoring of the episodes. He was moved up to co-producer for Seasons 4 and 5. His knack for understanding J.J.’s vision and helping to translate that on to the screen led to him becoming J.J.’s producing partner at Bad Robot, with their first collaboration being Lost (2004-2010).
The success of Lost led to Bad Robot officially becoming Bad Robot Productions in 2006. That year the company signed production deals with Paramount Pictures for feature films and Warner Bros. Television for television projects. The collaboration between J.J. and Bryan under the Bad Robot Productions’ shingle has been a fruitful one, finding success on the small screen with TV shows like Lost, Fringe, and Person of Interest, as well as in theaters with movies like Mission Impossible: III, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Cloverfield, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Super 8. Their shared success shows every evidence of continuing for many years to come with multiple television and movie projects on the horizon, the most anticipated arguably being the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, due to hit theaters in December 2015.
- 2005 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama – Lost – as Executive Producer
- 2011 Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television (Drama) – Lost – as Executive Producer
- 2011 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show – Fringe – as Executive Producer
- 2012 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama – Person of Interest – as Executive Producer