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J.J. Abrams Biography

J.J. Abrams, byname of Jeffrey Jacob Abrams (born June 27, 1966, New York City, New York, U.S.), American writer, director, and producer who was known for his role in creating several hit television series, including Lost (2004–10), and for his blockbuster action and science-fiction movies, notably Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Abrams’s father was a producer of made-for-television movies, and the younger Abrams followed him into the entertainment industry at an early age by making short Super-8 movies as a boy. Abrams got his first job in the film industry at age 16, when he scored the low-budget science-fiction film Nightbeast (1982). Soon after graduating (1988) from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, he cowrote (with Jill Mazursky) the screenplay for the comedy Taking Care of Business (1990). While the movie was not a success, Abrams nevertheless had his foot in the filmmaking door, and he penned the script for the 1991 drama Regarding Henry (for which he also received coproducer credit). He then wrote Forever Young (1992), which he followed by cowriting two critically panned movies: Gone Fishin’ (1997) and Armageddon (1998).

In 1998 Abrams turned to television and cocreated the series Felicity (1998–2002), which followed the trials and tribulations of a college student in New York City. Even though it lasted only 4 seasons, Felicity was a hit, and Abrams’s newfound clout allowed him to get the go-ahead for another series creation: Alias (2001–06), a fast-paced modern spy drama. The well-reviewed program was a testament to creator–executive producer (and even theme-song composer) Abrams’s drive, but he was frustrated by the series’ frequent time-slot moves, which he believed contributed to its relatively poor ratings and eventual cancellation.

Abrams’s next venture proved to be the project that catapulted him to stardom: Lost, the story of a group of plane-crash survivors marooned on a mysterious island, which premiered in September 2004. The show’s byzantine plots and unique supernatural mythology quickly drew fans in—it averaged more than 15 million viewers per week in its first two seasons—and made it arguably the single most-discussed television show of its time. Abrams was then chosen by actor Tom Cruise to direct Mission: Impossible III (2006). Although the film was not as large a box-office hit as the franchise’s first two installments, many reviewers praised Abrams’s direction.

In 2009 Abrams directed the film Star Trek, which explored the early years of the crew members of the 23rd-century starship USS Enterprise from the 1960s science-fiction TV series of the same name. The then 42-year-old director was credited with adding a youthful energy to a film franchise that many thought had run its course, and the movie became one of the biggest box-office hits of the year. He returned to helm the sequel Star Trek into Darkness (2013).

Abrams also wrote and directed the supernatural thriller Super 8 (2011). The film was set in a small town in the late 1970s and was inspired by his own early filmmaking experiences. As well, it was seen as an homage to the work of Steven Spielberg, who served as a producer. Even as Abrams’s film career took off, he continued to work in television, cocreating the sci-fi-oriented Fringe (2008–13) and the spy drama Undercovers (2010) and producing several other high-concept series.

He took on another iconic sci-fi franchise with the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), which he cowrote and directed. Set several decades after the 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi, it was billed as the seventh episode in the series and featured both new and old characters. While he stated that he did not want to direct any more of the films, Abrams stayed on with the Star Wars franchise to serve as a creative consultant for future movies in the series.

Abrams conceptualized the novel S. (2013), written by Doug Dorst. It consisted of a frame story about two scholars told in the marginalia of another novel, the author of which they are investigating.

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  • What are the speaker fees for J.J. Abrams

    Speaking fees for J.J. Abrams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book J.J. Abrams are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire J.J. Abrams, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does J.J. Abrams speak about?

    J.J. Abrams is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Business, Education, Entertainers, Entertainment, Faith & Religion, Jewish Speakers, Producers and Directors, TED, Television Personalities, Television Stars.
  • Where does J.J. Abrams travel from?

    J.J. Abrams generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is J.J. Abrams’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like J.J. Abrams for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book J.J. Abrams for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host J.J. Abrams or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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J.J. Abrams Biography

J.J. Abrams, byname of Jeffrey Jacob Abrams (born June 27, 1966, New York City, New York, U.S.), American writer, director, and producer who was known for his role in creating several hit television series, including Lost (2004–10), and for his blockbuster action and science-fiction movies, notably Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Abrams’s father was a producer of made-for-television movies, and the younger Abrams followed him into the entertainment industry at an early age by making short Super-8 movies as a boy. Abrams got his first job in the film industry at age 16, when he scored the low-budget science-fiction film Nightbeast (1982). Soon after graduating (1988) from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, he cowrote (with Jill Mazursky) the screenplay for the comedy Taking Care of Business (1990). While the movie was not a success, Abrams nevertheless had his foot in the filmmaking door, and he penned the script for the 1991 drama Regarding Henry (for which he also received coproducer credit). He then wrote Forever Young (1992), which he followed by cowriting two critically panned movies: Gone Fishin’ (1997) and Armageddon (1998).

In 1998 Abrams turned to television and cocreated the series Felicity (1998–2002), which followed the trials and tribulations of a college student in New York City. Even though it lasted only 4 seasons, Felicity was a hit, and Abrams’s newfound clout allowed him to get the go-ahead for another series creation: Alias (2001–06), a fast-paced modern spy drama. The well-reviewed program was a testament to creator–executive producer (and even theme-song composer) Abrams’s drive, but he was frustrated by the series’ frequent time-slot moves, which he believed contributed to its relatively poor ratings and eventual cancellation.

Abrams’s next venture proved to be the project that catapulted him to stardom: Lost, the story of a group of plane-crash survivors marooned on a mysterious island, which premiered in September 2004. The show’s byzantine plots and unique supernatural mythology quickly drew fans in—it averaged more than 15 million viewers per week in its first two seasons—and made it arguably the single most-discussed television show of its time. Abrams was then chosen by actor Tom Cruise to direct Mission: Impossible III (2006). Although the film was not as large a box-office hit as the franchise’s first two installments, many reviewers praised Abrams’s direction.

In 2009 Abrams directed the film Star Trek, which explored the early years of the crew members of the 23rd-century starship USS Enterprise from the 1960s science-fiction TV series of the same name. The then 42-year-old director was credited with adding a youthful energy to a film franchise that many thought had run its course, and the movie became one of the biggest box-office hits of the year. He returned to helm the sequel Star Trek into Darkness (2013).

Abrams also wrote and directed the supernatural thriller Super 8 (2011). The film was set in a small town in the late 1970s and was inspired by his own early filmmaking experiences. As well, it was seen as an homage to the work of Steven Spielberg, who served as a producer. Even as Abrams’s film career took off, he continued to work in television, cocreating the sci-fi-oriented Fringe (2008–13) and the spy drama Undercovers (2010) and producing several other high-concept series.

He took on another iconic sci-fi franchise with the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), which he cowrote and directed. Set several decades after the 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi, it was billed as the seventh episode in the series and featured both new and old characters. While he stated that he did not want to direct any more of the films, Abrams stayed on with the Star Wars franchise to serve as a creative consultant for future movies in the series.

Abrams conceptualized the novel S. (2013), written by Doug Dorst. It consisted of a frame story about two scholars told in the marginalia of another novel, the author of which they are investigating.

J.J. Abrams Videos

  • JJ Abrams: the mystery box
    http://www.ted.com J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery - a passion thats evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield,...
  • J J Abrams - Mystery Box TED Talk - YouTube
  • The World We Design - JJ Abrams & Morgan Spurlock Clip

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  • How do I book J.J. Abrams to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like J.J. Abrams for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for J.J. Abrams, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for J.J. Abrams or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for J.J. Abrams

    Speaking fees for J.J. Abrams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book J.J. Abrams are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire J.J. Abrams, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does J.J. Abrams speak about?

    J.J. Abrams is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Business, Education, Entertainers, Entertainment, Faith & Religion, Jewish Speakers, Producers and Directors, TED, Television Personalities, Television Stars.
  • Where does J.J. Abrams travel from?

    J.J. Abrams generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is J.J. Abrams’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like J.J. Abrams for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book J.J. Abrams for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host J.J. Abrams or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

J.J. Abrams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book J.J. Abrams for your event is available upon request. J.J. Abrams generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Steven Spielberg, Liev Schreiber, Bette Midler, Jason Alexander and Spike Jonze. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling J.J. Abrams for an upcoming live or virtual event.

J.J. Abrams Speaker Videos

  • JJ Abrams: the mystery box
    http://www.ted.com J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery - a passion thats evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias -- back to its magical...
    J J Abrams - Mystery Box TED Talk - YouTube
  • The World We Design - JJ Abrams & Morgan Spurlock Clip

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