Creator / J. J. Abrams

Jeffrey Jacob "JJ" Abrams (born June 27, 1966) is a producer, writer, director and creator known for his work on Felicity, Alias, Lost, Fringe, Cloverfield, Armageddon, Mission: Impossible III, the 2009 Star Trek film, its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He has won several Emmys and Golden Globes during his roughly 20 years in the industry.

Along with Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan, he is considered one of the most prolific modern "genre" TV/film creators since Steven Spielberg, including by Spielberg himself, who produced Abrams' tribute to 70s/80s Spielberg sci-fi, Super 8.

He likes red balls and playing with the perception of time, as well as having a thing for Lens Flares. He hates airplanes (both Lost and Fringe have had more than one airline-related disaster—and the other stuff on the list of credits also have had aviation-related incidents).

Contrary to popular belief, his involvement in Lost was marginal: He and eventually Damon Lindelof were asked to help flesh out a concept for the show when ABC chairman Lloyd Braun rejected Jeffrey Lieber's treatment, but by the time the first season started to take off, Abrams had already left to direct Mission: Impossible III. Lindelof, suddenly left alone with the Showrunner burden, considered quitting too, but was convinced by former co-writer Carlton Cuse to stay. Cuse then joined the show as a second showrunner. Abrams remained an executive producer, and later briefly returned to write the season 3 premiere together with Lindelof, but as he and others stated in numerous interviews Lindelof and Cuse ran the show entirely without him.

Has a similar "shepherding" role to most tv series he is involved in, including Fringe and Person of Interest, With his most hands-on projects being his movies.

Has the notable distinction of being the only director (so far) tapped to helm both a Star Trek and a Star Wars movie.

    Works he has credit in 

J.J. Abrams and his works frequently contain examples of:

  • Action Girl: Occurs quite frequently. Alias and Fringe both star iconic women in action roles, Sydney Bristow and Olivia Dunham respectively.
  • Author Appeal: Lens Flares. Both Star Trek films and Super 8 made extensive use of it. Incidentally, his use of it is a prime source of parody.
  • Doing It for the Art: He is a supporter of keeping film/celluloid cameras in use in Hollywood, alongside Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino. The three of them, and a few other filmmakers, even formed a coalition to "bail out" Kodak to keep film stock in production.
  • Kill and Replace: Tends to happen at least once per show with regards to a prominent side character, notable in the second seasons of both Alias and Fringe.
  • Lens Flare: A stylistic trope more prevalent in his movies than his TV shows, with Star Trek being the biggest offender thus far.
  • Magic Realism: Alias, Felicity, and Lost all have elements of this. Lost is probably the best example.
  • No Sense Of Distance: His recent forays into space opera have shown that he has serious issues grasping the scale of interplanetary and interstellar distances. Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness both contain egregious examples of this trope but Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Production Posse: His films have Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci as writers and Michael Giacchino as composer. When he can, he will always try to fit Greg Grunberg or Simon Pegg in either a cameo or supporting role.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Star Wars is one of Abrams' favorite films of all time. Now he is directing Episode 7.
    • Super 8 was essentially his ode to Steven Spielberg.
  • The Reveal/Teasing Creator: His "Mystery Box" concept is built around keeping one element of a project under wraps during marketing so that an audience will keep guessing. After Star Trek Into Darkness took this approach with Khan, a backlash started to emerge against it.