Bryan Burk graduated from the prestigious University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 1991. At the beginning of his career, he started working under producers
John Davis, Ned Tanen and Brad Weston.
In 1995, at Gerber Pictures, he worked on Mark Rydell’s,
James Dean, a biopic, with
James Franco playing the role of James Dean. The film got rave reviews from critics and also went on to win an Emmy Award. Burk donned the hat of the associate producer for the 3rd season of the spy-action series, ‘
Alias’, and assisted with post production. Burk was promoted to the position of the co-producer for the 4th and 5th season.
Burk became J. J. Abrams’ producing partner at Bad Robot, and collaborated on ‘Lost’, a television drama series. After the success of Lost, Burk, along with J. J. Abrams, founded Bad Robot Productions, in 2006. The same year, the company signed a production agreement with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros Television.
In 2008, Burk worked as the executive producer for the sci-fi TV series, ‘Fringe’. Though the series received mainly negative reviews, it developed a huge cult following.
In 2009, Burk was roped into working as the executive producer on J. J. Abrams’ sci-fi adventure,
Star Trek. The film became a huge success at the box office and went on to win numerous accolades, including four Academy Award nominations. The same year, Burk teamed up with
Steven Spielberg to produce J. J. Abrams’ sci-fi thriller, Super 8. The film garnered positive reviews from critics and became a commercial success at the box office. The film was praised universally for its special effects.
Burk worked on the fourth installment of the spy action series, Mission Impossible, titled Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, directed by Brad Bird. The film became a critical and commercial success, and remains
Tom Cruise’s highest grossing film.
Burk again teamed up with Abrams and produced the critically acclaimed sci-fi crime drama, Person of Interest. The series won the People’s Choice Award in the category of Favorite New TV Drama in 2012, and Favorite Crime Drama in 2016.
In 2013, Bryan worked as a producer on the second installment of the Star Trek series, directed by J. J. Abrams, with British actor
Benedict Cumberbatch playing the antagonist. The film became the highest-grossing film in the series. A sequel, Star Trek Beyond, also produced by Burk, has been scheduled to be released in 2016.
The 2015 release, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, saw Bryan Burk as the producer along with J. J. Abrams and Tom Cruise, also the lead. The film was based on Bruce Geller’s novel, Mission: Impossible. The film became a box office success. The same year, he produced one of the most awaited films of the year,
Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film received a grand opening in the box office, and became the third highest-grossing film of all time.