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Adam Shankman



Biography

ADAM SHANKMAN
Producer, Director, Choreographer, Author

Adam Shankman has made a name for himself as one of the most diverse and sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood, who for nearly three decades has enjoyed success as a director, producer, choreographer, and author.

Under the Offspring feature film banner, Shankman produced “Rock of Ages,” the entire “Step Up” series of films, “17 Again” starring Zac Efron, “The Last Song” starring Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, and “Going the Distance,” starring Drew Barrymore, Jason Sudeikis and Christina Applegate. Offspring is also a producing partner in YouTube Red’s new series, Step Up: Highwater.

On the small screen, Shankman served as a guest judge on the Emmy Award winning reality show, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for eight seasons, and in 2009, he served as co-producer and lead choreographer of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards and the Carrie Underwood All Star Holiday Special. The 82nd Oscar telecast earned a record 12 Emmy nominations, including two nominations for Mr. Shankman, for Producing and Choreography.

In July 2007, Shankman directed, choreographed and executive produced “Hairspray,” the feature film adaptation of the Tony® Award–winning Broadway musical. It received three Golden Globe® nominations including, Best Picture—Musical or Comedy. In addition, the film’s cast won a Critics’
Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble.

Shankman began his directing career in 2001 with his debut feature, “The Wedding Planner.” The next year, he directed the romantic drama “A Walk to Remember.” Shankman’s other directing credits include; “Bringing Down the House,” “The Pacifier,” “Cheaper by the Dozen 2, “Rock of Ages,”
Walt Disney Pictures’ “Bedtime Stories,” and some primetime television series and commercials, including episodes of “Modern Family” and “Glee.”

Early on as a choreographer, Shankman’s projects included; “The Addams Family,” “Boogie Nights,” “Miami Rhapsody” and “The Flintstones,” for which he was nominated for a Bob Fosse Award. He also choreographed music videos for Whitney Houston, the B-52s, Barry White, Aaron Neville, Chic and
Stevie Wonder.

Following high school, Shankman moved from Los Angeles to New York and attended Juilliard. After five years as an actor and dancer in New York, he returned to Los Angeles and performed in music videos for legendary artists Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. He also performed at the 1989 Academy Awards.

In addition to his career in entertainment, Shankman is equally dedicated to charity work. He serves on the board of the Trevor Project and co-founded The Dizzy Feet Foundation, with dance philanthropist, Nigel Lythgoe. He is also an author, having penned two Young Adult novels, GIRL ABOUT TOWN and MURDER AMONG THE STARS, co-written with Laura Lee Sullivan, for Simon and Schuster.
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