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Adam Shankman

Adam Shankman is a multi-faceted filmmaker who has enjoyed success as a director, producer and choreographer. He served as co-producer and lead choreographer of the 2010 Oscar® telecast. Shankman’s recent films include the box-office hits “17 Again,” starring Zac Efron, which he produced; “Bedtime Stories,” starring Adam Sandler and Keri Russell, which he directed; and the upcoming “Step Up 3-D.” He’s also served as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance.”

In July 2007, Shankman’s “Hairspray,” the feature film adaptation of the Tony® Awardwinning Broadway musical, opened to rave reviews. It received three Golden Globe® nominations including Best Picture Musical or Comedy. In addition, the film’s remarkable cast, including John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron and Nikki Blonsky, won a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble. As a producer, Shankman and his sister, Jennifer Gibgot, are partnered in Offspring Entertainment, which currently has a wide range of projects in various stages of production and development. Under the Offspring banner, Shankman previously produced “Step Up,” directed by his co-choreographer Anne Fletcher; its successful sequel, “Step Up 2: The Streets,” helmed by Jon M. Chu; and the thriller “Premonition,” starring Sandra Bullock. Shankman began his directing career in 2001 with his debut feature, “The Wedding Planner,” starringJennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. The next year, he directed the romantic drama “A Walk to Remember,” starring Mandy Moore and Shane West. Shankman followed with the 2003 comedy “Bringing Down the House,” starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah, which was number one at the box office for three consecutive weeks. In 2005, he directed the action comedy “The Pacifier,” starring Vin Diesel, and the family comedy “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt.

Prior to launching his directing and producing career, Shankman was one of the entertainment industry’s premiere dance and physical comedy choreographers, putting his creative stamp on many well-known comedies, dramas, thrillers and animated films. His projects include “The Addams Family,” “Casper,” “Inspector Gadget,” “Anastasia,” “George of the Jungle,” “Boogie Nights,” “Miami Rhapsody” and “The Flintstones,” for which he was nominated for a Bob Fosse Award. Shankman won a Bob Fosse Award for his commercial work with Simon West. At age 24, Shankman teamed up with influential video director Julian Temple as a music video choreographer. One of his first videos as choreographer was Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight.” In addition, he has choreographed videos for the B-52s, Barry White, Aaron Neville, Chic and Stevie Wonder.

A native of Los Angeles, Shankman developed a love for the theater at an early age. Following high school, he moved to New York and attended Juilliard. After five years as an actor and dancer on the stages of New York and regional theater, he moved back to Los Angeles and began dancing in music videos for such artists as Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. He also performed at the 1989 Academy Awards®.


The Last Song - Julie Anne Robinson (2010)

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