Adam Shankman is a multi-faceted filmmaker who has enjoyed success as a director, producer and choreographer.
Shankman and his sister, Jennifer Gibgot, are partnered as producers in Offspring Entertainment. Under the Offspring banner they have produced such films as ROCK OF AGES, the entire STEP UP series, 17 AGAIN starring Zac Efron, THE LAST SONG, and the Drew Barrymore starrer GOING THE DISTANCE.
Shankman is readying production on “Mean Moms” with New Line Cinema, which he will produce alongside Gibgot. He also has several other TV shows and films on his development slate including a biopic with HBO, which Shankman will also direct.
On the small screen, Shankman has served as a judge on the highly rated “So You Think You Can Dance” for seven seasons, and in 2009 served as co-producer and lead choreographer of the 2010 Academy Awards. The telecast earned a record 12 Emmy nominations, including two for Shankman for producing and choreographing.
In 2007, Shankman directed 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 remarkable cast won a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble.
Shankman began his directing career in 2001 with his debut, THE WEDDING PLANNER. He then directed the romantic drama A WALK TO REMEMBER followed by BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, THE PACIFIER, and CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2. Shankman’s recent directing work includes New Line Cinema’s ROCK OF AGES, Walt Disney Pictures’ BEDTIME STORIES, and primetime television shows, including “Modern Family,” various network pilots, and various episodes of “GLEE.”
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®.