Adam Shankman, a two-time Emmy Award nominee and recipient of the Bob Fosse Award, has made a name for himself as one of the most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood. As no stranger to the silver or small screen, he has enjoyed success as a director, producer, choreographer, dancer, and author in a career spanning nearly three decades.
Shankman is currently in production on Walt Disney Pictures’ Disenchanted. He is directing and choreographed the highly anticipated sequel to the global hit Enchanted (2007), starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. He is also an Executive Producer on the much anticipated Hocus Pocus 2, the sequel to the wildly successful cult classic Hocus Pocus (1993), starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. Both films are due out next year.
Shankman directed the movie musical Hairspray (2007). In addition to directing the all-star cast, Shankman also choreographed and executive produced the film, which received three Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture—Comedy or Musical and won the Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble. The smash hit was also nominated for Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards and received a Grammy nomination for its chart-topping soundtrack.
Shankman’s directing career began with his debut feature, The Wedding Planner (2001), starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. He is additionally known for directing A Walk to Remember (2002), starring Mandy Moore and Shane West; the hilarious comedy Bringing Down the House (2003), starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah; the Vin Diesel starrer The Pacifier (2005); and Bedtime Stories (2008), starring Adam Sandler. In 2019 he directed the Paramount Players hit comedy What Men Want, starring Taraji P. Henson.
In 2010 he coproduced and served as lead choreographer of The 82nd Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, which received a record 12 Emmy Award nominations, including two individual nominations for Shankman for Producing and Choreography.
For television, Shankman has directed Emmy-winning series such as Modern Family, Glee, and Monk, and five episodes of Being Mary Jane. He has also directed commercial campaigns for Rock the Vote, Macy’s, Schick, and Marshalls. As a television personality, he appeared as a judge for eight seasons on the Emmy-winning reality dance competition series, So You Think You Can Dance.
Shankman, along with his sister Jennifer Gibgot, produced the entire Step Up series of films (2006-2019), 17 Again (2009), The Last Song (2010), and Going the Distance (2010). Their company, Offspring Entertainment, is also a producing partner on the gritty teen series, Step Up: High water.
Before directing and producing, Shankman was one of entertainment’s premier dance and physical comedy choreographers, putting his creative stamp on many well-known films, including Addams Family Values (1993), The Flintstones (1994), Boogie Nights (1997), and She’s All That (1999), to name a few; plus, music videos with Whitney Houston, Paul Abdul, the B-52’s, Stevie Wonder, and more.
In his free time, Shankman co-penned two highly reviewed young adult novels, Girl About Town and Murder Among the Stars, with Laura Lee Sullivan for the Simon & Schuster imprint Atheneum Books.
Shankman currently resides in Los Angeles and part-time in New York City.