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ADAM SHANKMAN (Director/Executive Producer) is a master of comedy yet is still able to capture the sensitivity of each story, making him one of the most loved and commercially successful filmmakers of his generation.

Shankman's "Hairspray,” the feature film adaptation of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway production, opened in July 2007 to rave reviews. It grossed more than $200 million worldwide and became the third highest-grossing musical of all time. Retelling John Waters' classic story about racism in 1960s Baltimore, the film starred John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron and newcomer Nikki Blonsky.

Through Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot's Offspring Entertainment, Shankman is producing "17 Again” starring Zac Efron. Other projects their company is set to produce include "All of Me,” starring Queen Latifah and based on the 1984 film starring Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin, and "Monday Monday,” a film about a neurotic teenager forced to relive the first day of high school until he gets it right. Additionally, the pair has an adult treasure hunt project planned in association with Benderspink.

Through Offspring's overall deal with Disney, Shankman and his sister, Gibgot, produced "Step Up” and "Step Up 2: The Streets.” "Step Up” garnered critical acclaim and grossed more than $100 million as did its sequel, "Step Up 2: The Streets.” In addition, Shankman directed the box-office success "Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” the follow-up to the 2003 hit family film.

Shankman made his directorial debut with Columbia Pictures' "The Wedding Planner” with Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. He followed this with "A Walk to Remember” starring Mandy Moore and Shane West. The film was nominated for a 2002 Phoenix Film Critics Award for Best Live Action Family Film.

Next for Shankman was "Bringing Down the House,” a Walt Disney Pictures comedy starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. It was number one at the box office for three weeks in a row and grossed more than $130 million. Shankman then directed "The Pacifier,” starring Vin Diesel. To date, Shankman's films have grossed more than a half-billion dollars.

Prior to directing, Shankman was one of the entertainment world's premier dance and physical-comedy choreographers. 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 for his work with Simon West.

At age 24, Shankman teamed up with influential video director Julian Temple as a music video choreographer. One of the first videos as choreographer was Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight.” He has also choreographed videos for The B-52's, Barry White, Aaron Neville, Chic and Stevie Wonder.

A native of Los Angeles, Shankman attended the Juilliard School. After five years as an actor and dancer in New York and regional theater, he moved back to Los Angeles and began dancing in music videos, including videos for Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. He also performed at the 1989 Academy Awards®.


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