Sorry if I missed a post on this somewhere else, I looked, but didn't find anything.
I think this is great. I really enjoy him on the show, much more than Mary Murphy's screaming.
Adam Shankman Made Permanent Judge on So You Think You Can Dance - Today's News: Our Take | TVGuide.com
ADAM SHANKMAN - Judge
Adam Shankman 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 most recent film, "Bedtime Stories," opened on Christmas Day 2008. The family comedy, starring Adam Sandler and Keri Russell, has grossed over $173 million worldwide. Shankman also produced "17 Again"Â through his Offspring Entertainment banner. The film, directed by Burr Steers, opened in April 2009, and starred Zac Efron. The film has since grossed over $117 million worldwide. Shankman also recently directed the hit viral video "Prop 8: The Musical" for FunnyorDie.com, which has been honored by GLAAD. The video has been viewed over 4 million times.
Shankman's "Hairspray," the feature film adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway production, opened in July 2007 to rave reviews. It has gone on to gross over $200 million worldwide, and has become the third highest grossing musical of all time. The film assembled a remarkable collection of talent to retell John Waters' classic story about racism in 1960's Baltimore.
Shankman is set to direct a number of new projects though his and sister and business partner Jennifer Gibgot's Offspring Entertainment, including a new version of the classic tale "Sinbad" for Sony and a revamp of the popular musical "Bye Bye Birdie" for Columbia as well as "Bob: The Musical" through Offspring for Disney.
Shankman began crafting an enviable career with his directorial debut, Columbia Pictures' "The Wedding Planner." The Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey film was the heart-felt hit of 2001. Shankman's following grew with his next film "A Walk to Remember," distributed by Warner Bros., starring Mandy Moore and Shane West.
Shankman followed this up with "Bringing Down the House," a Walt Disney comedy starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah, which was number one at the box office for three weeks in a row, grossing over $130 million. Shankman followed that up by directing another Disney film, "The Pacifier "starring Vin Diesel. In addition, Shankman directed the box office success, "Cheaper by the Dozen 2," the sequel to the 2003 20th Century Fox smash hit family film. To date, Shankman's films have grossed over one billion dollars.
Through Offspring's overall deal with Disney, Shankman and his sister, Gibgot, produced "Step Up," "Step Up 2" and the Sandra Bullock film, "Premonition," for Sony. "Step Up," directed by his co-choreographer Anne Fletcher, garnered critical acclaim and grossed over $114 million worldwide at the box office, and its sequel, directed by Jon Chu, "Step Up 2: The Streets," grossed over $148 million worldwide. Shankman is also producing the third film in the series, STEP UP 3-D, which is currently in production, with John Chu directing. The company will also produce "Going The Distance," a new romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, for New Line, as well as "The Last Song," a Nicholas Sparks-script film set to star Miley Cyrus for Disney.
Prior to directing, Shankman was one of the entertainment world'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 the Bob Fosse award for his work with Simon West.
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."Â He has also choreographed videos for The B-52's, Barry White, Aaron Neville, Chic and Stevie Wonder.
A native of Los Angeles, Shankman developed a love for the theater at an early age. After high school, he moved to New York and 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.