Adam Shankman

Adam Shankman / Adam always put his best foot forward. Literally.
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Adam Shankman started as a dancer in music videos for Janet Jackson. He soon became a choreographer for music videos, before moving on to choreograph several feature films, including Boogie Nights. Directing features soon followed with The Wedding Planner, The Pacifier, Bedtime Stories and the hilarious Bringing Down the House with Queen Latifah and Steve Martin. Then came Hairspray along with its 3 Golden Globes noms including Best Picture. He then directed Rock of Ages where he got Alec Baldwin to sing a duet with Russell Brand and was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards. Then came Glee, Modern Family, and Step Up and he Was Nominated For 2 Emmys for his work producing and choreographing the Academy Awards. His campaign for Rock the Vote encouraged voters and he directed Schick’s “Rock Your Legs” campaign in partnership with the film Pitch Perfect 2. And he also directed What Men Want with Taraji P. Henson. Odd factoid: Adam invented the Electric Slide.

  • Television

    Modern Family
    Step Up

  • Features

    What Men Want
    Rock of Ages
    Bedtime Stories
    Cheaper by the Dozen 2
    The Pacifier
    Bringing Down the House
    A Walk to Remember
    The Wedding Planner

  • Awards / Festivals

    Emmy Award Nominee
    Giffoni Film Festival Winner
    OFTA Television Award Nominee