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J.D. Shapiro

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KNOWN FOR 
Battlefield Earth (2000) | We Married Margo (2000) | Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
AWARDS 
2 wins & 1 nomination More »
AKA 
J. David Shapiro
HEIGHT 
5' 8½" (1.74m)
AGE RANGE *
Performs ages 34-45
GUILDS *
WGA | SAG-AFTRA
ETHNICITY *
Mixed
HAIR *
Brown (Short)
EYES *
Green
WEIGHT *
150 lbs
PHYSIQUE *
Athletic
VOICE TYPE *
Tenor
ATHLETICS *
Soccer | Boxing | Track & Field | Surfing | Rollerblading | Baseball | Swimming | Basketball | Tennis | Martial Arts | Football | Golf  Less
ACCENTS *
Southern | Russian | Scottish | Irish | British | Jamaican | Australian | German | French | Italian  Less
LANGUAGES *
Sign Language | Spanish
INSTRUMENTS *
Guitar | Sax
DANCE *
Disco | Hip Hop | Tango | Club/Freestyle | Flamenco  Less
WORK HISTORY *
Internet | Film | Music Video | Theater | Commercial | Television  Less
JOB TYPES *
Writing | Acting | Directing
VANITY URL *
http://www.imdb.me/jdshapiro
* Starred info submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume (has not been verified by IMDb).

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Films in Production (1 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
  • Primary photo for ActorsActors (Short) Walk of fame actor  Less 2016 $25K Post-Prod
Past Film & Video (8 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for The Best Thanksgiving EverThe Best Thanksgiving Ever Director  Less 2017
  • Primary photo for A DateA Date (Short) Very Special Thanks (help with script)  Less 2015 €3K
  • Primary photo for Juan HombreJuan Hombre (Short) Co-Director, Writer (screenplay)  Less 2011 €5MM
  • Primary photo for The StrandThe Strand (Video) Actor  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for PuckedPucked Alan  Less 2006 $3.5MM
  • Primary photo for Battlefield EarthBattlefield Earth Writer (screenplay)  Less 2000 $73MM $21MM / $8.3MM
  • Primary photo for We Married MargoWe Married Margo Jake, Director, Writer  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for Robin Hood: Men in TightsRobin Hood: Men in Tights Writer (screenplay) (as J. David Shapiro), Writer (story) (as J. David Shapiro)  Less 1993 $20MM $36MM / —
Past Television (4 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for unCONventionalunCONventional (TV Series) Creative Consultant ( 12 episodes, 2012 )  Less 2012 12
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  • Primary photo for X-Treme Biography: SantaX-Treme Biography: Santa (TV Short) AA Attendee / Death, Writer  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for Charles in ChargeCharles in Charge (TV Series) Writer ( 1 episode, 1990 )  Less 1990 1
  • Primary photo for DuetDuet (TV Series) Writer ( 1 episode, 1987 )  Less 1987 1
Self (1 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE

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Additional Credits (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

FilmCOMPANY/DIRECTOR
  • Un Viaje (A Journey) * – Writer & Director What Exit? Ent/JD Shapiro
  • Stan Lees The Guardian Project * – Co-creator POW! Ent
  • Lords of Dawn * – writer What Exit? ent

Education & Training (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

SPECIAL TRAININGYEARCITY/STATE
  • HB Studios * – Acting, Uta Hogan New York, NY

Additional Awards (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

EVENTYEAR
  • HBO Comedy Festival * – Winner Audiance Award for Best Film "We Married Margo" 2002
  • Madrid Art Festical * – Honorable Mention 2017
  • Pi Phan Film Festival * – We Married Margo Offical Selection 2003
  • Pi Phan Film Festival * – Best Actor in a Comedy: JD Shapiro 2003
  • Slamdance * – Offical Selection - Runner up for Best Film "We Married Margo" 2002
  • NY Comedy Festical * – Offical Selction "We Married Margo" 2002
  • Razi Awards * – "Battlefield Earth" Worse Movie 2000
  • Razi Awards * – "Battlefield Earth" Worst Movie of the Decade 2010
  • I See You Awards * – Best Director 2017
  • I See You Awards * – Best Movie 2017

Prior Job Titles (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

TITLE
  • Director "Best Thanksgiving Ever" *
  • CoCreator "The Guardian Project" *

Additional Resume Info (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

RESUME DETAILS
  • * OVERVIEW

    jD SHAPIRO is an award winning writer/director and stand-up comedian. Most of those awards are very good. One…not so much.

    Growing up with three sisters in a small, one bathroom house, jD’s imagination became his sanctuary. Taking apart pens to see how they work, and undressing his sister’s Barbie Dolls to see what was underneath, lead to a passion for storytelling and women. jD is still not sure which one is more complicated to learn and master.

    jD has sold over a dozen screenplays to almost every major Hollywood studio including, Warner Brothers, Disney, New Line, Miramax, and Paramount. jD served as Creative Consult on several films that went on to became blockbusters. Movies he’s been involved with have earned well over a billion dollars. jD had television deals with Fox, Big Ticket and Spelling Entertainment.  Although jD writes in several genres, Mel Brooks called jD, “One of the greatest comic minds I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with”.

    jD and comic book legend Stan Lee have been working together since 2002 creating new comic book series. jD is very proud to be considered Stan’s protege.

    JD just finished is first book, “The Cat in The Hat” and liked it so much he decided to write one of his own. He just a deal with Austin Macauley Publishers to have his first novel published, “Think Like A Man.” It will come out sometime in 2018.

    jD’s short “Un Viaje” (A Journey), he shot over several years in LA, Malibu, NYC, Madrid, Marbella, Lisbon and Venice. It was recently completed. Other than the opening & closing the movie was shot entirely on an iPhone. It was just accepted into “The Madrid Art Festival, 2017.” He wrote & directed it.

    jD wrote the screenplay for the WWII drama, “Four Days in April”. Based on the true heroic story of a young Norwegian woman living in Sweden who helps change the course of WWII, it was influenced by “Fyra Dagar I April,” the important Swedish novel by Magnus Alkarp. jD & Magnus are presently looking to attach a producer and/or director.

    jD is working with horror director Andrew Ewin for the second time, their first collaboration was “Haunting Grounds”, on a thriller called “Raghorn” about a kidnapping attempt gone wrong. jD is presently in negotiations to write and possibly direct “St. Dismas.” The story about a group of young wanna-be gangsters who grew up together as thieves in the 1960’s and end up clashing with the big boys. Ted Field & Aldo LaPietra are producing through Radar Pictures. Martin Scorsese is interested in Executive Producing.

    jD caught the eye of Sir George Lucas after his directorial debut, “We Married Margo,” won the Audience Award for Best Film @ The HBO Comedy Festival. Lucas invited jD to Skywalker Ranch for a free sound mix and great advice. “Margo” Which jD wrote, directed and starred in because the job of God was already taken won many awards, including honours at Slamdance, NY Film Festival, The LA Comedy Festival and the Pi Phan Film Festival for jD’s acting, to name a few. New Line acquired it for released.

    jD was the original writer on the infamous “Battlefield Earth.” His draft got John Travolta attached to play the lead, (Johnny Goodbye Tyler). jD left the project due to creative differences. Travolta went on to play Terl, the villain in the movie. And the movie went on to win the not-so prestigious “Razzie Award.”

    After University jD wrote on spec and sold to Mel Brooks & 20th Century Fox, “Robin Hood: Men In Tights.” jD was heavily involved in the pre-production, producing and casting. He found Dave Chappell after the actor Mel wanted asked for too much money. He wrote all the lyrics to Hummie Mann’s songs.

    jD was accepted into HB Studios and studied acting with the legendary Uta Hagen, becoming one of her favourite students to yell at (If you know Uta that’s a badge of honor.)

    jD overcame his fear of public speaking and mixing up sentences due to being Dyslexic and now performs stand-up all across the country and parts of Europe. Due to his film & TV schedule his availability is limited. He was made a paid regular at The World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles in record time. He’d only been doing standup for about a year. He is also a regular at StandUp NY. He can often be seen outside a comedy club, pacing and sometimes throwing up prior to most performances.

    jD has given seminars on writing, directing and acting in universities and lectures throughout the United States, and has been asked to speak at Harvard. He has judged several film festivals in the United States and Europe. He has been featured in many entertainment shows including, “Entertainment Tonight,” “CNN,” “Hollywood Buzz,” “E-Entertainment,” and “Comedy Central.”

    To learn more about “We Married Margo” go to:
    www.videoviews.org/wemarriedmargo.html

    If you’d like to find out how “Battlefield Earth” became a mess you can read the humorous article jD wrote for The NY Post: www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/movies/penned_the_suckiest_movie_ever_sorry_MdXedZpTMWJmfpw80Xc7aO

    To see the speech jD gave at the 2010 Razzie Award for the “Battlefield Earth” being named, Worst Movie Of The Decade:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WyuRr_Z81k

    CONTACT INFO:
    Melissa Morris (Publicist) 248-703-9515 canweschmooze@gmail.com

    John LaViolette (Attorney) “Bloom, Hergott, Diemer, Rosenthal, LaViolette, Feldman Esq.” 310-859-6805 sl@bhdrl.com

    jD: 310-739-3686 Telefono Español: +34 691-917-822 Email: jdshapiro@me.com
    http://jdshapiro.com


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - SOME OF THE SCRIPTS jD WROTE

    The Best Thanksgiving Ever!: jD was hired to direct this low-budget indie movie shot in 11 days. He didn’t write it and was brought in 10 days before shooting because the director was fired, quit, who knows. jD and the producer/writer/co-star had vastly different views on how to edit the movie. Since jD was hired by him, and there was only budget for one pass of editing, jD gave it up. Although jD is proud of what he was able to accomplish in production he isn’t in love with the end result. The movie did go on to win many awards at the See Me Detroit Film Festival, including Best Picture (2017)

    Daddy’s Girl: A comedy about an over protective dad who has to learn to let go of his 18 yr old daughter, who has to learn to grow up. Optioned by NewLine (2005)

    Working Class Hero: An action/drama about a cop trying to make up for a past mistake. Co-written w/ Jimmy Cummings. Sold it to Gale Anne Hurd (2004)

    Salvage: A post-apocalyptic script set up w/ Gear Head Productions. Dan Myrick (The Blair Witch Project) was set to direct and jD was set to play the co-lead (2004)

    Super Cops: The true story of two highly decorated Vietnam vets turned Super cops, and how they became the only two LAPD police officers to face the death penalty. Developed w/ Jimmy Cummings for Nittolo Entertainment (2000)

    Blast Off!: Action story about a group of men who take over the space shuttle. An ex astronaut needs to overcome his intense fear of flying-- or not only is the world in peril, but so is his wife, who is the captain of the shuttle. Wrote this on spec and sold to Interscope Films (1997)

    Fear: Dark thriller about a man who is looking for the murderer of his wife only to find out it was him. Based on a L. Ron Hubbard Novella and starring John Travolta. Written it for Miramax (1996)

    Signed, Sealed & Delivered: Action/comedy about a woman who gets trapped inside a post office when terrorists take it over. She learns she is much more capable than she ever realised. Betty Thomas was attached to direct and Glenn Close interested in playing the lead. It was co-written w/ Aaron William Dozier on spec. Sold to Disney’s Touchstone Pictures (1995)

    Solo To Mars: Sci-fi about a man who travels into space and, due to the stress and loneliness, befriends a fly trapped onboard. Starring Corbin Bernsen. Written for Paramount (1994)

    The Final Frontier: Sci-fi thriller about an astronaut who finds a way to travel to the most uncharted territory not known-- death. Written on spec and optioned to Warner Brothers (1991)

    Toy Soldiers: This Action/comedy was the first script jD ever sold. It’s about a group of kids who have to use their video game skills to save the day when a real life situation arises. Shortly after arriving to LA jD was commissioned to write this by an independent producer whose office was possibly the trunk of his car (1990)

    Freakydeak Skylark: jD created, directed and executive produced this animated series for the Internet division of NBC (2007)

    Inside/Out: jD developed this TV series w/ Paul Rieser’s Nuance Pictures for jD to star in. A drama/comedy about an attorney who loses it, checks into Bellevue and decides it is saner in there then out in the “real” world (2006)

    Cupid’s Turn: jD developed this script about a man who finds out he is Cupid. He set it up at Disney as a producer (1998)

    OTHER INTERESTING FACTS. SORT OF

    Pucked: jD co-starred in this stinker. The good guy is played by Jon Bon Jovi. Cary Elwes and jD are the bad guys (2005)

    jD created the character and played it in a SUNKIST PISTACHIO NUT COMMERCIAL. It went on to win Best Commercial in the commercial section of the Cannes Film Festival (2005)

    The Strand Venice: jD played a talent agent in this ensemble web series created, directed and executive produced by Dan Myrick (co-creator & co-director of The Blair Witch Project) (2004)

    Women in Film Awards: jD was the first ever MC for the first ever awards ceremony, which took place at The Sundance Film Festival in 2001.

    jD was in several Independent movies no one has ever heard of and several theatre productions no one really cares about.

    jD has been offered three reality TV series and turned all three down. He was, however, on The Osbournes. But not by choice. (The Annoying Neighbour episode. Yeah, that's jD & his friends) They did not know nor give them permission to use them in the episode. Uber LA Attorney Bert Fields wanted them to sue due to it being a precedent setting case (use of voice) but they let it go.

    jD has appeared on many TV & radio shows, including:
    E!,
    Showtime,
    Comedy Central
    IFC
    Bravo
    MTV
    PBS
    The Mike & Juliet Show
    Entertainment Tonight
    CNN
    Bizz Buzz
    Movie Talk
    MTV
    The Bob & Tom Show
    The Joey Reynolds Show on WOR
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