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J.D. Shapiro

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Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) | Battlefield Earth (2000) | We Married Margo (2000)
2 wins & 1 nomination More »
J. David Shapiro
5' 8½" (1.74m)
Performs ages 34-45
Brown (Short)
150 lbs
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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)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • 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
  • 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

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Additional Credits (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Stan Lees The Guardian Project * – Co-creator POW! Ent
  • Lords of Dawn * – writer What Exit? ent

Education (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • HB Studios * – Acting, Uta Hogan New York, NY

Additional Awards (submitted by page owner via IMDb Resume)

  • Pi Phan Film Festival * – We Married Margo Offical Selection 2003
  • Pi Phan Film Festival * – Best Actor in a Comedy: JD Shapiro 2003
  • HBO Comedy Festival * – Winner Audiance Award for Best Film "We Married Margo" 2002
  • 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)

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

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

  • * J.D. Shapiro is an award winning writer/director and stand-up comedian. Most of those awards are very good. One…not so much. He has sold over a dozen screenplays to almost every major studio including, Warner Brothers, Disney, New Line, Miramax, and Paramount. J.D. served as Creative Consult on several films that went on to became Hollywood blockbusters. He’s had television deals with Fox, Big Ticket and Spelling Entertainment.

    J.D. just completed the screenplay for the WWII drama, “Four Days in April.” It’s based on a true story that took place in Sweden in 1942, and was influenced by the novel by Magnus Alkarp. Osmond Karim is set to direct. Film will shoot in Sweden mid 2016. J.D. and comic book legend Stan Lee (“Spiderman,” “X-Men,” “Iron Man”), are creating a new group of superheroes called, “The Guardian Project.” Release is October 2016. J.D. is presently writing, “Haunting Grounds,” a horror movie for director Andrew Erin. Shooting is scheduled for sometime in 2016. J.D recently directed the indie comedy, “The Best Thanksgiving Ever.” It’s in post-production.

    J.D. caught the eye of George Lucas after his directorial debut, “We Married Margo,” won the Audience Award for Best Film at the HBO Comedy Festival. Lucas invited him to Skywalker Ranch for a free sound mix, and great advice. Margo went on to win many awards, including honors at Slamdance, NY Film Festival, and the Pi Phan Film Festival for J.D.’s acting. New Line released it. To learn more about Margo go to:

    J.D. was the original writer on the infamous “Battlefield Earth.” After his version of the script attached John Travolta to play the lead, the studio changed directions and J.D. left the project due to creative differences. If you’d like to find out how BE became a train wreck you can read Shapiro’s humorous article he wrote for The NY Post:

    To see the speech J.D. gave when he accepted the 2010 Razzie Award for the “Worst Movie Of The Decade”

    J.D. does standup comedy all across the country and Europe. Do 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.

    After college J.D. wrote on spec and sold to Mel Brooks & 20th Century Fox, “Robin Hood: Men In Tights.”

    J.D is represented by: Patrick Hughes at New Wave Entertainment: 310-209-8400

    FOUR DAYS IN APRIL: Shooting in Sweden sometime in 2016

    HUANTING GROUNDS: Shooting in Canada sometime in 2016

    THE GUARDIAN PROJECT: Release date is October, 2016.

    JUAN HOMBRE: A a new comic book series J.D. wrote & Nacho Serapioa illustrate. Based on a true a story about the first SpanishNinja. MacMillan Books (The Bourne Legacy, The Walking Dead), to publish.

    THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER: An indie movie with Eric Roberts that J.D. directed. It is presently in post-production.
    Winner of Best Director
    Winner of Best Movie

    WITNESS PROTECTION: In Development with Eric Gold and Jessica Green at The Gold Company (Yes Man, The Ellen DeGeneres Show). Brandon T. Jackson & Christoph Waltz are interested in playing the leads.

    WE MARRIED MARGO (Realesed 2003): Because the job of God was already taken, Shapiro wrote,
    directed, and starred in Margo. It was made in 17 days, on 35mm film and shot for $230,000. Margo won many awards, including the Audience Award For Best Picture at the HBO U.S. Comedy Festival, where women with large hair still wear dead animals for comfort. George Lucas liked it so much he
    invited Shapiro to Skywalker Ranch and gave him free post-production sound editing. It was an Official Selection in many festivals, including Slamdance, The NY Film Festival, and the Pi Phan Film Festival in Korea (Where Shapiro won the acting award). New Line released it. To learn more go here:

    BATTLEFIELD EARTH: (Released summer of 2000). Shapiro was the first writer on this infamous movie. After securing John Travolta to play the lead good guy (John went on to play the bad guy), and having several A-List directors interested in making Shapiro draft, the studio changed directions. Shapiro disagreed and was released from the project. If you'd like to find out how BE became a train wreck you can read the humorous article Shapiro wrote and/or see the speech he gave when he accepted the 2010 Razzie Award for the Worst Movie Of The Decade:

    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 with Jimmy Cummings. Sold it to Gale Anne Hurd (2004)

    SALVAGE: A “Mad Max” post-apocalyptic script set up with Gear Head Productions. Dan Myrick (The Blair Witch Project) was set to direct and Shapiro was set to play the co-lead. (2004)

    SUPERCOPS The true story of two highly decorated Vietnam vets turned Supercops, and how they became the only two LAPD police officers to face the death penalty. Developed with Jimmy Cummings for Nittolo Entertainment. (2000)

    BLAST OFF!: Die Hard” type action script 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 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. 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 realized. Co-written with Aaron William Dozier on spec, we sold it to Touchstone. (1995)

    SOLO TO MARS A sci-fi about a man who travels into space and, due to the stress and loneliness, befriends a fly trapped onboard. Written for Paramount. (1994)

    THE FINAL FRONTIER is a sci-fi 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. (1993)

    ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS After sort of graduating college Shapiro came to LA and wrote Men In Tights n spec . He sold it to Twentieth Century Fox & Brooksfilms. From concept to release was a little over a year. Shapiro thought it was always going to be this easy. Ha! (Released in summer of

    TOY SOLDIERS Action/comedy about a group of kids who have to use their video game skills to save the day when a real life situation arises. Shapiro was commissioned to write this action/comedy by an independent producer whose office was possibly the trunk of his car. (1992)


    FREAKYDEAK SKYLARK Shapiro created, directed and executive produced this animated series for the Internet division of NBC. (2007)

    INSIDE/OUT Shapiro developed this TV series with Paul Rieser’s Nuance Pictures for Shapiro to play the lead in a series about an attorney who loses it, checks into Bellevue and realizes it’s saner in there then out here. (2006)

    WE MARRIED MARGO Shapiro made a development deal with Big Ticket to write and executive produce this TV series based on the movie. (2005)

    SPELLING ENTERTAINMENT Shapiro made an overall-deal to create and executive produce a one-hour television series. (2004)

    20TH CENTURY FOX Shapiro created a TV series called “Man Bites Dog. (2002)


    CREATIVE CONSULTANT Shapiro has been a creative consultant on several movies, mostly comedies, most went on to be huge hits. H is not supposed to say them by name, but he can blink their names in code. You have probably seen some of them and heard of all of them.

    CUPIDS TURN Shapiro developed this script about a man who finds out he is Cupid. As a producer J.D. set it up at Disney. (1998)

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

    THE STRAND VENICE Shapiro played a talent agent in this ensemble web series created and executive produced by Dan Myrick (co-creator & co-director of The Blair Witch Project”) (2004)

    THE TRUTH ABOUT MEN Shapiro just completed his first book, The Cat In The Hat. He enjoyed it so much he decided to write one of his own.

    Shapiro was in several INDEPENDENT MOVIES no one has ever heard of and several THEATRE PRODUCTIONS no one cares about.

    J.D. 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.

    Shapiro been offered three Reality Series and turned them all down. He was, however, on THE OSBOURNES, but not by choice. (The Annoying Neighbor episode. Yeah, that's J.D. and 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, but they let it go).

    WOMEN IN FILM AWARDS Shapiro was the first ever MC for the first ever awards ceremony, which took place at The Sundance Film Festival.

    J.D. was made a paid regular at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles in record time. He'd only been doing standup for about a year.

    Shapiro has appeared on many TV and radio shows, including:
    Comedy Central
    The Mike & Juliet Sho
    Entertainment Tonight
    Bizz Buzz
    Movie Talk
    Chicago Superstation
    The Bob & Tom Show
    The Joey Reynolds Show on WOR

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