jD´s BIO - HIGHLIGHTS
jD Shapiro is an award winning writer/director and stand-up comedian from the United States.
Most of those awards are great. One…Not so much.
jD has sold over a dozen screenplays to almost every major Hollywood studio including, Warner Brothers, Disney, New Line, Miramax, Paramount & Twenty Century Fox. He has rewritten and punch upped many stupid studio scripts, and some not so stupid, as well as served as Creative Consult on many movies. Several of his movies went on to became Hollywood blockbusters and won major awards. jD's movies earning are well over a billion dollars.
jD’s television deals include 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.”
Since he started spending more time in Europe, jD wrote the screenplay for Four Days’ in April. It’s based on the true story of a Norwegian woman living in Sweden during WW2, who ends up changing the course of the war and helping defeat the nazis. It’s Inspired by the historical novel, "Fyra Dagar I April" by renown Swedish novelist Magnus Alkarp. The development was funded by Swedish Film Fund Productions. Also in development with SFFP is Spring’s Eternal Youth, which also takes place during WW2 and is female driven.
He´ s currently developing a movie in Spain called Mi Nombre Es… It’s based on the true story about a woman in 1824 who disguised herself as a man so she could attend Madrid University.
It will be shot in Spanish and English.
jD is also writing the horror/thriller Under the Surface for Andrew Erin Entertainment. jD wrote & directed the short movie, Un Viaje. Shot in LA, Malibu, NYC, Madrid, Marbella, Lisbon and Venice, almost entirely on an iPhone, it was accepted into as an Official Entry in several important festival including, The Madrid Art Festival, 2018." It was, by far, the short movie with the smallest budget at the festival.
jD is in post production on Eva’s Comet. It's the story of two broken women, different in just about every way who, and end up helping each other move on with their lives. It was picked up by one of the top distributors in Europe.
jD has had articles published in “The NY Post,” “Written By” magazine and “Artes Españolas Ahora.” He has given lectures & seminars on writing, directing, acting, standup and comic book writing at universities and events throughout the United States and Europe. jD was asked to speak at Harvard Business School and be a judged for several film festivals in the United States & Europe.