BEN SHELTON | 2018 BIO
Ben Shelton is the director of the Netflix Original Film Candy Jar starring Christina Hendricks, Uzo Aduba, Helen Hunt, Jacob Latimore, Sami Gayle and Tom Bergeron. Candy Jar is now streaming worldwide.
Shelton is the creator of the TV series Impress Me (currently streaming on Amazon Prime). He wrote, directed and produced all 13 episodes of the first season, which is executive produced by Rainn Wilson. Impress Me stars Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead, Avengers: Infinity War) and Jim Meskimen (America's Got Talent) as celebrity impressionists who want to be dramatic actors. The half-hour comedy co-stars Angela Kinsey (The Office), Dana DeLorenzo (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Piotr Michael (MadTV, Rocky & Bullwinkle) and Melissa Villasenor (Saturday Night Live), with guest stars Josh Groban, Weird Al Yankovic, Kevin Pollak and Erika Christensen.
Shelton is also the creator/writer/director of The Daly Show (starring Tim Daly; distributed by Virgin America), the creator/writer/director of The FlipSide (now streaming on Amazon Prime), writer/director of The Messenger (a pilot presentation for ABC), writer/director of Metaphysical Milkshake (starring Rainn Wilson), the director of Bad Guys (a pilot presentation for NBC), the director of Kid President: Commander in Chaos, and the Live Action Director on Storybots Super Songs, and the co-writer/director of the award-winning short films My Name Is Lisa.
Shelton has had the privilege to direct: Whoopi Goldberg, Betty White, Taye Diggs, Nathan Fillion, Steven Weber, Cameron Monaghan, Amy Brenneman, Grace Helbig, Chris Colfer, Brandon Routh, Dean Cain, Michael Rosenbaum, Beth Riesgraf, Paul Adelstein, Camryn Manheim, Jean Smart, Jane Leeves, Alyson Stoner, Steven Tobolowski, Kevin Conroy, Hannah Hart, Casper Van Dien, Christina Bianco, Colleen Ballinger, and many others.
Shelton's producing credits include two film adaptations of critically-acclaimed plays, including Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) starring Rainn Wilson, and Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy, produced by Jerry Seinfeld. Shelton produced both projects with Gil Cates Jr. and the Geffen Playhouse.
A Southern California native, Shelton earned a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Puget Sound, and he received his film school education from visiting sets, sharing lunches, and watching Laker games with his uncle, writer/director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump, Tin Cup).