BEN SHELTON | 2016 BIO
Writer/Director Ben Shelton is the creator of the scripted TV comedy series Impress Me. Shelton wrote & directed all 13 episodes of the first season, which is executive produced by Rainn Wilson (The Office). Impress Me stars Jim Meskimen (Parks & Recreation) and Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead) as celebrity impressionists who want to be dramatic actors. The first season aired on Pop TV and is being distributed internationally by Hat Trick International, and also features Dana DeLorenzo (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Melissa Villasenor (Saturday Night Live) and Piotr Michael (MadTV).
Shelton’s other credits include the creator/writer/director of The Daly Show (starring Tim Daly; distributed by Virgin America), the creator/writer/director of The FlipSide (distributed by SoulPancake Productions), 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 (for Kid President: Declaration of Awesome on the HUB network), and the director of the feature film Waking (now streaming on Amazon). In addition to his film and television credits, Shelton’s work online has amassed more than 20 Million views, including many award-winning short films such as My Name Is Lisa (Winner of Best Short Film, 2007 YouTube Awards).
Shelton has had the privilege to direct: Whoopi Goldberg, Betty White, Taye Diggs, Nathan Fillion, Erika Christensen, Steven Weber, Kevin Pollak, Angela Kinsey, Cameron Monaghan, Amy Brenneman, Grace Helbig, Weird Al Yankovic, Chris Colfer, Brandon Routh, Dean Cain, Tom Bergeron, Michael Rosenbaum, Matt Jones, Beth Riesgraf, Paul Adelstein, Camryn Manheim, Jean Smart, Jane Leeves, Alyson Stoner, Steven Tobolowski, Kevin Conroy, Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart, Dana DeLorenzo, Casper Van Dien, Christina Bianco, Colleen Ballinger, Josh Groban, and many others.
Shelton’s commercial work includes national TV and digital campaigns for clients such as TED Talks, Smuckers, Lowe’s, ConAgra Foods, Fox Mobile, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, NBA All-Star Weekend, Kansas City Royals, Timberland, MySpace Super Fan Paul Brogan, eHarmony, Clorox, California Casualty, National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, Current TV, ESPN Radio, Mobizzo and Fox’s Super Bowl Pre-Game show.
His upcoming projects include Android Man, Football is Easy and Just Not Right.
Shelton is currently producing the film adaptation of the critically-acclaimed play Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) written by Will Eno, directed by Will Eno & Oliver Butler, and starring Rainn Wilson (The Office). He's producing the film 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. 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).