Shane Stanley

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Shane Stanley
Born Shane Eric Stanley
(1971-06-15) June 15, 1971 (age 45)
Encino, California, US
Occupation Producer, writer, director
Spouse(s) Sharon Turner (m. 1998–2000)
Val Barri (m. 2005)

Shane Stanley (born June 15, 1971 in Los Angeles) is a multi-Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and founder of Visual Arts Entertainment, a film and television production company based in Los Angeles. Best known for executive producing Gridiron Gang starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for Sony Pictures and directing Bret Michaels music videos supporting the hit show Rock of Love. Stanley, a four-time nominee, was the youngest to ever win a production Emmy Award, winning his first at sixteen and his second at nineteen for his work on The Desperate Passage Series. Stanley made his directorial debut helming his own screenplay A Sight for Sore Eyes which starred Academy Award nominee Gary Busey. Besides being honored with dozens of prestigious awards and film festival honors, the film was invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 and won Best Drama at the International Family Film Festival in 2006.

Also a commercial and music video director, Stanley's most recognized work includes campaigns for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Sony PlayStation, Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Kimberly-Clark, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino as well as PSA's for the American Diabetes Association. His most known music videos include StorySide:B's "Miracle" and Bret Michaels's Go That Far which reached #1 and remained on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown for over three months. The video is ranked on the network's list of 100 Best Music Videos. As of 2010, five of Stanley's music videos have been on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, (two simultaneously). Shane co-wrote Bret Michaels's autobiography, "Roses & Thorns" for Simon & Schuster and most recently produced the late Zalman King's, Pleasure or Pain which will release in 2014. Pleasure or Pain would be Golden Globe Nominee, King's final film before his passing in 2012.

In 2015, Shane directed The Untold Story starring Barry Van Dyke, Nia Peeples, Jason Connery, and Ellen Greene a film he co-wrote with his father, Lee Stanley. This would be their first collaboration since Gridiron Gang in 2005. Shane began 2016 helming Mistrust which he co-wrote with Tiffany Johnson. The film stars two-time Golden Globes winner, Jane Seymour (actress), Parker Stevenson, Patrick Bristow, William Shockley (actor), and Nia Peeples.


Son of Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lee Stanley and Carol Ann Morse. The couple divorced in 1974 when Shane was three. His father remarried Linda Tremaine in 1977, who had two sons, Brett and Chris, from a previous marriage. Lee Stanley has a daughter, Quinn Burke from his first marriage to Rory Burke, daughter of legendary songwriter, Johnny Burke. Stanley did not meet his sister until 1993.


Stanley co-wrote Bret Michaels's autobiography Roses & Thorns for Simon & Schuster due for release in 2017. His father, Lee's autobiography "Faith in the Land of Make-Believe" released March 2011 as well with Zondervan Publishing based on the family and their years dealing with juvenile inmates imprisoned in Los Angeles County, which Lee dedicated over twenty-five years to. Stanley was also mentioned in Sweet Demotion, the autobiography by world renown music journalist, Lonn Friend founder of RIP Magazine

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1988 Shane, along with Lee Stanley, Gary Milton, David Fixx, and Carl Himmelman won Emmy Awards for their camera work on Desperate Passage which starred Michael Landon. The show was a recipient of four Emmy Award nominations and won two, making Shane the youngest to have won the award in any non-actor category. He was sixteen at the time.

In 1990, Stanley was again nominated for an Emmy Award along with Lee Stanley and Gary Milton for their camera work on Maiden Voyage starring Sharon Gless.

In 1991, Stanley was nominated for two Emmy Awards in the same category along with Lee Stanley, Philip Hurn, and Ken Schaefer for their work on Drug Watch L.A. and Drug Watch L.A. Second Edition. Drug Watch L.A. Second Edition was the winner awarding Shane his second Emmy Award.

In 1992, along with Lee Stanley, Shane was honored with a Christopher Award for A Time for Life where the filmmakers paired up three kids serving time in a maximum security prison for murder and three kids who were terminally ill from Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

In 1994, Shane was the recipient of two CINE Golden Eagle Awards both as producer and editor for his documentary Street Pirates. The film was also honored with the Silver Star at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.

In 2005, Stanley's film A Sight for Sore Eyes was honored with the Gold Special Jury Award at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival before winning three Prix Aurora Awards for writing, original screenplay and directing. The film was honored with two Telly Awards for writing and directing and won several renown international film festivals including the International Film Festival for best dramatic film.

In 2006, along with Lee Stanley, Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Sean Porter and Glenn Bell received Los Angeles County's Enriching Lives honors for the positive impact their work has had on society.

In 2008 A Sight for Sore Eyes was recognized by the International Family Film Festival for best drama.

In 2011, My Trip to the Dark Side was honored with a Gold Remi Award at Worldfest Houston.

In 2016, his film, The Untold Story starring Barry Van Dyke and Nia Peeples was the winner for Best Screenplay at The Breckenridge Film Festival, and nominated for Best Picture at Central Florida's Film Festival. To date, the film has been in over a dozen film festivals including Carmel, Garden State, and New York.


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