Eric Sherman – Bio

Eric Sherman was born in Los Angeles and grew up on the Hollywood backlots watching his father, Vincent Sherman, direct films starring many of the industry’s greatest figures, including Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Richard Burton, Paul Newman, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner.

Eric Sherman with actor Russell Lyons during Laura Prepon's ABIDE WITH ME

Eric attended Yale University where he co-founded the Yale Film Society and graduated as Yale’s first Scholar of the House in Film (an honors program for independent study).

His first picture, CHARLES LLOYD — JOURNEY WITHIN, was screened at the New York Film Festival and was reviewed by Variety as “… perhaps the finest film made about a jazz musician.”

Eric has been a directing and production consultant to Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures and The Mount Company and has worked with several of Hollywood’s leading writers, producers and directors, successfully ensuring on-time and on-budget feature film delivery. In addition to his work with the studios, Eric has directed and produced numerous feature films, documentaries, television programs and corporate marketing videos.

Eric Sherman preparing a shot

Eric Sherman’s projects have included the award-winning AFTER FREEDOM, the action film TRAINED TO FIGHT, the live television special THE MARILYN FILES and the Peabody Award-winning PBS series FUTURES WITH JAIME ESCALANTE.

Eric has taught production, film business and directing at Art Center College of Design and California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). He has also lectured at Pepperdine University, UCLA, the American Film Institute, Cal Tech and The Los Angeles Film School, as well as other universities around the country.

Eric Sherman with father, Vincent Sherman and Isabella Rosselini

Eric has written four widely used texts on filmmaking: THE DIRECTOR’S EVENT, DIRECTING THE FILM, FRAME BY FRAME and SELLING YOUR FILM.

In addition to his production work and teaching, Eric has served as the chief consultant for the motion picture industry research division of the Gallup Organization, and has served as a legal consultant and expert witness regarding a range of entertainment law issues.

Eric’s work has won more than one hundred awards, including the prestigious Peabody Award for Broadcasting.

He is listed in numerous biographical summaries, including Marquis’ WHO’S WHO. He is on the Board of Trustees of the American Cinematheque and has served on the Board of Directors of Film Forum.

Eric Sherman hosting an event