Arnold Shapiro

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For the mathematician, see Arnold S. Shapiro.
Arnold Shapiro
Born (1941-02-01) February 1, 1941 (age 77)
Nationality American

Arnold Shapiro (born February 1, 1941) is an American television producer and writer.

His best known work is the 1978 Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary, Scared Straight![1][2] His other productions include the CBS reality series, Rescue 911, hosted by William Shatner (1989–1996) and the CBS reality series, Big Brother (2001–2006); the ABC documentary series, Brat Camp (2005); the documentary, Scared Silent: Exposing & Ending Child Abuse, hosted by Oprah Winfrey (1992) which aired as a simulcast on CBS, NBC, PBS, followed by ABC; Break The Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse, hosted by Jane Seymour; Kids Killing Kids, hosted by Malcolm-Jamal Warner, an Emmy-winning docu-drama which aired simultaneously and commercial-free on CBS and Fox; and Emmy-winning series of seven specials,[3] The Teen Files, hosted by Leeza Gibbons.

Among his 100+ awards are 16 Emmys, an Academy Award,[4] the George Foster Peabody Award, the People's Choice Award, three humanities Prizes, the Television Academy's Governor's Award, and the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association.[5]

Shapiro's most recent documentary series have been "Homeland Security USA" for ABC; "If You Really Knew Me" for MTV; and "Beyond Scared Straight" for A&E (2010-2015). Arnold Shapiro Productions has produced programs for all the broadcast networks and 14 cable channels - from MTV to HBO. Shapiro is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA.[6]


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