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After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Batchelor of Arts degree in English Literature, Shiban earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute, where he was chosen as the institute's candidate for the Paramount Fellowship and was also honored with the Mary Pickford Scholarship for writing.
In 1995, Shiban began his career with The X-Files as an uncredited staff writer in the series' third season. On most of the episodes he contributed to as a writer, Shiban co-wrote with Vince Gilligan and Frank Spotnitz. He also wrote several episodes of The Lone Gunmen series, again mostly with Gilligan and Spotnitz, and served as executive producer throughout the entirety of that short-lived series. After this, he worked on Harsh Realm, a television series created by The X-Files' creator, Chris Carter.
He has one son, Jerry, with his wife, Janet.
In the second movie of X-Files franchise, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, the name "Shiban" can clearly be seen on Mulder's cell phone, moments before Mulder becomes distracted by doing so and consequently crashes the car he is driving.
- The X-Files:
- Season 3:
- Season 4
- Season 5
- Season 6
- Season 7
- Season 8
- Season 9
- The Lone Gunmen:
- Supervising Producer (Season 7)
- Executive Producer