Netflix Signs Large Overall Deal with Stranger Things Producer Shawn Levy

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 7, 2017

Following the pact with Orange Is the New Black and G.L.O.W.'s Jenji Kohan, the Internet network has inked an exclusive multi-year pact with Shawn Levy, executive producer of Netflix's biggest series, Stranger Things.

"Shawn and 21 Laps [Levy's production company] are courageous and adept storytellers who lean into risk both narratively and by nurturing great young talent", Cindy Holland, VP of original content for Netflix, said.

Former ABC and Firm executive Josh Barry is also set to join Levy's 21 Laps Entertainment as part of the agreement. "They have an admirable track record for telling ambitious stories that have incredible heart and which resonate with audiences all over the world".

"My aspiration for 21 Laps has always been to create content that is eclectic, bold, humanist and surprising". The series won several awards, including five Emmys, and has since been renewed for a third season. "My partners Dan Levine and Dan Cohen, along with President of Television Josh Barry and the rest of our 21 Laps colleagues and I, can't wait to craft and usher more singular shows into the world with this empowering platform and partner". That included a stint as SVP and Head of Drama and Current Programming at ABC Studios.

He previously worked as a creative executive at the ABC Entertainment Group for ten years, working on such series as Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Alias, Pushing Daisies, Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters.

He graduated from Brown University in 1995 and lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Philip Matthys.

The new deal will have Levy producing new television series exclusively through his production company 21 Laps Entertainment for the next four years, building upon the streaming giant's relationship with 21 Laps that Levy established with the smash hit series Stranger Things from creators Matt and Ross Duffer.

Along with Stranger Things, 21 Laps' other recent productions include The Spectacular Now; Why Him; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; and Fist Fight.

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