'Stranger Things' Producer Shawn Levy Signs Massive New Deal With Netflix

The exclusive multi-year agreement will see Shawn Levy produce shows for Netflix through his prodco 21 Laps Entertainment, which has also appointed former ABC exec Josh Barry as president of television. Levy, the award-winning director and producer behind the blockbuster "Night at the Museum" franchise, last year's Oscar-nominated sci-fi movie "Arrival" and Netflix's hit TV series "Stranger Things", will be responsible for developing TV projects exclusively for the Scotts Valley, California-based company. He championed and served as executive producer for Stranger Things, which became a surprise hit for Netflix, despite the show's unconventional premise.

"Shawn and 21 Laps are courageous and adept storytellers who lean into risk both narratively and by nurturing great young talent", said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix. "Netflix did, and they bet big, and it's been truly thrilling to take this wild ride with such exceptional partners", Levy said. "They have an admirable track record for telling ambitious stories that have incredible heart and which resonate with audiences all over the world".

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In addition, Levy has named Josh Barry as President of 21 Laps Television.

"My aspiration for 21 Laps has always been to create content that is eclectic, bold, humanist and surprising". In the past year, he has exec produced Salem, a Fox21 Television Studios production for WGN America, Netflix's Haters Back Off and Sony, Osprey Productions and ABC Studios copro Notorious. The series won several awards, including five Emmys, and has since been renewed for a third season. Prior to that he worked at ABC and Touchstone TV.

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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.

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