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21 Laps Entertainment

21 Laps Entertainment is an American film and television production company run by director-producer Shawn Levy.[2] The company is best known as the creators of Stranger Things, and exclusively distributes content through a partnership with Netflix.[3]

21 Laps Entertainment
FounderShawn Levy
Area served
ProductsMotion pictures, television programs


One of the company's most recent television projects, Stranger Things, premiered on Netflix in July 2016 and achieved tremendous critical acclaim, earning a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes with 55 out of 58 reviews being positive.[4] The show's first season was also one of Netflix's most watched series, averaging 14.07 million adults 18-49 in its first 35 days.[5] Along with producing the series, Levy directed two of the premiere season's episodes.[6] The third season premiered on July 4, 2019[7] and a fourth season has recently been announced.[8]



Year Title Director Notes
2005 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Adam Shankman
2006 Night at the Museum Shawn Levy
2008 What Happens in Vegas Tom Vaughan
The Rocker Peter Cattaneo
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Shawn Levy
2010 Date Night
2011 Real Steel
2012 The Watch Akiva Schaffer
2013 The Internship Shawn Levy
The Spectacular Now James Ponsoldt
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Shawn Levy
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Miguel Arteta
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Shawn Levy
2016 Arrival[9] Denis Villeneuve Nominated for Academy Award for Best Picture
Why Him? John Hamburg
2017 Fist Fight[9] Richie Keen
Table 19 Jeffrey Blitz
2018 Kodachrome Mark Raso
The Darkest Minds Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Kin Jonathan Baker and Josh Baker [10][11]
2020 The Violent Heart Kerem Sanga
Free Guy Shawn Levy
Monster Problems Michael Matthews [12][13]
2021 Untitled Sesame Street film Jonathan Krisel
TBA The Day the Crayons Quit Shawn Levy [14]
TBA There's Someone Inside Your House Patrick Brice [15]
TBA Be More Chill [16]


Year Title Network Notes
Last Man Standing ABC
2016–present Stranger Things Netflix
2017 Imaginary Mary ABC
TBA All the Light We Cannot See Netflix
I Am Not Okay with This Netflix
Night at the Museum: The Animated Series TBA
Shadow and Bone Netflix
Unsolved Mysteries Netflix


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  2. ^ Breznican, Anthony. "Shawn Levy to produce 'Man Made' book about toughened-up dad".
  3. ^ "'Stranger Things' Producer Inks Massive Overall Deal With Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-04-20.
  4. ^ "Stranger Things - Season 1 Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes.
  5. ^ Holloway, Daniel. "'Stranger Things' Ratings: Where Series Ranks Among Netflix's Most Watched".
  6. ^ Guerrasio, Jason. "How the man behind Netflix hit 'Stranger Things' is taking over Hollywood". Business Insider.
  7. ^ Wigler, Josh (December 31, 2018). "Netflix Reveals 'Stranger Things' Season 3 Premiere Date". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 30, 2019). "'Stranger Things' Renewed for Season 4 as Creators Ink Nine-Figure Netflix Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Barnes, Brooks (25 November 2016). "A Filmmaker's Belief in Himself Pays Off". New York Times. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (August 30, 2016). "James Franco, Zoe Kravitz, Jack Reynor to Star in Sci-Fi Film 'Kin'". Variety Magazine. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Busch, Jenna (November 30, 2017). "Lionsgate Announces Release Dates for Hellboy and Kin". Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  12. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (October 22, 2018). "Paramount Players Has Michael Matthews Directing, Dylan O'Brien Negotiating On 'Monster Problems'". Deadline. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  13. ^ Sandy Schaefer (April 4, 2019). "Paramount's 2020 Sizzle Reel Hypes Top Gun: Maverick, Coming to America 2 & More". Screen Rant. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  14. ^ McNavy, Dave (19 June 2017). "'The Day the Crayons Quit' Movie in the Works at Sony". Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  15. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (March 14, 2019). "Patrick Brice To Helm 'There's Someone Inside Your House' Film For Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  16. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (October 20, 2018). "Shawn Levy & Greg Berlanti Chosen To Team On Movie Version Of Broadway-Bound 'Be More Chill'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 25, 2019.

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