Matt and Ross Duffer
Matt and Ross Duffer, known professionally as The Duffer Brothers, have earned a name for themselves in the entertainment industry as masters of science-fiction and horror.
The twin brothers were raised in Durham, North Carolina and began making films in the third grade using the Hi8 camcorder they received as a gift from their parents. They went on to attend Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, graduating in 2007 with degrees in film production.Read More
After graduating, the Duffer Brothers wrote and directed several short films, attracting the attention of both Warner Bros., which acquired their script for the post-apocalyptic horror film Hidden, and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who hired them as writers for multiple episodes of the Fox series Wayward Pines.
Building on their growing success, the Duffer Brothers pitched their idea for Stranger Things, an homage to 1980s genre films. The series was picked up by Netflix and premiered in the summer of 2016 to critical-acclaim and went on to become a global phenomenon, with Matt and Ross at the helm as writers, directors and executive producers.
Stranger Things has garnered over 65 awards nominations, including those from the Emmys (including for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series), the Golden Globes, the Grammys, SAG, DGA, WGA, BAFTA, the Art Directors Guild and the People’s Choice Awards, among many others.
Notable wins include Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, TV Program of the Year by the American Film Institute, and The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television Drama at the Producers Guild Awards.
The highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things will premiere on Netflix on October 27th.
SHAWN LEVY is one of the most prolific filmmakers of the past decade. To date, his films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide. His latest projects, last summer’s most talked about TV series Stranger Things is a massive worldwide success, as is the Oscar-nominated ARRIVAL, which Levy also produced. Both continue to be embraced by audiences around the world. Stranger Things received 18 Emmy nominations for its inaugural season, including Best Drama Series, capping a year of many accolades, including winning the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series and the Producers’ Guild Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television.Read More
While Levy is best known as a director of hit comedies and family films, his production company 21 Laps Entertainment has grown immensely over recent years, with a slate of film and TV projects encompassing multiple genres and collaborating with the most renowned filmmakers. These last few years have seen the company become one of the most prolific and noteworthy of its kind. Along with Stranger Things, Levy and 21 Laps’ other recent productions include the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama THE SPECTACULAR NOW starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller as well as the Fox comedy WHY HIM starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston, which has earned over $115 million to date. Levy and 21 Laps also produced the successful Disney family comedy ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, as well as the New Line Cinema comedy FIST FIGHT starring Charlie Day, Ice Cube, Jillian Bell and Tracey Morgan.
Levy also produced the ABC comedy series Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen which aired for six seasons, as well as the ABC comedy Imaginary Mary written by The Goldbergs creator Adam Goldberg and the pilot for which Levy directed as well.
Levy’s movies include the blockbuster NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM franchise, with Levy serving as both producer and director of all three films. The MUSEUM films have earned over 1.3 billion in worldwide box office and feature such stars as Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Hank Azaria, Amy Adams, Christopher Guest, Jonah Hill, Rebel Wilson, Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, a feature adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s best-selling novel, premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and showcased an all-star cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver and Rose Byrne.
Levy’s other helming efforts include the hit action comedy DATE NIGHT, starring Steve Carell, Tina Fey, James Franco, Mark Wahlberg, Kristen Wiig and Mark Ruffalo, which grossed over $150 million worldwide. Levy’s father-son futuristic boxing drama REAL STEEL starring Hugh Jackman also resonated with audiences worldwide and earned over $300 million. Levy’s early directorial success includes the hit comedy THE PINK PANTHER starring Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, and Beyoncé, as well as another Martin-starrer CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, which also included Bonnie Hunt and Ashton Kutcher and earned more than $200 million worldwide.
Levy is also set to direct UNCHARTED, the long awaited live-action feature film based on the award winning PlayStation video game for Sony Pictures. Levy and 21 Laps is also developing the Amblin Entertainment alien invasion drama THE FALL, a remake iof the Sci-Fi classic STARMAN for Sony, as well asa biographical drama about legendary rock promoter Bill Graham for Fox.
Upcoming 21 Laps releases include two sci-fi dramas: Fox’s DARKEST MINDS, currently in post-production, from director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Lionsgate’s KIN, directed by Joshua and Jonathan Baker and starring Jack Reynor, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid.
Season 2 of 21Laps’ Stranger Things will be released worldwide on Netflix on October 27th.
Finn Wolfhard stars in the hit Netflix Original Series Stanger Things, as Mike Wheeler, a bullied young boy who becomes an unlikely hero in the quest to save his best friend. The series was nominated for various awards in 2016 and 2017, including a Golden Globe for Best Drama Television Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (winner) and a MTV Movie & TV Award for Show of the Year (winner). In 2017, Stranger Things was also nominated for 18 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama series. The highly-anticipated show returned for its second season in October 2017.
Finn moved from the small screen to the silver screen, as he played a lead role in New Line Cinema’s Stephen King adaptation of IT, playing Ritchie Tozier. Fans of the novel will remember Finn’s role as “Trashmouth,” part of the “Loser’s Club.” The film premiered in September 2017, breaking box office records in its debut. Finn can be seen next in the upcoming film “Dog Days,” alongside Vanessa Hudgens and Nina Dobrev. Production began in October 2017.
His first role was in the 2013 independent film Aftermath. After appearing in more independent films such as The Resurrection, Finn moved into roles on television shows The 100 and Supernatural.
In addition to acting, Finn has a passion for music and formed a garage-rock band called Calpurnia with his three friends Malcom Craig, Ayla Tesler-Mabe and Jack Anderson. Calpurnia are set to record their debut album later this year with producer Cadien Lake James (Twin Peaks). The album will be released in 2018 through Royal Mountain Records. Recently Finn also used his growing platform to host an event and raise funds for Sweet Relief, an organization that helps musicians in need.
With his newfound fame, Finn’s social numbers are growing daily (@finnwolfhardofficial on Instagram and @FinnSkata on Twitter).
Comedian, actor, television writer, author, and musician Paul Reiser has spent the last 30+ years acting in Oscar and Emmy award-winning movies and TV shows. He was voted one of Comedy Central’s “Top 100 Comedians of All Time.”
2017 has been an exciting year for the NY-bred and LA-based Reiser, who has made a number of appearances on screen and even lent his talents behind the camera.
Reiser created and produced the seven-episode series “There’s…. Johnny!” The series, which Reiser co-created with filmmaker David Steven Simon and co-produced with David Gordon Green, will intertwine authentic footage from ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’ with the coming-of-age story of Andy, a wide-eyed 19-year-old Nebraskan who stumbles into a job at the iconic show. “There’s…. Johnny!” will premiere on Hulu.
Reiser has joined the cast of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ for the series’ highly anticipated second season, which will be released on October 27. In a role created by the Duffer brothers with him specifically in mind, Reiser will play Dr. Owens, a high-ranking member of the Department of Energy who is brought to the small town to investigate the supernatural situations at play.
Reiser collaborates once again with David Gordon Green (‘Pineapple Express,’ ‘Prince Avalanche’), as well as with Steven Soderbergh on the critically-acclaimed hit Amazon series ‘Red Oaks.’ Reiser’s role as Doug Getty, the president of a New Jersey country club in a nostalgic 80’s themed setting, was called “one of his absolute finest, not just of late, but of ever.” The show’s third and final season will premiere Fall of 2017.
Additionally, Reiser has been cast in the latest project of ‘Mad Men’ showrunner Matthew Weiner, ‘The Romanoffs.’ The forthcoming Amazon mini-series is centered around the modern-day descendants of the mysterious Romanov dynasty. Reiser will co-star alongside Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert and Jack Huston. The show is set to be released in 2018.
Reiser’s recent films include John McDonagh’s ‘War on Everyone’ with Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena, ‘The Book of Love’ with Jessica Biel and Jason Sudeikis,’The Little Hours’ with John C. Reilly and Aubrey Plaza, which was officially selected for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and the Lake Bell-directed ‘I Do… Until I Don’t’ with Ed Helms, Amber Heard, and Mary Steenburgen.
Reiser has had notable performances in films such as ‘Diner,’ ‘Bye Bye Love,’ ‘The Marrying Man,’ ‘Aliens,’ ‘One Night At McCool’s,’ and ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ (I and II). He also co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed NBC series ‘Mad About You,’ which garnered him multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations. More recently, Reiser earned acclaim for his supporting role in the 2015 Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-winning film, ‘Whiplash,’ starring JK Simmons and Miles Teller.
Reiser’s book, Couplehood, has sold over two million copies and reached the number one spot on The New York Times bestseller list. Reiser’s second bestseller, Babyhood, features his trademark humorous take on the adventures of being a first-time father, followed by his third bestseller, Familyhood.
Reiser, who attended the State University of New York at Binghamton and majored in music, co-wrote “The Final Frontier” – the theme song from ‘Mad About You’ with Grammy-winning producer Don Was, and in 2011 he released an album of original songs with British singer / songwriter Julia Fordham called ‘Unusual Suspects.’
Paul Reiser and his family reside in Los Angeles.
Linnea Berthelsen is an outstanding Danish talent and rising star that is on her way to being an international actress.
Berthelsen can be most recently seen as Kali in Netflix’s season 2 of STRANGER THINGS. STRANGER THINGS is one of the most extremely acclaimed, award winning (two MTV Movie & TV Awards, one PGA and one SAG) and most talked about shows. Berthelsen’s character is also known as “Eight” who plays Millie Bobby Brown’s “Eleven” sister. Kali is an illusionist who escaped the lab and is on the run for survival.
Berthelsen can also be seen in Sunglass Film’s English web-series THE DESERT as Nurma, and in Anywhere Production’s Danish TV-pilot EXITIUM as Ezra.
Berthelsen’s first leading role was in the Danish sci-fi thriller short, NATSKYGGE, which premiered in 2015. Since then, Linnea has excelled on many levels. Throughout the years she has also been trained in both singing (mezzo) and dancing (contemporary and ballet). Berthelsen speaks Danish and English.
Berthelsen resides in Copenhagen and most recently studied at EAST 15 ACTING SCHOOL before booking her role on STRANGER THINGS.