Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, Lightbox is a multi-platform media company focused on creating high quality non-fiction programming for film, television and digital platforms, and was founded by Academy Award and Emmy winning producers Simon Chinn and his cousin Jonathan Chinn.
Simon is one of the world’s most successful feature documentary producers with two Academy Award-winning documentaries, Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man, to his credit.
Jonathan has become one of the most respected non-fiction television showrunners in the US, with an Emmy for American High (Fox/PBS) and the Television Academy’s prestigious Honors Award for 30 Days (FX).
Jonathan is an Emmy Award winning non-fiction television producer and showrunner. Over the past 15 years, he has built up an eclectic body of work that runs the gamut from documentary to formatted reality that is unified by a sense of authenticity and character-driven narratives.
Simon Chinn is a double Academy Award winning producer who has been responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years, known for their high production values, powerful narratives and innovative blending of documentary and fiction techniques.
NESS TOVELL Chief Operating Officer
DIDI MAE HAND Development Associate Producer
Peterborough born, Paris raised Didi graduated from the School of Oriental and Africa Studies before receiving the Ioma Evans-Pritchard Scholarship to pursue research on Congolese street style in visual culture from the University of Oxford. Since then Didi has worked on a host of factual series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, PBS and Vice.
AL NOWICKI Production Co-Ordinator
From the small town of Necedah Wisconsin, Al made the leap to New York where he graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Upon graduation he moved to Los Angeles where he found success in the commercial and production world.
Al has been working as a Production Co-ordinator/Manager for the last 12 years. Prior to joining Lightbox, Al has worked for CMP Productions, Actual Reality Pictures and Ridley Scott Films.
HELENA LEWIS Production Co-Ordinator
Helena studied Film Studies at Falmouth University before becoming an archive researcher working on a variety of documentary feature films. She joined Lightbox in 2015 and has moved into production where she now is a coordinator.
LAUREN BRINKMAN Development Associate
Lauren was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in the American Midwest suburbs outside Chicago, earning her undergraduate degree in Motion Picture Arts from the Florida State Film School in 2012. Since embarking on her career in LA, she has worked on a feature-length indie documentary as well as with marketing teams for Disney and Fox Studios.
ALEKSANDRA SZCZESNA Executive Assistant (UK)
From Warsaw, Poland, Aleks moved to London to earn her Master's in Management Science at the London School of Economics. After a year of working in finance, she decided to make the switch to film production. She is currently pursuing her part-time MA in Film & TV Production at the Polish National Film School in Lodz.
RACHEL HAWATMEH Executive Assistant (US)
From Santa Clarita, California, Rachel made the move to New York to earn her degree in Broadcast Journalism & Middle Eastern studies at New York University. Upon returning to Los Angeles, she joined the ABC News team and contributed to the development and production of Good Morning America, World News Tonight & 20/20.
OLLIE BOBROFF Production Assistant (UK)
Born in London, Ollie studied politics at Leeds University and graduated in 2015. He then went onto work for London based radio stations Rinse Fm and Radar Radio, before joining the team at Lightbox, where he now works as a Production Assistant.