About us

Headquartered in London and Los Angeles, Lightbox is a multi-platform media company creating high quality non-fiction content for an array of distribution platforms. It was founded by two-time Academy Award®-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire, Searching for Sugar Man, Whitney) and Emmy® Award-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (LA 92, American High, Whitney).

Lightbox’s recent productions include Whitney, a major theatrical feature documentary directed by Academy Award® winner Kevin Macdonald, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; Netflix feature documentary Tell Me Who I Am, which premiered to critical acclaim at Telluride and the London Film Festival; Academy Award®-nominated Black Sheep; Untouchable, a theatrical documentary on the Weinstein scandal which premiered at Sundance 2019 and aired on BBC2 and Hulu; high-profile Netflix hit series Murder Mountain and Diagnosis, an innovative Netflix Original eight-part documentary series produced in partnership with Scott Rudin Productions and The New York Times.

The company is currently in production on Tina Turner (w/t), a theatrical feature documentary which will tell the full story – for the first time – of global icon and undisputed Queen of Rock and Roll, directed by Academy® and Emmy® Award winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin; feature documentary Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn for HBO Documentary Films; and documentary series Hip Hop Untold for FX, together with projects for a range of US, UK and international broadcasters and platforms.

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Simon Chinn Co-Founder

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Jonathan Chinn Co-Founder

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Vanessa Tovell Chief Operating Officer

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Carolyn Sperry Lewis VP, Production and Operations

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Ben Samuel Creative Director, Development

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Suzanne Lavery Executive Producer

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Ed Perkins Director

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