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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; feature documentary Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn for HBO Documentary Films; and Diagnosis, an innovative Netflix Original eight-part documentary series produced in partnership with Scott Rudin Productions and The New York Times.

The company’s latest feature documentary, TINA, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and recently debuted on HBO, HBO Max, and Sky. TINA tells the full story – for the first time – of global icon and undisputed Queen of Rock and Roll, Tina Turner, directed by Academy® and Emmy® Award winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin. Lightbox also had two series recently premiere: Hip Hop Uncovered for FX and Supervillain for Showtime, about the rise and fall of rapper Tekashi69. Projects in production currently include feature documentary Diana, the first theatrical release documentary about Princess Diana, for HBO; documentary event series Return to the Moon, chronicling NASA’s historic Artemis mission, for National Geographic; 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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