Originally from the Midwest, Carolyn Sperry Lewis has produced multiple documentary series including AMC Visionaries Eli Roth’s History of Horror, Autobiography for A&E, as well as Breakthrough and Origins for National Geographic. Prior to that, she was a production executive with Viacom overseeing a wide variety of production slates for Vh1, Logo and CMT. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Carolyn began her career in Washington, D.C. in news covering politics, space and aviation before relocating to Los Angeles.
Ed Perkins is an Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker whose films have won numerous international awards.
Ed has directed films for Netflix, the BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic and Channel 4 and was recently named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead-Cain scholar in 2009, Ed directed the behind-the-scenes documentaries for Project Nim, The Eagle, the BAFTA winning The Imposter, and the Academy Award winning Searching For Sugar man.
In 2015 Ed made his first feature documentary Garnet’s Gold, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, won a Grierson Award for Best Newcomer, won Best International Documentary awards at Docville and Jozi Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at both Tribeca and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Ed then went on to make Bare Knuckle Fight Club, of which the Times said: “You will not have seen a better documentary this year”. Two of Ed’s short films have won Vimeo “Short of the Week” and “Staff Pick” accolades, including If I Die which has had more than 1,000,000 views over multiple platforms.
In 2018 Ed directed Black Sheep, a documentary short for The Guardian, which won 13 international awards and was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 91st Academy Awards.
Simon Chinn is a double Oscar-winning producer who is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years.
In 2005, he conceived and produced his first theatrical feature documentary, Man on Wire. It went on to win over 40 international awards including the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He followed that up with a string of award winning feature documentaries including Project Nim, The Imposter, The Green Prince, Garnet’s Gold, Bolshoi Babylon and Searching for Sugar Man which also won a BAFTA and an Academy Award and made over $20m at the international box office. In 2015 he teamed up with his old school friend Louis Theroux to produce My Scientology Movie, Theroux’s first theatrical doc. It grossed £1.1 million at the UK box office, making it one of the highest grossing feature docs of all time in the UK.
Simon launched Lightbox in 2014 with his LA based cousin, Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn. Focused on producing high-end non-fiction – series, feature docs and shorts – for multiple platforms, Lightbox has completed major projects for Xbox Studios, Netflix, Fusion, Esquire Network, Channel 4, BBC2, FX, National Geographic and ESPN. Its feature doc on the 1992 LA riots, LA 92, for National Geographic, won a primetime Emmy and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Lightbox’s latest feature doc, Untouchable, tells the story of Harvey Weinstein in the context of the new revelations which came to light in November 2017. It launched at Sundance in January 2019 and will be released around the world later in the year.
Jonathan Chinn is a double Emmy Award winning producer and co-founder of Lightbox, a multinational media company headquartered in London and Los Angeles, focused on creating high quality non-fiction programming for film, television and digital platforms. He and his cousin, double Academy Award winning producer, Simon Chinn, founded Lightbox in 2014.
Since its formation, Lightbox has produced many notable projects including documentary films Atari: Game Over and The Thread, for Xbox Entertainment Studios; an ESPN 30 for 30 film about the 2006 Duke Lacrosse scandal entitled Fantastic Lies; Gypsy’s Revenge for Investigation ID, as well as several series for both the UK and US markets such as The Traffickers and Food Exposed for Fusion, Inside British Vogue for BBC, The Runner-Up for Esquire, War Child for Channel 4 and the groundbreaking series Captive for Netflix.
Recent projects include the theatrical feature, Whitney, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival; Murder Mountain, a Netflix and Fusion true crime series, and National Geographic’s Emmy-winning and Oscar shortlisted film, LA 92.
Lightbox’s current production slate includes Diagnosis, a groundbreaking Netflix Original documentary series; a theatrical feature about Harvey Weinstein backed by the BBC; the first authorized film on musical icon Tina Turner, directed by Academy Award winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin; and Cajun Navy, a feature-length documentary for Discovery Channel.
Prior to co-founding Lightbox, Jonathan was one of the most respected non-fiction television showrunners in the US, winning an Emmy for American High (Fox/PBS) and the Television Academy’s prestigious Honors Award for 30 Days (FX), the latter of which went on to become FX’s highest rated unscripted series. Other producing credits include Kid Nation (CBS), Push Girls (Sundance) and Hotel Hell (FOX)
Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Australia, Rushie began her career in media as a journalist.
After moving to Los Angeles in 2007, she embarked on a career in production working in scripted television and film as well as commercials and music videos.
In 2010 she moved her focus to non-scripted television development with Word for Wonder Productions. Rushie has developed several series including Million Dollar Listing : San Francisco (Bravo), the groundbreaking docu-soap Transcendent (Fuse) which was nominated for a GLAAD Award, as well as the upcoming Sell It Like Serhant for Bravo hosted by Million Dollar Listing’s Ryan Serhant. Additionally she has developed a series for Nat Geo, Netflix, Viceland, OWN, WETV, E!, Logo, HGTV, DIY, AOL, REFINERY29 and ABC DIGITAL.
Executive Producer, Suzanne Lavery, has a long track record in documentaries, foreign and current affairs, true crime, specialist factual and formats.
She joined Lightbox in 2015 as Co-Executive Producer on The Traffickers, which won multiple awards and made an impact, being used as evidence by the Italian Senate to fight child trafficking and seeing host, Nelufar Hedayat, invited to be a signatory on the Vatican’s Resolution on Organ Trafficking, which was ratified into law by the Council of Europe.
As Exec Producer for Lightbox, Suzanne has overseen series, feature documentaries and singles including the upcoming feature documentary Cajun Navy for Discovery, Mim Shaikh: Finding Dad for BBC Three, Food Exposed with Nelufar Hedayat and Death by Delivery for Fusion and Gypsy’s Revenge for ID.
Suzanne was Series Editor on Unreported World for Channel 4, overseeing many award-winning and nominated films. Before that she was Exec Producer for Derry-based indie, Alleycats, and Executive Producer for Tiger Aspect, where she spent 8 happy years. Prior to that she enjoyed roles on many and varied productions in some of the UK’s best indies.
Suzanne’s proud to be Lightbox’s Northern Irish representative, hailing from Bangor, Co. Down and graduating from Trinity College, Dublin.