Lightbox hires Laufer for development

Murder Mountain and Tell Me Who I Am producer Lightbox has appointed Nicole Laufer as vice president of development.

Reporting to Ben Samuel, creative director of development and working closely with founders Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn, Laufer will be responsible for driving the company’s US development slate, focusing on premium returnable series for streamers and broadcasters as well as limited series and feature documentaries.

As part of Lightbox’s Los Angeles and London-based development team, she will also help create content which will have international potential for both the UK and North American markets.

Nicole Laufer joins Lightbox from Lionsgate Television, where as VP of alternative programming she was responsible for spearheading development for the studio’s non-fiction group.

She developed and sold series across all cable networks and streaming platforms like Chasing The Cure, which simulcasted on TNT/TBS, The Ho’s for HBO Max, You Kiddin’ Me for Facebook, as well as projects for FOX, Quibi, Netflix, Starz, and Comedy Central.

Previously, Laufer was director of development at Propagate Content, and also held roles at ITV Entertainment.

Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, co-founders of Lightbox said: “Nicole’s experience in developing series for streamers such as Netflix, Apple and HBO Max, more traditional broadcasters, and newer platforms such as Quibi makes her the perfect fit for Lightbox as we continue to grow the business internationally. Working with Ben, she’ll be focused on developing returnable premium series for the US market as well as diversifying our content offering for a range of international platforms.”

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