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Dragonfly exec flies to Lightbox to oversee development

US- and UK-based factual producer Lightbox has appointed the director of development at Dragonfly to oversee its development strategy and manage teams at its offices in London and LA. Ben Samuel (pictured) has been named creative director of development at the Simon and Jonathan Chinn-founded prodco, which is behind Harvey Weinstein doc Black Sheep: Untouchable. […]

Bigger, better and celebrity-laden: Is the future of docs sustainable?

As documentaries cutting through on SVODs begin to look glossier and more high-profile by the day, Manori Ravindran investigates who gets to build careers in documentary when the standards become unachievable Director Doug Block has made a number of films over the course of an almost 30-year career – virtually none of them featuring high-profile […]

Hulu takes US rights to Lightbox’s Harvey Weinstein doc

Hulu has paid a seven figure sum for US rights to Untouchable, Lightbox’s feature documentary about the Harvey Weinstein scandal which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Directed by Ursula McFarlane, Untouchable was produced by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Poppy Dixon. Embankment Films negotiated the deal on behalf of the producers, and […]

Discovery greenlights Lightbox doc Cajun Navy

Discovery has greenlit a feature-length documentary, Cajun Navy, from Simon (pictured) and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox. Cajun Navy follows a group of everyday civilians who risk their lives to help others survive devastating storms. The group of individuals formed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and continues their work to this day. Executive producers are Simon and Jonathan […]

HBO greenlights diversity doc from Whitney prodco

HBO has greenlit Storm Over Brooklyn, the winning project from the Feature Documentary Initiative created by the Whitney prodco Lightbox and the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Storm Over Brooklyn is a feature documentary, directed by Muta’Ali (pictured), which tells the story of Yusuf Hawkins, a black American teenager who was shot and murdered after […]

Netflix discovers Diagnosis doc series from trio

Netflix has commissioned a new documentary series from Scott Rudin Productions, Lightbox and The New York Times. The eight-part series is inspired by The New York Times Magazine’s long-running and popular column, Diagnosis, written by Dr. Lisa Sanders. Diagnosis (WT) will follow patients with mysterious illnesses and join them on an emotionally charged journey to […]

BBC Two plots Harvey Weinstein doc

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is to be the subject of a feature length doc from UK pubcaster BBC Two. Weinstein (WT) will look at the rise and fall of the producer, whose career is in tatters after multiple allegations of rape, sexual assault and other bizarre sexual practices. The doc will run to 90 […]

Ex-Darlow Smithson, Atlantic execs join UK prodco

Former Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) senior exec Ulla Streib Atlantic Productions’ Ruth Roberts are joining at UK-based producer Talesmith. Streib has been named COO, having joined the factual-focused prodco in a consulting capacity in January 2016. She previously spent 16 years as Endemol Shine Group-owned DSP as part of its senior management team. More recently, […]

Mediaworks names new int’l buyer, VOD chief

New Zealand broadcaster Mediaworks has named a new head of acquisitions, a channel manager for TV3 and a boss for VOD platform 3NOW. Ben Quinn (pictured right) has been promoted a post that gives him direct responsibility for acquiring international content for Mediaworks’ TV and digital services. He has worked at Mediaworks for 15 years, […]

Netflix takes hostage series Captive

Global streamer Netflix has commissioned an eight-episode series exploring delicate hostage situations around the world. Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s prodco, Lightbox, and Doug Liman’s Hypnotic are coproducing Captive. The producers have filmed everything from high-profile cases to those kept hidden from the public, looking at the views of the victims, their families, the experienced negotiators, […]