Channel 4 orders Marilyn Manson docuseries from Lightbox

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a three-part docuseries about controversial US rock star Marilyn Manson. Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox is producing the series, co-financed by Channel 4 and Fifth Season, and produced in partnership with Rolling Stone Films. Marilyn Mansion: Behind The Mask (working title) charts the musician’s rise to fame, significance and […]

Showtime switches on Lightbox for Phil Spector docuseries

US network Showtime has commissioned a four-part documentary series about music producer Phil Spector and the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. The series, which will be released on demand and on streaming platforms for Showtime subscribers on 4 November, explores the film star’s fatal shooting at Spector’s LA mansion, just hours after they first met. […]

Lightbox & Macaulay Culkin ponder getting old in new documentary

US-based factual producer Lightbox has partnered with former child star Macaulay Culkin on a new documentary format. Macaulay Culkin’s Midlife Crisis will follow the actor, famous for starring in a string of US feature film hits in the 1990s, including Home Alone, My Girl and Richie Rich, as he explores, and celebrates, what it means to […]

Lightbox partners with Warner Music Entertainment for new docs slate

UK- and US-based factual producer Lightbox has partnered with Warner Music Entertainment to finance, develop and produce non-fiction film and TV projects together. The deal will give the Simon Chinn (Searching For Sugar Man) and Jonathan Chinn (Whitney) prodco access to the catalogue of WME, which is the film and TV division of Warner Music […]

Netflix moves for Lightbox, Khalabo Ink doc on Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali

Netflix is preparing to launch a documentary from Jonathan and Simon Chinn’s prodco Lightbox that explores the relationship between Malcom X and Muhammad Ali. Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali will feature never before seen archival footage and has been inspired by the book, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm […]

‘TINA’ prodco Lightbox rejigs development by hiring Critical Content’s Alexis Gomez-Garcia

TINA prodco Lightbox has appointed former Critical Content and Bunim Murray Productions exec Alexis Gomez-Garcia to work across its unscripted output from LA. Gomez-Garcia becomes VP of development at Lightbox in LA, with Suzanne Lavery upped to become SVP of unscripted at the Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn-founded prodco’s London office. Reporting into creative director […]

Jonathan & Simon Chinn’s Lightbox exits C4’s Indie Growth Fund

Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s London and LA-based production company Lightbox is to exit Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund (IGF), after its founders agreed a deal to re-take full control of the company they launched in 2014. Lightbox became one of the first companies to join the UK broadcaster’s scheme when the prodco launched seven years […]

Nat Geo links with NASA for Lightbox epic ‘Return To the Moon’

US-based National Geographic has ordered a special event series from Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s prodco Lightbox that will offer “an all-access pass” to NASA’s attempt to land the first woman on the moon. Return To The Moon (working title) will track NASA’s Artemis program and the group of astronauts and their colleagues as they attempt […]

Sky & Netflix develop separate doc series around Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder

Both Netflix and the UK’s Sky have commissioned separate documentary projects about the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. The projects were both announced on Monday and are both being made in collaboration with the victim’s family. The as yet-unnamed Netflix project is a three-part series being made by Lightbox due to debut next […]

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