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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 […]

A+E’s ‘Miss Scarlet And The Duke’ heads to the US, Canada, Australia

US broadcaster PBS, Seven Network in Australia and CBC in Canada are among broadcasters to have picked up 19th Century crime drama, Miss Scarlet And The Duke. The show marked A+E Networks International’s first scripted co-production and was created by Grantchester writer Rachael New, who was attached as showrunner to the 6 x 60-minute first […]

Showtime commissions Lightbox for limited docuseries on 6ix9ine

Showtime Documentary Films has commissioned Lightbox for a limited docuseries profiling hip-hop artist Tekashi 6ix9ine, known as SuperVillain. The three-part series will follow the rise and fall of a New York City deli clerk named Daniel Hernandez who became the notorious Tekashi 6ix9ine, drawing 2.6bn streams and 15 Billboard Chart hits. Tekashi is currently in […]

Lightbox scores Netflix Original with feature doc ‘Tell Me Who I Am’

Netflix has commissioned Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox for a feature doc on memory loss entitled Tell Me Who I Am. The Netflix Original, produced by Simon Chinn, is to premiere at next month’s BFI London Film Festival before launching on the streaming giant on 18 October. The film tells the story of Alex […]

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 […]

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