Simon Chinn, Producer

Simon Chinn is a double Academy Award winning producer who is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years, known for their high production values, powerful narratives and innovative blending of documentary and fiction techniques.

He conceived and produced MAN ON WIRE which won numerous international awards including the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award, the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

His follow-up film, PROJECT NIM, opened the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically around the world to great acclaim, won the DGA Award, was nominated for a BAFTA and shortlisted for an Academy Award.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN opened the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and went on to gross over $10 million at the international box office, making it one of the most commercially successful documentaries of recent years.  Among more than 30 international awards, it won the PGA, DGA and WGA awards, the BAFTA and the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

THE IMPOSTER, which Simon executive produced, also launched at Sundance in 2012. It became the eighth highest grossing (non-concert) documentary of all time in the UK and went on win the BAFTA for best debut for its director Bart Layton.

Simon launched Lightbox in 2014 in partnership with his cousin, Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn. With offices in London and LA, the company is focused on producing high-end non-fiction content across multiple platforms.

Simon has executive produced Lightbox shows broadcast over the past 12 months including ABSOLUTELY FASHION: INSIDE BRITISH VOGUE, an observational documentary mini-series for BBC2 and Netflix US; CAPTIVE: a major eight-part documentary series telling the stories of some of the most high stakes hostage negotiations from around the world for Netflix; THE TRAFFICKERS, an eight-hour investigative series for US network FUSION, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE, fronted by Louis Theroux, which was the highest grossing British theatrical documentary of 2016; the critically acclaimed War Child for Channel 4, following the journey of three refugee children across Europe; and FANTASTIC LIES, which was one of ESPN’s most successful 30 for 30s of the past year.

Lightbox is currently in production with LA92 (w/t), a feature documentary for National Geographic to mark the 25th anniversary of the LA riots directed by Academy Award winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin; the only authorized documentary about Whitney Houston, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, which has been acquired globally for theatrical distributionand BARE KNUCKLE FIGHT CLUB, a documentary series for Channel 4 and FX Studios.

The company is also expanding into drama with a small slate of scripted projects based on or inspired by factual material to which it has unique access, including a series set in the world of British organized crime and another exploring the realm of online relationships.


Harriet Palmer