Simon Chinn is a double Oscar-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 set up his company Red Box Films in 2005 to produce MAN ON WIRE, which he conceived and which went on to win the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He followed that up with a string of award winning feature documentaries including PROJECT NIM, THE IMPOSTER, THE GREEN PRINCE, GARNET’S GOLD, BOLSHOI BABYLON and SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN which also won a BAFTA and an Academy Award. One of his latest films, Louis Theroux’s MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE, grossed £1.1 million at the box office, making it one of the highest grossing feature docs of all time in the UK.
Simon launched Lightbox in 2014 with his LA based cousin, Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn. Focused on producing high-end non-fiction for multiple platforms, Lightbox has completed projects for Xbox Studios, Netflix, Fusion, Esquire Network, Channel 4, BBC2, FX, and ESPN’s 30 for 30 strand and is in production with the only ever authorised documentary on Whitney Houston, directed by Kevin Macdonald which will be released theatrically around the world next year. Their latest film, LA 92, for National Geographic, tells the story of the LA Riots exclusively from archive footage. It premiered in 2017 at Tribeca to critical acclaim and has recently earned a Prime Time Emmy nomination.