Simon Chinn is a double Oscar-winning producer who is responsible for some of the most successful feature documentaries of recent years.
In 2005, he conceived and produced his first theatrical feature documentary, Man on Wire. It went on to win over 40 international awards including the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He followed that up with a string of multi 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 and made over $20m at the international box office. In 2015 he teamed up with his old school friend Louis Theroux to produce My Scientology Movie, Theroux’s first theatrical doc. It grossed £1.1 million at the UK 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 – series, feature docs and shorts – for multiple platforms, Lightbox has completed major projects for Xbox Studios, Netflix, Fusion, Esquire Network, Channel 4, BBC2, FX, National Geographic and ESPN. Its feature doc on the 1992 LA riots, LA 92, for National Geographic, won a primetime Emmy and was shortlisted for an Academy Award. Its documentary short, Black Sheep, made with The Guardian, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2019. Lightbox’s latest feature doc, Untouchable, tells the story of Harvey Weinstein’s rise and fall in the context of the new revelations which came to light in November 2017. It premiered at Sundance in January 2019 and will be released around the world in the summer of 2019.
Simon is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, sits on the BAFTA Film committee as an elected member and is a trustee of the Grierson Trust.