Lightbox – the independent production company set up by Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn – has hired Dragonfly’s Ben Samuel to serve as their Creative Director for Development.
“Lightbox has an outstanding pedigree and reputation for producing exceptional content”, Ben Samuel said in a statement. “I’ve long admired the company from afar, and I’m really looking forward to working with the teams in both the UK and US.”
In his new role, Samuel will work close with the indie’s founders and will oversee Lightbox’s development strategy and manage the development teams in London and Los Angeles. He will have a particular focus on growing the company’s slate of premium returning series, limited series and feature documentaries for US, UK and international networks and platforms.
Ben Samuel served in a similar capacity at Dragonfly, where he was Director of Development. He was responsible for both returning series and one-offs including BBC One’s Birth, and My Dad, The Peace Deal And Me, and BBC Two’s Second Opinion Surgery. Prior to joining Dragonfly, Sameul was Head of Development at SAS: Who Dares Wins indie Minnow Films, overseeing projects including American Justice, Spies and Valley Cops.
“Ben has a great track record of developing eye-catching ideas into premium returnable series, which is an increasing focus for us as we enter our next phase of growth”, said Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn. “Working with VPs of Development in London and LA, Kate Griffiths and Rushie Perera respectively, he will bring a highly commercial and audience-focused approach to our development strategy as we continue to expand our output for networks and platforms worldwide.”