London- and Los Angeles-based multi-platform media company Lightbox has hired former Dragonfly executive Ben Samuel as creative director of development.
Working alongside company co-founders Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, Samuel will manage the Black Sheep: Untouchable production outfit’s development strategy with a particular focus on expanding the studio’s slate of premium returning series, as well as limited series and feature documentaries for U.S., UK and international networks and platforms.
In addition, Samuel will oversee Lightbox’s development teams in London and Los Angeles.
The executive joins the award-winning production house from Endemol Shine UK-owned prodco Dragonfly, where he most recently served as director of development. In this role, Samuel was responsible for series and one-off specials including BBC1′s Birth and My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me, and BBC2′s Second Opinion Surgery.
Prior to this, he was head of development at Minnow Films where he had oversight of the firm’s development slate, including BBC2′s American Justice and The Chillenden Murders; Channel 4′s Spies and The Watchman; and BBC3′s Miss Transgender: Britain’s New Beauty Queens.
“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 Lightbox co-founders Simon and Jonathan Chinn in a joint statement. “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.”