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Lightbox recruits Lionsgate’s Nicole Laufer for development post

Former Lionsgate Television executive Nicole Laufer has been appointed as VP of development at London- and Los Angeles-based multi-platform media company Lightbox. Laufer (pictured) will work closely alongside company co-founders Jonathan Chinn and ...
February 25, 2020

Former Lionsgate Television executive Nicole Laufer has been appointed as VP of development at London- and Los Angeles-based multi-platform media company Lightbox.

Laufer (pictured) will work closely alongside company co-founders Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn to drive the company’s U.S. development slate with a focus on premium returnable series for broadcasters and streamers, as well as limited series and feature documentaries.

In addition, Laufer will be tasked with creating content with international appeal for both the UK and North American markets.

She reports to Ben Samuel, who joined Lightbox as creative director of development in July.

Laufer has spent the last five years at Lionsgate Television where she was most recently VP of alternative programming. In that role, she was responsible for managing development for the studio’s non-fiction group, including HBO Max’s upcoming The Ho’s and Facebook’s You Kiddin’ Me.

Previously, Laufer was director of development at Propagate Content, working with the team to develop Apple’s first unscripted series Planet of the Apps, Amazon’s hybrid series Lore, and Haunted for Netflix. Prior to this, she served as manager of ITV Studios’ U.S. Group.

“Nicole’s experience in developing series for streamers such as Netflix, Apple and HBO Max, more traditional broadcasters, and newer platforms such as Quibi makes her the perfect fit for Lightbox as we continue to grow the business internationally,” said Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn in a joint statement.

Lightbox has recently produced the Netflix feature documentary Tell Me Who I Am; the Academy Award-nominated Black Sheep; and Kevin Macdonald’s feature film Whitney.

Forthcoming projects include Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin’s feature-length documentary Tina Turner (working title); Storm Over Brooklyn for HBO Documentary Films; and the docuseries Hip Hop Untold for FX.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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