Lightbox has announced the appointment of Alexis Gomez-Garcia as VP, Development and the promotion of Suzanne Lavery to SVP, Unscripted.
Based in Los Angeles, and reporting into Creative Director, Development, Ben Samuel, Alexis Gomez-Garcia will focus on growing the company’s slate of premium returning series, limited series and feature documentaries for streamers and broadcasters, building on recent successes such as Hip Hop Uncovered for FX, Supervillain for Showtime and Diagnosis for Netflix. Gomez-Garcia joins Lightbox from her former role as Senior Director of Development at Critical Content, where she developed and sold projects across all domestic and international streaming platforms and cable networks for Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max, Discovery +, Bravo, E!, and National Geographic. Prior to her role at Critical Content, she served as Manager of Development at Bunim Murray Productions.
As SVP, Unscripted and working out of Lightbox’s London office, Suzanne Lavery increases her responsibilities overseeing the many of the company’s premium limited series for the international market. BAFTA & Emmy nominated Executive Producer, Lavery joined Lightbox in 2015 as the Showrunner on the multi-award-winning investigative series, The Traffickers, and since then has overseen feature documentaries, premium limited and multi-part series for SVODs and international broadcasters including Netflix, Amazon, Discovery, BBC, Fusion and National Geographic. Currently, she is executive producing the Netflix original documentary series The Story of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (w/t) and Return to the Moon, the landmark longitudinal documentary series for National Geographic, following NASA’s Artemis mission.
Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, co-Founders of Lightbox said: “As we begin the next stage of Lightbox’s evolution, we are thrilled to welcome Alexis, who brings a first-rate track record of developing premium content in areas that are both familiar and new, to the company. We are also delighted to recognize Suzanne’s contribution to our success with her promotion. Despite the very difficult circumstances, last year was our most successful yet and we are well placed for 2021 and beyond to push for further growth – plans for which Alexis and Suzanne will be instrumental.”
Alexis Gomez-Garcia said: “I am overjoyed in being welcomed to such a respected independent leader in the non-fiction space. I am excited for this new phase in my career knowing that with Lightbox we will continue to produce powerful and culturally impactful content that reflects the reality of the world we live in today.”
Suzanne Lavery added: “I’m delighted to take on the role of SVP, Unscripted for Lightbox as we undertake the next chapter of the company’s growth. Our commitment to high quality, distinctive factual programming for the global market makes Lightbox one of the most exciting places to work and I’m looking forward to collaborating with the supremely talented Lightbox team to keep pushing boundaries and producing outstanding documentary content.”
Lightbox currently has two series and one feature doc in production for Netflix and is expanding its relationship with HBO through three feature documentaries including TINA, which recently premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and is the highest showing documentary to date on HBO Max. The company has also won recent orders from Discovery+, Amazon, and Showtime, alongside a landmark series following NASA’s Artemis mission to the moon for National Geographic and is in production on the first theatrical documentary about Diana, Princess of Wales.
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