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Netflix Commissions ‘Captive’ from Lightbox, Doug Liman’s Hypnotic

Lightbox was founded by cousins Simon and Jonathan Chinn

LONDON — Netflix has commissioned Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s Lightbox in association with Doug Liman’s Hypnotic to produce documentary series “Captive,” which looks at the murky world of hostage-taking.

Simon Chinn is best known as the producer of Oscar-winning documentaries “Man on Wire” and “Searching for Sugar Man.” His cousin Jonathan Chinn was a producer on Emmy Award-winning “American High” and PGA award nominee “30 Days.”

From the highest profile cases to those kept hidden from the public, the producers of “Captive” have gained privileged access to the challenging negotiations involved in resolving hostage situations. The episodes look at a wide range of situations from the viewpoint of everyone involved: the victims and their families back home, the negotiators, business leaders, government officials and the kidnappers.

“Hostage taking is an issue that people are familiar with, but apart from those directly involved, nobody really knows much about,” said Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, co-founders of Lightbox. “Each episode of ‘Captive’ will reflect the tension that arises from the life and death stakes involved but also truly reveal the complexity inherent in every hostage crisis.”

“We are incredibly proud to be partnering with this exceptional team of storytellers to bring this project to Netflix,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of original documentary programming. “This series pairs Lightbox’s experience making award-winning narrative documentaries with the cinematic pedigree of Doug Liman, whose renowned body of work has established him as a true expert in the portrayal of covert affairs, reconnaissance and espionage.”

“Captive” is a Lightbox production in association with Hypnotic. Executive producers are Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn for Lightbox; Liman, Dave Bartis and Gene Klein for Hypnotic. The showrunner is Alex Marengo and series producer is Kathryn Taylor. Nishimura, Adam Del Deo and Jason Spingarn-Koff serve as executive producers for Netflix.

Lightbox is in production with projects including a feature documentary on the 1992 L.A. riots for National Geographic Channels; an exclusive access series on British Vogue for BBC Two; a series on global trafficking for Fusion; and other series for Channel 4, FX Productions and BBC. It has previously produced series for Xbox Entertainment Studios, NBC Universal’s Esquire Network and recently produced one of ESPN’s highest-rated “30 for 30s,” “Fantastic Lies.”

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