“Amazon Empire” examines how Jeff Bezos took over the world

“Amazon Empire” examines how Jeff Bezos took over the world

Source:  FRONTLINE

Jeff Bezos is not only one of the richest men in the world; he has built a business empire that is without precedent in the history of American capitalism.  His power to shape everything from the future of work to the future of commerce to the future of technology is unrivaled.

As politicians and regulators around the world continue to consider the global impact of Amazon — and how to rein in Bezos’ power — FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world.

“Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos” premieres February 18 on PBS.

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Thomas Piketty’s best seller “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” is now a documentary

Thomas Piketty’s best seller “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” is now a documentary

Source:  Worth

New Zealand filmmaker Justin Pemberton had just finished a documentary for a local TV station about the problem of income inequality when French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” a book detailing the wealth inequality of two centuries of capitalism, became a runaway hit.

Pemberton, who had long had a passion for economics, politics, and psychology dove right into the book. “I was fascinated by the massive time horizon,” he says.

“Capital” tells the story of money and wealth from the 18th century to the present, detailing revolutions, depressions, and wars—and piercing the widely accepted view that the accumulation of capital and social progress are intertwined.

Practically unheard of for an economics book, “Capital” hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list in 2014, selling millions of copies.

Piketty, himself a film buff, wanted to do a popular culture version of the book, and several producers were pitching for the rights.  Eventually, Piketty chose New Zealand producer Matthew Metcalfe, and Pemberton was hired as the director.

Piketty liked the idea of the story of European and American capital being told by “outsiders, people from the bottom of the world,” said Pemberton.

“Capital in the Twenty-First Century” opens in theaters in April 2020.

Read the story at Worth.

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The Spectacular Rise and Fall of WeWork

The Spectacular Rise and Fall of WeWork

Source:  Bloomberg

In less than one year, WeWork went from having a $47 billion valuation and being the darling of the venture capital world to needing an $8 billion infusion to avoid running out of money.

“The Spectacular Rise and Fall of WeWork” is the story of Adam Neumann, Softbank’s risky investment, a failed IPO, and how we got here.

Watch the short documentary above and read the story at Bloomberg.


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“Citizen K” traces the rise and fall and rise of Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky

“Citizen K” traces the rise and fall and rise of Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Source:  Film Threat

Alex Gibney has created another David vs. Goliath tale in “Citizen K.”

The acclaimed filmmaker’s “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” dealt with the massive self-combustion of the titular corrupt corporation.  Gibney scrutinized the U.S. military’s interrogation practices during the war in Afghanistan in “Taxi to the Dark Side.”  He revealed the machinations behind Scientology in the mesmerizing “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.”

With “Citizen K,” Gibney focuses his attention on the ongoing battle between two major Goliaths: Russian President Vladimir Putin and oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Gibney traces the rise and fall – and a Phoenix-like reemergence – of Khodorkovsky, once the wealthiest man in Russia, now an unlikely martyr for the anti-Putin movement.  The result is a supremely entertaining documentary that sheds light on a tumultuous period in Russia’s history.

“Citizen K” will be released in Los Angeles on November 22 and will expand to other cities in early 2020.  Following its North American theatrical release, the documentary will be available worldwide on Amazon Prime.

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The Rise of Chick-fil-A: Chicken Sandwiches and Culture Wars

The Rise of Chick-fil-A: Chicken Sandwiches and Culture Wars

Source:  CNBC

Chick-fil-A is now the third largest restaurant chain by total sales in the U.S. after overtaking KFC, Wendy’s, and Burger King.

Its ascent has occurred so rapidly that other fast-food brands are taking note of its unique business model.

Popeyes recently launched its own chicken sandwich leading the two brands into a social media war.

But how is it that a restaurant that’s ensnared in controversy, and closed on Sundays, is next in line to overtake Starbucks and McDonald’s?

Watch “The Rise of Chick-fil-A: Chicken Sandwiches and Culture Wars” above and read the story at CNBC.


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