Enron – The Smartest Guys In The Room

“We’re going to move from mark-to-market accounting to something I call HFV, or hypothetical future value accounting,” Skilling says.”If we can do that, we can add a kazillion dollars to the bottom line.”

HDNet Films’ first production, directed by Alex Gibney is the inside story of history’s greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America’s 7th largest company walked away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. Based on the best-selling book The Smartest Guys in the Room by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind and featuring insider accounts and incendiary corporate audio and videotapes, Gibney reveals the almost unimaginable personal excesses of the Enron hierarchy and the utter moral vacuum that posed as corporate philosophy. The film comes to a harrowing denouement as we hear Enron traders’ own voices as they wring hundreds of millions of dollars in profits out of the California energy crisis. As a result, we come to understand how the avarice of Enron’s traders and their bosses had a shocking and profound domino effect that may shape the face of our economy for years to come. (Excerpt from main website)

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