Charles Ferguson, Documentary Filmmaker, "Inside Job" and "No End in Sight"
Adam Lashinsky, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune magazine - Moderator
Could the global economic meltdown of the last few years have been prevented? Academy award-nominated filmmaker Ferguson believes that the crisis was no accident. His latest documentary, "Inside Job," makes the powerful case that an out-of-control finance industry took advantage of a deregulated atmosphere and purposely sought to get rich at the expense of others.
Through extensive interviews with financial insiders and government officials, Ferguson crossed the globe to find proof that the financial industry intentionally engaged in unethical behavior. His gripping account of the global recession is sure to evoke feelings of disgust, anger, and concern that this all may happen again unless our regulatory system is changed.
Ferguson's previous film, "No End in Sight," was nominated for an Oscar. "Inside Job" is already being touted as an early favorite to win this year's award for Best Documentary (Feature).
Charles H. Ferguson
Charles Ferguson is director and producer of No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq, which is his first film. Ferguson co-founded one of the earliest Internet software companies, Vermeer Technologies, which was sold to Microsoft.
Ferguson has been a visiting scholar at MIT and UC Berkeley, and a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a director of the French-American Foundation.
He is the author of three books on information technology and its impact on society. He holds a BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT.
Adam Lashinsky is a business journalist and commentator with special expertise in finance and technology. An insider to Silicon Valley, he has written in-depth articles on Apple, Google, eBay, Hewlett-Packard and Intel. He has covered hedge funds, venture capital, private equity and the post-Katrina economic recovery of New Orleans.
Lashinsky is editor-at-large for Fortune magazine and has extremely broad experience in both broadcast and print media. He is a weekly panelist on the Fox News Channel's program "Cavuto on Business" and appears frequently throughout the week on other Fox News and Fox Business Network programs: "Bulls and Bears," "Cashin' In," and "Your World with Neil Cavuto."
Before joining Fortune, Lashinsky was the Silicon Valley columnist for TheStreet.com and was the first high-tech stocks columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. He has been a reporter and assistant managing editor for Crain's Chicago Business and was a Henry Luce Scholar in Tokyo, working as a reporter for the Nikkei Weekly, the English-language version of Japan's main economic daily, Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
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Charles Ferguson, director of "Inside Job," proposes a strategy to reform the compensation structure of top players in the financial services industry. He explains that rather than capping the salaries of top executives, he would regulate the compensation of any person capable of taking major risks.