ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room


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Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney is the writer, producer and director of the 2006 Oscar-nominated film, ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which also received the Independent Spirit Award and the WGA Award. Gibney has just finished producing Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, a film about the jazz legend’s collaboration with musical talents such as Santana, Sting and Christina Aguilera. As a director, he is in post-production on two new feature documentaries, Gonzo, about Hunter Thompson and Taxi to the Dark Side, about American foreign policy, which will premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Having recently finished writing and producing The Human Behavior Experiments for the Sundance Channel, he has also just signed with CBS-Paramount Television to co-write and direct a TV series on white-collar crime.

As a writer-director, Gibney has begun pre-production on Burning Down the House, a feature documentary on political corruption for Participant Productions and Magnolia Pictures. Recently, he also served as executive producer for No End In Sight, a documentary that won a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Gibney was also executive producer on Old Love, a feature film directed by Jan Schutte, starring Barbara Hersey, Rhea Perlman and Elizabeth Pena that will premiere next year.

In 2004 Gibney produced Lightning in a Bottle, a film directed by Antoine Fuqua, which premiered in 2004 at the Berlin Film Festival and which was released by Sony Classics.

In 2003, Gibney served as the series producer for The Blues, an Emmy-nominated series of seven films in association with executive producer Martin Scorsese. The directors for The Blues were: Charles Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Mike Figgis, Marc Levin, Richard Pearce, Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders. Gibney also produced The Soul of a Man, the film by Wim Wenders for that series (also an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival), and was awarded a Grammy for producing the 5-CD box set based on the series.

His recent credits include the theatrical documentary for the BBC and First Run Features The Trials of Henry Kissinger (writer/producer); Jimi Hendrix and the Blues (director/producer); the HBO documentary, Soldiers in the Army of God, (senior producer), about the radical fringe of the anti-abortion movement; Speak Truth to Power (producer), a PBS special about human rights defenders starring Alec Baldwin, Sigourney Weaver, John Malkovich and Kevin Kline; Brooklyn Babylon, (executive producer) a feature film directed by Marc Levin and featuring the Grammy Award-winning, hip-hop group The Roots; The Huntress (executive producer) a TV movie written by Bruno Heller (HBO’s Rome) and, subsequently, a TV series for the USA Network; Sexual Century, (writer, director, series producer), a six-part documentary series for ITV and the CBC; The Fifties (writer/director/producer), an eight-hour documentary mini-series based on the best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Halberstam; and The Pacific Century (writer/director/producer), a ten-hour documentary series that was honored with an Emmy, two Emmy nominations and the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. His work has also appeared on the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series, ESPN’s Sports Century, and the Emmy Award-winning series FRONTLINE, for PBS. Gibey is a member of WGA and DGA, a graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and attended the UCLA Graduate School of Film and Television.

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