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Filmmaker Tracks Bezos' 'Rise And Reign' And How Amazon Became 'Inescapable'

Added 02-13-20 02:07:01pm EST - “Director James Jacoby catalogs the reach of the tech giant in his new PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Amazon Empire. "So much power is pooled into the hands of one company and one man," he says.” - Npr.org

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A clerk pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse in New York. Amazon Empire director James Jacoby describes the pace of work within the company's warehouses as "incredibly grueling." Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

A clerk pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse in New York. Amazon Empire director James Jacoby describes the pace of work within the company's warehouses as "incredibly grueling."

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is now the richest man in the world, with an empire that stretches from Hollywood to Whole Foods — and even into outer space.

The new PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Amazon Empire: The Rise And Reign Of Jeff Bezos, investigates how Bezos transformed Amazon from an online bookseller into a trillion-dollar business that's unprecedented in its size and reach. Director James Jacoby, who worked with fellow filmmaker Anya Bourg on the project, calls the company an "inescapable part of our modern lives."

"It's not just how the majority of Americans are shopping online," he says. "It's also these devices in our homes. It's also the facial recognition software that's used by police departments. It's cloud computing for the government and national security establishment."

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