The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter, recently awarded "The Company Man" three Emmys. The film won Best Director, Tom Feliu, Best Photography, John St. Ours, and Best Program/Special. This brings the total of Emmys won by films I wrote to six.
|Yours truly with one of the previous Emmys.|
The film is based on an actual case of attempted economic espionage that was successfully thwarted by the joint efforts of the targeted company and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Some names and details were changed in the film to obscure the actual identity of the company itself.
"The Company Man" might be my favorite project for the FBI. As a screenwriter, I was really drawn to the case. It was very Hitchcockian. The story revolved around a mild-mannered everyman who reluctantly finds himself in the center of an international game of cat and mouse. In order to catch the foreign agents, the FBI needed to use an employee at the targeted company as bait because it was easier to teach the engineer the necessary spy craft than it was to teach an FBI Agent the detailed engineering knowledge. The film is told from the perspective of the courageous engineer. It was a great story with a great result: Thousands of American jobs saved.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked on this film. I always enjoy working with Rocket Media and the folks at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Each project has given me great insight into serious problems facing our country. I am hopeful that the films will be part of the solution.
And, despite whatever National Public Radio thinks, they are not propaganda.
Here's the film:
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