Netflix offers the first look at Dirty Money, the all-new docuseries aimed at investigating corporate greed and corruption. The series hails from prolific filmmaker Alex Gibney, whose credits include, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, and Hulu’s upcoming The Looming Tower. This time, though, Gibney and his collaborators will be tackling subjects like predatory payday loans and VW’s recent scandal with regard to false emissions test claims.
The six-episode series will be just one of the many new original series hitting the streaming services in January, alongside shows like The End of the F***ing World, Lovesick season 3, Disjointed season 2, and many more. The new series also joins Making a Murderer, The Keepers, and the recently released Rotten in Netflix’s growing catalogue of fascinating documentary series that turn binge-watching into an eye-opening experience.
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Check out the official synopsis from Netflix below:
“Dirty Money is a thrilling investigative series from Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney, which provides an up-close and personal view into untold stories of scandal and corruption in the world of business. Using first-hand accounts from perpetrators and their victims, combined with rarely-seen video footage, this addictive series keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.”
The trailer is certainly tailored as a thrilling expose in the world of corporate moneymaking and the various scandals that hit huge companies like HSBC and Volkswagen recently. What makes Dirty Money interesting from the standpoint of a the viewer is that, instead of taking a comprehensive look at corporate greed in the span of 90 minutes to 2 hours, the series will devote and hour to six separate stories that fall under the umbrella of greed, scandal, and corruption in corporations around the world.
While some of the stories the series aims to explore may be new to some viewers, there is at least one that features a familiar face. Knowing this, the trailer delivers several shots of Martin Shkreli, the smirking “Pharma Bro” who was recently convicted on two counts of securities fraud. The trailer reiterates how difficult it is to bring any sense of justice to the people who commit these crimes or are wrapped up in these scandals, so, if nothing else, the episode featuring Shkreli on trial should at least offer those at home their own reason to smirk.
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Dirty Money premieres January 26 on Netflix.