Amazon Empire: The Rise & Reign of Jeff Bezos

Airs Tuesday, February 18 at 9 p.m.

"Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos" - Trailer

FRONTLINE examines Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ rise & the global impact of the empire he built.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos built a business dynasty that is unprecedented in the history of American capitalism - delivering endless products, entertainment services, and technology innovations to customers with just a click of a button. But what is the cost of Amazon's convenience?

FRONTLINE examines Amazon and Jeff Bezos' ascent to power - his ability to shape everything from the future of work, to the future of commerce, to the future of technology- in Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos. The two-hour special premieres Tuesday, February 18 at 9 p.m. on Southern Oregon PBS, on the Passport Video platform, the PBS app, and on

From award-winning filmmakers James Jacoby and Anya Bourg, the documentary draws on interviews with current top executives, former insiders, as well as regulators and critics, raising critical questions about Bezos and the empire he built.

Through interviews, Jacoby and Bourg's investigation presents an inside look at who Bezos is, and how he transformed a tiny company run out of a garage into a staple of American consumerism that critics contend is willing to dominate the market at all costs.

Amazon Empire also reveals a darker side of the multi-billion-dollar machine: worker exploitation, product safety concerns, and surveillance.

"It was always amazing to me how no one was thinking about what could go wrong," Rachel Greer, a former employee who managed Amazon's safety systems, told FRONTLINE. "No one was thinking about it."

As politicians and regulators around the world start to consider the global impact and threat of Amazon -- and how to rein in the power of the richest man in the world -- FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world and the real-world disruption that continues to cause.


Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos is a FRONTLINE production with Left/Right Docs. The correspondent and director is James Jacoby. The writers and producers are Anya Bourg and James Jacoby. The reporters are James Jacoby and Anya Bourg. The executive producer of FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.