Most Americans do not know about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA), but recent and past indictments for violations of the law makes for great movie fodder. In a nutshell, the FCPA broadly criminalized bribery of foreign officials by Americans.
The folks over at the FCPA Blog have been documenting something you will never likely see the mainstream media covering, corruption of foreign officials by Hollywood movie companies and its employees. Here is part of a story that they recently posted on the matter:
Movie-producers Gerald Green, 76, and his wife Patricia, 53, whose credits include Rescue Dawn, were first arrested in December 2007 at the Los Angeles International Airport after a flight from Thailand. They allegedly paid more than $1.8 million in bribes to a former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in return for $14 million in contracts for the film festival.
As usual, the U.S. has been a leader on cracking down on foreign corruption by U.S. nationals. It taken close to two decades for other countries to adopt similar standards. In 1997, a majority of the member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) signed the Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. You can read more about it, here.
It would be interesting, for a change, to see a movie about the inner workings of Hollywood, rather than the hyper-obsessive fixation on all things Washington.