Charles H. Ferguson
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Charles Henry Ferguson (born March 24, 1955) is the founder and president of Representational Pictures, Inc., and director and producer of No End In Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq (2007) and Inside Job (2010), which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Ferguson is also a successful software entrepreneur, writer and authority in technology policy.
Education and early career 
A native of San Francisco, Ferguson was originally educated as a political scientist. A graduate of Lowell High School in 1972, he earned a BA in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978, and obtained a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T. in 1989. Ferguson then conducted postdoctoral research at MIT while also consulting to the White House, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Defense, and several U.S. and European high technology firms. From 1992–1994 Ferguson was an independent consultant, providing strategic consulting to the top managements of U.S. high technology firms including Apple Inc., Xerox, Motorola, and Texas Instruments.
In 1994, Ferguson founded Vermeer Technologies, one of the earliest Internet software companies, with Randy Forgaard. Vermeer created the first visual website development tool, FrontPage. In early 1996, Ferguson sold Vermeer for $133 million to Microsoft, which integrated FrontPage into Microsoft Office.
After selling Vermeer, Ferguson returned to research and writing. He was a visiting scholar and lecturer for several years at MIT and Berkeley, and for three years was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Ferguson is the author of four books and many articles dealing with various aspects of information technology and its relationships to economic, political, and social issues. Ferguson is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the French-American Foundation, and supports several nonprofit organizations.
Film career 
For over 20 years, Ferguson had been intensely interested in film, and regularly attended film festivals such as the Telluride Film Festival for over a decade. In mid-2005, he formed Representational Pictures and began production of No End In Sight, which was one of the first feature length documentaries on post-war Iraq.
Inside Job, a feature length documentary about the financial crisis of 2007-2010, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2010 and the New York Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics in October 2010. It received the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Ferguson credits narrator Matt Damon for contributing to the film, specifically the structure of the ending, in addition to his narration duties.
- Computer Wars: The Fall of IBM and the Future of Global Technology. with Charles R. Morris. Three Rivers Press. 1993. ISBN 978-0-8129-2300-1.
- High Stakes, No Prisoners: A Winner's Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars. W. W. Norton & Company. 1999. ISBN 978-1-58799-065-6.
- The Broadband Problem: Anatomy of a Market Failure and a Policy Dilemma. Brookings Institution Press. 2004. ISBN 978-0-8157-0644-1.
- No End in Sight: Iraq's Descent into Chaos. PublicAffairs. 2008. ISBN 978-1-58648-608-2.
- Predator Nation. Crown Business. 2012. This is a companion to the movie Inside Job, providing citations for many of the claims in that movie. The book does, however, contain at least one claim asserted as fact without adequate citations or acknowledging the controversial nature of that particular claim: On p. 52, he states, "George W. Bush ... was not elected" in 2000. This assertion fails to cite any sources or acknowledge any controversy surrounding it. Many other claims in this book are supported by adequate citations.
- California Births, 1905 - 1995, Charles Henry Ferguson
- Terence Abad (Winter 2008). "Caught in the Headlines" (PDF). Lowell Alumni Association. p. 2. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
- "Haas NewsWire, March 15, 1999". Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. 1999-03-15.
- How filmmaking is like launching a start-up | Tech News on ZDNet
- Hill, Logan (2010-05-26). "Is Matt Damon's Narration of a Cannes Doc a Sign that Hollywood is Abandoning Obama?". New York magazine Entertainment blog. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
- "At Cannes, the Economy Is On-Screen" by Manohla Dargis, The New York Times, May 16, 2010 (May 17, 2010 on p. C1 of NY ed.). Retrieved 2010-05-17.
- "Charles Ferguson Makes Fat Cats Squirm, Globe & Mail". The Globe and Mail (Toronto).
- "Ferguson to Direct Film About WikiLeaks Founder, New York Times". The New York Times. May 1, 2011.
- Charles H. Ferguson at IMDB
- Representational Pictures, his film production company
- Official site for the movie No End in Sight
- IONCINEMA.com TIFF 2010 Viral: Charles Ferguson's Inside Job
- Dec. 2010 Interview with KGNU's Claudia Cragg on 'Inside Job'
- Charles H. Ferguson on Charlie Rose
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Ferguson about No End in Sight, October 28, 2007
- DemocracyNow interview about Predator Nation, 2012
- Official site for the movie Inside Job