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C4, Watershed unite for office salaries doc

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Watershed TV to make Show Me Your Money, a documentary which follows an office experiment breaking the taboo of discussing salaries.
June 27, 2012

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Watershed TV to make Show Me Your Money, a documentary which follows an office experiment breaking the taboo of discussing salaries.

In the one-hour doc, the managing director of Pimlico Plumbers asks his workforce to reveal how much they are paid, and the workers see that there are pay discrepancies between colleagues doing the same jobs.

The boss then challenges his employees to come up with a new pay scheme that is fair for everyone, and is voted on by the whole group. Show Me Your Money is inspired by a pay experiment from the 1950s.

“Some people think the last taboo is sex; others believe the last taboo is death, when in actual fact it is sharing with the person next to you, just how much your salary is,” said C4′s commissioning editor Sara Ramsden, who ordered the special. “For the first time on TV, this extraordinary experiment lifts the lid on the unfairness that exists in every single workplace in Britain.”

Watershed TV is a Shed Media company, and Show Me Your Money is produced and directed by Helen Richards and executive produced by Mark Rubens.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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