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MIPCOM Picks 2012: Show Me Your Money

For this social experiment, Charlie Mullins, managing director of Pimlico Plumbers, takes a page from an actual 1950s workplace experiment, in which his entire workforce has to reveal to each other what they’re making.
September 25, 2012

Partners: Watershed for Channel 4; distributed by Warner Bros International Television Production

Length: 1 x 60 minutes

Aired: July 2012 (Channel 4, UK)

Rights available: Worldwide, format and finished

Just as the first rule of Fight Club is to not talk about Fight Club, discussing salaries with co-workers tends to be a “no go” zone for casual conversation. For this social experiment, Charlie Mullins, managing director of Pimlico Plumbers, takes a page from an actual 1950s workplace experiment, in which his entire workforce has to reveal to each other what they’re making. From there, once the pay discrepancies are exposed, the workers have to come together, both to devise a pay scale that’s fairer to all concerned, and in cross-department pairings that give glimpses into what each job entails. Will the experiment pay off?

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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