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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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