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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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