Posted by: Steve Coplan | August 29, 2006

Office Values

These clips of a Microsoft corporate traning video produced by Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant of ‘The Office’ rank amongst their best work in my opinion. This report suggests that the videos were not aired publicly because Gervais and Merchant only agreed on condition it wasn’t seen outside of the company. That sounds credible, but a more plausible explanation to my mind is that some humorless sub-mandarin in the Microsoft hierarchy whose career was built on making safe but uninspired decisions squashed the project based on the possibility it could be misunderstood and created disincentives for Gervais and Merchant disclosing their involvement. But then again I am a cynic.

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