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  • Premiered: 
    November 9, 2020
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Mickey Down & Konrad Kay 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: finance

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Plot Synopsis

Created by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, INDUSTRY is an eight-episode drama series that follows a group of young graduates competing for a limited number of permanent positions at a leading international bank in London. INDUSTRY gives an insider's view of the blackbox of "high finance" through the eyes of an outsider, Harper Stern, a talented young woman from upstate New York. Through the eyes of these young grads fueled by ambition, romance and drugs, INDUSTRY examines issues of gender, race and class in the workplace as the impressionable new employees begin to forge an identity within the pressure cooker environment of Pierpoint & Co.'s trading floor. They were promised meritocracy, but hierarchy is king. Having come to London from New York to join the prestigious Pierpoint & Co., Harper stops at nothing to prove herself the best hire in her graduate class. Harper's drive intensifies as she finds herself surrounded by people born into privilege, like Yasmin who, despite her background, faces her own challenges. Yasmin has had different expectations placed on her since childhood and is tired of being underestimated professionally. At Pierpoint, Harper and Yasmin need to prove their worth as professionals amongst their fellow grads. One of their peers is Robert, who joins the bank from a working-class background, believing it a true meritocracy where putting on a suit will help distance himself from his past. In contrast, Robert's roommate Gus was built for institutions like Pierpoint, having come from Eton and Oxford, and sees it as another tick on a checklist that will lead him straight to Downing Street. Doe-eyed Hari has dreamt of working in banking his whole life, dresses like a modern "master of the universe" and is determined to succeed no matter the cost. In the hierarchical ecosystem of Pierpoint, the graduates look aspirationally up at the Managing Directors whom they sit next to while those senior figures are secretly looking down fearfully, wondering who's going to take their seat. On the sales desk (CPS), Managing Director Eric is Pierpoint's number one producer who sees Harper's potential and takes her under his wing, while VP Daria is a great counterpoint to Eric's aggressive sales strategy and shows Harper that there's more than one way to be a salesperson. Yasmin's direct line manager on the foreign exchange (FX) desk is Kenny, a VP whose prejudices cloud his judgement of her merit. Meanwhile, Theo is a second-year research analyst whose establishment charm and strong counter-consensus market calls make him a Pierpoint poster boy. The young recruits may be fresh out of university, but the demands and expectations of these mentors and the industry itself are sky-high and ultimately seduce the grads to act in ways they would not have expected, just as they are trying to figure out who they are.

Episodes include:

"Induction" (Monday, November 9): Five young graduates do whatever it takes to make themselves indispensable at preeminent London investment bank Pierpoint & Co. As hungry outsider Harper grapples with a decision that will gravely affect her future at the bank, she and party-boy Robert take very different approaches to their first few weeks in the bank. Meanwhile, Yasmin braves the unchecked disrespect of her superiors and Hari's unhealthy work habits raise companywide red flags. Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Directed by Lena Dunham.

"Quiet and Nice" (Monday, November 16): With Harper struggling to find her feet in a new city, Pierpoint throws a morale-boosting appreciation dinner which sees her challenging a drunken, irate Kenny, while Gus alienates senior management by discussing his team's future. Meanwhile, Yasmin comes face to face with the culture of her new team and takes her flirtation with Robert to risky new heights. Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Directed by Tinge Krishnan.

"Notting Hill" (Monday, November 23): When Pierpoint loses a major client, the grads face their most challenging -- and potentially rewarding -- test to date: devising pitches to drive new business. After the dissolution of his team finds him reassigned to a disinterested new supervisor, a creative Gus partners with Robert to catch Clement's attention. Meanwhile, as she navigates a complicated living situation with Yasmin, Harper attempts to juggle conflicting requests from Eric and Daria. Written by Sam H. Freeman; Directed by Tinge Krishnan.

"Sesh" (Monday, November 30): After a wild birthday celebration with Robert, Yasmin, and Greg, Harper's workday spirals out of control. As a discrepancy in one of her trades puts her team at risk for major losses, Harper seeks support from a surprising source, while unexpected trouble at a networking event brings Yasmin and Robert closer and Gus further alienates his coworkers. Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay; Directed by Ed Lilly.

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