What does it do? Carlton Media Sales is only one of two companies
in the UK that sells space on the big screen as well as operating
distribution services for clients.
Good location? At the corner of Golden Square in Soho, the offices are
within spitting distance of United International Pictures, which sits
two floors below. London’s closest equivalent to Hollywood, it’s an
ideal base for film industry luvvies and cafe latte addicts. There are
endless possibilities for eating out or swinging the night away, but
staff spend more time rushing from one preview screening to another.
What’s it like? The offices themselves are funky and fit the seductive
sell. Visitors can sit and watch film clips and previews on a
wide-screen television while they wait in reception.
Carlton Screen Advertising has 35 sales staff who are otherwise known as
Account handlers are encouraged to be independent from the start and
close their own deals. The atmosphere is youthful and ambitious, with
lots of sharply dressed staff - 70 per cent of whom are female. The mood
is positive: ’Cinema is a sexy sell and morale is good here,’ says one
What about perks? It’s worth joining the company if you are a bit of a
celluloid junkie. There’s no gym membership, but an endless supply of
free cinema tickets, star-studded gala openings and regular film
previews held in Soho’s snug preview theatres. Benefits include a
save-as-you-earn scheme, share options and a pension plan. There are
competitive salaries and bonuses.
Is it good at training? Basic negotiation skills are taught from day one
and staff are trained internally to get to know the business. There are
annual European sales conferences with group training sessions - the
last one was held in Madrid.
How do you get ahead? Enthusiasm for the film business is essential.
Otherwise, there’s always that script idea ...