What does it do? Sells ads for Future Network’s Total Film. The
team consists of ad manager Rob Hunt (’pie fan and wannabe Tony
Blackburn’); commercial manager Melanie Bowles (’wannabe ’it’ girl’);
deputy ad manager Simon Philby (’wannabe Judge Jules’); and classified
sales executive Ben Oakshott (’wannabe Neil from The Young Ones’).
Good office? Located at 99 Baker Street. ’Nice office, bad air
conditioning,’ says Hunt, ’but we like our i-Macs, comfortable chairs
and fresh coffee.’
What’s it like? ’Future’s London office has a young, boisterous sales
team,’ reveals Hunt. ’Our days are a mixture of fun, piss-taking and
Rob Debenham, group ad chief of the sports and entertainment arm, used
to be a kids’ presenter for ITV in the late 80s. ’This is very
apparent,’ laughs Hunt.
A bountiful array of sandwich shops and fast food joints are within
sniffing distance. The pubs are reasonable but lack pool tables.
What about perks? ’We have a mini cinema in our building and
occasionally get to see previews of blockbusters before they’ve hit the
cinemas,’ says Hunt. Other perks include good bonuses, a generous car
allowance for managers and a ’mufti’ day on the last Friday of every
Is it good at training? ’There is a training course held every day at
the Bath head office so we get to stay overnight in a gorgeous spa town
and learn how to break wooden boards.’
How does it recruit? Mainly internally but it also uses headhunters and
consultants and occasionally places ads in the trade press.
How do you get ahead? ’By kissing my ass,’ says Hunt, ’oh, and by having
the ability to think on your feet and sell to unusual clients.’