HOW TO GET AHEAD: WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WORK FOR ... TOTAL FILM - This lot love a good laugh but things get nasty if you eat all the ad chief’s pies

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’).

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

competition.’



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

month.



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.’



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