Guest post by Joe Witte
It’s ironic that one of the most talked about shows on TV these days is Mad Men, a drama set in the 1960’s following a bunch of sex-crazed advertising execs on Madison Avenue.
My first job, after attending the Army Officer’s Basic Course, was at USA Networks in 1997. I was a peon Assistant Account Executive. I didn’t really care for the industry. Lots of waste, very little ingenuity, but most of all, my job was boring and I was being paid less than $25k a year while trying to survive in Manhattan.
But back then, there was a air of confidence in the television world. Ad execs making $250k+, liquid lunches, million dollar parties, and the self-same ad agency execs being flown to Paris on a Concord for the French Open. And this was Cable TV.