It's not just our photographers that are helping to capture the world through photography; there are thousands of people working hard behind the scenes, across the world to bring these images to you.
In this 'Who We Are' series, we look at the many job roles at a photography agency from picture editors, to sales and marketing to art directors.
Tom Sloan is a Product Specialist whose love of sports has led him to captaincy of the softball team at our London office.
What does your job involve?
Day to day I help our London Sales teams with any Media Manager or Image.net related opportunities they might be working on. This could be accompanying them to client meetings, carrying out product demos or working on commercial proposals before they’re sent over for a client to review.
I create and configure Media Manager Sites for new clients and train their users in making the best use of the system. Part and parcel of that is making sure that content from Olympic Games, World Cups or other major events are delivered ‘live’ to governing bodies with Media Manager accounts (Like FIFA, the Rugby Football Union or The International Cricket Council to name drop a few) as well as any sponsors' assignments from those events as well.
I also manage the Paramount International Image.net account. This involves arranging the coverage of their global premieres wherever they take place in the world; liaising with our assignments teams, editors & photographers to communicate the brief and logistics before then managing the ingestion of that content to image.net, obtaining client approvals and distributing the content to the media. Luckily we have a team of excellent product specialists around the world to help with these events when time-zones throw up problems.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight for me has been the opportunity to travel to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games with Getty Images last February to assist with delivering content to the IOC and their sponsors via Media Manager. Although weather conditions left something to be desired (and 3.5 weeks was quite enough), it was great to meet and work with such a great events team comprising of photographers, editors, IT and sales people from all over the world.
What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Not advice per se, but I generally try to always treat others as I’d like to be treated in any given scenario.
Do you have a favorite photograph?
There are too many to choose from, but I guess I’ll go with this one mainly because, as an English Rugby fan and part time player, it was a great moment and memory shared with friends and family crowded around a TV early in the morning. And it’s something that we can still hark back to for a few more decades as it’s slightly more recent than ’66!
How would your colleagues describe you?
I’d like to think they would describe me as approachable, reliable & sociable… but they may only say that after I threaten to drop from the Softball Team if they don’t.
How do you like to spend Sundays?
Dealing with a hangover, playing/watching sport or trying to get the BBQ to work should I spot a glimmer of sunshine.
Whose career do you admire?
Erik Compton, the golfer who finished 2nd at this year’s US open.
Read more about other Getty Images team members here.