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Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
'The Interview,' 'Lego Movie,' 'Selma' Among Top Movie PR Award Nominees
By Greg Hazley
interviewThe International Cinematographers Guild has nominated Sony's "The Interview" among five other films for its coveted top award for studio publicity.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Obama Alum Opens LA Outpost for SKDKnick
By Kevin McCauley
bill burtonBill Burton, who was national press secretary for Obama 2008 and White House deputy press secretary during the president's first term is opening a Los Angeles office for SKDKnickerbocker.
Category: Public Affairs
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Blog: SnowJobs Damage Media's Credibility
By Kevin McCauley
snowPost-Snowpocalypse NYC-that-wasn't, New York's Manhattan-centric media hustle to cover their own hyped tracks of hyped scare stories.
Category: Media News
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Ad Age Declares PR Man Diamond Executive Gold
By Kevin McCauley
harris diamondAdvertising Age has named PR veteran Harris Diamond its "executive of the year" for his leadership of Interpublic's McCann Worldgroup operation, which has 23,000 staffers.
Category: Marketing Communications
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Debt Collection Giant Charges Porter with Corporate Comms
By Greg Hazley
nancy porterPRA Group, the globally expanding, publicly traded consumer debt collection company, has brought in Nancy Porter as VP of corporate communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-28-2015
By Greg Hazley
PR 10 symbols that PR's 'Industrial Revolution' is underway (L. Hoffman) 
Legal TPG sues ex-spokesman for allegedly taking documents from buyout firm (WSJ) 
Service 4 ways PR and customer service professionals wear the same hat (Crain's) 
Food/Bev Shake Shack IPO getting as expensive as its burgers(Forbes) 
Sports Super Bowl ads go long (Bloomberg) 
Q&A A chat with D. Rudolph, a Detroit PR guy (Metro Times) 
Entertainment From Buzz to Bombs: Dispatch from Sundance(NY Times) 
Higher Ed Head of UNCG PR resigns (JN)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Medical Pot Purveyor Invents PR Exec to Impugn Newspaper
By Greg Hazley
cenThe Toronto Globe and Mail has smoked out a phony PR executive and other falsehoods at medical marijuana purveyor CEN Biotech, which has lost its second PR firm in a month.
Category: Healthcare PR
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
SVB, JFWBK Handle $16B Package Deal
By Kevin McCauley
Sard Verbinnen & Co. and Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher handle media duties regarding the $16B combination of packaging giants Rock-Tenn Co. and MeadWestvaco.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
SkyMall Parent Crashes
By Kevin McCauley
The parent of SkyMall magazine is filing bankruptcy due to intense competition for the time of its once-captive audiences of airline passengers.
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Yahoo To Spin Off Alibaba
By Kevin McCauley
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer plans to spin off its remaining 15 percent stake in China's Alibaba's e-commerce operation into a new entity in her program to maximize shareholder value.
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Meredith Acquires Shape Mag
By Greg Hazley
shapeMeredith has inked a deal to acquire American Media's ShapeNatural Health and Fit Pregnancy titles.
Category: Media News
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
WHB Board Skipped "Hot" Topics-Eruv, New Police Exec
By Jack O'Dwyer

Westhampton Beach trustees talked for two hours Jan. 21 about a bocce court, “Food Truck” event, yacht basin repairs, and snack bar contract. Unmentioned was the eruv that has cost WHB $125,118 so far and the proposed $181K police commissioner.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
Ogilvy Adds Hill Aide Scandling in DC
By Greg Hazley
scandlingDan Scandling, veteran Hill aide most recently chief of staff and press secretary for Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), has moved to Ogilvy Washington as senior VP for corporate and public affairs.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
China Hires Veteran GOP Hand
By Kevin McCauley

sid rogichThe People's Republic of China has hired Rogich Communications of Las Vegas, the political intelligence/PA shop of Sig Rogich, 70, as Republicans cement control over Washington.

Category: Foreign government
Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
Embattled Herbalife Bolsters PA with Reeese
By Greg Hazley
herbalifeHerbalife, the embattled nutritional products company, has added Weber Shandwick alum Marcus Reese in the new post of VP for state and local government affairs.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
O&M Splits with 'Finding Neverland'
By Greg Hazley
finding neverlandO&M Co., the Broadway PR firm of Rick Miramontez working to promote Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's first musical, "Finding Neverland," resigned last week reportedly after clashing with Weinstein.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
Indiana Gov Slates State News Outlet
By Greg Hazley
penceIndiana Gov. Mike Pence isplanning a state-run, taxpayer-funded news outlet to disseminate pre-packaged news stories to reporters and outlets in the Hoosier State.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
Schwager Slides into Edelman GM Post
By Kevin McCauley
kelly schwagerKelly Schwager has joined Edelman as general manager of its Silicon Valley outpost, succeeding Maria Amundson, who was bumped up to global tech chair in September.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 01-27-2015
By Greg Hazley
Sports Should Seahawks star be forced to talk to media? (OC Register) 
Sports NFL's Dawn Hudson faces challenging first act (WSJ) 
Sports No PR nightmare that the NFL can't make worse (USA Today) 
Advertising Real-life logo blocker blurs out corporate white noise(PSFK) 
Clients PR firms ought to say 'no' once in a while (R. Torossian) 
Clients How to handle losing a major client (HBR) 
Tech On Microsoft's Windows 10 launch (L. Menchaca) 
Tools 5 free tools for communicators in 2015 (J. Williams) 
PR 101 How to get started with influencer marketing (PRIYP) 
Social CNN, ESPN launch on Snapchat Discover (Adweek)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
When (Not If) War Comes in the Middle East, Whose Side Do We Defend?
By Joe Honick
joe honickThe US faces dangers that are deeply routed in partisanship from all sides, which interferes with the need for Americans and the world to see our leadership worthy of national and international respect in such times.
Category: Public Affairs
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