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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
China Hires Veteran GOP Hand
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The 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
 
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Indiana Gov Slates State News Outlet
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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
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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.
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The 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.
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Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
Ex-Fox Staffer Commits Suicide Outside NYC headquarters
By Kevin McCauley
 
A former Fox TV staffer in Austin shot himself to death in front of parent company's headquarters in New York today.
Category: Media News
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
Trust Me, PR Is Dead Is Published
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pr is deadFormer Edelman U.K. executive pens Trust Me, PR Is Dead, a 300-page book that attacks the idea that information can be "managed" and that institutions can "implant messages" in target audiences.

 
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Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
New England Patriots Fumble Deflated PR Ball
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nicolazzo"Inept" is the only word that describes the New England Patriots’ handling of the "deflate-gate" controversy.
Category: Sports
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
Edelman Pro Joins Brunswick as Digital Czar
By Kevin McCauley
 
krempaskyEdelman's Michael Krempasky has moved to Brunswick Group's Washington office as chief of its global digital practice.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
Weber Delivers Nigeria's Good Gov't Pitch
By Kevin McCauley
 
nigeriaWeber Shandwick developed Nigeria's online effort to promote its "comprehensive plan to modernize the economy and improve public services" of the African energy powerhouse that is under siege by Boko Haram Islamic group.
Category: Foreign government
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
Kekst, Sard in $11B Reinsurance Merger
By Greg Hazley
 
reinsuranceKekst and Company and Sard Verbinnen & Co are supporting AXIS Capital and Partner Re in their blockbuster $11B reinsurance merger.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-26-2015
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Clients A consultant's guide to firing a client (HBR)

Careers One action that will make anyone in the comms. biz smarter (L. Hoffman)


Corporate PR and social media set for continued growth (S. Bruce)


Critic What's wrong with PR in one post (A. Friedman)


PR 101 How to pitch the modern journalist (A. Hanson)


Podcasts The pros and cons of podcasting (T. Sabourin)


PR Scandal shows perils of blurred boundaries in media/PR (D. Tisch)


Fashion What you'll be wearing next year (BW)
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Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Sard Verbinnen Shores Up Gannett Defense as Icahn Looms
By Greg Hazley
 
usa todayMedia purveyor Gannett Co. has engaged Sard Verbinnen & Co. to shore up its PR defense as activist investor Carl Icahn threatens a proxy fight over the company's plans to separate its publishing interests from its TV and digital operations.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
R&R Scoops Up $900K South Sudan Pact
By Kevin McCauley
 
south sudanR&R Partners, which was founded by legendary Republican ad man Sig Rogich, has lined up a $900K one-year contract with South Sudan to raise the Washington awareness of the landlocked nation.
Category: Foreign government
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Clinton White House Alum Launches PA Shop
By Kevin McCauley
 
ben finzelBen Finzel, who served in the Clinton Administration's Dept. of Energy, has launched RenewPR, an energy and environmental PR firm.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
Glover Park Aids 'American Sniper' Push for Warner
By Greg Hazley
 
sniperWarner Bros worked with Glover Park Group to cultivate military interest in the release of "American Sniper," the blockbuster film based on the memoir of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Jan. 23, 2015
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PR Links of the Day - 1-23-2015
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Q&A Chrysler PR vet continues his candid book tour (Car and Driver) 

Crisis Deflate-gate as crisis comms: Did the Pats and NFL fumble? (WBJ) 

Crisis Pats show how not to handle a PR crisis (DN) 

Sports FIFA loses three more sponsors ahead of Russia 2018 World Cup (AP) 

Finance Bank of America is probably going to regret this 'Je sues bullish' report (BI) 

Clients Treat us with respect: How to become your Pr agency's favorite client (Guardian) 

Media How The Economist chose its first female editor-in-chief (Quartz)

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Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Finn Acquires DVL, Seigenthaler Combo
By Kevin McCauley
 
fpFinn Partners is acquiring Nashville's DVL Public Relations & Advertising and Seigenthaler PR, which merged to create an $11M entity.
Category: Financial Management
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Williamsburg Wants PR Firm Visits
By Kevin McCauley
 
williamsburgThe Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Committee is looking for a PR firm to promote overnight visits and position the Virginia region as having more tourism attractions than just the Colonial Williamsburg restoration.
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