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Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Sorini Samet Signs Bahrain EconDev Pact
By Kevin McCauley
bahrainSorini Samet & Assocs. has inked a one-year $120K pact with Bahrain's Economic Development Board to handle provisions of its free trade pact with the US.
Category: Foreign government
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Private Equity Giant Sues PR Exec Over Alleged Leaks
By Greg Hazley
suitPrivate equity firm TPG Global has sued its former global head of public affairs, Adam Levine, alleging in federal court that the former Bush White House spokesman took confidential documents and threatened to disclose information to the press to harm the firm.
Category: Corporate Communications
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Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Blog: Welcome to Vladimir's World
By Kevin McCauley
In his new book, Peter Pomerantsev outlines Vladimir Putin's dark vision of globalization, in which Russia plays off each faction against each other in order to gain advantage of the decadent West.
Category: Government
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Cosmo Alum Takes Lippe Taylor Content Post
By Kevin McCauley
abby gardnerLippe Taylor, known for its beauty, fashion and lifestyle work, has named Abby Gardner to the newly created VP-content post.
Category: Beauty & Fashion PR
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FitzGibbon Opens in UK with Oliver Stone Aide
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suzie-gilbertFitzGibbon Media, the DC-based progressive firm, puts former aide to filmmaker Oliver Stone in charge of new London outpost.
Category: International
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 1-29-2015
By Greg Hazley
Astroturf Politicians support Comcast-TWC merger with letters written by Comcast PR (Verge) 
Corporate The man attempting to repair GoDaddy's sexist reputation (Fast Co) 
Healthcare Oscar winning health (K. Mohring) 
Social How brands can intercept the Super Bowl - one tweet at a time (M. Lizun) 
Punctuation One typo brought down a 124-year-old company(BI) 
PA Gov. Mike Pence distances himself from state-run news agency (Indy Star) 
RFP PR for Houston Housing Authority (PDF)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Courier Gets PR Help in Acquisition Battle
By Greg Hazley
courierCourier Corp., the publicly traded, Massachusetts-based book publishing giant, is relying on Joele Frank for PR support amid a burgeoning acquisition battle.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Energy Sector Needs to Step Up its PR
By Renzi Stone
renzi stoneReeling from plummeting gas prices, energy companies need to educate public that robust commodity prices drive economic opportunity for all and support local communities.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jan. 29, 2015
Next Fifteen to Raise $6.5M for Acquisitions
By Greg Hazley
nfNext Fifteen Communications Group, citing strong growth, particularly in the US, said it will sell more than three million shares to raise £4.3M ($6.5M) for digital acquisitions and investments in the US and UK.
Category: Marketing Communications
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
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
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
Wed., Jan. 28, 2015
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
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