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Last Updated: Fri., May 18, 2018 @ 5:02 pm

Didit Bids for Gawker

Fri., May 18, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Kevin LeeDidit marketing services firm is bidding for Gawker Media following its peace treaty with Peter Thiel.

Commentary

Too Many Thoughts and Prayers

Fri., May 18, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Santa FeGeneration Z, which has grown up with school massacres, puts a safe and secure environment as its No. 1 work priority, according to a survey by Interpublic's Canvas Blue. How sad? We are all complicit in the failure of Congress to confront the gun lobbying and enact tough gun control laws. (3 reader comments)


Special Issue

May Mag Features Insights From Top PR Execs

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's PR Firm Rankings MagazineO'Dwyer's 88-page May magazine highlights our annual PR firm rankings, plus features commentary and professional development from thought leaders in areas such as financial, healthcare and technology PR.

In July, we'll celebrate our 50th anniversary with a commemorative issue of the magazine. Sponsors are invited to tell their own story of how they've seen the PR/media landscape change.

I'd love to hear from you if you'd like to contribute or are interested in discussing coverage of any particular topics.

John O'Dwyer
john@odwyerpr.com


News of Firms

Fri., May 18, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Emily DunlopBCW Group merges North of Nine, PPR tech brands to form AxiCom US... 5W Public Relations launches gaming/sports gambling unit... Racepoint Global teams with Reputation Institute to probe dynamics of reputation.

Media Maneuvers

Fri., May 18, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Suzanne ScottSuzanne Scott is promoted to CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network... Wall Street Journal and National Geographic team up for business traveler pub... Pay TV providers suffer another loss of subscribers.

Accounts in Transit

Fri., May 18, 2018

By Steve Barnes

ClusterfestDouble Forte adds Comedy Central and Superfly... RED PR picks up Love Sun Body sunscreen... The Brandon Agency will develop messaging for Security Finance.

SS&A Pitches Philippines-US Free Trade Agreement

Thu., May 17, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

PhillipinesLobbying firm Sorini, Samet & Associates has been hired by a Manila-based trade association to advocate on behalf of a potential bilateral free trade agreement between the US and the Philippines.

SV&C Works IP's Bid for Irish Packaging Giant

Thu., May 17, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

International PaperSard Verbinnen & Co. is handling International Paper’s nearly $11B bid for Ireland’s Smurfit Kappa, which believes (at this point) that independence is its best strategy.

People on the Move

Thu., May 17, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Cheryl OvertonEgami Group creates president post for Cheryl Overton, who was executive VP and New York consumer chief at Zeno Group... SourceCode Communications recruits Sara Ajemain for ad/martech work. She was at DiGennaro Communications... Crosby Marketing Communications ups Lindsey Goebel to VP/content marketing director... Gold's Gym hikes Dave Reiseman to CMO.

CCI to Hold Corporate Comms Conference

Thu., May 17, 2018

By Steve Barnes

CCICCI is holding its 2018 Corporation Communication Conference at Baruch College in New York from May 29 to June 2. 

Politicians, Corporate America Are Killing the Truth

Thu., May 17, 2018

By Rene Henry

Rene HenryOfficial Washington and Corporate America are killing the truth. Even worse, society is condoning their untruthful behavior. Lies have become so common that lying is becoming accepted behavior.

FTIís Balet Exits for SGA

Thu., May 17, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Steven BaletSteven Balet, who was managing director of FTI Consulting Group’s strategic communications unit, is now New York managing director of Strategic Governance Advisors, which is affiliated with Sard Verbinnen & Co.

Novartisí Lawyer Takes Fall for Hiring Trumpís Fixer

Wed., May 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Michael CohenNovartis today announced that Felix Ehrat, group general counsel, will retire June 1 due to fallout from his decision to pay $1.2M to a shell company formed by Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer.”

Commentary

Novartis Enters The Swamp

Wed., May 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

NovartisNovartis is a sophisticated $50B global pharmaceuticals giant that claims it hired the shell company of Donald Trump’s “fixer” Michael Cohen to “get out ahead” in understanding the new administration’s healthcare agenda. That’s pretty laughable. (2 reader comments)

Lachlan Murdoch Succeeds Brother at Fox

Wed., May 16, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Lachlan MurdochLachlan Murdoch, 46-year-old executive chairman at 21stCentury Fox, will become CEO of the revamped media company following completion of the $66B sale of its movie studio, cable networks and overseas businesses to Walt Disney Co. (1 reader comment)

Net Neutrality Gets Thumbs-Up from Senate

Wed., May 16, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Susan Collins

The Senate has approved a plan that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission from overturning the net neutrality rules the agency put into place in 2015.