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Tue., Jul. 8, 2014
Blogger Hired By Redskins Quits
By Greg Hazley
 
tribbettThe political blogger and Democratic operative hired by the Washington Redskins to help defend the team's name from cries of racism said he will resign after less than two weeks.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Jun. 27, 2014
Blog: Right-Wing Bitterness Kicks 'Anti-American' Soccer
By Kevin McCauley
 
soccerMany Americans are celebrating Team USA's improbable run in the World Cup, emerging from the so-called "Group of Death" to take on the fierce Belgians on July 1.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Jun. 27, 2014
Cleveland Browns PR Director Resigns
By Greg Hazley
 
zak gilbertThe Cleveland Browns have the NFL's most anticipated quarterback and a new head coach, but the beleaguered franchise is now without a communications chief for the second time in two years.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Jun. 24, 2014
Tampa Bay Rays Form Corporate Comms Unit
By Greg Hazley
 
rafaela amadorMajor League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays franchise, trying for years to find a new stadium site, has formed a corporate communications operation and hired Rafaela Amador as senior director.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Jun. 23, 2014
Broncos Named Top NFL PR Staff
By Greg Hazley
 
broncosThe Denver Broncos' PR unit, which navigated a high-profile Super Bowl defeat and planned for the retirement of its longtime VP of corporate communications, has won the top annual award for NFL communications departments given by the Professional Football Writers of America.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Jun. 11, 2014
Sports Leagues (and Sponsors) Need PR Rewrites
By Arthur Solomon
 
arthur solomonFrom the NFL, NHL and NBA to the International Olympic Committee, sports entities have long flouted the rules (and laws) of decency, abetted by their allies -- sponsors.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., May 29, 2014
Sitrick Spins PR for Monster in Beastie Boys Suit
By Greg Hazley
 
beastie boysMonster Beverage Corp. is relying on Sitrick and Company for communications regarding a lawsuit filed by the Beastie Boys over the energy beverage giant's use of the recording artists' music in a promotional video.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., May 23, 2014
Hitless Wonders NY Mets Seek PR Relief
By Kevin McCauley
 
harold kaufmanRecently ridiculed by a Facebook survey showing a lack of majority fan base in every single zip code in the US and plagued by another losing record, the New York Mets have put Harold Kaufman in the PR batter box.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., May 22, 2014
MWW Rolls Strike with Bowlmor AMF
By Kevin McCauley
 
bowlMWW, which enjoys solid experience in the bowling business, has picked up agency of record duties for Bowlmor AMF, the largest operator of alleys with 264 here and eight in Mexico.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., May 21, 2014
Leightman Gets into PR Swim
By Kevin McCauley
 
scott leightmanScott Leightman, who has 20 years experience in sports PR, is now USA Swimming’s PR/communications director.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., May 9, 2014
Ryan Seacrest Acquires LA PR Firm
By Greg Hazley
 

seacrestSeacrest Global Capital, the investment firm of producer and TV/radio host Ryan Seacrest, has acquired Los Angeles PR and marketing firm Culture Shop.

Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., May 9, 2014
Tokyo Taps Dentsu for 2020 Olympics
By Greg Hazley
 
tokyoThe Tokyo Organizing Committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has tapped Japanese ad/PR conglomerate Dentsu as its marketing agency of record.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Apr. 30, 2014
PR Unit Lets Down Surging NY Mets
By Kevin McCauley
 
metsDespite unexpected on-the-field success, the New York Mets' PR team had a tough week since the New York Times stirred things Sunday giving plenty of coverage to a Facebook study that found every single zip code in the metropolitan New York cursed with a majority Yankee fan base.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Apr. 23, 2014
Rogers & Cowan Acquires Social Media Firm
By Greg Hazley
 
black sheepEntertainment PR firm Rogers & Cowan has acquired social media shop Black Sheep SMG, adding digital staffers on both coasts.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Apr. 21, 2014
Weinstein, Dolan Reportedly Back Entertainment PR Venture
By Greg Hazley
 
Leslie Sloane, the veteran Hollywood publicist leaving entertainment PR powerhouse BWR, has the backing of production titan Harvey Weinstein and MSG/Cablevision chief James Dolan to start a new firm, entertainment press are reporting.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Apr. 15, 2014
PMK-BNC Acquires Spokes, Forms Digital Unit
By Greg Hazley
 
pmkEntertainment PR and marketing powerhouse PMK-BNC has acquired San Francisco social marketing shop Spokes Labs and formed a digital operation dubbed Vowel.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Apr. 14, 2014
Warner PR Exec to Rep Taylor Swift in New Firm
By Greg Hazley
 
tree paineTree Paine, senior VP of publicity for Warner Music Nashville, will leave the record label to start Premium PR next month with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift as her first client.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Wed., Mar. 26, 2014
Matter Scores 2015 PGA Championship PR
By Greg Hazley
 
pgaThe PGA has enlisted Chicago-based Edelman sports PR unit Matter to handle the 2015 PGA Championship in Kohler, Wis.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Mar. 24, 2014
Will Dolan Destroy the Tribeca Film Festival?
By Kevin McCauley
 
james dolanMadison Garden Co. is acquiring a 50 percent stake in the acclaimed Tribeca Film Festival, which was founded by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in the aftermath of the World Trade Center terror attack as a boost to then-beleaguered downtown Manhattan.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Fri., Mar. 21, 2014
Breeders' Cup Talks to Handful of Selected Shops
By Kevin McCauley
 
Breeders CupBreeders’ Cup, a series of thoroughbred horse races, is reviewing a “few select agencies” for its PR push, confirmed a spokesperson to O’Dwyer’s via email.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
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