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Thu., Jun. 27, 2013
WWE Mogul McMahon to APCO
By Greg Hazley
mcmahonLinda McMahon, the former chief of World Wrestling Entertainment who lost two expensive bids for the U.S. senate, has taken a part-time role with APCO Worldwide as a member of its international advisory council.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jun. 27, 2013
Baltimore Police Comms Head Reassigned Amid Shooting Spree
By Greg Hazley
BaltimoreBaltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has reassigned the department's public information chief after criticism in the wake of gun violence which saw 28 people shot over less than a week.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
Online Reputation Firm Becomes
By Greg Hazley, a four-year-old player in the competitive digital reputation market, has acquired the domain in a six-figure deal and will change its name to suit the move.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
Herbalife Brings in Ogilvy in DC
By Greg Hazley
ronaldoHerbalife, the nutrition products company which continues to fight activist investor Bill Ackman's accusations that it's a pyramid scheme, has engaged Washington, D.C., support alongside its existing PR roster as pressure mounts for an FTC probe.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
Today's PR Jobs - CT, TN, VA, NY, CA
By Greg Hazley
Today's (June 26, 2013) job listings for PR pros...
Category: PR Jobs
Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
Edelman's Schmidt to Lead ACLU Gay Marriage Push
By Greg Hazley
Steve SchmidtThe American Civil Liberties Union has hired Edelman vice chair and high-profile GOP advisor Steve Schmidt to lead a $10M campaign for marriage equality across the 50 states which the group acknowledges will need Republican support.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
Deen Gets PR Counsel
By Greg Hazley
Paula DeenPaula Deen, the disgraced TV chef who broke into tears on the "Today" show this morning, has relied on her Los Angeles PR firm and brought in additional counsel since the crisis sparked by her admission to using a racial epithet in a deposition.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
Firms are Big Winners in SCOTUS Decision on DOMA
By Greg Hazley
scotusThe U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision today to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act was a big PR victory for at least two firms.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jun. 26, 2013
Raiders' Ousted PR Head Joins Browns Roster
By Greg Hazley
brownsZak Gilbert, the Oakland Raiders PR head who was fired earlier this month after reports that the team's owner didn't like a Sports Illustrated feature about the franchise, has landed with the Cleveland Browns in a key PR role.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Jun. 25, 2013
NASA Seeks Outreach Partners on Future of Space Efforts
By Greg Hazley
NASANASA's office of communications is asking for input from potential "collaborators" to create activities or other endeavors to engage the public on the future of its operations.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jun. 25, 2013
New Zealand Taps DC Support for Trade Pact
By Kevin McCauley
ZNWashington firm inks a six-month, $90K pact with New Zealand in its effort to promote approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Jun. 25, 2013
IABC Draws 1,400+ to New York Conference
By Jack ODwyer
iabcMore than 1,400 members of the International Assn. of Business Communicators were present last night in the New York Hilton as nearly 300 Gold Quill Awards were handed out in eight different categories.
Category: IABC
Tue., Jun. 25, 2013
Burson Bilked of $110K - Report
By Greg Hazley
Burson-Marsteller founding chairman Harold Burson was bilked out of $110K by his housekeeper, according to a report in the New York Post.
Category: Public Relations
Tue., Jun. 25, 2013
H+K Acquires Content Shop
By Greg Hazley
Hill+Knowlton Strategies has acquired content and digital strategy shop Group SJR, a New York-based firm with 50 staffers and annual revenue of $13.6M.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Jun. 25, 2013
Blumenfeld Aids Eye Care Mission to Nepal
By Jack ODwyer
BlumenfeldBlumenfeld and Associates, a Stamford, Conn., PR firm, aided a team of eye care professionals who provided examinations, eyeglasses and cataract surgeries to 700 villagers in Nepal's remote Mustang region in late May.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Jun. 25, 2013
Gillespie Takes Advisor Role with Brunswick
By Greg Hazley
Ed GillespieEd Gillespie, the veteran GOP operative and PR advisor, is now a senior counselor to Brunswick Group in Washington.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jun. 25, 2013
First Lady Gets a New PR Chief
By Greg Hazley
east wingThe Los Angeles PR executive who crafted First Lady Michelle Obama's image over the past three years is stepping down for the top communications slot at L'Oreal USA, while another cosmetics communications exec steps into the East Wing.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jun. 25, 2013
News Corp Aligns Comms Team Ahead of Split
By Greg Hazley

news corpNews Corp., which is splitting into two units on Friday, has moved its chief communications officer, Julie Henderson, to media and entertainment company 21st Century Fox, while former Dow Jones VP leads comms. for the new newspaper and publishing operation.

Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jun. 24, 2013
Seitel: Paula Deen's Southern Fried Crisis Management
By Fraser Seitel

seitelDean isn't done.

Paula isn't pickled.


But she sure has made a king-sized calamity of her run-in with racism.

Every move she's made to tamp down her crisis – from reneging on a "Today" show interview to prematurely announcing (by about three hours) a You Tube response to finally issuing and then retracting said response – has only burned the sassy Savannah chef even further.

Let's review her crisis management mistakes thus far and figure out how she gets her mojo back; and she can if she acts quickly and is smart...

Category: Crisis Communications
Mon., Jun. 24, 2013
Hollywood Bug Bites Santorum
By Kevin McCauley
santorumRick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and a Republican presidential candidate, has joined EchoLight Studios as president to finance and produce faith and family films.
Category: Media News
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