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Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
Padilla Speer Beardsley to Acquire CRT/tanaka
By Greg Hazley
 
Minneapolis-based Padilla Speer Beardsley has moved to acquire Virginia-based CRT/tanaka to create a 200-staffer firm with revenues topping $30M.
Category: M&A
Mon., Jul. 29, 2013
Omnicom, Publicis to Merge
By Greg Hazley
 
levy, wrenOmnicom and Publicis have agreed to merge in a deal to create the largest global advertising, marketing and PR conglomerate with annual revenues topping $20B.
Category: Marketing Communications
Sat., Jul. 27, 2013
Omnicom, Publicis in Merger Talks - Bloomberg
By Greg Hazley
 
Advertising, PR and marketing conglomerates Publicis and Omnicom are in "late-stage" merger talks, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
Comms Director Sues SD Mayor in Sex Harassment Scandal
By Greg Hazley
 
Irene McCormack JacksonIrene McCormack Jackson, former press secretary and communications director to San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, sued Filner on July 22 for sexual harassment alleging the embattled mayor asked her to "get naked" and on a handful of occasions to kiss him. Staffers at firm advising Filner resign...
Category: Public Relations
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
Kaminer to Profile PR for NY Observer
By Jack ODwyer
 
Michael KaminerMichael Kaminer, PR counselor who successfully sued author and columnist Mike Wolff in 1998 in a landmark PR case, has used PR Newswire's ProfNet to ask New York area PR practitioners for help on a "state-of-the-union" story on PR in New York planned for the New York Observer in October.
Category: Public Relations
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
SV&C Liberates Activision
By Kevin McCauley
 
activision, vivendiSard Verbinnen & Co is handling electronic gamer Activision Blizzard's $8.3B deal to wrestle majority control from France’s Vivendi.
Category: M&A
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
IDA Ireland Looks for PR Firm
By Kevin McCauley
 
IDA IrelandIDA Ireland, the investment arm of the Irish government, is looking for pitches to handle its U.S./U.K. account.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
Sard Continues PR Defense of SAC Capital
By Greg Hazley
 
sacSard Verbinnen & Co continues to advise and represent longtime client SAC Capital as the hedge fund this week was hit by criminal charges and has faced probes for years.
Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Jul. 26, 2013
MDC Sees Q2 Gains, Ups Dividend
By Greg Hazley
 
PR and advertising group MDC Partners reported second quarter revenue climbed 5.3% to $288.1M and raised forecasts for the rest of 2013. Net income jumped to $11.3M after an $18.3M loss in Q2 of 2012.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., Jul. 25, 2013
Ireland's Modest Proposal
By Kevin McCauley
 
Irish president Edna Kenny is the driving force in a campaign to junk the country's senate. Think of the millions U.S. taxpayers would save if the House voted itself out of office.
Category: International
Thu., Jul. 25, 2013
Levick Sues Pakistani Fertilizer Giant for $400K
By Greg Hazley
 
fatimaLevick Strategic Communications has sued a large Pakistani fertilizer producer, seeking $400K in damages for breach of contract after the firm said it gave months of PR counsel without payment as Fatima sought state backing for a factory in Indiana amid concerns that its fertilizer is a key ingredient for improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.
Category: International
Thu., Jul. 25, 2013
Roche Joins FleishmanHillard from WS
By Kevin McCauley
 
eric rocheExecutive VP and head of Weber Shandwick's New York technology group moves to FleishmanHillard in a similar capacity.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jul. 25, 2013
Aviation Week Flies to Penton
By Kevin McCauley
 
aviation weekMcGraw Hill Financial has sold Aviation Week to Penton Group, a move that creates a new leading player in the global commercial aerospace business.
Category: Media News
Thu., Jul. 25, 2013
PR Guru Paul: Anthony Weiner 'Far From Dead'
By Greg Hazley
 
Mike PaulNew York PR counselor Mike Paul said embattled mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner is "far from dead" and has found a PR star in his wife, Huma.
Category: PR Videos
Thu., Jul. 25, 2013
Palm Oil Industry Seeks PR Help to Temper 'Negative Buzz'
By Greg Hazley
 
Palm OilA trade group for embattled palm oil producers and sellers is looking for PR help for a global outreach campaign targeting influential journalists, bloggers, NGOs and activists.
Category: Environmental PR
Thu., Jul. 25, 2013
Edelman Hires Ex-Blair Aide Hunter
By Kevin McCauley
 
Anji HunterEdelman has hired Angela (Anji) Hunter, who was former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair's director of government relations, as   senior counsel in its London office.
Category: International
Thu., Jul. 25, 2013
West Hollywood Wants a PR Plan
By Greg Hazley
 
sunset stripHome to the Sunset Strip, Santa Monica Boulevard and a large LGBT population casts net for a communications and civic engagement plan.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Jul. 25, 2013
Prof Svcs PR Pro Perkins to GSG
By Greg Hazley
 
charlie perkinsSeasoned crisis and corporate counselor who held top posts at law giant Baker & McKenzie and auditor Ernst & Young lands at New York-based Global Strategy Group as a managing director.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jul. 24, 2013
Media: Financial Pro Takes Time Inc. Helm; World Leaders Hooked on Twitter; NYT Ups Purdy, Lacey
By Kevin McCauley
 
Time Warner has named Joe Ripp, a financial executive, as CEO of Time Inc. ...More than three-quarters of world leaders have a Twitter account ...The New York Times has promoted Matt Purdy to assistant managing editor and Marc Lacey to the associate managing editor slot.
Category: Media News
Wed., Jul. 24, 2013
O'Brian to Helm Editorial of Al Jazeera USA
By Kevin McCauley
 
Kate O’Brian, a 30-year ABC News veteran, will guide editorial direction of Al Jazeera America when it debuts Aug. 20.
Category: Media News
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