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Thu., Aug. 29, 2013
ALEC, Legislative Group, Draws 2,700 Protesters
By Jack O'Dwyer
The annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council Aug. 7-9 at the Palmer House in Chicago drew 2,700 protesters who gathered outside the hotel and displayed banners in the hotel's lobby.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Aug. 29, 2013
WPP Posts 12% 1H Profit Jump, PR Flat
By Kevin McCauley
WPP CEO Martin Sorrell reported a 7.1 percent rise in first-half revenues to $8.3B on an 11.8 percent jump in pre-tax profit to $987M. PR profit dips on flat revenue.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., Aug. 29, 2013
Connecticut Reviews Tourism, EconDev PR Work
By Greg Hazley
connecticutConnecticut, which brought in a roster of agencies last year to "rebrand" the state's marketing, has kicked off a review of its tourism and economic development efforts, a search that encompasses PR, branding, online marketing and similar tasks.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Aug. 29, 2013
Facebook, White House Comms Alum Returns to Gov
By Greg Hazley
sarah feinbergFormer White House aide and PR exec for Facebook and Bloomberg LP is moving back to government as chief of staff to new U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Aug. 29, 2013
Sony Pictures Casts Sard's Sipkins in Top Comms Post
By Greg Hazley
charles sipkinsLos Angeles head for Sard Verbinnen & Co with strong experience in the media sector is moving to Sony Pictures Entertainment to head corporate communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Chime Rings Up Flat Income in First Half
By Kevin McCauley
Chime Communications today reported a six percent gain in first-half revenue to $121M on flat profit of $17.5M.
Category: Marketing Communications
Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
WMI Cuts PR Chief
By Kevin McCauley
The World Music Institute, the non-profit presenter of contemporary music and dance concerts, has cut its PR chief/co-founder due to a budget shortfall.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Coffee Industry Gets Help in CA Reform Push
By Greg Hazley
NCAThe National Coffee Association has brought in a Sacramento public affairs firm as the coffee industry trade group joins a growing push to curtail California's Proposition 65, which requires products to list potentially harmful ingredients.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Francis Signs on at JDA Frontline
By Kevin McCauley
trevor francisFormer FleishmanHillard, Burson-Marsteller executive and Republican National Committee communications director joins JDA Frontline in Washington.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Small Biz Group Alleges Conspiracy with SBA PA Chief
By Greg Hazley
chapman, sutherlandA small business advocacy group is questioning the move of Pentagon spokesman Terrence Sutherland to head public affairs for the U.S. Small Business Administration, alleging a conspiracy to cover up "fraud" in awarding Defense contracts.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Brunswick Advises Latest Chinese Firm Going Private
By Greg Hazley

simcereSimcere Pharmaceutical Group, the Nanjing-based generic pharmaceutical maker, is relying on PR counsel and representation in the U.S. and China as it becomes the latest Chinese company to pull out of a U.S. stock listing.

Category: M&A
Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
Turkey, Staging Area for Syria Attack, Floats Travel RFP
By Kevin McCauley
turkeyIn a case of unfortunate timing, Turkey, a likely staging area for a NATO-led attack on Syria, is floating a $50M advertising RFP to promote tourism.
Category: International
Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
Ford to Fusion - Drives PR for ABC-Univision Venture
By Greg Hazley
david fordFusion, the joint cable network venture of ABC and Univision set to launch in October, has programmed ABC News' David Ford as VP of corporate communications, based in Miami.
Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
Decker Bolts Rare for GOP PR Shop
By Greg Hazley
brett deckerBrett Decker, editor-in-chief of the ballyhooed conservative web portal, has joined the Washington-based White House Writers Group as consulting director.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
Hardee Cops Cat Asia Corporate Affairs Post
By Kevin McCauley
jeff hardeeCaterpillar Inc., $66B earth moving/mining equipment giant, has recruited Jeff Hardee as Asia-Pacific government & corporate affairs director in Singapore.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
Healthcare IT Comms Pro to Harris
By Greg Hazley
cassidyCorporate, government and agency communicator recently focused on the healthcare IT sector lands at Harris Healthcare Solutions as VP of global marketing and communications for the unit of $6B Harris Corp.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
AllThingsDigital May Split From Dow Jones
By Kevin McCauley
all things dAllThingsDigital, the Silicon Valley technology, analysis and opinion site, may split with Wall Street Journal owner Dow Jones & Co. with the December 31 expiration of the partnership contract.
Category: Media News
Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
Foley: NFL, ESPN Butt Heads on Concussion Report
By Kevin Foley
kevin foleyThere is growing evidence that brain trauma sustained by NFL football players could lead to profound, long-term cognitive disability. But did the NFL turn a blind eye to the problem?
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
Colorado Slates Youth Marijuana, Prescription Drug Abuse PR
By Greg Hazley
coloradoColorado, which has legalized recreational use of marijuana and is second among states for prescription drug abuse, is seeking agency help for a PR campaign aimed to curb abuse of pot, as well as prescription pills among its youth.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Aug. 26, 2013
Time Warner Cable's Risky 'Rabbit Ears' PR Gambit
By Kevin McCauley
Time Warner CableInitially, I thought Time Warner Cable's offer of free indoor TV antennas to viewers who want to watch CBS's over-the-air broadcast -- blacked out on the cable behemoth due to a payments scrap -- was a stoke of PR genius.
Category: Media News
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