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Tue., Dec. 3, 2013
Edelman Digs Engler
By Kevin McCauley
Glenn Engler, former CEO of Digital Influence Group, has joined Edelman in the newly created director of corporate strategy post and chief of staff to Richard Edelman.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Dec. 3, 2013
McCourt Tabs Agency Vet for New PR Post
By Greg Hazley
mccourtReal estate investment firm McCourt Global has brought in agency vet Matthew Rose in the new post of managing director, communications.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Dec. 3, 2013
Snowden's Embattled Investigator Hires DC Firm
By Kevin McCauley
U.S. Investigations Services, the background check operation that vetted former Booz Allen & Hamilton whistleblower Edward Snowden, has hired Washington help for oversight and legislation related to government security clearance processes.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Dec. 3, 2013
Broadway PR Fixture Hartman to Close Down
By Greg Hazley
michael hartmanBroadway PR fixture The Hartman Group said it will close down on Jan. 5, ending a four-year run representing some of the Great White Way's long-running hits like "Wicked" and "Rock of Ages."
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Dec. 3, 2013
Tolk Takes FH Atlanta
By Greg Hazley

tolkFleishmanHillard has installed Edelman alum Jerry Tolk as partner and general manager of its Atlanta office.

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Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
NY Magazine Cuts Frequency
By Kevin McCauley
New York Magazine in March will be published on an every-other-week basis, down from its 42-week schedule in an effort to save money ($3.5M) and cope with the decline in print advertising.
Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
Ex-Sen Lieberman Labors for Libyan Politico
By Kevin McCauley
basit igtetFormer 24-year Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is handling a two-month, $100K project to promote the Washington image of Libyan politico Basit Igtet.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
AbMac Adds Tech Veteran Jacobs in SF
By Greg Hazley
jacobsCorporate and agency tech PR veteran Erica Jacobs has landed at Abernathy MacGregor Group's San Francisco outpost as an executive VP for the New York-based firm.
Category: Technology PR
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
NYO's Kaplan Dies at 59
By Kevin McCauley

peter kaplanPeter Kaplan, editor who built the New York Observer into a must-read for Manhattan’s movers and shakers, died Nov. 29 from cancer. He was 59.

Category: Media News
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
Eat Fats, Dump Carbs and Statins, Says Best Seller
By Jack O'Dwyer
perlmutterGrain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs and Sugars—Your Brain’s Silent Killers is a New York Times best seller in the dining category by Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and nutritionist.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Mon., Dec. 2, 2013
Texas A&M R&D Agency Eyes PR Plan
By Greg Hazley
teesThe engineering research and technology development agency of Texas A&M is on the hunt for an outside firm to develop a strategic communications plan leveraging its 100th anniversary in 2014.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
FCC's Hanson to Handle Sinclair DC Outreach
By Kevin McCauley
hansonTop advisor at the Federal Communications Commission's media bureau will join Sinclair Broadcast Group as senior VP/strategy & public policy in Washington on Jan. 2.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
TV's Thanksgiving Day Armageddon
By Kevin McCauley
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, family, prayer, turkey, cranberries, argument with crazy old Uncle Louie, pumpkin pie, football, left-overs, hug with Uncle Louie, Wal-Mart stampedes and forecasts of weather Armageddon are all part of America's national holiday.
Category: Media News
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
Street-Smart Firm Signs Ex-Spitzer Aide
By Kevin McCauley
wallensteinThe Marino Organization, which claims to offer “street-smart communications, has added Ross Wallenstein to the line-up of the 20-year firm.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
Magnet Media Looking to Attract PR Pitches
By Kevin McCauley
magnetNew York’s Magnet Media, marketing services, video and social media company, is looking for a PR firm to bolster its visibility before marketers and brands in the technology, entertainment, media and finance sectors, according to Emily Wilson, managing editor/content.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
NJ Reviews Public Health PR
By Greg Hazley
New Jersey has launched a review of its public health PR and advertising account with an RFP process through December.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Nov. 27, 2013
Gilson Takes Over FCC Media Relations
By Greg Hazley
fccDirector of cabinet communications at the White House moves to the Federal Communications Commission to head media relations after Tammy Sun decamps for app developer Evernote.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Will Time Mag Do the Right Thing?
By Kevin McCauley
Time magazine may be a shadow of its former self these days, but its annual person of the year still gets a lot of play.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
Brand USA Names Firm for Latin America
By Greg Hazley
brand usaBrand USA, the tourism promotion entity backed by the federal government and private sector, has booked agency support to tout U.S. travel in Mexico and Central America, following a search.
Category: International
Tue., Nov. 26, 2013
NAB Tunes in Gephardt
By Kevin McCauley
The National Assn. of Broadcasters has signed Gephardt Government Affairs to defend the current retransmission consent system, where cable and satellite companies must negotiate a deal to carry network TV fare.
Category: Lobbying
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