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Fri., Jun. 28, 2013
DOE Reviews Big PR Pact
By Greg Hazley
 
The Department of Energy this week released an RFP to provide communications and PR for its office covering energy efficiency and renewable energy, a sweeping assignment that could stretch four years and bill in the eight-figure range.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Jun. 28, 2013
Entertainment PR Powerhouse Moves into Content
By Greg Hazley
 
Powerhouse Hollywood publicity shop Sunshine Sachs is opening a production division to develop content for TV, film and digital avenues.
Category: Media News
Fri., Jun. 28, 2013
German Journalist to Head Siemens Comms in Reorg
By Greg Hazley
 
Michael InackerMichael Inacker, assistant editor-in-chief for the German newspaper Handelsblatt, will move to PR this fall as VP of corporate communications and branding for the engineering and electronics giant Siemens, a major U.S. government contractor.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Fri., Jun. 28, 2013
South Africa Expands H+K After Review
By Greg Hazley
 
Brand South Africa, following a four-way pitch, has engaged Hill+Knowlton Strategies for a three-year pact to burnish the company's global reputation and foster business investment.  
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jun. 27, 2013
Can Marketers Protect Themselves From Athletes Gone Bad?
By Arthur Solomon
 
solomonWith the arrest of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for murder, an ongoing probe of Major League Baseball players, and the generally disgraceful actions of fans, is there any way that marketers tied to sports can protect themselves when an athlete spokesperson goes bad?
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Thu., Jun. 27, 2013
IABC Says Call off the Dogs (the Press)
By Jack ODwyer
 
dogRobin McCasland, new chair at the International Association of Business Communicators, likened critical reporters to her dog at the June 25 annual general meeting in New York.
Category: IABC
Thu., Jun. 27, 2013
Maine Moves Tourism PR to New York
By Greg Hazley
 
maineMaine has moved its tourism PR account to The Dilenschenider Group, following a review begun in March.
Category: Travel PR
Thu., Jun. 27, 2013
Wendy's, Ketchum Unleash the Pretzel Cheeseburger
By Greg Hazley
 
burgerWendy's is working with longtime agency Ketchum on the rollout of the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger, the pub-style hamburger tested earlier this year that's drawn online and media interest.
Category: Corporate Communications
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 Brand.com
By Greg Hazley
 
brandReputationChanger.com, a four-year-old player in the competitive digital reputation market, has acquired the domain Brand.com 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
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