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Tue., Jul. 2, 2013
Florida Firm Touts $200M Seal Team Six Lawsuit
By Greg Hazley
sealA Florida PR firm is working with conservative activist group Judicial Watch to promote a $200M suit against the Obama administration on behalf of families of the elite Navy SEAL Team Six who say their family members were killed in a Taliban retaliation strike for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
RadioShack Plugs In Roth for Comms
By Greg Hazley
Merianne RothRadioShack, the struggling electronics retailer under new leadership, has created a top PR post and hired a retail corporate communications veteran to fill it.
Category: Corporate Communications
Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
MD Wants Firm to Tout Region for Adventure Sports
By Greg Hazley
Deep Creek 2014Maryland region wants PR and marketing help to pitch the 2014 International Canoe Slalom World Championships and leverage the spotlight to position the state as a global hub for adventure sports.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
Hostess Cooks Up PR, Ad Recipe for 'Comeback'
By Greg Hazley
ding dongsHostess Brands, the snack cake maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs, has brought in PR and advertising firms to guide its "comeback" campaign following bankruptcy and sales of its major brands.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
IABC's McCasland: Apologize for 'Dog' Remarks
By Jack ODwyer
Robin McCaslandRobin McCasland, internal PR staffer at Dell and new chair of the International Assn. of Business Communicators, should apologize for her remarks June 25 likening reporters to dogs "humping" in the park.
Category: IABC
Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
Steinway Gets Financial PR Counsel in Kohlberg Buyout
By Greg Hazley
pianoPublicly traded piano icon Steinway Musical Instruments is relying on outside financial communications counsel through its $438M buyout offer by Kohlberg & Co.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
J-Lo Publicist Handles Dictator Crisis
By Greg Hazley
turkThe PR team for singer Jennifer Lopez is working to contain the perception that she serenaded the repressive dictator of Turkmenistan with "Happy Birthday" at an oil company event in the Asian country June 29.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
Understanding the Roth Qualified Plan Rollover Rules
By Richard Goldstein
Whenever I meet with a financial planning client, the subject of the Roth IRA comes up. By way of a refresher, unlike a traditional IRA, contributions to Roth IRAs are nondeductible.
Category: Financial Management
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
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
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