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Fri., May 31, 2013
New Cable Network Pivot Plugs in VP of PR
By Kevin McCauley

Jennifer GarnickPivot, the cable TV network slated for an Aug. 1 launch by Participant Media, names VP of PR. 

Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., May 31, 2013
MPAA Bolsters Copyright Firepower
By Kevin McCauley

copyrightThe Motion Picture Assn. of America has added copyright pro Steve Tepp, who helms Sentinel Worldwide in Vienna, Va., to its lobbying lineup.

Category: Lobbying
Fri., May 31, 2013
Sitrick Guides Ch. 11 PR for Vodka Giant
By Greg Hazley
vodkaCentral European Distribution Corp., the Poland-based vodka bailed out by a Russian billionaire, is leaning on Sitrick and Company for communications counsel as it navigates Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Fri., May 31, 2013
Media: Buffett Buys Another Paper, FT Takes Aim at Twitter
By Kevin McCauley

Berkshire Hathaway acquires the Roanoke Times… Financial Times takes aim at Twitter… King joins Moscow's TV mouthpiece… Castaldo to BPI PR slot… more…

Category: Media News
Fri., May 31, 2013
Valeant Relies on PR in $8.7B Bausch+Lomb Deal
By Greg Hazley
ValeantValeant Pharmaceuticals is relying on outside PR support in its $8.7B acquisition of Bausch + Lomb.
Category: M&A
Thu., May 30, 2013
Petraeus Becomes KKR Policy Chief
By Kevin McCauley

David PetraeusPrivate equity giant KKR has hired former CIA director and retired four-star general David Petraeus for counsel on public policy, regulatory and technology trends.

Category: Lobbying
Thu., May 30, 2013
Holder Brings in PA Chief for Justice Dept. Amid Crisis
By Greg Hazley
Eric HolderAttorney General Eric Holder has tapped the top PR aide to one of the U.S. Senate's most press-savvy members to take over the Justice Department's public affairs operation, which is facing a barrage of attention over the AP leak probe.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., May 30, 2013
How Will Al Jazeera Affect PR & TV Viewers?
By Ronn Torossian

ronn torossianWill a growing Al Jazeera America win the hearts, minds and pitches of U.S. PR firms amid the rubble of collapsing mainstream media?



Category: International
Thu., May 30, 2013
Gossip Columnist Hangs PR Shingle
By Greg Hazley
Dan GrossFormer Philadelphia Daily News gossip columnist and union chief Dan Gross has opened Gross Communications in the city.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., May 30, 2013
Activists Seek Pay, Governance Reforms at Omnicom
By Jack ODwyer
Nell MinowStockholder activists, quoting GovernanceMetrics Int'l/The Corporate Library, co-founded by Nell Minow, the "queen of good corporate governance" (BusinessWeek), are pressing for pay and governance reforms at Omnicom, the $14 billion conglomerate that owns FleishmanHillard, Ketchum, Porter Novelli and other PR firms.
Category: Marketing Communications
Thu., May 30, 2013
Washington Scrambles PR Effort After Bridge Collapse
By Greg Hazley
bridgeGov. Jay Inslee of Washington has allocated $150K for a marketing and PR push to support local economies severely affected by the May 23 collapse of an interstate highway bridge, which garnered national attention after it was captured on video.
Category: Economic Development
Thu., May 30, 2013
Large, Mid-Sized PR Firms Saw Profitability Jump in 2012
By Greg Hazley
Profitability among U.S. PR firms ticked up 0.2% on average in 2012 to 18.8%, but average retainer fees declined and solid gains at mid-sized and large firms offset a decline at smaller shops, according to an annual survey by StevensGouldPincus.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., May 29, 2013
China Seeks PR Rebound from Porker Apocalypse
By Kevin McCauley

smithfieldChina's biggest meat company struck an outstanding PR bargain today in announcing the acquisition of American pork powerhouse Smithfield Foods.

Category: Food & Beverage PR
Wed., May 29, 2013
Fishing, Boating Industry Casts PR with Ogilvy
By Greg Hazley

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, a Virginia group of outdoors industry companies and public sector entities, has cast its PR net with Ogilvy PR, following a review.

Category: RFPs
Wed., May 29, 2013
BLJ Launches Volcker's 'Good Government Group'
By Kevin McCauley
Paul VolckerBrown Lloyd James today launched former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul Volcker’s "good government group" to combat his frustration with the "impotence" of federal regulatory agencies.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., May 29, 2013
AMG Fronts China's $4B American Pork Grab
By Kevin McCauley
smithfieldThe Abernathy MacGregor Group is fronting the $4.7B acquisition of iconic American pork company Smithfield Foods by China's Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., the No. 1 meat processor in China.
Category: M&A
Wed., May 29, 2013
Edelman Finds Fields for UAE
By Kevin McCauley
Jane FieldsEdelman has recruited Jane Fields, an 18-year corporate, tech and new media veteran, to helm its United Arab Emirates operation.
Category: International
Wed., May 29, 2013
Diller to Unload Newsweek
By Kevin McCauley
NewsweekIAC/Interactive Corp CEO Barry Diller is shopping Newsweek as the former weekly has completed its "soft" digital re-launch earlier this month, according to a report in Variety.
Category: Media News
Wed., May 29, 2013
Public Broadcasting, Agency Pro Parker Named Greenough President
By Greg Hazley
Jamie ParkerFormer Weber Shandwick Cambridge chief who heads marketing and communications for top public broadcaster WGBH is named president of Boston agency Greenough.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., May 29, 2013
Panel to Roast ALEC Lobbying Group
By Jack ODwyer
Left ForumJohn Nichols, Washington, D.C., correspondent of The Nation, and Brendan Fischer, general counsel and chief correspondent of PR Watch, will be among those discussing the American Legislative Exchange Council at the 2013 Left Forum on Sun., June 9 at Pace University in Manhattan (near City Hall).
Category: Lobbying
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