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Last Updated: Fri., Jun. 15, 2018 @ 3:39 pm


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News of PR Firms

Mon., Jun. 11, 2018

By Steve Barnes

SRA CommunicationsKellen launches SRA Communications full-service marketing communications firm... Airfoil Group unveils digital entity... IPREX revamps website.

WPP Cuts Ties With Martinez

Fri., Jun. 8, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Gustavo MartinezWPP has cut ties with Gustavo Martinez, former head of JWT, two months after it settled a sexual harassment brought against him by ex-JWT chief communications officer Erin Johnson.

Media Maneuvers

Fri., Jun. 8, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Ryan LizzaRyan Lizza, who was fired by New Yorker in wake of sexual misconduct charges re-emerges at Esquire... New Yorker, Fast Company staffs vote to join unions... Penthouse, which once had 5M circulation, is sold for $11.2M to porn film mogul... Rubin "Bob" Goldberg, co-founder of Feature Photo Service, passes away.

Commentary

Loose Cannon Rudy Giuliani Needs a Vacation

Fri., Jun. 8, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Rudy!Loose cannon Rudy Giuliani enjoys a 29 percent favorability rating, which is down from 57 percent since last February. His unfavorable rating has doubled to 44 percent. Why is he hanging around Team Trump? (6 reader comments)

Commentary

Trump Gets Played by North Korea, China, South Korea

Fri., Jun. 8, 2018

By Joe Honick

Joe HonickNew York real estate wheeler-dealer and erstwhile international diplomat Donald Trump has no idea how he has been suckered into the Singapore summit by PR savvy Kim Jung-un. (7 reader comments)

Peters Rips Fox News for Assault on Constitution

Fri., Jun. 8, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Ralph PetersFormer Fox News military analyst Ralph Peters ripped several of the network’s on-air personalities for “assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law” and consequently doing “a great grave disservice to our country.”

Google Overtakes Facebook for Referral Traffic

Fri., Jun. 8, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

GoogleChanges in Facebook’s algorithms have caused Google to overtake the social media giant as the number-one traffic referrer to online articles, according to a new report.

Accounts in Transit

Fri., Jun. 8, 2018

By Steve Barnes

JapanGeoffrey Weill Assocs. books Japan National Tourism... Powerhouse Communications orders Mountain Mike's Pizza... The S3 Agency cleans up with Carbona.

Bikeshare Startups Cause Government, Public Outcry

Fri., Jun. 8, 2018

By Nick Horowitz and Richard Chang

Nick Horowitz and Richard ChangThough initially a great idea, the dockless bikes and scooters that have taken over our metropolitan areas lack the consideration of real-world consequences and reactions from the public. The debate surrounding these programs provides a microcosm view into the struggles facing Silicon Valley, and why tech firms must make it a priority to understand how their innovations will be received.

Awards & Events

Fri., Jun. 8, 2018

By Steve Barnes

B2 AwardsGrant Thornton, gyro star in ANA's B2 awards... R&J Strategic Communications nabs 4 Jersey Awards for PR, advertising, graphic design and social media... Gutenberg digital shop hosted Sree's Social Media Weekend at CUNY Grad School, event picked up more than 240M impressions.

Ex-Senator Coleman Scores Victory for ZTE

Thu., Jun. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Norm ColemanFormer Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman represents ZTE Corp, which scored a major victory today as the US Commerce Dept. announced a deal to lift sanctions imposed on it.

Brunswick Hires Ex-Weber Heavyweight McLeod

Thu., Jun. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jon McLeodBrunswick Group has hired Jon McLeod, who chaired Weber Shandwick’s UK corporate, financial and PA group, as head of its London PA operation.

Majority of Voters Say ‘Taking a Knee’ is Not Unpatriotic

Thu., Jun. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Taking a kneeA majority (58 percent) of American voters believe National Football League players who “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem are not “unpatriotic,” according to a poll of released today by Quinnipiac University.

Joele Frank Works Catterton’s Honest Deal

Thu., Jun. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Jessica AlbaJoele Frank is working L Catterton’s $200M investment in The Honest Co., the Los Angeles natural beauty products marketer founded by actress Jessica Alba.

Record Low Unemployment Tightens Race for Talent

Thu., Jun. 7, 2018

By Michelle Ubben

Michelle UbbenThe flipside of a robust economy and record low unemployment means there too many open jobs in PR and not enough workers, especially qualified workers, to fill them. (1 reader comment)

Kekst Handles Platform as it Talks Deal

Thu., Jun. 7, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

PlatformKekst & Co. handles Platform Specialty Products, which is in “advanced talks” on a $3B deal to sell its agricultural chemicals unit to London’s Wilmcote Holdings.

Karbo Teams Up with Asia Partner

Thu., Jun. 7, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Karbo & EastWestCommunications has entered into a strategic partnership with Singapore-based agency EASTWEST Public Relations to deliver localized PR programs for global clients.

Qatar Inks $1.2M Pact With Giuliani-Tied Firm

Wed., Jun. 6, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Rudy GiulianiQatar, which has faced an economic blockade for the past year, signs $1.2M pact with Blueprint Advisors, a firm that has close ties with president Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani. (4 reader comments)

Media Maneuvers

Wed., Jun. 6, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Cyma ZarghamiCyma Zarghami is out at Nickelodeon as Viacom clears decks... Gerard Baker is out as Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief... Bob Brody of Powell Tate is out with book on growing up.

Commentary

Please Come Back, Hope Hicks

Wed., Jun. 6, 2018

By Bill Huey

Hope HicksHopie, we miss you because you might have been the only person to persuade Donald Trump that more important matters—NAFTA, North Korea preparation, immigration, trade wars or shooting wars—await his limited attention, rather than wasting time on impromptu "patriotism" events on the South Lawn of White House. (8 reader comments)

Gallagher Grabs Amway’s Woodward

Wed., Jun. 6, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

ToddWoodwardTodd Woodward, VP-corporate & integrated marketing communications at Amway, has exited to head global communications at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. insurance brokerage/risk management combine