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Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
China Firm Backs Hollywood Studio Launch
By Greg Hazley

hollywoodThree PR firms are handling the launch of a Hollywood studio venture backed by China's Hony Capital, private equity firm TPG, and veteran producers Robert Simonds and Gigi Pritzker.

Category: Media News
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
Upcoming Events: 50 Speakers Lined Up For Comms. Conf.
By O'Dwyer's Staff

Fundamental changes in how communicators must communicate is the focus of Capitol Communicator's conference set for March 28th at Artisphere in Arlington, VA.

Category: Upcoming Events
Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
Ex-Ketchum Unit Exec: Ukraine Crisis 'Way Above' Firm's 'Inflated Pay Grade'
By Greg Hazley
strongmanAngus Roxburgh, a former BBC reporter who worked the Russia account at Ketchum unit Gplus, told the Daily Beast that his former firm is "utterly powerless" to affect the Kremlin's PR amid the Ukraine crisis.
Category: International
Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
O'Dwyer's Ranking of Technology PR Firms Published
By Greg Hazley
rankingsO'Dwyer's today published its annual ranking of technology PR firms. Edelman, Waggener Edstrom Communications, Lewis PR, APCO Worldwide and Racepoint Global lead the list of 76 agencies.
Category: Technology PR
Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
Chevron Motors to Levick
By Kevin McCauley
chevronChevron USA is now at Levick, which took over the bulk of Dow Lohnes Government Strategies in January.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
Murray Forced out of PR Society of America
By Jack O'Dwyer
bill murrayBill Murray, whose seven years at PRSA were marred by anti-press, anti-communications, anti-New York and anti-democratic policies and practices, has resigned, a move we believe was forced on him.
Category: PRSA
Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
PR Jobs of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 Sr. PR manager, i.d.e.a. - CA
 A/S, PR healthcare - Vox Medica
 PR intern, Forest Preserve District of Kane County - IL
 PR manager, networking, Hewlett Packard - CA
 PR manager, Hewlett Packard - TX
 PR manager, Canon USA - NY
 PR manager, Atlanta Braves - GA
 Senior publicist/account superv., J PR - NY
 Assoc. dir., PR, Boehringer-Ingelheim - CT
More jobs 
Category: PR Jobs
Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Tech Why every startup requires PR (C. Penn) 
Social Facebook Zero: Considering life after the demise of organic reach (M. Manson) 
Content In PR, story has to dictate format (B. Reilly) 
Consumer Beyond recipes and toddler tips: Changing the mommy blog conversation (M. O'Neill) 
PR 101 Extracting real value from news releases (S. Burke) 
Media Draw your elevator pitch (HBR) 
Media Why didn't tech journalists break the Prism story? (J. Leavitt) 
Marketing How do brands achieve 'lifestyle' status? (S. Rau)Careers 6 signs PR isn't the job for you (NYPRG) 
Quote "We got lucky, because we ended up with an opponent that didn't have a PR strategy" (Adweek) 
PR 101 How a single press release about pot misled dozens of media outlets (CNN) 
Privacy Why you should embrace surveillance, not fight it (Wired) 
Longread Father of Sandy Hook killer searches for answers (New Yorker)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
Dilenschneider Advises Sbarro in Chapter 11
By Greg Hazley
sbarroThe Dilenschneider Group is counseling pizza chain Sbarro, which today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in three years.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
Ketchum's Dilemma: To Represent or Not To Represent Russia
By Arthur Solomon
Should a PR firm represent a client that is adverse to American interests? In this case, the client is Russia, represented by Ketchum, but the same question could be asked by most international PR firms which have toiled on behalf of foreign accounts or governments.
Category: Public Relations
Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
LB Lobbies for Turkey
By Kevin McCauley
 LB International Solutions is representing Turkey in conjunction with Dick Gephardt’s Gephardt Group.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
Direct Marketers Hit '60 Minutes' Report, Ramp Up PR
By Greg Hazley
dataThe Direct Marketing Association has blasted a "60 Minutes" report aired March 9 about data brokers "collecting, analyzing and packaging some of our most sensitive personal information and selling it as a commodity."
Category: Data
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Murray Exits PRSA
By Kevin McCauley
bill murrayBill Murray is leaving the PRSA CEO slot after a seven-year stint in June to pursue other opportunities outside the communications sector.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Int'l In Ukraine's war of words, a PR machine girds for battle(Globe & Mail) 
Social C-suite social media (P. Lamotte) 
Demographics The Connected Wave will change your marketing and PR (C. Penn) 
Demographics How the least-loyal generation is shaping retail(CNBC) 
PR The impact of the tabloid news agenda on PR (D. Parker) 
Practice PR fitness challenge: 30 days to become a better communicator (N. Samahito) 
Public Diplomacy We've upgraded to public diplomacy 2.1, but does it matter? (M. Ardaiolo) 
Music Taylor Swift and longtime publicist part ways (Billboard) 
SXSWi First look at trends & themes (S. Skerik) 
Cities Is Detroit the next Brooklyn? Silicon Valley? Berlin, Germany? (E. Shirden) 
Auto How the auto industry is reinventing itself (F. Stockle) 
Media Photographers hate Getty's plan to give away their work(BBW)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Is Putin Worth the Image Headache for Ketchum?
By Kevin McCauley
ketchumKetchum has every right to represent any despot or authoritarian leader that it wants. There are however risks involved in advocating on behalf of a client who appears bent on re-conquest and limiting the free speech rights of his people and press.
Category: International
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Publicis Acquires Hawkeye
By Kevin McCauley
France’s Publicis Groupe is acquiring Hawkeye, digital marketing/analytics shop based in Dallas.
Category: M&A
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Brunswick Guides Successful IPO
By Greg Hazley engaged Brunswick Group for PR counsel through the Silicon Valley company's successful initial public offering this week.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Weber Shandwick, Glover Park Shop $9B Safeway-Albertsons Deal
By Kevin McCauley
albertsonsWeber Shandwick and Glover Park Group are working the $9B acquisition of Safeway by Cerberus Capital Management and its Albertsons operation.
Category: M&A
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Cision Postpones Annual Meeting Amid Takeover Offer
By Greg Hazley
PR software provider Cision has postponed its annual meeting originally slated for April 9 as a takeover offer from a Chicago investment firm runs through March 27.
Category: PR Services
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
Larry King Should Exit Putin's Propaganda Network
By Kevin McCauley
larry kingIf Larry King had any scruples, he would follow Liz Wahl out the door on RT America.
Category: Media News
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