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Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
Media: New Tech Scribe at Times, Tampa Trib Locks Up $28M, AOL Unloads Patch...
By O'Dwyer's Staff
manjooMedia news: Times Plugs in Manjoo for Tech, Tampa Times Pub Gets $28M Backing, LA Times Launches Shopping Site, AOL Unloads Patch, Fox News Pro to FP1 Strategies, Forbes Media Attracts Foreign Bidders, Perrette Guids Discovery's Overseas Push, Schmidt Goes to Glam...
Category: Media News
Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
Shove: How the PR Industry Could Win the Future
By Greg Shove
greg shoveIn the era of brand story-telling, the PR industry is well suited to win the future of communications.
Category: Public Relations
Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
Gephardt Prescribes Teva's PR
By Kevin McCauley
tevaGephardt Group is working Washington for Israel's Teva Pharmaceuticals, the globe's No. 1 producer of generic drugs.
Category: Public Affairs
Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
Qorvis' Reid to Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans Group
By Greg Hazley
john reidJohn Reid, a partner and managing director at newly acquired Qorvis, is enlisting as chief communications officer for the New York-based Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Association.
Category: Corporate Communications
Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
PRSA Continues to Withhold Tax Return Filing Date
By Jack ODwyer
prsaPR Society of America is continuing to refuse to reveal when it filed its 990 tax return for 2012, a document that showed COO Bill Murray received a $61,000 bonus although 2012 revenues of $11,083,420 were below the 2006 revenues of $11,426,867.
Category: PRSA
Fri., Jan. 17, 2014
FH Installs Key Obama Healthcare Pro in DC
By Greg Hazley
richard sorianRichard Sorian, a key Obama administration healthcare pro who recently tackled PR for Washington, D.C.'s health insurance exchange, has moved to FleishmanHillard to heads its health operation in the capital.
Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
LGBT Campaign Seeks PR Firm for Global Push
By Greg Hazley
astraeaThe Astraea Foundation, a 35-year-old New York-based philanthropic organization focused on gay rights, is on the hunt for a PR firm.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
DKC Pumps Trump Hotels
By Kevin McCauley
trumpDKC Public Relations has signed on as agency of record for Donald Trump’s portfolio of upscale hotels and customized hospitality and wellness programs.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
Mercury Bolsters Digital with Obama, Levick Vets
By Greg Hazley
vance hickinVance Hickin, a California digital PR vet who directed the Obama re-election campaign's digital strategy in the Golden State, has moved to Omnicom's Mercury in Los Angeles as a senior VP.
Category: Technology PR
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
PR Snapshot: NY's Bikini Bus Shelter
By Greg Hazley
busThe Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is providing the first-ever heated bus shelter in Midtown Manhattan this month to promote the area's beaches.
Category: Public Relations
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
Brinkman Checks in at Deluxe
By Kevin McCauley
amanda brinkmanAmanda Brinkman is the new chief brand and communications chief at Deluxe Corp., the Minneapolis producer of customized checks and forms, as of Jan. 13.
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
Indian Outsourcing Giant Looks for Trade Show Support
By Kevin McCauley

wipro$7B global information technology giant is looking for a partner to provide trade show support for a U.S. event in April.

Category: RFPs
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
Major Journos to Speak in New York Jan. 24
By Jack ODwyer

investigative reportersCorporate critic David Cay Johnston and two New York Times reporters who have won three Pulitzers each (David Barstow and Walt Bogdanich) will be among speakers at an all-day program of the Investigative Reporters & Editors Friday Jan. 24 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th St., New York.

Category: Media News
Thu., Jan. 16, 2014
Joele Frank Supports Apollo in $1.3B Chuck E. Cheese Deal
By Greg Hazley
check e cheeseApollo Global Management is receiving PR support from Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher in its $1.3B acquisition of CEC Entertainment, the owner of the Chuck E. Cheese chain.
Category: M&A
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Kekst Works $60B+ Charter Bid for TW Cable
By Kevin McCauley
Publicis Groupe’s Kekst and Company unit is working Charter Communications’ aggressive  $61B cash/stock bid for Time Warner Cable, which has ridiculed the offer as “grossly inadequate.”
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Cavalry Rides to Rescue of Central Park Carriage Owners
By Kevin McCauley
carriageCavalry Group is riding to the rescue of Manhattan's embattled Central Park horse carriage owners, who face possible unemployment if freshly minted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pulls off his threat to shut them down.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Visa's Donovan Charges to E-Health Records Provider
By Greg Hazley
ryan donovanRyan Donovan, senior VP of communications for Visa Inc., has moved to San Francisco-based electronic medical records provider Practice Fusion in its top corporate communications post.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Sard, Sloane Work $3.2B Riverbed Technology Showdown
By Greg Hazley
Riverbed Technology, the San Francisco-based network infrastructure maker, is relying on Sard Verbinnen & Co as it fends off a $3.2B hostile bid from hedge fund Elliott Management Corp.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Cudmore Cops Corporate Post at BHP Billiton
By Kevin McCauley
cudmoreTony Cudmore will become president of corporate affairs at BHP Billiton, $70B Anglo-Australian mining (coal, iron ore, copper, nickel, manganese), petroleum, aluminum powerhouse, on March 3.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Hoffman's Tang Heads for Huntsworth
By Kevin McCauley
chris tangChris Tang, managing director of The Hoffman Agency’s Asia-Pacific region, will become CEO of Huntsworth’s operations there on Feb. 1.
Category: International
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