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Fri., Feb. 19, 2016
Play About Seven 1982 Tylenol Murders Hammers J&J
By Jack O'Dwyer

Death on the Supermarket Shelf“Death on the Supermarket Shelf” is a play about the seven Tylenol murders in 1982 that will run from March 4 to March 26 at the Centerstage Theatre, Federal Way, between Seattle and Tacoma, Wash. Johnson & Johnson is criticized.

Category: Crisis Communications
Fri., Feb. 19, 2016
MDC Organic Growth Rises, Net Loss Inches Up in Q4
By Editorial Staff
MDC PartnersPR and advertising group MDC Partners reported a fourth quarter net loss of $26.2M as revenues ticked up 5.6% to $359M on a solid gain in organic revenue.
Category: Marketing Communications
Fri., Feb. 19, 2016
PR Jobs of the Week
By Editorial Staff

PR and communications jobs on this week:

Senior manager, PR, PH Consulting (NY) 

Senior A/D, Imprenta Comms Group (CA) 

PR rep, JM Family Enterprises (FL) 

Assoc. dir., media relations, Howard Hughes Medical (MD) 

Dir., PR/external comms., Colonial Pipeline Co. (GA) 

Manager, PR, Tyson Foods (AR) 

Category: PR Jobs
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
Tech Vet Launches New Shop
By Jon Gingerich
scott friedmanPR veteran Scott Friedman has launched a New York-based technology shop, The Lede Agency.
Category: Technology PR
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
GAO to Probe PR Spending
By Editorial Staff
gaoThe Government Accountability Office will investigate PR and advertising spending after a request from Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike Enzi.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
Santa Clara Eyes Affordable Housing PR
By Editorial Staff
Housing Authority of the County of Santa ClaraSanta Clara County, the Silicon Valley locale which has the highest median income in the country, is searching for PR help to support its affordable housing entity.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
Aalders Accepts Shutterstock Comms Position
By Jon Gingerich
Siobhan AaldersPhotography giant Shutterstock has named PR pro Siobhan Aalders the company's newest vice president of communications.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
Wreckage of Google Wi-Fi Balloon Found in Sri Lanka
By Jack O'Dwyer

Wi-Fi high-altitude balloonWorkers at a Sri Lanka tea plantation on Feb. 17 found wreckage of a Google “Project Loon” Wi-Fi high-altitude balloon. It was the maiden flight of the controversial project that would bring Wi-Fi to remote areas.

Category: Technology PR
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
T-Mobile Taps Farragut Partners
By Jon Gingerich
T-MobileWireless network giant T-Mobile has hired newly formed Washington, D.C. lobbying firm Farragut Partners, LLP for Capital Hill representation.
Category: Lobbying
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
Robertson Markets Montréal
By Jon Gingerich
MontrealRobertson Solutions has been named agency of record for Tourisme Montréal.
Category: Travel PR
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
Alumni Gather to Celebrate Harold Burson's 95th Birthday
By Editorial Staff
Harold BursonMore than 150 former and current Burson-Marsteller employees gathered at the James Burden Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to celebrate the 95th birthday of Burson-Marsteller founder and chairman emeritus Harold Burson.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
Golin Acquires The Brooklyn Brothers
By Editorial Staff
The Brooklyn BrothersGolin has acquired PR and creative branding shop The Brooklyn Brothers, a New York-based agency with operations in London, Los Angeles and Brazil.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
DCI, Huntington Beach Take Top PR Adrian Award
By Editorial Staff
HSMAI Adrian AwardsDevelopment Counsellors International and client Visit Huntington Beach took home "Best in Show" honors in PR at the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association's annual Adrian Awards Feb. 17 in New York.
Category: PR Awards
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016
PR Links: London PR Pros Make Pitch for 'Livery' Status; Redstone Companion Splits with PR Guru
By Editorial Staff

PR In London, PR professionals make pitch for 'livery' status (WSJ) 

Crisis Sumner Redstone's former companion parts with crisis PR expert (THR) 

Marketing Nike ends Pacquiao's contract over remarks about gays (NPR) 

Community Brands are behaving like organized religions (HBR) 

PA Bankruptcy-bound Erie school board enages PR firm (Erie Times-News) 

Category: PR Links
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
Yelp Taps Monument
By Jon Gingerich

YelpInternet business review site Yelp Inc. has hired lobbying firm Monument Policy Group for Capitol Hill representation.

Category: Lobbying
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
MMGY Draws Private Equity Investors
By Editorial Staff
mmgyMMGY Global has drawn "significant" private equity investment from Peninsula Capital Partners and Fine Equity Partners.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
Chamberlin to Lead Comms at PNC
By Editorial Staff
David ChamberlainPNC Financial Services Group plans to elevate David Chamberlin to EVP and chief communications officer. 
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
Survey: External Communications Often Ignored in Litigation Process
By Jon Gingerich
greentargetMany U.S. companies that face litigation remain unprepared in providing communications strategy outside the courtroom, according to a recent survey of senior level legal officers.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
Karv Adds Corporate, Gov't PR Vet Mitchell
By Editorial Staff
calvin mitchellCalvin Mitchell, who held top communications posts with Credit Suisse, Thomas Reuters and the New York Fed, has joined KARV Communications as a senior advisor for the New York-based advisory firm.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
BPMPR Bolsters Phantom Glass
By Jon Gingerich
Beautiful PlanningBeautiful Planning Marketing & PR has been named agency of record for screen protection company Phantom Glass.
Category: Technology PR

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Mon., Oct. 24
Redefining Success: a Timeless Debate
By Stephanie DeViteri
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Mon., Oct. 24
Trump Fails Presidential Character Test, Bigly
By Bodine Williams
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Fri., Oct. 21
Missed Opportunity of the 2016 Al Smith Dinner
By Patrick Hirigoyen
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Fri., Oct. 21
It’s Not What You Know, But Who You Know
By Loren Antonio Duran
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Fri., Oct. 21
Defenders of the Healthcare Brand
By Lisa Kersey
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Thu., Oct. 20
Healthy Reputations Essential in Healthcare
By Gil Bashe &
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Gil BasheKristie Kuhl

Wed., Oct. 19
Understanding the Executive Power of the President
By Robert Dilenschneider
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Wed., Oct. 19
PR Lessons From the Political Campaign
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Wed., Oct. 19
Keeping Pace in an Evolving Marketplace
By Dan Martin
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Tue., Oct. 18
PR’s Role in Patient Engagement
By Sharon Reis
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Tue., Oct. 18
Year-End Tax Planning and Developments
By Richard Goldstein
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Mon., Oct. 17
HP Job Cuts May Hurt Brand
By Ronn Torossian
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Thu., Oct. 20
Santa Monica Seeks Marketing Help
Santa Monica

Mon., Oct. 17
Redmond, WA Wants Creative Services
City of Redmond

Fri., Oct. 14
Compton Calls for Comms.
City of Compton

Tue., Oct. 11
FL Airport Seeks PR Pitches
Northwest Florida Beaches Int'l Airport

Thu., Oct. 6
Nassau Health Care Seeks Ad Agency

Wed., Oct. 5
Hawaii Calls for PR Services
Hawaii Tourism Authority

Tue., Oct. 4
Upstate NY DOT Seeks Broadcast, Media Buying Help
Warren County Tourism Department

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