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Last Updated: Tue., Mar. 19, 2019 @ 6:12 pm

Shenandoah County, VA Seeks Digital AOR

Tue., Mar. 19, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Visit Shenandoah CountyShenandoah County Tourism & Economic Development, the DOT representing the half-dozen historic communities of Shenandoah County, Virginia, is looking for a digital marketing agency.

WPP Gets Bidders for Kantar

Tue., Mar. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

KantarBlackstone Group and Advent buyout funds are in the hunt to buy a majority stake in Kantar, WPP's big data analytics firm, A transaction would value Kantar in the $5B range.


O'Dwyer's Magazine

March Mag Focuses on Food & Beverage PR

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's Mar. '19 Food & Beverage PR MagazineOur annual issue on food and beverage PR features articles from leading thought leaders in the field, plus profiles of 35 firms with expertise in this specialty.


Fox Enlists Ex-Speaker Ryan for Board

Tue., Mar. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Paul RyanFormer House Speaker Paul Ryan has joined the board of the slimmed down Fox Corp. as it completes the sale of the bulk of its entertainment assets to Walt Disney Co.

Hollywood Mentality Kills Common Courtesy

Tue., Mar. 19, 2019

By Rene Henry

Rene HenryToo many publicists, agents, producers, journalists and others in the entertainment industry just don't realize it's rude and sometimes insulting to not return phone calls or respond to letters, emails and faxes.

Credit Suisse Securities Banks with BGR

Tue., Mar. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Credit SuisseCredit Suisse Securities has invested in BGR Government Affairs for DC support on legislative and regulatory matters.

On the Move: H+K Hires Molly Schlinger as US Creative Strategist; Walker Sands Ups Annie Gudorf; Spyglass Media Taps MGM Alum Kristin Cotich For Global PR

Tue., Mar. 19, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Molly SchlingerHill+Knowlton Strategies hires Molly Schlinger for creative strategist post in the US. She was director of strategy & planning at Citizen Relations... Walker Sands, promotes Annie Gudorf to VP-PR... Spyglass Media Group eyes Kristin Cotich for executive VP-worldwide communications post. She had same positon at MGM when it was helmed by Gary Barber, who heads Spyglass.

Many Brands Unprepared for Crisis

Mon., Mar. 18, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Crisis

Brands and their CMOs worry about the effects a crisis could have on their organization, but many admit feeling vulnerable to the impacts of a high-stakes crisis event and some don’t even have a communication plan in place, according to a recent report. (1 reader comment)

Ivy League Escapes PR Hit from Admissions Scandal

Mon., Mar. 18, 2019

By Lori Ruggiero

Lori RuggieroIvy League and other elite schools "caught up" in the college admissions scandal wil likelyl suffer little or no damage to their PR reputations. The episode though highlights the need for mid-tier schools to prove the value of their diplomas. (1 reader comment)

Sorrell Retains WPP Bonus

Mon., Mar. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Martin SorrellWPP has decided not to contest the $2.8M payment that former CEO Martin Sorrell is entitled to under the company’s long-term incentive plan.

Commentary

DNC Should Follow Donna Brazile's Lead to Fox

Mon., Mar. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Donna BrazileThe Democratic National Committee should follow the lead of former chairperson Donna Brazile, who has signed on as a contributor to Fox News. Democrats are hardly in a position to write-off all Fox viewers. (1 reader comment)

Farley Falls for Cowen’s Pitch

Mon., Mar. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

James FarleyJames Farley has joined diversified financial services firm Cowen Inc. as managing director & head of investor relations.

Davenport, IA Issues Branding RFP

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Davenport, IADavenport, Iowa is seeking proposals from agencies that can assist the city with the development and implementation of a comprehensive brand and marketing campaign.

Mark Penn Takes Command of MDC

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Mark PennMark Penn has assumed the helm of MDC Partners as his Stagwell Group agrees to pump a $100M equity infusion into the financially strapped ad/PR company.

Ex-Aide to Clintons Goes to Work for Brit Royals

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Sara LathamSara Latham, whose resume includes working for both Bill and Hillary Clinton, has been chosen to head up the communications staff for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Commentary

Trump Warns Supporters May Play it Tough

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

TrumpWhy did Donald Trump remove a Twitter link to Breibart hours after the massacre of 49 Muslims in New Zealand? The president told the conservative media outlet that his supporters can play it tough "when they go to a certain point." (1 reader comment)

Volkswagen Drives to Bridge

Fri., Mar. 15, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

VolkswagenVolkswagen has hired Bridge Public Affairs, the firm founded by three aides to former Tennessee Senator Bob Corker. The German automaker has a factory in Chattanooga.