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Edition, Feb. 8, 2006, Page 1
OGILVY LANDS $1M DIVERSITY
private foundation set up by one of Californias largest
HMOs has doled out a $1 million grant to Ogilvy PR Worldwide
to lead a PR campaign showing the benefits of boosting ethnic
diversity in the Golden States healthcare workforce.
California Wellness Initiative, set up by Health Net in
1992 when the HMO went from a non-profit to a for-profit
company, said data on healthcare workers in the state does
not reflect its diverse population. Latinos, for example,
make up 32 percent of Californias population, but
only four percent of doctors and registered nurses, and
six percent of dentists and nurse practitioners.
is charged with producing and disseminating a report on
the state of diversity in California healthcare, raising
public awareness of the issue with ads, and leading a PR
push for policymakers and so-called opinion leaders. The
firm is also slated to launch a website for information
on entering healthcare careers, obtaining scholarships,
loans and other opportunities.
gives out $40M in grants each year.
MONTANA SEEKS TOURISM PR HELP.
Montana is looking for
a PR firm to highlight Big Sky Country as a
year-round haven for travelers across the country and overseas,
while protecting and increasing its market share of the
millions who journey out west for vacations.
The states Department
of Commerce wants a firm to work as a collaborative
partner in the development, implementation and evaluation
of a comprehensive public/media relations effort. Budget
is $150K/year, part of the states total tourism PR
budget of $377,600, all of which is allocated from a seven-percent
tax on lodging. A one-year deal is planned which could be
renewed for up to seven years.
Contracting officer Robert
Oliver said there is no incumbent contract. Oliver ([email protected])
is the point of contact. Proposals are due Feb. 13.
Pryor has left the Los Angeles PR firm he started
for a new in-house post at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
in Century City, Calif.
Pryor set up Pryor &
Associates, now Priority PR, in 1990 handling several entertainment
companies and working with MGM chairman Harry Sloan through
client SBS Broadcasting, a European TV and radio station
company which Sloan headed.
He leaves Priority PR
in the hands of VP Kristien Brada-Thompson in Los Angeles
and director Marylou Johnston in France.
DOWIE GAINS GROUND IN LEGAL
Doug Dowie, who headed
Fleishman-Hillards Los Angeles office, claims that
he was fired as part of a deal that the Omnicom unit made
with federal prosecutors to avoid prosecution.
A U.S. District Court
judge has ruled that Dowie, who has filed a wrongful
termination against F-H, can have his lawyer depose
Marc Beck, F-Hs attorney, about the matter.
Beck handled F-Hs
dealings with federal investigators. Dowie contends that
Beck, on F-Hs behalf, promised to cooperate fully
with the governments investigation in exchange for
unspecified rewards, and that he was terminated as part
of that cooperation.
Beck, according to court
papers, stated last October that F-H was advised by the
government that its cooperation would, as always,
be acknowledged and rewarded. Dowie asserts that he
is entitled to know the details of that promise, what
cooperation was required to secure the rewards, and what
the rewards will be.
Beck claims that Dowie
has embarked on a baseless fishing expedition.
No deposition date has been set.
The Court also has accepted
an amended complaint from Dowie, charging he was terminated
because he suspected F-H was wrongfully laundering campaign
contributions and the firm wanted to conceal its conduct
by discrediting and scapegoating him.
He alleges bonus
checks issued to Los Angeles staffers represented
reimbursements for campaign contributions in violation
of state law.
F-M must respond to the
amended complaint by the end of the month.
HARRIS RETURNS TO GM.
Steve Harris, who retired
from General Motors in January 04, is slated to re-join
the struggling automaker as VP of global communications
on March 1. Current VP Tom Kowaleski has resigned, effective
The 54-year-old Kowaleski
said he has increasingly missed being more involved in the
product side of the auto business and added hes been
presented with some excellent opportunities.
He joined GM as executive director of product communications
in March 1999 and took on a VP role for North America in
Harris, 60, headed GMs
global communication unit from 1999 to 2003, when he retired
and later took a post at The McGinn Group and as chief comms.
officer for Clear!Blue Comms. in Chicago. Harris originally
began with GM in 1967 out of college and later rose through
the ranks at Chrysler to become SVP of comms. for DaimlerChrysler
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DoD WINDS DOWN FOREIGN MEDIA
Pentagon has started the final stretch of a 10-month RFP
process to engage a firm to monitor foreign media for the
U.S. Strategic Command. The process, which was suspended
in November, began with a request for interested firms last
spring and is expected to conclude by March.
Rendon Group is winding down its latest pact an $8M+
contract through the last two years and scores of
companies have expressed an interest in taking over the
work. The Pentagon expects the winning bidder, if its
not the incumbent, to be transitioned in by April or May.
Group is the latest PR industry firm (No. 80 on a list of
81 companies) to express an interest in the assignment.
PR services vendors like TV Eyes, Delahaye, Factiva and
Carma Intl have considered a bid, although the Defense
Dept. has called for a non-commercial contract,
apparently shying away from pre-packaged monitoring services.
winning bidder will be charged with tracking foreign press
(print, TV, radio and Internet) in Europe, Africa, Latin
America, Asia, the Middle East and Mexico. A $5.25M million
budget has been set for 2007, but that figure is scheduled
to more than triple to $18M/year in 08, 09 and
2010. The initial contract however, will only span through
September 06. The rest are option years.
the solicitation formally began in April 05, STRATCOMM
told ODwyers the government was interested in
PAUL IS ABOARD HAGEL-SMITH
Mike Paul began crisis
work for Jennifer Hagel-Smith on Feb. 1, nearly seven months
following the disappearance of her husband, George, from
the Royal Caribbean cruise liner, Brilliance of the Seas.
The couple was en route to Turkey on a honeymoon cruise.
Paul, who heads MGP &
Assocs. PR, told ODwyers he will handle media
for Hagel-Smith on the domestic and international front.
Hagel-Smith made the media rounds last month, appearing
with Oprah Winfrey and on Scarborough Country.
RC on Jan 5. posted a
six-page press release on its website, defending its actions
surrounding Smiths disappearance.
KYNE TO CHAMBERLAIN.
GCI Groups David
Kyne has joined Chamberlain Communications as senior VP.
He will handle Novartis and issues management.
At GCI, Kyne was global
relationship manager for its biggest client, Boehringer
Ingelheim. He managed its HIV franchise and supported its
radiobiology and urology products.
Earlier Kyne was at Makovsky
& Co. and Dillon Consultants in Ireland, where he repped
Bristol Myers Squibb, Abbott Laboratories, Wyeth and the
Irish Medical Organization.
Kyne is an Irishman and
graduate of University College Dublin.
CALIF. COUNTY SEEKS PR HELP
Bernardino County, the 20K-square mile region abutting Los
Angeles and the Mojave Desert, is looking for PR help to
alleviate a byproduct of the housing boom a crush
of public inquiries swamping its tax collection offices.
The county, the largest
geographically in the U.S., reports that in the week preceding
its most recent tax installment payment date, the tax collectors
office received 31,000 phone calls from the public and 6,481
people visited the offices. More than 335K inquiries were
logged last year, the result, the office says, of increasing
property values, a rise in the number of new and used home
sales, and a boom in refinancing.
The county has issued
an RFP for a PR or public affairs firm with experience in
public, government and community relations campaigns to
target taxpayers, real estate agencies, title companies,
escrow agents and mortgage institutions.
Questions are due by Feb.
14 and proposals must be submitted by Feb. 17. Tracy Calentti,
project administrator ([email protected]),
is overseeing the search.
UTAH TAPS FIRM FOR VOTER OUTREACH.
Richter7, a Salt Lake
City PR and advertising firm, edged nine competitors to
guide a one-year, $500K effort to educate Utah voters about
voting changes as required by federal law.
Utah issued an RFP late
last year for a firm to run a statewide education campaign
teaching voters about new Diebold touch-screen voting machines,
which will be put to use for the first time in primary elections
in June. The campaign is also slated to include information
about the elections and promotion of the lieutenant governors
website on elections.
Richter7 had the advantage
of counting Diebold as a past client. The firm worked with
Diebold in the Utah market to highlight the benefits of
the companys machines to the public and a select group
of elected officials before the state decided to purchase
Other agencies pitching
the work included Crowell Advertising, Marketing & PR,
Riester~Robb, Policy Impact Communications, W Communications,
and Vanguard Media Group, among others. There is a one-year
option on the contract.
IMPACT STRATEGIES REPS KING
The King family used Washington,
D.C.-based Impact Strategies to announce the death of Coretta
Scott King, the wife of slain civil rights leader Martin
Luther King. She died Jan. 30 at the age of 78.
Judy Smith, founding member
of Impact, handled details. She represented Monica Lewinsky
and her family during the Clinton impeachment hearings,
World Health Organization during the SARS scare, U.S. Election
Assistance Commission to ensure the `04 election was not
a re-run of 02, and the Chandra Levy investigation.
At Qorvis Communications,
Smith worked on the Saudi Arabia business. She was joined
by Dan Rene, another Qorvis veteran, on the King account.
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CBS ROBERTS TO CNN.
House correspondent John Roberts is leaving CBS to join
CNN on Feb. 20 as senior national correspondent.
49-year old journalist had been among those touted as a
contender to succeed Dan Rather as evening news anchor.
Bob Schieffer, 68, has held that post on a temporary basis.
The veteran newsman says he does not want the anchor job
CBS president Sean McManus, however, said last month that
Roberts had the skill but lacked the stature
to replace Schieffer.
began his CBS career in 92 as co-anchor of the morning
news program. He has anchored CBS Evening News on Sunday
since 95, and is a substitute host on Face the
has not named a replacement for Roberts, who called his
time at the network an amazing ride.
REUTERS IN INDIA TV NEWS VENTURE.
The Times Group of India,
a South Asian media conglomerate, has partnered with Reuters
to launch an English-language, 24-hour news and current
affairs channel in India called Times Now.
The network, which went
on-air Jan. 31, uses the tagline Feel the News
and targets urban Indians. It operates from Mumbai and Delhi
with 14 bureaus throughout the country from Times Group
and Reuters news operations (Reuters entered India in 1866
and employs 1,200 people there today). Stories from within
India and international news with local implications will
be covered, according to the companies.
Indias cable market
has become the worlds third largest with 61 million
Reuters has taken a 26
percent stake in Times Global Broadcasting Co. In addition
to its broadcast operations, Times Group publishes The
Times of India and The Economic Times.
MARKETWATCH ADDS EDITORS,
Dow Jones MarketWatch
has added a handful of veteran writers and editors to its
Angela Moore, deputy editor
for breaking news on Reuters headline desk, has joined
MarketWatch as a senior editor for consumer reporting coverage.
Chris Oliver, money editor for the South China Morning
Posts Sunday edition, has joined MW as a correspondent
in Hong Kong. He focuses on Asian coverage like daily market
reports, breaking news and features about markets and investing
opportunities in the region.
Ruth Mantell, a columnist
for Barrons Online covering SEC filings and insider
trades, has joined MW's headline desk in San Francisco.
Simon Kennedy, reporter
for Compliance Reporter, a publication by Institutional
Investor, joins in London as a reporter.
NY TIMES PLAYS JEOPARDY.
The New York Times
will be included periodically as a category on Jeopardy!,
the top-rated TV quiz show, according to a marketing partnership
ironed out between the paper and Sony Pictures Television
production. The paper, in turn, will publish a Jeopardy!
clue of the day with the correct response published
in the next day's Times. The clue runs Monday through Friday
adjacent to the Tomorrow in the Times box. On
Sunday, it appears near the Information Directory.
The shows Brain
Bus, an outfitted Winnebago that conducts nationwide
talent searches for Jeopardy! guests, will be parked at
the New York Times Travel Show at the Javits Center in New
York on Feb. 25.
CARTOONS STIR CONTROVERSY.
The Washington Post
published a letter Feb. 2 from the Joint Chiefs of Staff
in which they expressed outrage over a Tom Toles editorial
cartoon that showed a quadruple amputee getting a visit
from Dr. Rumsfeld.
Meanwhile, the Muslim
world has turned to violence and mass gatherings to protest
the publication of cartoons featuring caricatures of Mohammad.
In the Post cartoon, Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is depicted scribbling on a pad:
I am listing your condition as battle hardened.
Peter Pace, Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs, wrote: Using the likeness of a service
member who has lost his arms and legs in war as the central
theme of a cartoon was beyond tasteless. Editorial cartoons
are often designed to exaggerate issues, and The Post is
obviously free to address any topic, including the state
of readiness of the armed forces.
However, The Post
and Mr. Toles have done a disservice to readers and to The
Post's reputation by using such a callous depiction of those
who volunteered to defend this nation and, as a result,
suffered traumatic and life-altering wounds.
He concluded: As
the Joint Chiefs, we rarely put our hand to one letter,
but we cannot let this reprehensible cartoon go unanswered.
The Posts media
columnist, Howard Kurtz, got reaction from editorial page
editor Fred Hiatt, saying that he considered the cartoon
to be about the state of the Army, and not one designed
to demean wounded soldiers. He said that he does not censor
papers infuriate Muslims
European papers say they
are standing for freedom of speech by printing the Mohammad
Just because the
Koran bans images of Mohammad doesnt mean non-Muslims
have to submit to this, Serge Faubert wrote in an
editorial in France Soir, which reprinted the cartoons.
The office of Jyllands-Posten,
the Danish paper that first published the cartoons
one featured Mohammad with a bomb in his turban had
to be evacuated after a bomb threat. The paper has apologized
for any hurt caused to Muslims, but says opponents want
to clamp down on free speech.
The Danish Government
has been telling offended Muslims that it has no control
over the press. Danish embassies in Damascus and Beirut
were torched by protestors. Syria recalled its ambassador
from Copenhagen. and Saudi Arabia and Libya made similar
diplomatic moves. Violence also flared in Gaza and Afghanistan.
(Media news continued
on next page)
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of eight books on traveling in the U.S., has been named
editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine. The
44-year-old California resident writes the It Happened
Here column for the magazine about lesser-known landmarks
in the U.S. His latest book, about the location of pop culture
artifacts, is due out in March.
Kafka was promoted to editor, technology and media,
He joined the publication in August 05 after serving
as a staff writer at the print edition of Forbes.
Haddrill, former correspondent and editor for the
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgerys
EyeWorld magazine, has been named editor of AllAboutVision.com.
The portal is published by Access Media Group, a vision
care specialty publisher.
Haddrill was recently
the vision guide for About.com and has freelanced
for the Dallas Morning News and Chicago Tribune.
Eden was promoted to executive editor for The
Forward, a magazine covering Jewish Americans and culture.
He had been news director and joined as a reporter in 2000.
Swid, a stylist and fashion editor known throughout
entertainment circles, has signed on with Glam.com
as a style director and advisory board member. She is charged
with helping the portal cover celebrity syles, fashion,
designers and beauty trends.
Swid was formerly fashion
director for Spin and headed fashion and beauty units
at Mirabella, Talk and most recently Radar.
Leckey has been named executive VP-consumer marketing
at American Media. He had held a similar post at Hachette
Lazar, who was at Allen & Co., has taken a senior
VP-business development job at Sirius Satellite Radio.
Inc. laid off 66 staffers on Jan. 30 and others were
offered departure packages, according to MediaWeek.
Time magazine lost
10 editorial staffers, and Money and Sports Illustrated
staff were among the 40 business-side and 26 non-union editorial
Time Inc. cut 105 employees
in December amid a reorganization effort.
The first issue of Jane
under new editor-in-chief Brandon Holley will attempt to
target a 20-something audience of women said to be overlooked
by industry standards like Vogue and Seventeen.
The New York Times reported that the Conde Nast title
wants to get readership from so-called millennials - consumers
born from 1980 to 2000. Janes VP and publisher Carlos
Demadrid told the Times that millennials are the children
of baby boomers "so they like to buy and they like
Claire is also making a push toward the demographic,
the Times noted. Ad agencies Heat (Jane) and Berlin Cameron
United (Marie Claire) are guiding campaigns to re-introduce
the web news site for entrepreneur magazine Inc.,
has revamped. A redesign for sister site FastCompany.com
is in the works.
York magazines website, formerly nymetro.com,
has relaunched as NyMag.com.
Improved search and design, and faster loading pages are
said to be features of the new site.
Nast Traveler has inked a deal with Seabourn Cruise
Line to distribute CNT content as "Conde Nast Traveler's
Seabourn Insider Tips" to guests on the cruise line.
Initial focus is information about eateries, attractions,
bars and shopping at European ports of call.
a monthly food magazine by Publishing Group of America that
is mainly distributed as a newspaper insert, debuted on
Feb. 1 with a circulation topping six million, according
to the publisher.
Three hundred papers like
the Los Angeles Daily News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram
are carrying the title and PGA said it has begun soliciting
more papers to carry the publication.
Jill Melton, director
of food and nutrition coverage for Cooking Light for
13 years, is editor.
Asian American Journalists Assn., made up of 2,000
Asian-American and Pacific Islander journalists, will hold
its annual confab June 21-24 in Hawaii.
More than 1,200 reporters
and media pros are expected to attend the event. Craig Gima,
assistant city editor at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin,
and Joann Shin, reporter for KHNL News 8 (Hawaii) are co-chairs.
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and CNN International
have created an award for excellence in HIV/AIDS journalism
in Africa. The award will be part of the CNN/MultiChoice
African Journalist Awards.
Journal and Washington
Week have joined forces. "Washington Week
with Gwen Ifill and National Journal" debuts Feb. 17
on the Public Broadcasting Service political program.
NJ articles will sometimes
be featured on the show, while the magazine's advertisers
(Boeing and Chevron) have signed up to underwrite it.
WW airs weekly, and is
watched by more than 1.8M. NJ is aimed at the Beltway. More
than 90 percent of NJs 12,000 subscribers are in the
national capital area.
New York Times has unveiled a series of podcasts
including Front Page, which is comprised of
a synopsis of top stories of the day. Other podcasts cover
culture and dining, the Olympics and interviews from the
Times speaker series.
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OF PR FIRMS
RIAA VETS SET UP SHOP.
former CEOs of the Recording Industry Association of America
have set up a consulting firm to guide anti-piracy, trade,
public affairs and PR efforts for the media and entertainment
Berman, a former Clinton political appointee, and Hilary
Rosen, a 17-year veteran of RIAA who earlier worked for
Gov. Brendan Byrne (D-N.J.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.),
unveiled Berman Rosen Global Strategies last week with offices
in Washington, D.C. and New York. The two say they will
help U.S. and foreign businesses with various issues like
licensing, public policy and anti-piracy campaigns. BRGS
will serve as an affiliate of PR/PA firm Public Strategies
Inc., but will also maintain its own client roster.
has focused on the international market for the last six
years, including a term as president and chairman of RIAA
and its international association, IFPI. He was a special
counselor for trade policy to Clinton.
headed RIAA from 1998 to 2003, a period of time in which
file-sharing and intellectual property rights issues sparked
on-going PR and legal initiatives from the entertainment
senior VP and chief financial officer, North America, for
Euro RSCG Worldwide, has joined Daniel
J. Edelman Inc. as executive VP and worldwide CFO.
He oversees financial operations for Edelman and Zeno Group
and replaces Meredith
Mendes, who left in October 2005 to be COO of law
firm Jenner & Block. Earlier, Dutcher was at McCann
Erickson North America and held various posts at The Interpublic
Group of Cos. ...Steven
Blinn, president of New York-based Blinn
PR, is slated to discuss crisis communications for
clients dealing with major security breaches theft
of customer information, hacks, etc... at the RSA
Conference in San Jose, Calif. Feb. 13-17. Blinn will speak
at the IT conferences Executive Security Action Forum,
an invitation-only meeting on information security. ...The
World Economic Forum has inked a new contract with
Publicis Events Worldwide
for seven years to serve as the events exclusive organizer.
The World Economic Forum also tapped Publicis Events Worldwide
to organize its top regional meetings. Publicis has handled
the group for 11 years. ...Schneider
PR, Boston, reports that 74 percent of consumers
in a recent survey said they received most of their new
product information from TV ads. But 91 percent said they
buy a new product they try through sampling. A whopping
80 percent said TV ads were the leading factor influencing
their decision to purchase. ...Council
of PR Firms members reported in the groups
annual end-of-year quick survey that consumer
products and healthcare were the top performing sectors
of PR in 2005. Eighty-three percent of member firms said
they projected revenue growth of 12 percent of 05
and 95 percent predicted growth over 14 percent for 06.
Ninety percent of responding firms said they are currently
Strategies, New York/Blue Security, developer of
the Do Not Intrude Registry for e-mail modeled
after the national Do Not Call list, for PR.
New York/Comptoir de Famille, Paris-based home accessories
marketer, for PR as the 15-year-old company enters the U.S.
market with its first store.
Weill Associates, New York/Austrian Airlines, for
PR in North America.
PR, New York/Amgad, Inc., natural colored diamonds,
for day-to-day PR and to educate consumers about colored
Cannon Group, New York/ESR, rankings for sales training
companies, as AOR for national and industry-specific PR.
Communications, New York/RedDot Solutions, enterprise
software, as AOR for media relations.
Communications, Newburyport, Mass./ InfoMedics, patient-physician
communication programs, as AOR for PR.
Group, Waltham, Mass./Attensa, RSS feed management;
Axentis; Marathon; Outstart; TAZZ Networks, policy control
software for telecomms.
Roads Communications, Frederick, Md./National Womens
History Museum, to develop a comms. strategy as the non-profit
searches for a permanent site in Washington, D.C.
Park Communications, Washington, D.C./ Cancer Research
and Prevention Foundation, for PR support, including media
relations and media training, for National Colorectal Cancer
Awareness Month in March, and Acture Long Term Hospitality
Assn., to promote issues that affect the industry and its
Communications Group, Atlanta/
AdvanceMe, which provides working capital for emerging and
expanding businesses, and ITS, conmarketing campaign creation
services. T/K is the first AOR of PR for the two Atlanta-based
Rochester, Mich./SupplyOn, Internet services for the auto
industry, for comms. planning, counseling, media relations
and event planning for the Bloomfield, Mich. offfice of
PR, Louisville, Ky./Verizon Wireless, for media and
community relations in Kentucky.
Media, Denver/Starbucks, for regional PR in Colorado,
Montana, Utah and Wyoming.
Honig Company, Los Angeles/Gallagher, comedian, for
Tonic Communications, Los Angeles/Fox Reality, reality
TV network, for consumer PR.
Be Told, Los Angeles and New York/SKYY Spirits, as
AOR for its Martin Millers Gin, Midori, Zen Liquer
and The Glenrothes Scotch brands.
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ENTERS BIG APPLE.
Talent, a Huntington Beach, Calif.-based executive search
firm, has established a full-time New York presence.
Delulio, a former Burson-Marsteller and Rogers & Cowan
executive who founded PR Talent in 1998, said the company
has handled several searches in New York over the past few
years, but he wanted to establish a full-time outpost in
the Big Apple.
has recruited Stacey Schneider-Mandel, a former recruiter
for The Cantor Concern, to serve as a VP and head the New
York office. Mandel was formerly a group director at PepperCom
and held posts at Cohn & Wolfe and Rowland Comms. She
can be reached at 973/663-1550 and [email protected].
Robinson, former recruiter for Interpublic for the Western
Region, heads PR Talent/Los Angeles.
PRWEB IN RSS AD DEAL.
PRWeb, a free and premium
online press release distribution company, has aligned with
RSS analytics and advertising shop Pheedo to provide an
RSS ad format for press releases.
Pheedo says RSS ads are
clicked-through seven times more than traditional ads. The
company is pulling press releases from the PRWeb database
and matching them up with ads in categories like entertainment,
technology, mobile and small business. Clicking on the ad
directs a user to content on PRWebs site.
has signed Al Roker to keynote its annual Big Apple Awards
on May 25 at the Rainbow Room. Mike Wallace keynoted the
event last year. The chapter has set a March 3 deadline
for entries. ...New York-based executive search firm Heyman
Associates has updated its website, heymanassociates.com.
The site includes current job listings, resources and information
on the companys search services. ...West
Glen Communications recently marked VP Stan
Zawatskys 20th year with the broadcast PR company.
He joined West Glen in 1986 after serving as a New York
City schoolteacher and A/E for Medialink. He focuses on
medical and healthcare communications efforts. West Glen
president Stan Zeitlin noted that many senior PR executives
worked with Zawatsky when they were beginning their careers.
has unveiled a suite of direct-to-consumer content delivery
services that embraces video and audio podcasting. The companys
content can now be accessed via video and audio podcasts
on Yahoo! Podcasts, Google Video and satellite radio, among
others. A video podcast created for General Motors with
golfer Tiger Woods can be viewed at the URL podcaster.medialink.com/default.asp?Tiger.
president of her own public affairs firm, former adviser
to Mel Martinez successful run for the U.S. Senate
in Florida and a former Assistant Secy. of Housing and Urban
Development in the Bush Administration (under then-HUD Secy.
Martinez), has been added to U.S. Newswires advisory
Heft, executive VP of Pims, to Chandler Chicco Agency,
New York, as part of its talent management team responsible
for recruiting. Since 1989, Heft was at Pims, which filed
for Ch. 11 in October.
Kolb, VP of Congressional relations for the American
Road and Transportation Builders Assn., to Xenophon Strategies,
Washington, D.C., as a senior VP. He was formerly director
of Congressional affairs at the Dept. of Transportation
during the Clinton Administration and was a legislative
representative with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
At Xenophon, he is charged with servicing and growing the
firms government relations unit.
VanderHaar, loyalty communications manager for Interland,
and Brian Boudreaux,
an Orlando PR pro, to Arketi Group, Atlanta, as consultants.
Robb, VP and creative director of Arizona ad/PR firm
Riester~Robb has resigned after 10 years with the agency.
Robb joined the RR in 1995 and became the firms key
creative cog. His plans were not immediately made available
by the firm.
Weiss to VP, The Morris + King Co., New York. She
joined the firm in 2003 as an A/S and recently was a director.
a veteran of PepperCom and Dan Klores Communications who
recently earned a J.D. from New York Law School, has joined
the firm as an A/S.
Miller to VP, Nike Communications, New York. She
joined the firm in 2003 as an A/E.
Hughes to director, Catalyst, Inc., Warwick, R.I.
He joined Catalyst in 2001 as a senior A/S and earlier held
PR posts at Harpell (Maynard, Mass.) and BBL Advertising
Snow, former VP for Edelmans Los Angeles office,
to Ogilvy PR Worldwide, Washington, D.C., as senior VP of
public affairs. Snow has directed comms. efforts for the
Environmental Protection Agency and served on President
Clintons Recycling Advisory Committee. She has recently
worked for Newcars.com and the California Wildlife Center.
previously of GetActive Software and Magnet Interactive,
has joined Ogilvy as SVP and head of interactive for the
firm in D.C.
Molinari, head of The Washington Group, Ketchums
lobbying unit, was named chairwoman of the Rape, Abuse and
Incest National Networks national leadership council.
Gwyn to executive VP and general manager of French/West/Vaughans
Raleigh, N.C., headquarters.
Thornton to account services director, The Firm PR
and Marketing, Las Vegas.
Powell to head of global communications, Nike, Inc.,
in Beaverton, Ore. Powell, 38, joined the sneaker and athletic
gear giant in 1999 as comms. director for EMEA. He takes
over the vacant top slot from retired Kirk
Casey to A/E, Formula, San Diego. Allison
Mayer has joined from Weber Shandwick/Londons
consumer unit as an A/C.
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BENDEL HAMMOND TOP HS&MAI.
& Co., Peggy Bendel of Development Counsellors International,
and Lou Hammond & Co., all of New York, dominated the
PR portion of the awards banquet Jan. 30 of the Hospitality
Sales & Marketing Assn. International at the Marriott
black tie audience of more than 800 was on hand as awards
were given out for advertising, PR and web campaigns for
hotel and travel clients.
was provided by comedian Ross Shafer and The Three
Waiters, singers who roamed through the audience while
performing operatic and popular songs.
Best in Show went to Quinn & Co. of New York for
its Algonquin Martini on the Rock promotion
that was featured on The David Letterman Show
and Good Morning America and made page one of
the New York Daily News.
the Algonquin, it was also honored for its work for Flathotel,
New York; Eldorado Hotel & Spa, Santa Fe; the Westin
New York at Times Square, and the Aruba Tourism Authority.
Peggy Bendel, senior VP
of travel marketing of Development Counsellors International,
was given the Winthrop W. Grice Award for outstanding lifetime
achievement in PR.
Bendel, with the firm
since 1985 after serving in the I Love New York
program for the New York State Dept. of Commerce, thanked
her family and co-workers including Ted Levine, who founded
DCI in 1960, his son, Andy, who is now president of the
firm, and executive VP Rob DeRocker.
Lou Hammond & Assocs.,
garnering the most PR awards of HSMAI for the fifth year
in a row, had 33 winners in the regular awards contest and
also picked up a platinum award, the highest given out by
HSMAI, for its work for the Turkish Culture and Tourism
LH&A won seven gold
awards, 13 silver and 13 bronze awards for clients including
the Bermuda Dept. of Tourism; Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group;
Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Waldorf-Astoria.
Other PR platinum award
winners, besides Quinn & Co. and LH&A, were M Booth
& Assocs. for MGM Mirage; M. Silver & Assocs. for
NYC & Co.; Spring, OBrien & Co. for Radisson
Seven Seas Cruises, and Nike Communications for Little Dix
won the web marketing platinum award for Royal Caribbean
Took 20 Awards
Second biggest winner
in the HSMAI contest, which drew 1,200 entries from 35 countries,
was Weber Shandwick Worldwide, taking 20 awards.
Honored were campaigns
for such WSW clients as Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Canadian
Tourism Commission; Atlantic City Convention and Visitors
Authority; Royal Caribbean International, Miami; Singapore
Airlines, Los Angeles, and Kayak.com (Conn.).
Kahn Travel Communications,
Rockville Center, N.Y., handled PR for the event.
44 ATTEND PR LEADERSHIP FORUM.
Forty-four corporate and
agency professionals attended the second annual PR Leadership
Forum of the Institute for PR Jan. 25-27 in Atlanta.
Co-sponsors of the event,
whose purpose is to develop outstanding future leaders
of PR and communications and provide networking opportunities,
were the Arthur W. Page Society and the Council of PR Firms.
Directing the Forum was
Don Wright, professor of communication at the University
of South Alabama, assisted by Michelle Hinson, director
of development for the Institute. Wright has been on the
boards of the Institute and Page Society and was president
of the International PR Assn. in 2004.
The Forum is modeled after
the PR Executive Forum, founded by the Institute in 1992
and co-sponsored by the Page Society since 1997. The 2006
Executive Forum will be May 21-23 in Chicago.
Topics at the Forum Jan.
25-27 included measurement, relationships, reputation, crisis
communications, ethics, trust, truth telling, branding and
strategic thinking. A panel explored details of how PR firms
and corporations interface. Another panel featured Daniel
Edelman of Edelman and John Graham of Fleishman-Hillard,
who gave their current views of the PR industry.
Instructors were Roger
Bolton, president of the Page Society and SVP-comms., Aetna;
Lou Capozzi, chairman, Publicis PR and Corporate Communications
Group; Peter Debreceny, chairman, IPR and VP, corporate
relations, Allstate Insurance Co.; John Gilfeather, vice
chmn., Roper Public Affairs; Gary Grates, senior advisor-strategic
comms. policy, General Motors; Tom Martin, SVP, corporate
relations, ITT Industries; Helen Ostrowski, CEO, Porter
Novelli; Elliot Schreiber, professor and consultant; Ken
Sternad, VP-corporate relations, United Parcel Service,
and Nancy Turett, president/global director-health, Edelman.
included Alticor, ArvinMeritor, Baxter Intl, Best
Buy, BP America, Duke Energy, EDS, Prudential Financial,
Tennessee Valley Authority, UPS and Wyeth.
PR firms included APCO,
Makovsky & Co., Ogilvy PR Worldwide, Weber Shandwick
Worldwide, M Booth & Assocs., CRT/Tanaka, Environics
Communications, The Jeffrey Group, Linhart McClain Finion,
SunStar, Text 100, Trone PR and Spectrum Science Comms.
QORVIS HANDLES BEAM REVAMP.
is handling the re-branding of Jim Beam Brands Worldwide
to Beam Global Spirits & Wine to reflect the $5B acquisition
of 20 Allied Domecq brands acquired from Frances Pernod.
The deal doubled the size
of the venerable bourbon maker to $2.5B in annual revenues,
and shifted sales from a 75 percent U.S. focus to a 50/50
U.S./rest of the world split. The revamped entity also has
a new corporate logo that updates Beams traditional
quality seal. Chicagos VSA Partners created that visual.
Beam is part of $7B Fortune
Brands. Kelly McCormick at Qorvis handles the account.
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2006, Page 8
The hotel and resort industry
staged a wonderful night of awards and entertainment
for ad, sales and PR people Jan. 30 at the Marriott Marquis
industry for 16 years has used the Academy Awards formula
of lots of prizes and good entertainment to attract the
top executives of the field. About 800 people paid $295
each. The program boasted 24 pages of ads by the New
York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal,
problem with these events is that the awards portion may
overwhelm the entertainment portion.
the Jan. 30 event, 284 platinum, gold, silver and bronze
awards were given in the ad category and 241 for PR (total
of 525 awards). Also, awards were given for the 25
Most Extraordinary Sales & Marketing Minds in Hospitality
and Travel. The creativity, intelligence and
passion in the industry is too often unrecognized,
said Robert Gilbert, president and CEO, Hospitality Sales
& Marketing Assn. International, based in McLean, Va.
the success of this night, which was in its 16th annual
edition, we wonder why such PR specialties as healthcare,
technology, beauty/fashion, sports and food/nutrition do
not do the same. Similar events are held by N.Y Women in
Communications, which will gross nearly a half million this
spring with its star-studded Matrix Awards and the N.Y.
Financial Writers Assn., which will gross nearly that with
its Financial Follies.
whose board met in New York last week, is in a financial
bind because it takes its annual conference on the
road most years instead of holding it in New York. Its biggest
conference ever (4,000 attendees) was in New York in 2004
but PRSA wont return for many years because of bias
against New York by the staff, small chapters and one-person
PR firms that run the Society. The 2006 conference will
be in Salt Lake City and will probably attract fewer than
the usual 4-5% of members. PRSA, by having its conference
in New York, would save the travel, hotels and meals for
the 30+ staffers who spend a week or more at the conference...if
PRSA doesnt speak out about the NewsUSA program that
awards such items as bikes and 50-inch TV screens to editors
who return clips (which has been condemned by the Newspaper
Editors), it will have to scrap its much-touted advocacy
program and never speak out about anything again.
Ethics head David Rickey
of Alfa Insurance should address this. He was the first
person to head ethics with no experience on the ethics board..
Chair Chuck Wood was axed after two years to make way for
him. ...another moral
crisis at PRSA is its failure to live up to the FTC Consent
Decree it signed in 1977 promising not to engage
in further unfair and anti-competitivepractices.
The FTC accused it of doing both for many years.
Blocking 80% of members from running for national office
(since 1973) and blocking students at 3,700 colleges from
joining PRSA are both anti-competitive and unfair.
2005 president Judith
Phair, who makes a pun out of her name (her firm is PhairAdvantage
Communications) should know that frustrating members
and students is anything but providing fair advantage.
Phair should bow out and stop signing her name to announcements
by 2006 president Cheryl Procter-Rogers. ...a
PR problem we would like to see someone attack is
CEO pay. The median salary for U.S. CEOs in 2004 was $11.8
million or 431 times the average employee, up from 41 times
in 1980. CEOs in most other countries are still making 20-30
times average wages. ...since
2000, 470 of the Fortune 1,000 companies
have replaced their CEOs, says a Burson-Marsteller
study released Jan. 31 by Leslie Gaines-Ross, Ph.D., chief
knowledge officer. We bet a lot of them walked off with
hefty severance packages. ...speaking
of CEOs, James Dimon of JPMorgan Chase was raked
over the coals by the Nov. 9, 2005 New York Times
for meandering comments that bordered
on the unintelligible during an investor conference
call. Reporter Landon Thomas used this and other gaffs by
executives to urge them to get media training.
Quoted were George McGrath
of McGrath Matter PR firm and media trainer Virgil Scudder.
Perhaps by coincidence, top PR spots at JPMorgan Chase are
now open in New York and Chicago.
cover story on the boy crisis, noted
that 56% of college students are women while 30 years ago
it was 42%.
Girls and boys are very
different, observes the magazine (thank you, Newsweek).
It notes that girls mature two years earlier than boys,
which is a big reason why women now dominate in college.
A 50-50 M/F quota should be set to offset the inequity in
maturation rates. PR professors tell us their classes are
90 to 95% white female, giving PR a diversity
problem that no one is addressing. Male PR students are
subject to taunts and jibes. ...former
Enron IR exec Mark Koenig told Federal court in Houston
last week how IR manipulated financial reports. The
whistle was blown by insiders at Enron but it was not by
IR or PR people. Koenig faces up to 10 years in jail, but
execs Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling could get up to 100 years
in prison. Already pleading guilty were 16 Enron execs.
...Omnicom was shamed
by the New York Daily News Jan. 29 for taking
9/11 grants of $100K each for two of its units (Arnell Group
and Levett, Koenig, Farese, Babcock) that were meant for
mom and pop shops in the 9/11 area.
The News story, Wolves
in Sheeps Clothing: Big Firms that Looked Small
also rapped Dell, AXA group, Bank of China and others. OMC
CEO John Wren got a $4 million bonus in 2004 although the
stock went down $3 to $84 and remains there. He also got
$193,159 in personal use of corporate aircraft.
...OMC, which has $2.57
billion in debt, mostly in no interest convertible
bonds, is now paying 4.6% interest on $850M in such
bonds floated by Merrill Lynch in 2001. Its other once zero-zero
bonds cost the same, which is one reason for its stalled