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Edition, August 22, 2007, Page 1
B-M GETS $800K ABU DHABI PACT,
inked an $800K six-month contract with the Abu Dhabi Investment
Authority to build and support a corporate communications
unit at the $500B investment unit of that Arab emirate.
The WPP Group arm is to
position ADIA as a leading global investor among targeted
audiences and an employer of choice for financial
movers and shakers.
B-M is to devise a crisis
program and assemble a team of top communicators to advise
the client on global trends and developments. The work also
includes a research and perception mapping component.
Jim Lake, chairman/managing
director of B-Ms U.S. public affairs practice, signed
the contract with ADIA.
Rick Powell, the former
chief knowledge officer at B-M, has returned to the firm
Since 01, Powell
served as managing director of Quinn, Gillespie & Assocs.
in Washington, D.C., counseling clients such as Hewlett
Packard, Bank of America and Zurich Financial Services.
Powell, 40, was at B-M from 92 to 99.
B-M upped Bill Rylance,
currently CEO of Asia Pacific, to vice chairman/global development
and Asia chairman. He will handle the transition to a new
A-P CEO, expected to be in place by the end of the year.
Powell and Rylance report
to CEO Mark Penn.
MORAVICK EXITS PUBLICIS FOR
Ann Moravick, who was U.S. CEO of Publicis Consultants,
has taken the top healthcare job at Ketchum.
The 25-year PR veteran spent 18 years at Manning, Selvage
& Lee, holding key healthcare posts plus the managing
director London slot. She has provided advice to clients
such as Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and
Eli Lilly & Co.
As Ketchums executive VP and director of global healthcare
and brand advocacy, Moravick reports to Dale Bornstein,
director of global practices and Barri Rafferty, director
of New York.
Edelman vice chairman in Washington and the man responsible
for the powerful imagery of the Reagan Administration, died
Aug. 18 from pancreatic cancer at his home in Bethesda.
He was 69. Nancy Reagan issued a statement to say that Deaver
was "like a son to Ronnie."
Deaver joined Edelman in `92 and was upped to vice chairman
BRUSHFIRE DRIVES SUBARUS
Subaru of America has selected Brushfire as its PR firm,
Michael McHale, director of corporate communications of
the Japanese car importer, told ODwyers.
We havent had a PR firm for some time,
said McHale, who joined Subaru from BMW North America in
January. Ruder Finn had the account in `03.
McHale considered a number of shops before selecting Brushfire,
which is based in Cedar Knolls, N.J.an hour away from
SoA headquarters in Cherry Hill. He declined to name the
Brushfire will focus its PR efforts on consumer and lifestyle
media. McHale is eager to raise the visibility of the Subaru
brand as the`08 models arrive in showrooms.
SoA, which has more than 600 dealers, is part of Fuji Heavy
LATS BATES TO SITRICK.
Jim Bates, a 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times
business section, is moving to Sitrick & Co.
He was deputy editor of the entertainment/tech desk, and
has more bylines than anyone else on staff, according to
a memo from Davan Maharaj, editor of the section.
Bates plans to move in a few weeks to allow the LAT some
time to replace him. Maharaj told staffers that Bates will
always be welcome at the biz section, but advised them to
not fall for his spin, and give him a
hard time when he calls on behalf of clients.
Bates move to S&C follows the decision of another
LAT long-timer, Mark Saylor to exit the crisis firm. The
former senior editor at the paper has established his own
shop, Saylor Co.
H&K REPS RIO TINTOS
Hill & Knowlton is handling North American PR for Rio
Tinto, the London-based mining giant that is in the midst
of a $38B friendly takeover of Canadas Alcan.
Rio Tintos acquisition ranks as the largest mining
The offer represents a 32 percent premium to what Alcans
long-time rival, Alcoa, offered in a hostile takeover effort.
Paul Taaffe, CEO of H&K, says his firm is to bolster
Rio Tintos visibility and profile in the
U.S. and Canada.
Taaffe called Rio Tinto a global leader that is widely
respected for its environmentally responsible and community-minded
approach to mining.
H&Ks sister firm, Finsbury, works with Rio Tinto
Edition, August 22, 2007, Page 2
POLARIS STARS IN BIG
Powers Fasteners, the
Brewster, N.Y.-based company that was indicted this month
for involuntary manslaughter connected with
the death of a woman who died in Bostons Big
Dig tunnel ceiling collapse, is using Polaris PR as
its PR firm.
Polaris is headed by Karen
Schwartzman, a former senior VP at Fleishman-Hillard and
BankBoston media relations director who is well-connected
in Massachusetts power circles. She spent 13 years working
for the Commonwealth, including a two-year stint as assistant
press secretary to ex-Governor Mike Dukakis.
Powers is stunned
beyond belief about the indictment. It supplied $1,288
worth of epoxy to a distributor for use in the tunnel ceiling.
It claims the epoxy used was not the one intended for the
The involuntary manslaughter
penalty carries a maximum $1,000 fine, an amount that Massachusetts
Attorney General Martha Cookery told the Aug. 10 Associated
Press does not seem to be even close to an appropriate
Powers, however, could
be liable to tens of millions of dollars in civil charges
that are being considered against it.
Attorneys for Powers moved
Aug. 8 to disqualify Cookery and her team from
the case because of an irreconcilable conflict of
That point is based on
Cookerys role in spearheading the Bay States
effort to collect as much from Powers and other contractors
to cover the cost overruns connected with the Big Dig. The
highway project, which opened its final ramp last year,
was projected to cost $2.8B in `85.
Nearly $15B has been spent
on the network that re-routed traffic from the streets to
tunnels under Boston.
WPP'S SORRELL LIKES HILLARYS
WPP Group CEO Martin Sorrell expects a good year in `08,
buoyed by the Hill & Knowlton/Beijing Olympics, and
heavy U.S. political spending in advance of the U.S. Presidential
The British ad/PR combine, according to its first-half
earnings release, is especially upbeat about political outlays
because the U.S. "may see Hillary Clinton nominated
A second Clinton Administration may face slower growth
in `09 as it "wrestles with the country's fiscal and
Sorrell warns that though corporate profitability remains
strong on both sides of the Atlantic, there is a concern
about stagflation as the U.S. and others wrestle with increasing
oil prices, twin fiscal and trade deficits and potential
impact of change in interest rate policies.
He fears that any cut in consumer spending could mean trouble
for marketing services companies because companies have
not traditionally picked up the slack.
One reason: "Company boards remain cautious; perhaps
cowed by regulatory measures and fear of failure."
WPP notes the average life of a CEO remains around four
years, while a chief marketing officer can expect to be
around for two.
Sorrell has headed WPP for 21 years.
RF SIGNS UP WITH ASLS.
Ruder Finn is working for American Student Loan Services,
a leading Phoenix-based loan consolidator and lender to
Neil Dhillon, who heads RFs Washington, D.C., office
is spearheading the work. He is assisted by Angelo Terrana,
VP-media affairs and a former aide to two Republican Representatives
from PennsylvaniaMelissa Hart and Bill Shuster.
RF is tackling higher education legislative issues amid
calls to tighten federal rules regarding the $85B student
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who led a crackdown
in the Empire State, branded the Dept. of Education asleep
at the switch when it comes to probing ties between
universities and lenders.
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings promised Aug.
1 to accept a General Accountability Office recommendation
to update oversight mechanisms to proactively identify
possible instances of improper inducements and limitations
on borrower choice.
STATE SEEKS $$$ FOR DIPLOMACY
The State Dept. is looking to hire a firm to plan and run
a $25M fund-raising drive to create a permanent exhibition
hall for the U.S. Diplomacy Center at the Harry S. Truman
The effort is a joint venture between State and retired
members of the Foreign Service who have established the
Foreign Affairs Museum Council.
That partnership has so far raised $1.25M from private
The Diplomacy Center is an office within the Bureau of
The entitys goal is to increase public awareness
of diplomacy via exhibits and innovative programs to inspire
future leaders of the diplomatic corps.
The fund-raising contract, which has a base and two option
years, also requires the ability to organize high-profile
H. Leo Powell is contract administrator at 703/875-6071
and [email protected].
THAILAND TAPS GC FOR AWARENESS.
Thailand, which has trade and political issues with the
U.S., has hired Global Communicators for a three-month public
Jim Harff, GC CEO, says the Thais want to emphasize their
role as a close friend and ally of the U.S. for nearly
GCs program is aimed at congressional leaders, executive
branch and department people, industry groups, think tanks
The goal is to strengthen the overall bilateral relationship
between the two countries.
Michiko Morales, senior VP at Global Communicators, heads
Thailand has been involved in a messy fight over intellectual
property issues with Abbott Laboratories that centers on
licensing issues for Abbotts AIDS drug.
Thailands military junta also is seeking the extradition
of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin and held a vote on Aug.
19 that cemented its power.
Edition, August 22, 2007, Page 3
CBS, IMUS SETTLE DISPUTE.
CBS has settled its termination
squabble with its former shock jock Don Imus, a dispute
that was triggered by the D.J.s nappy-headed
hos reference to the Rutgers University womens
Don Imus and CBS
Radio have mutually agreed to settle claims that each had
against the other regarding the Imus radio program on CBS.
The terms of the settlement are confidential and will not
be disclosed, said a statement from the broadcasting
Imus, prior to his dismissal,
had signed a $40M five-year deal with CBS that called for
him to be controversial.
The settlement deal precludes
66-year-old Imus from making disparaging remarks against
CBS, and paves the way for his return to the air. WABC,
which features conservatives Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh,
is among potential employers of Imus.
WFAN, the New York flagship
station of CBS that was home to Imus, announced that former
NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, a New Jersey
radio personality, will replace the I-Man.
Boomer and Carton
in the Morning debuts on the sports radio station
on Sept. 4.
TIMES CIRC PLUNGES,
plummeted 17 percent to 3.4M this year compared to the first-half
of 06, according to figures from the Audit Bureau
John Squires, executive
VP of Time-Warners Time Inc. group, says the poor
showing was part of the planned retrenchment and cut in
Newsweek and U.S.
News & World Report posted flat circ figures. They
had 3.1M and 2M readers, respectively.
The Big Three business
mags also turned in flat results. Forbes surpassed
BusinessWeek, taking the No. 1 spot with a circulation
of 925K. BW, which had 930K readers last year, has 919K
in 07. Fortune has 865K readers.
The North American edition
of The Economist continued its hot streak. The British
mag enjoyed a 16% rise in readership to 694K
INKY NAMES EDITORS.
The Philadelphia Inquirer has assigned Mike Leary
and Sandra Long as managing editors.
Leary rejoins the paper from the Baltimore Sun,
where he was assistant managing editor. He will oversee
news gathering operations.
Leary was an investigative reporter for the Philadelphia
paper during the 80s and partnered then with the papers
now-editor William Marimow. They exited the Inquirer for
Long, a 24-year veteran of the Inquirer is upped from deputy
managing editor. She takes over production and serves as
newspaper liaison with business operations.
Long is a founding member of the National Assn. of Black
Both replace Ann Gordon who left the Inky on April 30.
NYTs GREENHOUSE TURNS
Linda Greenhouse, the longtime New York Times Supreme
Court reporter, told organizers of a Covering the
Court(s): Reporters on the Supreme Court Beat panel
to get rid of C-Spans cameras or else she wasnt
going to appear as planned.
Greenhouse, according to a posting by the Columbia Journalism
Review, felt she couldnt speak candidly if the
TV cameras were there.
She was prepared to speak to a room of academics
so she didnt want to modulate her comments for
a national audience.
The organizer, fearing the loss of a marquee attraction,
had C-Span turn off its cameras. Greenhouse did not demand
that the proceeding be off-the-record.
Greenhouses move led Terence Murphy, VPprogramming
at C-Span, to fire off a letter to the Assn of Education
in Journalism and Mass Communications, which put on the
event. His concern: If professors of journalism and
working journalists taking part in a journalism education
conference dont stand up for open media access to
public policy discussions, who will.
He also noted that Greenhouse has been covered by C-Span
more than 50 times. CJR referred to Greenhouse as Hurricane
HEARST PICKS UP KABOODLE.
Hearst Corp. has acquired Kaboodle, which is the MySpace
of the social shopping place, according to Kenneth Bronfin,
president of Hearst Interactive Media.
Kaboodle, which has more than two million unique visitors
a-month, connects people with similar tastes and takes them
on a shopping adventure.
Hearst sees synergies between Kaboodle and brands in its
fashion, beauty and consumer technology categories. Cathy
Black, head of Hearst Magazines, believes readers will be
able to find the products featured in our magazines,
shop electronically with friends and get their feedback.
The deal is another means to make sure readers stay
engaged in todays saturated media landscape,
she said in a statement.
SAN JOSE MERC NAMES PUBLISHER.
The San Jose Mercury News has upped its VP-advertising
Jeff Kiel to the publisher slot. He succeeds George Riggs,
who served double-duty as CEO of the California Newspaper
Partnership, the unit that is responsible for MediaNews
Golden State holdings.
Kiel was CFO of the Miami Herald before heading
ORGANIZE DOUBLES CIRC.
Organize, the magazine to put your house and mind
in order, is out with its second issue on Aug. 29. Its 98
pages are 36 more than the debut issue. The circ has doubled
Editor-in-chief Joyce Dorny says the next number with have
a 150K circ, bolstered by a distribution deal with CVS Pharmacies.
Borders and Barnes & Noble also carry the mag.
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Edition, August 22, 2007, Page 4
IRAQ COSTS SAP NETWORKS.
TV networks have spent
millions to cover the war in Iraq, but are getting scant
return for their dollars, according to a report in Broadcasting
While Iraq remains the
biggest news story, the constant drumbeat of suicide attacks
and daily pictures of carnage is turning off viewers.
Andrew Tyndall of the
Tyndall Report believes Iraq is no longer a headline
news story. There are no new things happening there;
its just more of the same, he said. He believes
media face a period of prolonged news doldrums.
B&C reports that news
organizations spend up to $10M a year to cover Iraq; a large
portion of that amount goes for security. The Committee
to Protect Journalists reports that at least 112 reporters,
cameramen and engineers have been killed in Iraq since the
war invasion was launched in `03.
Jeremy Hillman, editor
of the BBC, says his organization has relatively few reporters
There is however a massive
investment for security. That investment is a significant
percentage of what the BBC spends on foreign news.
Its completely out of proportion with what we
spend to send foreign correspondents to other places,
Hillman told the weekly mag. A security worker receives
about $1,000 a-day.
Its a game of diminishing
returns, wrote B&Cs Marisa Guthrie. As Iraq
becomes more dangerous, more cash must be spent for security
and the harder it becomes for reporters to move around the
Since Iraq has more than
160K U.S. soldiers, abandoning coverage is not an option.
Lara Logan, CBS News
chief foreign correspondent, had a bomb explode on the floor
below her hotel room. She said the networks cant pull
out just because people back home are tired of hearing
about the war. Her job is to come up with more compelling
BLUM TAKES MANHATTAN MEDIA
David Blum, a former editor of the Village Voice,
has been named editor-in-chief of Manhattan Medias
community newspaper group. That puts him in position to
compete with the VV.
MM purchased the New York Press from Denver-based
Avalon Equity Fund earlier this month. It was launched in
`89 to compete with the Voice as the alternative paper of
NYC. MM also publishes free newspapers such as Our Town,
West Side Spirit, Chelsea Clinton News and
Blum takes his new post on Sept. 5. Village Voice Media
is based in Phoenix.
YAHOO GOES LOCAL.
Yahoo! is adding more city specific information in a bid
to better compete with Google for local advertisers. Brian
Gill, senior product manager at Yahoo, said the effort is
to generate more active engagement from users,
according to Bloomberg.
Yahoo Local will have weekend pages to help users in cities
like San Francisco and New York to make better use of their
free time. There are neighborhood reviews that let Yahoo
users comment on local stores and entertainment venues.
STUFF GETS STUFFED INTO MAXIM.
Stuff, a lad magazine launched in 98,
is no more following the publication of the October issue.
It is being stuffed into its bigger brother,
Maxim, as a special section.
Stuff has a circulation of more than 1.3M and revenues
in the $65M. Its website will continue.
The end of the printed Stuff follows the completion of
Quadrangle Capital Partners acquisition of Dennis
Publishing, which now is called Alpha Media Group.
AMG CEO Kent Brownridge believes his company has among
the best assets in the publishing industry.
AMGs holdings are led by mens lifestyle mag
Maxim, which reaches more than 12.4M readers each month,
and music mag Blender, which reaches another two million.
Their combined websites reach 5.2M unique visitors monthly.
IMPOCO EXITS PORTFOLIO.
Jim Impoco, deputy editor at Portfolio, exited just
before the Aug. 15 publication of the second issue of the
Conde Nast business magazine.
The former editor of the Sunday New York Times business
section was No. 2 to editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman.
TIME WARNER ROLLS FREE DVR.
Time Warner Cable will launch Look Back in
October, a free digital recording service, to subscribers
in South Carolina.
The service allows users to record programs for later viewing,
but does not give them a way to zap commercials. LBs
fast-forwarding function will be disabled. TWCs
competitors sell a DVR service to subscribers for about
$10 a-month. DVRs are in 17 percent of U.S. households.
the big St. Louis cable combine controlled by Microsoft
co-founder Paul Allen, mulls a buyout or restructuring program.
Charter has more than 5.6M subscribers, and may attract
suitors like Time-Warner Cable, which has properties near
Charters New York and California holdings
Davis Media is skipping an interest payment as CEO
Jason Young explores options. He says ZDM has been hurt
by a challenging print environment, though its digital and
event operations are thriving
Stephen Shankland, Dawn Kawamoto and Tom Krazit are suing
Hewlett-Packard for violating their privacy in the infamous
spying case that led to the downfall of H-P
chairwoman Patricia Dunn. H-P obtained phone records of
the reporters in an effort to root out boardroom leaks.
It is disappointed with the suit, according to spokesperson
Ryan Donavon. The high-tech company has apologized and made
a substantial settlement offer to the trio
Wolmer, long-time editor and publisher of Art
and Auction magazine died at 59. He stepped down as
editor-in-chief due to health reasons.
Edition, August 22,
2007, Page 5
OF PR FIRMS
& BLEWITT SHUTS DOWN.
Rowan & Blewitt officially shut its doors July 31 after
a 23-year run. A notice posted on the Interpublic unit's
site by Ford Rowan and Rich Blewitt says "it is time
to make a change."
are "believers in life having different seasons"
and "had a great run in our consulting niche."
the R&B brand was "still sought in the marketplace,"
they "never planned for this business to be generational."
and Blewitt "always admired those who could leave a
career while still considered to be at the top of his or
told O'Dwyer's he plans to do religious work in the Kairos
prison ministry in Maryland.
is active in The Blewitt Foundation, a group that provides
enrichment for U.S. military families especially those who
have had a loved one killed or are experiencing economic
Boerner, who ran R&B's New York office, has his own
issues management firm with the idea of trying to "help
others to do the right thing for the right reasons."
GH OPENS CHINA TRAVEL GROUP.
GolinHarris has launched
a travel practice for its Greater China region because more
Chinese are traveling abroad, and China is attracting more
visitors. Nikki Lin directs the practice from Beijing.
Lin says people outside
China don't appreciate the nuances between those on the
mainland, and in Hong Kong or Taiwan.
Mainland Chinese, for
instance, prefer group trips, while Hong Kongers like independent
GH has prepared a 20-page
glossy travel brochure that is modeled on a travel magazine
to officially launch the venture.
HERMAN SPINS OFF PR GROUP.
Herman Assocs. has spun
off its PR business into a new entity, Herman & Almonte
Paula and Stu Herman say
the move in part is to reward PR head Mario Almonte, a 15-year
veteran of the New York-based shop.
He will have an equal
share in the ownership and management of HAPR.
FD GOES FOR THE GUTT.
FD has recruited
Jack Gutt for the managing director slot in the firms
special situations group. He is a founding partner of Vistance
Group, a corporate and financial communications firm in
Gutt worked for
Hill & Knowlton in New York and Florida, and has counseled
clients in the professional services, financial, tourism,
energy and healthcare categories.
Prior to H&K,
Gutt counseled the President of Ecuador on privatization
and modernization issues.
At the former Financial
Dynamics, Gutt also will advance its Latin American strategy,
which got a shot in the arm with the acquisition of Gravitas,
a specialist firm based in Colombia with operations in Panama.
& Co., New York/infoUSA, $700M business/consumer
database marketer, to counter attacks by hedge funds and
false information in the press about its consumer-friendly
marketing practices. A Delaware court refused to dismiss
a complaint by shareholders last week that accuses infoUSA
of squandering corporate assets. Portions of the suit were
dismissed, such as the one dealing with a consulting pact
with former President Clinton.
Rye, N.Y./International Science and Technology Center
in Moscow, to promote its effort to direct Russian weapons
scientists to more peaceful pursuits. Galorath Inc., process
management software, and Safety Management, health and environmental
Marketing, Denville, N.J./E The Environmental
Magazine, for online marketing aimed at boosting subscriber
Influence Group, Waltham, Mass./Genzyme, for corporate
social responsibility program. The effort focuses on Genzyme's
dedication to providing products to developing nations,
conserving natural resources, reducing environmental impact
and fostering a positive work culture. DIG is part of Larry
Weber's W2 Group.
Shandwick, Chicago/McCormick & Co. for strategic
communications program development and execution for several
brands. Cathy Calhoun, who heads the Interpublic unit's
Chicago office, said the world's No. 1 spice company is
in the "forefront of flavor innovation."
Stashower, Cleveland/Blaklader, to develop and support
brand position as the Swedish working garment and shoemaker
launches in the U.S., and ForTecMedical, surgical laser
rentals for hospitals and doctors.
Dallas/SensorLogic, intelligent asset management solutions.
New SensorLogic CEO Dale Booth hired M/C/C because he worked
with it before.
Group, Los Angeles/J. Paul Getty Trust; Junior Blind
of America; Los Angeles Unified School District, the largest
school district in the U.S.; 211 LA County, referral service
for health and human services; Museum of Contemporary Art;
Moveon, online resources for household moving; Public Storage
Inc.; Watt Commercial Properties; Park Fifth, a $1B luxury
condo and hotel development in downtown LA., and Whyville,
virtual village for young people. Ron Rogers said that collection
of clients is worth $2M in annual fee income.
Group, San Francisco/KickApps Corp., integrator of
social media capabilities into existing websites. The N.Y.-based
company has worked with Arena Football League and HBO. It
reviewed S.F. and Silicon Valley shops for the business
that will be headed by BG managing directors Tyler Lewis
Perry (N.Y) and Bill Bourdon (S.F.).
Edition, August 22, 2007, Page 6
POSTS $1.7M LOSS.
Worldwide posted a $1.7M net loss for the second-quarter
on a 9.6 percent rise in revenues to $8.3M. It lost $1.6M
for the year-earlier period.
Larry Moskowitz says Medialink's Teletrax digital video
tracking service did not meet growth expectations during
the first-half of the year.
recorded a $936K operating loss during the second quarter
on $800K service revenues. It lost $797K in last year's
is buoyed that Associated Press signed a contract to convert
Teletrax use from a month-to-month basis.
a revenue neutral move, Moskowitz believes AP's long-term
commitment is an example of the value that Teletrax offers
"content owners in protecting the value of their video
assets and enabling them to better evaluate return on investment."
has appointed Don Michels to the chief technology officer
will direct this fall's launch of Mediaseed, the web content
management and distribution platform, and handle enhancements
was VP-technology at The Feedroom, and held tech posts at
The Environmental Co. and SNL Securities.
HILTON DIES AT 70.
Jack Hilton, one of the
pioneers in broadcast PR and considered by some as the greatest
media trainer, died Aug. 9 after a brief illness. He was
Hilton, who founded Jack
Hilton Inc. in 1976, quickly made his mark on the national
scene by counseling President Kennedy during his famous
debates with Richard Nixon in 1960.
After receiving a degree
from Northwestern University in speech and communications
in 1959, Hilton worked at WGN-TV and WBBM in Chicago before
joining Group W in 1964.
He moved into the ad/PR
sphere when he joined J. Walter Thompson and rose to the
head of its PR division and left in 1976 as president of
its telecommunications unit.
Hilton counseled countless
CEOs on how to handle the media. He is the author of "Behind
the Scenes," "How to Meet the Press," "Straight
Talk About Video Conferencing," and "On Television."
His firm is shutting down.
CRITICAL MENTION HAS RADIO
Web-based broadcast monitoring
company Critical Mention has unveiled a real-time
radio offering which processes audio streams into text transcripts
seconds after broadcast.
Sean Morgan, CEO of CM,
noted the importance of radio as maintaining a steady
presence as the most popular source of news during the day.
Real-Time Radio allows
users to gather up-to-the-minute business intelligence
to stay ahead of their competition.
A beta version of R-TR
is available. Oct. 1 is the slated general availability
Ricci, has moved to Taylor for the senior VP-digital
and emerging media post. He spent the past four years at
Weber Shandwick, handling interactive/social media campaigns
for Mars Inc., Coca-Cola and got milk?. Dana
Jasilli, who worked with Ricci at WS, also is new
at Taylor. She is director-digital and emerging media.
Ullyot is joining Hill and Knowltons Washington
office as senior VP-media relations and issues. He is communications
director for Virginia's Republican Senator John Warner.
He also was deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvanias
Republican Senator Arlen Specter.
Gleason, is VP-investor relations at Pentair, the
$3.5B industrial conglomerate based in Golden Valley, Minn.
He had been at American Standard and Honeywell International.
Pommerehn, has joined Annapolis-based Crosby Marketing
Communications as PR director. She is a six-year veteran
of Stanton Communications and former PR & IR manager
for Caliber Learning Network.
Barclay, has shifted to the Neiman Group as senior
art director. He had been at Kirshenbaum & Bond, working
on business like Citibank, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and
Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino.
Dowling to global manager of the North American region
of Weber Shandwicks global technology practice. He
directed the New York offices tech operations for
the past three years.
Cosgrove, to managing director of GolinHarris, Atlanta.
She assumes Mitch Head's duties. He will concentrate on
client work. In a six-year stint at GH, Cosgrove led work
for Georgias Division of Public Health's Chronic Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion Branch.
Bast, to IR director at Diebold Inc. He was director
of the companys treasury and payment operations.
Fink, to account supervisor in MWW Groups New
York office. The consumer lifestyle specialist handles Samsung
Ramirez, to executive VP at Fahlgren Inc. She has
counseled Cooper Tires and Ohio Travel & Tourism.
Vallun, to managing director of Fleishman-Hillard's
Johannesburg office, is now in charge of the London operation.
He is a former journalist at the Pretoria News and
Thomson Publications. Kevin
Welman, who joined F-H as an intern in 96,
assumes Valluns spot.
Mikes to VP/regional operations at Wragg & Casas
PR. She adds central and northern Florida duties to her
Munson and Travis
Parrish to account supervisors at CRT/tanakas
Edwards, to VP at Murphy PR, which does work for
the History Channel and Rialto Pictures. Prior to Murphy,
she was at mPRm.
Edition, August 22, 2007, Page 7
SAFE WATER SUPPLY IS COKE
Coca-Cola system, which operates more than 800 plants and
thousands of distribution centers in 200+ countries, employing
more than 700,000, is focusing on conserving and protecting
the water supply, senior VP Tom Mattia told 160 at the Aug.
8 meeting of the Georgia chapter of the PR Society, second
biggest chapter in PRS.
is the main ingredient in nearly every beverage marketed
by Coke and without access to safe water our business
simply cannot exist, he said.
noted that the company announced at the World Wildlife Fund
annual meeting in Beijing in June that it is working to
replace every drop of water we use in our beverages
and in their production.
The Coca-Cola program
has three main componentsreduce (build on improvements
already made in water efficiency); recycle (return all water
used in manufacturing to the environment at a level that
supports aquatic life), and replenish (provide support for
healthy watersheds and sustainable community water programs).
Mattia, who joined Coke
18 months ago after executive PR posts at EDS, Ford Motor,
Hill & Knowlton and IBM, described the World PA and
Communications function that he now heads.
It has about 70 PAC pros
at h.q. in Atlanta and 320 colleagues worldwide in corporate
communications functions that include internal and external;
government relations; shareowner affairs and issues management;
archives, digital and executive communications, and corporate
He said priorities are
built around three Es. First is engaging
employees to build a winning culture, requiring
a fundamental shift in employee communication and
rates have risen from 83% to 88% between 2004 and 2006 and
overall engagement score from 74 to 79.
Another priority is energizing
the system to drive growth and productivity. PAC pros help
promote relationships with bottler partners, suppliers and
customers, promoting brands, categories and company in a
way that drives brand affinity, acceptability and
Enhancing reputation is
also a major priority. Gone are the days when our
company could quietly carry out its good deeds in the communities
and hope to be discovered, by accident, in the act of doing
good, said Mattia.
This is not possible,
he said, In an increasingly interconnected society
where Internet use and the existence of NGOs has boomed,
where no media story is local and politics has become global.
Mattia quoted Coke chairman
and CEO Neville Isdell as saying:
From the products
we serve, to the jobs we create, to the imprint we have
on local environments, our aim is to build sustainable communities
where economic, social and environmental considerations
are not only balanced but help build better lives and businesses.
EDELMAN GETS DIEBOLDS
Edelman is handling the
recasting of Diebold Election Systems to Premier Election
Solutions as parent Diebold Inc. fails in its effort to
unload the voting machine maker.
Diebold anticipates that
PES, which will have its own management team and board of
directors, will have a more concentrated focus on the election
business. It blames a rapidly changing political environment
and pending legislative initiatives for the postponement
of orders for new voting machines to 08 and beyond.
That led Diebold to cut full-year 07 voting machine
revenue projections by $120M.
PES customers use more
than 25K optical scanning units and 125K touch-screen voting
stations. The company recently launched VoteRemote,
an absentee system that promises automated signature verification.
PES is based in Allen,
Tex., while Diebold is headquartered in North Canton, Ohio.
Machowsky (Washington, D.C.) handles the PES business.
MOVE OVER AL GORE.
Jeremy Walker + Assocs.
(New York) and mPRm PR (Los Angeles) are handling Leonardo
DiCaprios The 11th Hour film about the
various crises faced by the earth.
Global warming, drought,
famine, deforestation, hurricanes, species extinction, acid
rain and severe flooding are among stars of
the show. Narrated and produced by DiCaprio, the film features
commentary from more than 50 world leaders and scientists.
That roster includes former
Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen
Hawking, ex-Central Intelligence Agency chief Jim Woolsey
and sustainable design expert Bruce Mau. The films
point: mankind must move quickly in order to head off environmental
The 11th Hour, a Warner
Independent Pictures project, opened Aug. 17 in New York
and Los Angeles and goes wide Aug. 24.
The film is getting a
boost from green groups, such as the Natural
Resources Defense Council, which is a partner of The DiCaprio
Frances Beinecke, president
of NRDC, calls the flick a powerful environmental
film that ends with a call for restorative action
through reshaping human activity. DiCaprio is an NRDC
BROOKS TO SRA INTL.
Chuck Brooks, who was
a legislative director in the Dept. of Homeland Security,
has shifted to SRA International, the $1.2B defense/technology
consulting company in Fairfax, Va. He served Homeland Securitys
science & technology directorate, handling budgeting
and managing relations with Capitol Hill.
Earlier, he ran Brooks
Consulting Intl, a PA and investment banking outfit,
and was senior legislative asst. for defense, intl
business and foreign affairs for Pennsylvanias Republican
Senator Arlen Specter.
Brooks reports to SRA
president Stan Sloane. SRA earned $63M during the fiscal
year ended June, and has a backlog of $1.6B.
Edition, August 22, 2007,
startling statement about ad/PR agencies,
the media and awards is in the WPP Group's 2006 annual report.
It says: If you drew a graph plotting creative awards
as a proxy for creativity against [profit] margins for any
group of agencies, there would be a very strong correlation.
The more awards, the stronger the margins.
other words, awards = profits.
to WPP units from the Wall Street Journal, AdWeek,
PR Week, the prestigious Holmes Report
and Gunn Report (compilation of ad winners),
and various programs (Effies, Caples, One Show, Clios) are
of reporting revenues of its ad/PR units (which it stopped
doing five years ago), WPP reports the number of awards
won. For instance, the JWT group won 35 Lions
at the Cannes Ad Festival in 2006, up from 17 in 2005 and
five in 2004. OgilvyOne Worldwide won 595 local and
international awards, topping 2005s stellar total
by 20, says WPP. JWT rocketed up the GunnReport
from ninth place to fourth.
Al Ries has noted that awards are so effective in
pitches that the big ad agencies have given up running corporate
ads in the ad media (PR media have such ads).
The ad industry, says
Ries, "is the only industry that apparently doesnt
believe in advertising
what it believes in is PR."
Most agencies "spend a lot of money promoting their
awards to potential clients," he says.
One problem with ad industry
awards, he adds, is that creatives are judges and the awards
"are almost never based on results." Entry forms
ignore this aspect.
"Nor are there any
consumers on the judging panels-that's the real tragedy
about the awards," he adds.
Our question is how credible
are these awards if some agencies deluge the contests with
entries, paying considerable fees; if they buy full-page
ads in some of the publications, and/or spend tens of thousands
on award banquet tables and travel to such banquets? Subjective
judgments determine winners rather than verifiable dollar
and employment figures. Contests are subject to political
and financial pressures especially with contestants like
WPP putting so much emphasis on winning awards.
WPP and the other conglomerates have turned their backs
on objective measurements, others have not. The 140
independent firms in the O'Dwyer rankings have supplied
top pages of income tax returns, W-3s, lists of staffers
and other proofs and are reaping as much visibility and
more credibility at a fraction of the cost of those proliferating
awards programs. We don't think clients are being fooled
by the "awards game." Ad Age this year
named Omnicom's John Wren as "Agency Executive of the
Year," noting OMC had reached $100 (although OMC was
$107 in 1999). The New York Times has yet to explore
OMC's beleaguered stock.
item: Mary Barber, nominee for secretary of the PR
Society, after seven years on her own, took a PR job at
the Alaska Community Foundation, saying she wasn't looking
for a change but the ACF was "the perfect combination
of PR skills, giving back to the community, and providing
my family some stability while my husband changes careers."
Many other PRS leaders have recently made changes. Mike
Cherenson, nominee for chair-elect, sold his father's PR
firm in early 2006 to an ad agency; Rosanna Fiske, treasurer
nominee, closed her firm to teach; Kathy Hubbell, N. Pacific
nominee and owner of Adscripts, is moving from Montana to
Oregon in search of a PR teaching job; Judith Phair, 2005
president, left her firm for the Graduate Mgmt. Admission
Council; Cheryl Procter-Rogers, 2006 president, left HBO
in mid-term for her own firm; the agency of 2004 president
Del Galloway (Husk Jennings Galloway) was bought by On Ideas
in 2005 and Galloway joined the Corp. for Public Broadcasting;
Cathryn Harris, 2004 director who was dir. of comms., W.
Va. American Water, went to her own firm after that job
was eliminated (a "specialist" PR job remains
open); Steve Lubetkin, 2004 director, left Fleet Bank for
his own firm after the bank merged; 2006 director Dave Rickey
went from AmSouth Bank, now part of one of the ten largest
bank holding companies after acquisition by Regions Financial,
to Alfa Corp., Montgomery, Ala., insurance company; Art
Stevens, 2003 secretary, went from CEO of Publicis Dialog
New York to Stevens/Gould/Pincus, and Reed Byrum, 2003 president,
went from Trilogy to his own firm. Only two of the past
12 presidents had significant jobs and stayed in them through
and after the presidency-Mary Cusick (1998) of Bob Evans
Farms and Kathy Lewton (2001) of Fleishman-Hillard and H&K.
Others were in small firms, academia or nonprofit.
The rejection of Ray
Coca-Cola as S.E. director of PRS is symptomatic of PRS's
alienation from corporate PR. There are no corporate reps
on the Ethics Board (seven counselors--Linda Cohen, Jim
Lukaszewski, Bob Frause, Patrick McLaughlin, Keith Mabee,
Emmanuel Tchividjian, Tom Duke) and four academics (Dean
Kruckeberg, Patricia Whalen, Patti Grey, Francis MacDonald)
bulging payroll of $5.28M (46.3%
of revenues of $11.4M) contrasts with the payroll of the
Council on Foundations ($6.6M or 36% of income of $18M).
The ACF, which Mary Barber has joined, follows the guidelines
for "transparency" of the Council. This includes
putting the full audit and IRS Form 990 on the website.
PRS does neither. Does ACF want its name associated with
such practices? Still being withheld are the names of the
250 chapter Assembly delegates
Debbie Girard, now on
PR for PRS under VP-PR Janet Troy, as a freelancer for PRS
in 2004 authored "Tale of a Turnaround" for the
magazine of ASAE/D.C. It said PRS was beset with "money
woes, eroded credibility with members, low employee morale
and a less-than-desirable working relationship with the
board" but this was reversed by COO Catherine Bolton
with the help of 2001 pres. Kathy Lewton and 2003 pres.
Reed Byrum (2002 pres. Joann Killeen was not mentioned).