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O'Dwyer's Newsletter -Jun. 18, 2012 - Vol. 45 - No. 25 (download PDF version)

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WPP has entered exclusive negotiations to acquire European media monitoring company Press Index in a deal valuing the company at 11.2M euro ($14.1M).

The company, founded in 1997 and publicly traded on NYSE Alternext, has 250 employees across four offices in Paris, London, Milan and Madrid tracking print, digital, broadcast and social media.

Clients include Google, Kellogg’s, Weber Shandwick, IBM, Havas and Lewis PR, among others. Revenue for 2010 was 16.3M euro.

WPP said it is in exclusive negotiations to acquire 87% of Press Index’s outstanding shares from founders and other sellers at 6.81 euro in cash. If that deal is completed, it will kick off an all-cash tender offer for the remaining stake.


Cision AB has reached a financial settlement with Dow Jones after the U.S. publisher threatened the PR services company in March over alleged infringement of copyright.

The Sweden-based PR services company said that it reached a confidential settlement restricting Cision from redistributing original content from Dow Jones, which owns its own monitoring service, Factiva.

Peter Granat, CEO for Cision North America, said Cision’s monitoring service will no longer provide content published by Dow Jones, which includes its newswires, newsletters, the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s, among others. Cision subscribers will be directed to DJ to obtain such content.

Granat said Cision saw protracted negotiations as wasteful and expressed a desire to move forward and end litigation. He sees copyright issues bringing changes in the media monitoring and clipping space in the near future.

Dow Jones said Cision AB and its U.S. unit have paid a “significant sum” the settle a claim of “unauthorized reproduction, distribution and other misuse” of DJ content.

Mark Jackson, general counsel for DJ, said in a statement, “This settlement is another reminder that only paying customers enjoy full access to Dow Jones’ highly valuable journalism, and anyone who free rides on our content will face serious financial repercussions.”

Cision said its second quarter results will be affected by the deal, but did not disclose the settlement amount other than to note earnings previously forecast for around 35M SEK (about $5M) will instead be 10M SEK ($1.4M) loss.

Cision CEO Hans Gieskes said in March that the damages claim from a then-unnamed publisher would likely impact earnings, but he said it was impossible to quantify at the time.

Second quarter earnings will be released July 18.

Cision has brought in Dawn Conway, an attorney and former VP of global licensing for Lexis Nexis, to be senior VP of global content licensing.

Cision said she is responsible for acquiring and retaining all licensed content in support of its global businesses, including its news monitoring and media database services.

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Gary Goldhammer, executive VP and head of West Coast client service at Velocidi, to Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Los Angeles, as chief digital strategist for the U.S. He reports to Andrew Bleecker, global digital practice director. He was previously senior VP of digital strategy and development at Edelman on the West Coast handling eBay, HP and Adobe. He is also a former journalist for the Associated Press and United Press International and penned two books on media.

Ozzy Farman, co-founder of digital agency Lolz LLC, to Weber Shandwick, New York, as senior VP, digital innovation. Herb Sawyer, senior VP, strategic planning director, Fleishman-Hillard and former digital strategist for Carmichael Lynch, joins as senior VP of strategy planning. Kerry Lange, co-lead of Yahoo!’s Social Marketing Center of Excellence, joins as senior VP and digital director for WS’ Northern California operations.

Don McIver, chief operating officer, Beckerman, to 5W PR, New York as COO. The firm has more than 90 staffers. He was previously COO at MWW Group.



Doug Hesney to VP and a member of the executive management committee at Dukas PR, New York. He continues to lead the firm’s asset management group, serving clients like hedge funds, private equity firms and ETFs, and serves as in-house counsel. He began his career at the firm as a senior A/E in 2007.

Amanda Merced to A/S and Meredith Mandato to senior A/E, MCS Healthcare PR, Bedminster, N.J. Merced handles Merck, MannKind and Qforma, while Mandato works Merck, Genentech, ParaPRO and The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.

Lauren Melcher to senior A/E, digital, and Sarah Rydland to senior A/E, financial services, Weber Shandwick, Minneapolis. Melcher joined in 2001 and Rydland in 2007.


Mark Bilek to director of communications and technology, Chicago Automobile Trade Association, producer of the Chicago Auto Show. He joined CATA in 2006. Tim McBride, former director of marketing for the Phoenix Coyotes, joins as director of marketing. And Jennifer Morand, A/M at Foomix Marketing Communications, joins as senior PR and social media manager.


Sharon Bare Cook, VP and director of corporate comms., Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, and Margaret Austin Lisi, VP of comms. and account strategy, Object 9, were elected board members for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Atlanta. Terms run through June 2015.

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