The Inside News of PR & Marketing Communications

Last Updated: Thu., Apr. 25, 2019 @ 5:10 pm

FTI Consulting's PR Unit Jumps 9.3%

Thu., Apr. 25, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Steven GunbyFTI Consulting today reported a 9.3 percent Q1 revenues jump to $57.7M for its strategic communications group due to solid results in North America and the EMEA regions.

Cannabis Group Taps VS Strategies

Thu., Apr. 25, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Cannabis Trade FederationCannabis Trade Federation Action has hired VS Strategies, the public policy wing of "the country's first powerhouse marijuana law firm," to push for a sensible marijuana public policy.

Commentary

US Propaganda Arm Backs Authoritarian Leaders

Thu., Apr. 25, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Radio Free EuropeRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is charged with distributing propaganda in support of authoritarian regimes. Whatever happened to promoting US democratic values overseas?

Alaska Issues $300K Air Quality PR RFP

Wed., Apr. 24, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Alaska Department of Environmental ProtectionAlaska’s Dept of Environmental Conservation has issued an RFP for air quality PR and education with a $300K budget for the first year and up to $1.5M over the course of five years, pending renewal on a yearly basis.

Kostka Succeeds Roop at Roop & Co

Wed., Apr. 24, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Brad KostkaRoop & Co. has named Brad Kostka to succeed agency founder Jim Roop as president, effective April 30. Roop will continue to serve as senior advisor for the firm.

On the Move: Tyler Perry Named President of Bateman/NYC; North 6th Hires Al DiGuido as President/CRO; Banner PA Shifts Lynn Stinson; Baretz + Brunelle Adds Nicole Rodgers Houston

Wed., Apr. 24, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Tyler PerryBateman Group ups Tyler Perry to president of its New York office... North 6th Agency hires Al DiGuido, ex-CEO of Bigfoot Interactive, as president/chief revenue officer... Banner Public Affairs shifts Lynn Stinson, digital practice lead to Silicon Valley... Baretz + Brunelle adds Nicole Rodgers Houston as managing director. She joins from law firm Arnold & Porter.

Ex-OKC Mayor Joins Jones PR

Wed., Apr. 24, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Mick CornettMick Cornett, who served as mayor of Oklahoma City from 2004 to 2018, has joined Jones PR in an executive counsel capacity.

News of PR Firms: Marathon Strategies Unveils 'Insight 2020;' Asoviva LLC Launches in Tokyo; IMARS of Moscow Targets Azerbaijan

Wed., Apr. 24, 2019

By Steve Barnes

MarathonMarathon Strategies, founded by Kerry 2004 spokesperson Phil Singer, launches "Insight 2020" to gauge campaign issues and their impact on businesses... Asoviva LLC is name of Tokyo mash-up of three firms targeted clients in tech, health, fashion, food and gaming sectors... IMARS Communications of Moscow signs cooperation pact with Azerbaijan PR Specialists Assn. and Baku School of PR.

Commentary

Facebook's Zuckerberg Flops Again on PR

Tue., Apr. 23, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ZuckerbergFacebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has proven once again that he's tone-deaf when it comes to PR. Social media giant hires surveilliance expert  and Patriot Act architect as general counsel a month after Zuckerberg promised more privacy safeguards.

Sutherlandgold Acquires Astro Media

Tue., Apr. 23, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Leslie GoldSan Francisco's Sutherlandgold Group has acquired Astro Media to enhance its creative storytelling offering with data, measurement and audience-driven content capabilities.

Tusk Works to Torpedo De Blasio On HS Admissions

Tue., Apr. 23, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Bill DeBlasioTusk Strategies, political consulting/strategic communications shop, is coordinating the effort to torpedo New York mayor Bill de Blasio's push to kill the admissions test for the city's eight specialized high schools.

Microsoft Co-Founders PR Rep Joins Facebook

Tue., Apr. 23, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

John PinetteJohn Pinette, who worked for investment vehicles of Microsoft co-founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates, has joined Facebook as VP-global communications.

Media Mogul Hindery Grabs Gephardt

Mon., Apr. 22, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Leo HinderyLeo Hindery, who founded the Yes Network in 2001 as the cable home of the New York Yankees, hired Gephardt Group Government Affairs for work regarding infrastructure funding.