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News of Firms: Weber Shandwick Forms Global Intelligence Unit

Wed, Jan. 22, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Brian BuchwaldWeber Shandwick has formed a global intelligence division, which will use data and analytics to inform strategies that include the development of insight-driven, earned media storytelling opportunities... Lambert & Co. acquires Casteel Schoenborn Investor Relations & Corporate Communications... Baretz+Brunelle has created a NewLaw practice to be led by Brad Blickstein and Beatrice Seravello, who have joined the firm as partners

News of Firms: Wise PR Merges with Zimmerman Strategic Communications

Wed, Jan. 15, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Wise ZimmermanWise Public Relations is merging with boutique consultancy Zimmerman Strategic Communications... Flackable, which represents financial and professional services firms, has launched its All-Access Client Portal... Gavin, a digitally focused agency headquartered in York, PA, has opened an office in Lancaster.

Weiss PR Rebrands

Tue, Jan. 14, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Pugh & TillerWeiss PR is rebranding as Pugh & Tiller PR as president Ray Weiss turns over the leadership reins to executive VP Matthew Pugh and co-founder Jessica Tiller.

W2O Acquires 21GRAMS

Mon, Jan. 13, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

Jim Weiss & Bob BlinkW2O Group has acquired New York-based healthcare advertising shop 21GRAMS.

News of Firms: Rock Paper Scissors Plants 10 Trees with Each Placement

Thu, Dec. 19, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Trees for the FutureRock Paper Scissors is partnering with Trees For the Future, a nonprofit that helps communities around the world plant trees, on an initiative to plant 10 trees for every media placement it makes... FF Los Angeles is partnering with Fridays For Future, the international movement of climate strikers led by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, on a campaign to highlight climate change’s local impacts.... Stryker-Munley Group opens in Boston, Kansas City and Portland, OR.

News of Firms: Edelman Partners With Basilinna

Wed, Dec. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

BasilinnaEdelman and Basilinna, DC-based strategic communications shop, have entered into an exclusive partnership designed to provide multinational China-and Middle East-based clients... Corporate Ink, a Boston-based B2B tech PR and content marketing agency, is acquired by its former VP Greg Hakim... MediaTracks Communications, which provides radio and audio services for public relations, will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Dec. 22.

Finn Partners Tops Observer's 'Power List'

Tue, Dec. 17, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Peter FinnPeter Finn's Finn Partners tops the Observer's "power list" that was released today. BerlinRosen, which was ranked No. 1 last year, slips to No. 2, while Alison Brod Marketing & Communications catapults from No. 36 to the third spot.

News of Firms: London's Clarity Acquires Dynamo

Fri, Dec. 13, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Rachel GilleyLondon's Clarity has acquired Dynamo, a consumer tech PR agency that specializes in representing disruptive challenger brands... Israel's Propel has launched a media database of what it says is a million journalists and influencers, as part of its PR management platform... dovetail solutions, a PR, branding, crisis management and public affairs firm based in Denver, has acquired Sacramento-based Modamedia/SMG.

News of Firms: WPP Completes Kantar Deal

Mon, Dec. 9, 2019

By Steve Barnes

KantarWPP has completed the transaction to sell 60 percent of Kantar, its global data, research, consulting analytics business, to Bain Capital Private Equity... Nowa Empower, an agency headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, has joined the PR World Alliance... Burrelles has announced a partnership with social media listening and analytics company Talkwalker

News of Firms: Nahigian Strategies Opens Big Whig Media in DC's Willard Hotel

Thu, Dec. 5, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Big WhigNahigian Strategies has partnered with Carr Companies to open Big Whig Media, a full-service multimedia center located in DC's Willard Hotel, a block from the White House... BAM Communications has launched BAMx, an “acceleration team” that offers startups and VCs modular PR and marketing support... George P. Johnson shop has pledged $500,000 to the development of an experiential learning lab at California Polytechnic State University.

News of Firms: WPP Slates Detroit Campus

Wed, Nov. 27, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Marquette BuildingWPP is creating a campus in Detroit, leasing 150,000 square feet in the Marquette Building, directly across from TCF Center, to service largest client Ford and other Motor City businesses... D/CAL, creative shop co-founded by professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, and consumer intelligence platform Apollo Program join forces... Lambert has acquired a portion of Fingerpaint’s Phoenix-based business. (1 reader comment)

News of Firms: GCI Health Helps Women Deal With Stress

Wed, Nov. 20, 2019

By Steve Barnes

HealthiHerGCI Health gets involved in project to help women cope with the growing amount of stress in their lives... AMP3 Public Relations launches Impact division to work with sustainable and philanthropic brands... Vested's investments group supports U-Nest, an app that helps parents save for their kids' college education.

Rubenstein PR Updates Burrelles' Image

Tue, Nov. 19, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

BurrellsRubenstein PR has picked up Burrelles, which was founded in 1888 as a press clipping bureau, to promote its transformation into cutting-edge technology, custom publishing, social media monitoring and analytics powerhouse.

News of Firms: Clarity Partners with The Brewery

Thu, Nov. 14, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Sami McCabeClarity forms partnership with The Brewery, network of agencies linked to London's freuds... Jennifer Bett Communications, which focuses on fashion, food & beverage, beauty, wellness brands, expands from New York to Los Angeles... SSPR, of Colorado Springs, adds Denver to Chicago, New York and San Franscisco office network.

Seven Letter Launches Digital Offering; HCB Health Opens in Parsippany

Thu, Nov. 7, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Seven LetterSeven Letter has launched Seven Letter Labs, a digital communications offering resulting from its acquisition of digital strategy firm Tessio Labs... HCB Health has opened an office in Parsippany, NJ, joining its existing locations in Austin, TX and Chicago.. Greenough Brand Storytellers links with kdm communications to share best practices.

Shirley & Banister PA Rebrands; BCW Plants CyberTree

Tue, Nov. 5, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Shirley & BanisterShirley & Banister Public Affairs, conservative powerhouse firm, has rebranded as Shirley Banister McVicker Public Affairs to reflect the contributions of 20-year veteran Kevin McVicker... BCW plants BCW CyberTREE to focus on cybersecurity crisis communications response... Prosek Partners launches HR Special Situations Practice Group... Bastion Collective, of Australia, acquires db5, consumer insights consultancy in New York and Los Angeles.

PR Firm News: Spectrum Science Rebrands; Ditto PR Opens in London

Thu, Oct. 31, 2019

By Steve Barnes

SpectrumSpectrum Science Communications unveils new branding, which includes an updated logo, website and positioning... Ditto PR expands from Brooklyn to London... Hill+Knowlton Strategies Portugal opens a content studio led by Ana Castro Rego, who joins from 9 Communications.

Ex-Ikea US President Counsels for APCO

Thu, Oct. 31, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Lars PeterssonLars Petersson, a 36-year veteran of IKEA who most recently was US president after holding management posts in Sweden, Italy and Japan, has joined APCO Worldwide’s international advisory council.

Falls Acquires Wyse Advertising

Thu, Oct. 24, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Robert FallsFalls Communications has acquired Cleveland-based brand management and advertising agency Wyse Advertising.