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Women in PR Honors Veteran Publicist Eileen Koch*

Tomorrow at the Roosevelt Hotel, Miami based organization Women in PR will host an awards luncheon for Eileen Koch. The event is timed to coincide with this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Koch moved from New York to LA at age 16, working initially as a dancer. But in recent decades, she has made her mark with celebrity PR moves under the banner of Eileen Koch and Company. Clients past and present include Jamie Foxx, Derek Fisher, Guess?Marciano, Carmen Electra, and Marisa Miller. Her path to publicity began in the corridors of personal management and a certain Ukrainian beauty:

Koch decided in her late 20s to start her own management company specializing in children and teens. One of the first young faces to catch her eye was Milla Jovovich; Koch discovered and managed the Ukrainian beauty secure pivotal jobs that would propel her from obscurity into a top model and actress virtually overnight.

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AEG Goofs with TMZ-Inspired Tip Sheet

In the wake of Robbie Keane‘s triumphant Saturday debut with the LA Galaxy, AEG vp of communications Michael Roth is being yellow-carded by media outlets for a crass photographer tip sheet.

Roth made the mistake last week of sourcing the ongoing TMZ.com feature “Who’d You Rather?”, which asks readers to vote on a side-by-side choice of two dream (or, sometimes, nightmare) bedroom mates. The forward pass by the parent company PR man of an August 16 TMZ.com poll pitting Victoria Beckham against Keane’s wife Claudine was first reported by India’s Asian News International (ANI) and expanded upon by UK tabloid The Daily Star:

Los Angeles media analyst Mike Raia said: “A lot of people had seen the TMZ piece, which was pretty crude and suggestive, especially in the way it was worded. But for the Galaxy’s owners to then literally point press and TV photographers in its direction is outrageous…”

Roth would only say: “I have absolutely no comment to make whatsoever.”

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Handicapping This Year’s Oscar Publicists

Months before media outlets begin providing those printable Oscar ballots to help keep track of office pool tallies, the Hollywood Reporter has shared an equally intriguing scoresheet.

In a sidebar to this week’s print magazine article by Gregg Kilday and Kevin Gray about a high-level split at PR firm 42 West, there is a listing of leading Oscar publicists and the projects they likely will be tubthumping post-Telluride-Toronto-Venice.

Although not quite on the level of the main-article alleged friction between Leslee Dart and departing 42 West partner Cynthia Schwartz, FishbowlLA was struck by the specter of Michele Robertson vs. Dawn Taubin. Robertson could well be handling Warner Bros. titles J. Edgar, from perennial shoe-in Clint Eastwood, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, while that studio’s former head of marketing, Taubin, will be pushing early season favorite The Help.

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The Talent Publicist Who Became a Slamming DJ

When Michelle Pesce relocated to LA from Youngstown, Ohio in the late 1990s, she landed a job at FOX thanks to a recommendation from a powerhouse family friend: actor Ed O’Neill. With such beginnings, it would be logical to assume that Pesce evolved from there to the top of the TV profession. Not quite.

In the end, Pesce’s mentor turned out to be pioneering Salt-N-Peppa member DJ Spinderella. Ahead of an August 3 gig in Youngstown, Pesce recalled via a hometown media outlet how her music mixer career started coming together on the side of a day job as a talent publicist with Wolf-Kasteler:

“Spinderella was shocked I had turntables. Most girls at the time didn’t,” Pesce says. “She mentored me for a year and a half or so and she never charged a thing. She helped me as a DJ and as a female DJ.”

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EXCLUSIVE: How Reelz Got Ten Emmy Nominations for The Kennedys

There are countless examples in Hollywood of a successful film or TV project being rejected by the studios or networks before eventually going on to find a moment in the sun. But in the case of The Kennedys, this is also what happened with Reelz Channel’s PR campaign for the 2011 Primetime Emmys. The total of ten received by the Greg Kinnear-Katie Holmes drama is all the more impressive given the fact that awards season rookie Reelz was forced to do the campaigning themselves.

“We were turned down by some of the biggest [Emmy] PR firms in Los Angeles,” Reelz CEO Stan Hubbard (pictured) tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “We were basically told that we’d embarrass ourselves if we ran an Emmy campaign.”

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Conspiracy Theorists Far From Done with Ronni Chasen Murder

Although the Beverly Hills Police Department has closed the books on their investigation into the November 16, 2010 murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, the many skeptics out there remain skeptical. And not just about the Chasen end of it.

News of a final, new BHPD finding—that the gun used to kill Chasen was originally stolen from a cop in the San Fernando Valley–was first reported last night by TheWrap. But to those commenting on TheWrap piece, it’s not just Harold Smith‘s culpability in the Chasen shooting that seems preposterous. There’s also the matter of how Smith himself died. Says NURREDIN:

I don’t understand why the gun wasn’t ditched after such a publicized murder when the suspect found out who he had killed… The fact that it was a stolen police revolver,and he killed himself with the same gun in front of the police doesn’t pass the smell test. Even a petty criminal would have ditched the gun after he cleaned it… I’d start with who the gun was assigned to,and who the officer was that confronted him when he committed suicide, and if there is a connection between the two. It sounds like a hit to me.

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Hollywood ‘Quote Whore’ Watchdog Calls Out Warner Bros.

God love Erik Childress. The Chicago based film critic continues to keep a close eye on one of FishbowlLA’s favorite topics, the use by Hollywood film studios of so-called entertainment journalist “quote whores” to promote a new offering.

Childress got into some constructive dialogue on Twitter today with a Warner Bros. publicist (@annairblynn), bemoaning the studio’s use of five such individuals to sing the praises of this weekend’s upcoming comedy Horrible Bosses. The culprits, according to Childress, amount to a quintet of critical quackery (try saying that fast, five times):

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PR Flack Forced to Apologize for Duke Nukem Twitter Threats

The Redner Group, based in Santa Monica, is all about procuring media attention for its small group of clients. This morning, it has managed to accomplish that mission in a thoroughly upside-down manner.

Via the firm’s Twitter account, veiled threats were issued Tuesday in the direction of outlets that had published “venomous” reviews of client 2K’s video game Duke Nukem Forever. The insinuation was that those guilty of too atomic a slam might no longer receive advance 2K review copies. This morning, those tweets have disappeared, replaced by the apologies of an admonished (and perhaps soon to be nuked?*) owner:

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Former Hollywood Publicist Tired of the Bumble Stumbles

There’s a very funny blog post today by former big-time Hollywood publicist Bumble Ward (pictured).

The Laurel Canyon resident is fed up with the fact that her first name is a minefield when it comes to dealing with smiley-faced baristas and sickly sweet pastry shop employees. She writes that Bumble has been mangled so often at Starbucks as “Barbara” that her husband now calls her the latter in public, to his great amusement. Meanwhile, earlier today, at the behest of daughter Honor, Ward fibbed when asked by a Sweet Butter Kitchen server for the information, responding with the much simpler moniker of “Emma:”

For most people, “What is your first name?” is a very easy question. For me, it involves elaborate lies, some soul searching, and a huge dose of tamping down the effrontery. Is it my age? Is it that I’m English, that I feel it’s forward to ask someone you’ve never met before their first name?…

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LA Publicist Uses ‘Humperdinck’ as a Verb

We’re always on the lookout for inventive press release headlines, and the following certainly qualifies:

Engelbert Humperdincks His Way to APA

The crafter of this hilarious headline is Elissa Buchter, the singer’s publicist. She tells FishbowlLA that it was vetted and approved by the singer’s son, Scott Dorsey, also Humperdinck’s personal manager. And why not? When you’ve got phonetic power like that, it should definitely be flaunted.

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