Today in End of An Era news, Bob DeFillippo, chief communications officer with Prudential Financial, is retiring after more than 21 years with the company.
The company’s press release has a lot to say about the career of DeFillippo, a true industry veteran who teaches at NYU and currently serves on the boards of both the PRSA and the Arthur W. Page Society (where he’s a treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee). In short, he is one of the few remaining members of the Old School.
From Vice Chairman Mark Grier:
“Bob has led the company’s internal and external communications during some of the most significant events in the company’s history, including its demutualization, the financial crisis and the company’s expansion into key international markets.”
The most interesting part about the announcement, though, is that Prudential will not (technically) replace DeFillippo.
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This morning The New York Post — which happens to be owned by the same company that once owned Sony’s prime competitor, 20th Century Fox — just told us that the scene that caused the world to, in the words of writer/cybersecurity expert Peter Singer, “lose our shit” has leaked.
Here, then, is a screenshot from your Kim Jong Un death scene, set (of course) to Katy Perry:
That was relatively tame. (And no, the leak isn’t new — it’s just interesting to note that the Post chose to run it.) So what does PR think about the studio’s decision to pull the film entirely?
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As we read the original story last night we thought, “this is too good to be true.” And so it was.
Thanks to our fellow media folks at The New York Observer, we now know that 17-year-old pseudo-genius/high school student Mohammed Islam featured in New York magazine’s “Reasons to Love New York” feature is not, in fact, a wealthy investor. Once the lie was exposed, he did what any embarrassed teenager in the spotlight would do: he hired 5WPR for crisis communications.
In the subsequent NYO piece, we learned several things including the fact that someone at 5W is a big fan of Jasper Johns.
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Sony Pictures has hired New York’s Rubenstein Communications to handle the fallout from its epic document leak, and the company made its first visible move to limit the ongoing bad press over the weekend by threatening to sue all who report on related materials.
Specifically, the studio’s lawyer David Boies (of Bush v. Gore and many other cases) demanded that all news organizations delete the “stolen data” they already have or will receive and agree to stop reporting on it. Essentially, Boies threatened to sue any organization that publishes future stories drawn from the emails and other materials leaked by hackers.
Sony tried to get the heads of other major studios to sign the letter but they abstained, noting that it might look like “a publicity stunt.”
The real conversation piece, though, is a New York Times op-ed from Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing and The Social Network. In summary, Sorkin tells journalists “You’re Giving Material Aid to Criminals.”
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