Archives: February 2009
Pop!Tech is looking for a Digital Content and Community Manager
Vassar College is looking for a Director of Alumnae/i Communications & Editor
MWW Group is looking for a Business Development Account Executive
Shine Media PR is looking for an Account Executive
Pitch Control Public Relations is looking for a Senior Account Executive
[Warren Cowan, 1921-2008, honored at the ICG Publicists Awards; Photo from a profile in the Los Angeles Times]
Chuck Lorre on entertainment publicists: “dream weavers who spin our personal shit into gold.”
The above quote from Hollywood producer Chuck Lorre captures the tenor of the 46th Annual Showmanship Awards (yes, since 1963). The awards brought the big entertainment publicists together with the media for a congenial luncheon to celebrate the best in the business yesterday. Lorre was on hand as the winner of Television Showman of the Year.
According to Variety: “Rogers & Cowan co-chairman Paul Bloch got the proceedings under way by honoring Warren Cowan, who died last year. Bloch asked praisers who had worked under Cowan’s wing to rise, and there were many.”
The recently retired PR legend Pat Kingsley picked up the Les Mason Award for career achievement.
Like many other TV people lately, Lorre took a jab at the tough times and lack of revenue sharing for digital content:
“Lorre said looking down into the Beverly Hilton ballroom crowd put him in mind of “the ballroom scene in ‘Titanic.’ ” Citing the tough economic times, the producer of CBS’ comedy “Two and a Half Men” added, “Hopefully, CBS won’t go bankrupt, forcing me to do one of those four-minute Web site pieces of … .”
Facebook faces a major user backlash over its terms of service and founder Mark Zuckerberg responds via blog post within 24 hours. Twitter announces $35m in funding and co-founder Biz Stone responds to our emails within 10 minutes.
Apparently it came at the hands of an experienced flack, Mike Sitrick of Sitrick & Company, who reportedly charges $700 an hour and has represented the likes of Paris Hilton, Halle Berry and Rush Limbaugh.
Writes Fox News’ Roger Friedman, “Brown is so clueless he couldn’t know that Sitrick is universally disliked by the press. He’ll win Brown no points in public. On top of that, the statement Strick issued for Brown regarding this whole incident is pretty lame. Rihanna’s name isn’t mentioned once. But Brown takes the press and bloggers to task, accusing them of making things up.”
This edition of Spin the Agencies of Record is chock full of diverse products and services account wins including cookware, a media conference, a NASCAR star’s foundation, specialized label & I.D. making technology, and clean tech investment research:
Carmichael Lynch Spong cooks it up for Calphalon as agency of record
Ogilvy goes to print with Zebra Technologies, makers of specialty printers (barcode, I.D.) and RFID products
Sterling PR puts the shine on the Cleantech Group, providers of research and data for investors in the category
The Tony Stewart Foundation speeds ahead with Bonneau Production Services as its marketing and public relations agency of record
Lindsay Olson is a partner and recruiter with Paradigm Staffing (and PRNewser guest columnist). She specializes in helping companies and agencies find public relations and communications professionals throughout the United States. She has over ten years experience recruiting in the PR industry and also writes a career-related blog at LindsayOlson.com. You can find her on Twitter via @prjobs.
In her latest column, Olson reminds job hunters to “be their own headhunter.”
Lately, I’ve been receiving a ton of calls from candidates who call to “enlist a recruiter” to help find them a new position. It makes me wonder if some of these people think that by speaking to an industry recruiter, their job search woes will be answered.
From the mediabistro.com events department: There are still some tickets left for tonight’s event, “Digital Marketing in a Downturn:
How to Get Results Now and Build a Base for the Future.” Get them now before they’re all gone!
Hear from panelists Shiv Singh (Avenue A/Razorfish), Paul Borgese (AP Digital), Evan Krauss (JumpTap), Lee Chapman (Translation), and Larry Weintraub (Fanscape) on what you should be doing to generate the best results from your marketing programs.
If you’re not in NYC, make sure to follow @prnewser on Twitter as we will be providing updates from the event.
Editor’s note: We apologize for the small amount of updates and typos in our tweets from last night’s event. Wi-fi turned out to be super spotty inside the theater and we were not able to update as we once had hoped.