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World’s Public To Meet in Times Square Tonight

Times Square in New York City will, once again, become the sun in our universe of public relations.

Not only are 1 million guests personally attending the lowering of the Times Square Ball down One Times Square building, but 1 billion more people are expected to tune in via TV and digital devices as the world rings in 2013. It doesn’t get any more public than that.

ABC’s annual “New Year’s Rockin Eve” has helped make Times Square the most expensive billboard advertising real estate on the planet, with companies such as Dunkin’ Donuts
paying $3.6 million a year for its signage and Anheuser-Bush shelling out $3.1 million for its space on One Times Square building.

This year, of course, the world will miss the iconic personality of Dick Clark. Yet the tradition will continue as this year’s Times Square Ball, made of Waterford Crystal (so keep the kids out of the Times Square dining room), heralds the theme “Let There Be Peace.” Indeed. That is one sentiment we can all agree on.

Happy New Year to all of our wonderful readers and thank you for supporting PRNewser. We’re looking forward to a healthy, safe, and productive 2013 with all of you!

For a live stream of the celebration visit the Times Square New Year’s Eve 2013 Live Webcast.

Roll Call: Syndicate Media Group, GolinHarris, BuzzFeed, and More

Syndicate Media Group has announced the promotion of Samantha Kain to the position of managing director. In her new role, Kain will oversee team management and client profitability in the agency’s 27 -person New York office. She will also work closely with Syndicate’s Los Angeles office to manage national accounts and the agency’s new business team to develop new client opportunities. In addition, Samantha continues to hold the title of associate partner. (Release)

GolinHarris has appointed award-winning Chicago Tribune science and healthcare journalist Trine Tsouderos as healthcare media director. Tsouderos joined the Tribune in 2003, and she has written about science and medicine since 2009. Before joining the Tribune, Tsouderos wrote for People Magazine, The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville and The Wilson Daily Times in Wilson, N.C. Tsouderos will be based in Chicago. (Release)

BuzzFeed has hired Ze Frank. Frank will work to continue the company’s growth through online video, building a team of video producers in Los Angeles and establishing a studio to create content native to the social web. The acquisition and hire are effective immediately–Frank will work with BuzzFeed’s existing teams to produce viral hits inspired by BuzzFeed posts like “The Angriest Babies In The Whole World,” “How To Restore Your Faith In Humanity,” and “What Is Your Worst Pet Peeve?” He will also develop new YouTube channels covering a wider range of topics and collaborate with BuzzFeed’s social advertising clients on branded content. (Release)

Erin Felentzer is moving from ABC to TNT, where she will serve as the new VP of public relations, overseeing all publicity for TNT and its original programming including “Dallas” and “Major Crimes.” During the decade she spent with ABC Entertainment Group, Felentzer served as director of media relations and director of publicity, working on campaigns for ABC series including “Desperate Housewives“, “Lost” and “Ugly Betty“; she most recently served as VP of communications. (Variety)

Hey ABC: Why Michael Strahan?

We’ve been perplexed by this story for a whole week, so now we feel compelled to ask the inevitable question: Why Michael Strahan? ABC won’t confirm the change, but the rest of the world seems to think that the former New York Giants defensive end and current on-air pigskin analyst will soon become Kelly Ripa‘s new counterpart on “Live.”

We’re experiencing some mixed emotions here: Relief that it wasn’t Seacrest yet again tinged with a little sadness on behalf of Pat Kiernan and a secret hope that the job might still go to Greg Kelly of “Good Day New York,” also known as the Unlikely Voice of Reason.

But really, why Michael Strahan?

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Jimmy Kimmel Leads the Charge into a New Era of Late Night

Late night TV just got a wake-up call. ABC has announced that Jimmy Kimmel , best known as the co-host of “Win Ben Stein’s Money” (we kid) will soon compete with icons David Letterman and Jay Leno in the coveted 11:35pm time slot. ABC’s strategy is based on a stark but undeniable fact: As Letterman and Leno age, so do their viewers. Letterman, in fact, has agreed only to extend his contract through 2014–just long enough to best Johnny Carson’s on-air record—and Leno recently consented to a much-publicized pay cut and staff reduction.

But this isn’t your father’s 11:35pm time slot. No longer is it a lonely post-news netherworld for budding insomniacs and beleaguered parents looking to steal a drink and a laugh before bed. Today, the nightly monologue must compete with Call of Duty, Twitter surfing, Funny or Die marathons and the endless distractions emanating from our iPads and digital televisions. (At least we can still do all these things with a cocktail in hand.)

With an increase in options, however, comes a decrease in loyalty–and younger generations aren’t bonding with TV personalities like the generations that revered anchors like Walter Cronkite and late night personalities like Johnny Carson. Jimmy Kimmel is staring into the abyss, but he’s cool with that–and he should be. Read more

Ryan Lochte and Reality TV: A Perfect Match?

Sorry, no chocolate insideTake a moment this morning to imagine that you’re Ryan Lochte: You’ve just won two gold medals, two silvers and a bronze. You’ve appeared on the covers of Vogue, Time, and Men’s Journal. Most importantly, you’ve managed to defeat your arch nemesis and teammate Michael Phelps to reign atop the ranks of chlorine-tinged supermen for one brief, shining moment.

Now that you’ve made your mark on the world of sport, earned your 15 minutes as an international “brand” and made your requisite appearance in the British tabloids, the time has come for you to answer the question that vexes a nation:

The Bachelor” or “Dancing with the Stars?”

How about both? The world of reality TV is calling, and this morning good sir Lochte told Matt Lauer that he is “looking towards” it. After scoring endorsement deals with Gillette, Speedo, Gatorade and Ralph Lauren, the 6’2″ fish has let the world know that he’s ready to leave the water — or at least to trade the Olympic pool for the Pacific Ocean.

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Revolving Door: Norah O’Donnell Replaces Erica Hill on ‘CBS This Morning’, Dick Cheney Interviewed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, and More

CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell has been named co-host of “CBS This Morning” replacing Erica Hill who first came to CBS News in 2008, while still with CNN, to co-anchor the weekend “Early Show.” In January, 2010 she joined CBS full time. (TVNewser)

Lauren Kapp, the former top communications and marketing executive at NBC News who left for a strategy and marketing position at Huffington Post in May, will be leaving that job this week. Reuters reports Kapp will leave Huffington Post Media Group August 1, three months after joining from NBC. Reuters says personal reasons are behind the change. (TVNewser)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was interviewed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl. The interview, Cheney’s first since his heart transplant earlier this year, will be previewed across all ABC’s platforms today, and will air in its entirety on “Nightline” this evening. (TVNewser)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been making the media rounds to promote his new book, and one of the stops was C-SPAN. C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb asked Scalia about his recent interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, and why Justices are usually so reluctant to do public appearances. (TVNewser) Video Below:

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Fake CBS Press Release Takes a Swipe at ABC’s New Show ‘Glass House’

Did anyone watch that show Glass House on ABC the other day? Number one, it’s awful. Like really awful, even for a bad reality show.

Number two, as far as CBS is concerned, it’s nothing but a knock-off of their show Big Brother. The network has already tried (unsuccessfully) to stop ABC from airing the show by taking the issue to court. CBS alleges copyright infringement and the stealing of trade secrets. There are even a few former Big Brother staffers working on Glass House, according to TheWrap.

So, CBS has issued a press release announcing its “new show” Dancing On the Stars. Zing! The release is after the jump. And if it’s any consolation, ratings for the show were kind of bad.

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Revolving Door: ‘NYT’ news, WHCD criticism, ABC & Univision

The New York Times started a new biweekly video series today, all about street style. The premiere episode profiles Fort Greene, Brooklyn. [h/t]

Separately, the Times has debuted ads to up its thriving digital subscriber numbers. And some of its reporters appear in a video urging the paper to settle a contract dispute with staffers.

Tom Brokaw thinks the White House Correspondents Dinner is too much of a “glittering event.” Fox News’ Ed Henry, who is also the president of the White House Correspondents Association isn’t opposed to change.

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‘Scandal’ Premiere: Kerry Washington is a ‘Gladiator in a Suit’

Last night was the premiere of Scandal, the new ABC program about a D.C. crisis expert based on Judy Smith (left), a real D.C. crisis consultant.

On the show, which was created by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice), Kerry Washington plays the very tough head of a crisis firm that specializes in high-profile problems. In real life, Smith has worked with Michael Vick and Monica Lewinsky, among others. On the show, Washington’s Olivia Pope had to manage a decorated war hero with a big secret and a President (as in the President of the United States) trying to keep allegations of an affair under wraps. But things aren’t what Pope thought they were! Scandalous!

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Three Ways to Make Your Grand Opening a News Event

Disney grand opening, 1955

During a recent expedition to Disneyland, it came to my attention that the grand opening of the park in 1955 was televised live. What?!? Yes, with Art Linkletter as a host, ABC and more than 1,000 journalists covered the story of the theme park’s opening. What an incredible feat of pure PR.

Was Disneyland news? I suppose if there were not many theme parks, it might be news. So when is a grand opening newsworthy? Why is another Apple store, the latest in New York’s Grand Central Station worth covering?

It reminds me of a most upsetting event when I was a newspaper reporter and a grizzled veteran colleague – a guy who drank only scotch – was called upon to cover the opening of a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop on his beat. He threw a tantrum of swearing and slamming things and decrying the doughnut people like the newsroom had never seen. To him, covering an opening was at best fluff and at worst working for the dark side.

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