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Savannah Guthrie of TODAY Marries Top DC PR Pro

Today in It’s Not Gossip If It’s True news, this morning Savannah Guthrie of TODAY took the opportunity to tell her co-hosts that she ran off and got married over the weekend…to Glover Park Group PR pro and self-described “recovering political hack” Mike Feldman.

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Roll Call: Glover Park Group, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Project: Worldwide and More

Glover Park Group announced that co-founder Joe Lockhart is returning to the firm to serve as senior advisor. Lockhart, who served as chief spokesman for the Clinton administration from 1998 to 2000 before helping to start Glover Park in 2001, most recently served as vice president for global communications at Facebook. In his new role, he will be responsible for helping the firm shape its communication strategies. (Release)

Hill+Knowlton Strategies announced that Sergio Morales has been appointed U.S. practice leader for consumer and marketing communications, effective immediately. In this role, Morales will be responsible for providing strategic counsel and oversight on consumer and marketing communications clients, as well as building and strengthening client relationships within the practice. He will report directly to Dan Bartlett, president and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies U.S. (Release)

Simon & Schuster recently restructured, promoting Brian Belfiglio to vice president and director of publicity of both the Scribner and Touchstone publicity departments. Touchstone director of publicity Marcia Burch will depart on February 11. Both moves were part of a reorganization that began at the publisher in October. (GalleyCat)

Charlie Anderson joins Project: Worldwide as senior vice president, shopper marketing. Prior to this new role, which he assumed last week, Anderson spent 13 years at Saatchi & Saatchi X. (AgencySpy)

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Roll Call: Glover Park Group, Univision, the AAF, and More

Jon Gans is joining Glover Park Group as MD. Gans is a lawyer, currently serving as policy director and deputy chief of staff for Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ).

Univision Communications has promoted Luis de la Parra, a 16-year veteran with the company, to SVP on the Innovation Marketing Team. He was previously director of on-air promotions, working on programming like Eva Luna and the FIFA World Cup in 2010. And Mark González has joined the Univision’s IMT as VP and creative director. He has worked with agencies including JWT and McCann Erickson. The IMT is a new integrated consumer engagement group.

The American Advertising Federation has partnered with Améredia, Inc, a San Francisco-based multicultural marketing firm with specialties in PR, branding, events, and grassroots marketing.

Twitter‘s former director of comms, Lynn Fox, has joined Klout as acting head of communications on a contract basis. The relationship is temporary for now, but could be extended. [via]

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WPP Purchases Glover Park Group

London-based WPP has purchased Glover Park Group, the D.C.-based firm specializing in government relations and strategic comms that was started in 2001. The firm has a staff of 140 people, four offices in New York, Los Angeles, Boulder, CO, and Washington, and $60 million in annual revenue, according to Politico.

Glover Park was started by four well-connected Democratic operatives: Carter Eskew, Joe Lockhart, Mike Feldman, and Chip Smith. Lockhart joined Facebook as VP of comms in June.

According to the press release announcing the transaction, it’s still subject to regulatory approval. A spokesperson at GPG tells PRNewser that the leadership will remain the same and the remaining founding partners “have committed to staying with the firm for the foreseeable future.”

Smith is CEO; Eskew and Feldman are both MDs at the firm.

WPP’s firms include Hill & Knowlton, Quinn-Gillespie, Dewey Square Group, and Burson-Marsteller. The company reported Q3 revenue of £2.46 billion and organic growth of 4.7 percent, though taking a conservative stance about the future.

News Corp. Hires Two More Firms, Gets PR Help from Wendi

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News Corp. has hired two more firms to help with the fallout of the scandal — Sard Verbinnen & Co. and Glover Park Group. Glover Park will help with government relations and Sard Verbinnen specializes in IR and crisis situations. Bloomberg notes that News Corp. stock has taken a hit since the beginning of the month.

The assessments of the Murdochs’ appearance before a Parliamentary group yesterday keep rolling in, and the unexpected interruption from a protester wielding a shaving cream pie is adding an angle to how the News Corp. leaders fared. (He explains why he did it in The Guardian.)

MarketingWeek says that Rupert Murdoch has not been nearly humble enough in the lead up to yesterday’s testimony. And while Rupert did begin his comments by calling yesterday “the most humble day of my career,” he ultimately denied responsibility for anything that has happened. He added that he wouldn’t resign and called himself “the best person to see it through” even though he says court settlements and other payments were happening without his knowledge and he seemed clueless when asked about actions taken by News of the World journalists, many who have been arrested.
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Facebook Likes Joe Lockhart

In plenty of time to enjoy the IPO, Facebook has hired former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart as VP of corporate communications.  The Dem heavyweight will relocate to California once he sorts his family details.  Lockhart became a household name after succeeding Mike McCurry during the Clinton impeachment trials in 1998.

He went on to open the very powerful Glover Park Group firm in 2001, and help John Kerry run for President in 2004.

Showing their need to navigate the choppy waters within the Beltway, Facebook also talked to former Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs about the position.

Ketchum, Weber Shandwick Lead the SABRE Tally with Eight

The Holmes Report packed them in at Cipriani’s last night for the SABRE Awards dinner. PR firms came out in full force for the event where Ketchum and Weber Shandwick took the most awards for the night with eight. Weber shared the Platinum SABRE Award with Edelman and PepsiCo for Pepsi’s Refresh campaign, the company’s big social media CSR initiative. Among the awards Ketchum took home were for CSR with its client FedEX and for product media relations targeting trade media for client Navistar.

Other winners for the night were Glover Park Group in the public affairs category, MSLGroup for its work with Pepto-Bismol in the single special event category, and WPP with Ford Motor Company in the trade show category. A full list of Gold and Silver award winners is available here.

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Gibbs Going to Facebook?

The NY Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin hears that Facebook is talking with former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about a comms position that he would take in preparation for the social network’s 2012 IPO. Compensation for the job could be in the millions of dollars and Gibbs would report to Elliot Schrage, VP for global comms, who went to Facebook from Google in 2008. But, the story says, “the discussions could collapse.”

Just over a week ago, it was announced that The OutCast Agency co-founder Caryn Marooney was heading to Facebook to serve in a new position, director of tech communications. Politico says former Bill Clinton press secretary and Glover Park Group founder Joe Lockhart is also in the running for the Facebook job.

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Roll Call: Carmichael Lynch Spong, UVA, StyleCaster, Groupon and More

Lori Robinson will join Carmichael Lynch Spong effective April 4 as senior principal and director of the New York office. Robinson will be responsible for client oversight, marketing, operations, staffing, and business development. She’ll report to firm MD Julie Batliner. Prior to this move, she was SVP, director of marketing and business development at Hill & Knowlton.

Liz Engel has joined Glover Park Group as MD in the government affairs practice. Engel was most recently deputy assistant secretary for legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services, working with the HHS and members of Congress on issues including Medicare. She also served on the President Obama‘s transition team.

Scott Miller joins the University of Virginia College and Graduate School of Arts and Science as director of communications overseeing development, communications strategy, and working with the public affairs office on the College’s messaging. Miller was formerly VP of comms at Time Warner and spent 13 years as a member of the company’s senior communications team.

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Roll Call: Glover Park, PAN Communications, B-M, and More

The Glover Park Group has hired Dagney Scott as MD in the advertising, reputation management, and marketing division. Previously Scott was director of cultural and strategic insights for the advertising firm Crispin Porter Bogusky (CP+B) working with clients including Microsoft, Domino’s Pizza, and American Express. Glover Park has had a string of recent new hires including Catharine Cyr Ransom, John Myers, and Lisa Wolford.

Lauren Iacono has joined PAN Communications as director of digital strategy responsible for digital strategy and services across the firm. She was previously associate VP of digital comms and media services at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications. She was also an Emmy-winning producer for ESPN.

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