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Posts Tagged ‘Howard Bragman’

Giving Thanks for the PRSA and The National Dog Show

Today we’d like to take a moment to give thanks for a few things we like: the PRSA, the many professionals whose hard work defines the public relations industry, and The National Dog Show. We mention them in the same sentence because they have something in common this year: John O’Hurley, veteran actor and TV presenter who we will always know as one Jacopo “J” Peterman.

Here he is discussing the show dogs’ “elevated sense of awareness”:

Coincidentally, Mr. O’Hurley also happened to host the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles PRSA’s annual PRism awards last week at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Details and pics after the jump.

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Howard Bragman: Bill Cosby Should Just ‘Disappear’

HowardBragmanExperts have advised that Bill Cosby make a personal statement in response to the continued allegations of rape and sexual assault being waged against him. Howard Bragman would like to disagree.

“I don’t see what he can say, and even when he says ‘This is just innuendo,’ why are you doing these comedy clubs?” Bragman tells Business Insider. “You don’t need the money, just go in your mansion and be happy.”

Bragman says that Cosby’s career is basically over, so seclusion might be the best option.

Or to use his terms: “Shut up and disappear.”

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A Bunch of Entertainment Journalists Will Give You Free Pitching Tips Tomorrow

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Do you want to hear tips on securing media coverage in top national entertainment outlets from people who actually work at those outlets? What about more “dos and don’ts of pitching” pointers? And do you know how Google+ works?

If you answered “yes” to those three questions, then you may want to check out a bi-coastal “hangout” happening tomorrow at 3 PM EST/12 Noon PST and facilitated by the New York and Los Angeles wings of the PRSA. Back in Februrary we posted on the PRSA-LA’s tech journalist gathering, and while this one is not a “Happy Hour,” it is the organization’s first bi-coastal event — so no one will judge you for attending remotely with cocktail in hand.

The event will be moderated by famed PR man/author/TV commentator Howard Bragman of 15 Minutes Public Relations, and the panel will include (click links for Twitter handles):

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5 Tips for Creativity in Times of Crisis or Controversy

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Today we bring you a guest post by Howard Bragman, founder and chairman of Fifteen Minutes PR.

This post is part of an ongoing series.

Like many in our profession, I sometimes feel like the guy at the circus juggling plates on the ends of sticks. It looks precarious, but like the guy under the big top, I am happiest when there is a lot going on.

Over the past several years, I’ve had three primary jobs: 1.) Chairman and Founder of Fifteen Minutes, a Los Angeles-based PR firm that specializes in consumer brands, entertainment and crisis/controversy clients; 2.) Vice Chairman of Reputation.com, the largest and category-creating online reputation management company; and 3.) Network and cable broadcast news contributor, providing my take on the reputational events of the day.

My PR and crisis work often involves people and companies seeking to prevent or assuage a whirlwind of damaging press.

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C-Level Shifts at Fifteen Minutes PR

Ryan CroyToday brings a quick staffing announcement from the people at Fifteen Minutes PR: the firm’s founder Howard Bragman (who you may know for masterminding the Michael Sam story and telling us why LinkedIn’s influencers are valuable) will lead the entertainment and crisis divisions as company Chairman while partner and brands division head Ryan Croy (who you may remember for last week’s guest post on leveraging celebrity for PR) will be Managing Partner.

Croy, who joined the firm shortly after Bragman founded it in 2005, will lead the executive team in his new role while providing strategic oversight on consumer and corporate accounts.

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Two Industry Vets Launch Their Own Consumer-Focused Firm

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Two industry veterans took the opportunity today to announce the creation of a new firm specializing in lifestyle, consumer and entertainment brands.

Bill Harrison, a one-time president and COO of Fifteen Minutes PR who succeeded founder Howard Bragman when he stepped down as CEO in 2011, teamed up with fellow practitioner Jackie Feldman to officially launch Third Street Media Group.

The self-described “boutique firm” plans to serve clients across the startup-to-corporate spectrum, and its first slate of signings has a distinct entertainment world slant:

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Will the Statement Released by Beyoncé, Solange and Jay Z End All the Elevator Talk?

bey solangeIt’s the elevator fight that rocked the internet! Of course, I’m talking about the silent clip of Solange going after Jay Z at The Standard Hotel following the Met Gala. After many days of silence, we finally got a statement, sent to the AP.

“As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it. Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family.”

In other words, “that’s all, folks”. Nothing to see here. We won’t be taking any questions.

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Why Are There No Openly Gay Fortune 500 CEOs?

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Claire Cain Miller of The New York Times asked a very important question this morning: how did professional football–the very epitome of a traditional industry averse to change–embrace an openly gay personality before corporate America?

Her point is that, despite widely-accepted rumors about certain executives at certain tech companies, not one of the nation’s 1,000 biggest businesses has an openly gay CEO.

We asked Howard Bragman, Chairman of Fifteen Minutes PRwho happens to represent Michael Sam–for his take on the issue.

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The NFL Is Now Officially LGBT-Friendly

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We’re all aware that Michael Sam just made history as the NFL‘s first openly gay player.

Beyond the shiny headlines, our own Shawn Paul Wood explained this morning that, while Sam’s signing is unquestionably a significant moment for the league and for pro sports in general, he’s really just a guy who plays great defense…and happens to be gay. Which is how it should be.

Since Fifteen Minutes PR CEO Howard Bragman first organized Sam’s announcement in February, we’ve heard many (anonymous) insiders speculate as to whether owners would take a risk on him. But for the Rams, the question seems to have been “what risk?”

Now we have our answer to a more interesting query: how will the corporate world and the league itself react?

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Howard Bragman on the PR Value of the New LinkedIn ‘Influencers’

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One of this week’s more intriguing stories is LinkedIn’s decision to allow more writers and thinkers to self-publish long-form pieces and follow others who aren’t in their networks. As part of this update, the network will also expand the ranks of its “Influencers.”

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