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Posts Tagged ‘Nancy Grace’

PR Win: Cleveland Kidnap Victims Break Silence with ‘Thank You’ Video

Here’s a great video to show your grandmother the next time she asks “What does a PR company do, anyway?”

Last night, Cleveland-based crisis management/media training firm Hennes-Paynter posted this short YouTube video featuring each of the three young women who spent more than a decade in captivity after being abducted by a neighbor in their Ohio suburb. Their dramatic rescue moved millions of Americans, and this clip marks the beginning of the next chapter in their very public saga.

Why did Hennes-Paynter decide to release the video at this point in time?

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Revolving Door: ‘NYT’s Shadid, MSNBC & Pat Buchanan, and More

Sad news to report (we have too much of that lately): The New York Times’ Anthony Shadid, a Pulitzer Prize winner covering events in Syria, died yesterday of an asthma attack. He was 43 years old. The Times has more detail.

Pat Buchanan and MSNBC have “parted ways.” Buchanan, a conservative political commentator, had been suspended for the past four months after the publication of his book Suicide of a Superpower, which many called racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic. MSNBC president Phil Griffin said the book should not “be part of the national dialogue.” Buchanan says it’s a win for blacklisters. He’s also said this.

Crazy news to report (we’ve had a little of that as well): Nancy Grace went on Good Morning America this week in a wrong-headed attempt to defend her implications earlier this week that Whitney Houston’s death wasn’t an accident. Despite Dan Abrams’ voice of reason, Grace refused to see the error of her ways. [via TVNewser]

CNN has canceled a March 1 Republican debate after Mitt Romney and Ron Paul decided not to participate. [via Yahoo News]

In other CNN news, the network has broken up with Larry King.

The MSG Network is heading back to Time Warner Cable. Thanks Jeremy Lin! (And Gov. Cuomo.)

Click through for more media changes.

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Revolving Door: More News Corp., Casey Anthony News

Casey Anthony at her sentencing hearing. Photo: Joe Burbank/Pool

Developments about the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal seem to roll in by the minute. Besides this morning’s news that they’ve hired Edelman, there’s now word that the F.B.I. is opening an inquiry into possible phone-hackings of 9/11 victims. And News International is said to be planning to run full-page apology ads in a number of U.K. newspapers.

Speaking of ongoing news, with Casey Anthony being released from prison on Sunday, HLN is planning more than 19 hours of Anthony coverage this weekend. (Remember, there are only about 48 hours in a weekend.) Many of those hours will be anchored by Nancy Grace. So if you were even thinking about pitching a story to HLN this weekend, choose another station.

Click through for more of the latest developments in the media world.

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Breaking News PR Launches

Entertainment PR pro Josh Sabarra has launched Breaking News PR, a full-service PR firm that specializes in corporate comms, services to personal clients such as media personalities and filmmakers, film studios, TV networks, publishing houses, and other entertainment companies and brands. The firm has offices in Beverly Hills, CA and New York City. Clients include media personality Nancy Grace.

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2010 Predictions: Bad Pitch Blog Edition

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For a “lighter” take on 2010 PR industry predictions, we turned to Richard Laermer and Kevin Dugan, founders of “The Bad Pitch Blog.”

On business prospects for 2010:

Kevin: According to economists, we’ll be eating Ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner until 2015. But I think PR business will be flat and any growth will be from companies simply doing more with less. Translation: longer hours for the same pay — if you’re lucky. But it’s how these things go in the service industry. It keeps us all thinking, reinventing and learning.

Richard: I will be up in 2010. Thanks to Viagra.

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Kevin: Let me guess, you’ll be stiff competition?

On PR M&A activity in 2010:

Kevin: There will be more mergers and acquisitions in general. TV will see the biggest shakeup. Perhaps We and SyFy channels will merge and become WyFy? OK, probably not, but TV’s decline is following newspapers in short order.

Richard: Nothing will merge because no one has the money to spend on an agency. Many will close. Some will merge with small shops. Some will do both. PS: Big success story: AOL! Yeah.

Kevin: You mean “Aol.”

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Richard: Oops. They could sue.

Kevin: I see more lawsuits in 2010!

Richard: Hmm. Yeah, it’s the new blackmail.

The biggest PR story of 2010 will be…

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