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PR and Tragedy: How to Proceed?

Confusion often reigns in the wake of tragedy, and so it goes following the apparent suicide of Hollywood action director Tony Scott.

The narrative in this particular case has been all over the place. Less than two days after the fact, conflicting reports and big questions dominate the headlines: Did Scott leave notes in his car, his office, or both? Did he leave a list of people to be notified of his death?

Most puzzlingly: Why did he jump from the bridge while in the midst of working on several big-name projects, most prominently the A&E mini-series “Coma” and a reported sequel to his biggest movie, “Top Gun?” Was he motivated by a diagnosis of “inoperable brain cancer?” If he was cancer-free with no major health problems as his family now claims, then how did this story find its way into the press? Who is responsible for shaping the public narrative?

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Former PMK/HBH co-CEO Simon Halls Joins Slate PR

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Simon Halls resigned as co-CEO of Hollywood power agency PMK/HBH shortly after the news that the firm would be merging with fellow Hollywood heavyweight BNC.

Now, Halls is joining fellow former PMK/HBH vets Stephen Huvane, Robin Baum and Andy Gelb at newly formed Slate PR, The Wrap reports.

Halls brings clients Tom Ford, Jude Law, Ang Lee, USA Network, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

‘Nuclear Explosion’ at PMK/HBH? Depends On Who You Talk To

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Earlier this week we reported on the merger of two Hollywood PR powerhouses, Interpublic PR agencies BNC and PMK/HBH. It didn’t take long after the merger for a pretty big shakeup to result.

PMK agents Robin Baum, Jennifer Allen, Andy Gelb, Simon Halls, Stephen Huvane and Melissa Kates have all departed, taking with them clients including Jennifer Aniston, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and others. Baum, Huvane and Gelb have formed Slate PR, The Wrap reports. Josh Dickey at The Wrap called the merger an “ill fated decision,” reducing the onetime powerhouse PMK to a “second- or third-tier public relations firm.”

Not everyone completely agrees. A source close to the matter told PRNewser today, “the people who left, while their clients are high profile, they are not particularly profitable.” The source said “something had to give” with PMK since, “it’s hard to be truly profitable with celebs.”

Others have said that is missing the point. While the celebrity clients themselves may not be profitable, you leverage those clients to get in front of big corporate brands. “Every major consumer marketing company wants to connect with celebrities,” said one agency CEO, “it’s not just about the direct profit margin for those accounts.”

That being said, another source told PRNewser BNC “isn’t exactly hurting for celebrity clients” citing current clients Cameron Diaz, Jenna Fisher, Whoopi Goldberg and Kate Hudson.

Several people we’ve spoke to are surprised the story hasn’t been picked up in the mainstream press. “I think there’s a level of shock that it hasn’t been covered better by the mainstream media,” one said.

[image: Former PMK agent Stephen Huvane]