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The AMC/Dish Network Kerfuffle gets Snarky

The ongoing dispute between AMC and Dish Network that resulted in Dish’s 14 million customers losing access to the home of “Mad Men“, “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” early this summer isn’t showing any signs of resolution. In fact, in the above PSA-style ad, AMC takes its side of the argument to next level, appealing to viewers not affected by the dispute in an apparent effort to gin up some positive PR.

It’s basically the snarky, for-profit equivalent of those familiar ads for holiday season charity efforts: “You know how much you love your Thanksgiving feast AMC shows? Well, many others, perhaps even some in your very own neighborhood, aren’t as fortunate. Please consider inviting them into your home to share your dinner ‘Breaking Bad.’”

The ad then points out that Dish customers are still paying the same price for their TV packages as they were before AMC was dropped.

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In Mad Men Season Four Premiere, Don Draper Learns Media Relations

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Did you catch the season premiere of Mad Men last night? The title of the episode was “Public Relations.”

We won’t give away too much to those of you looking to catch up via DVR, but we do know that Don Draper, the creative force of Sterling Cooper was forced to endure a few media interviews, starting with Advertising Age. That one didn’t go so well with Draper, who not surprisingly didn’t like the question, “Who is Don Draper?”

However, Draper nailed a second interview with The Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Rance Crain, president of AdAge publisher Crain Communications engaged in a little PR of his own today, penning an op-ed in the publication that says the Mad Men depiction of Advertising Age in the 1960′s was way off.

PR Tactics: Block and Tackle

The phrase “block and tackle” gets thrown around a lot, but in PR, like in football, it can get quite literal. And the media love nothing more than to write about a PR person who abuses them.

Many remember the notorious Apple PR video where two company reps ambush an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 after an Apple exec is asked a question about iTunes being a monopoly. Ok, so the reporter used the “m word,” but the Apple exec should have been well prepared for that one and not just have looked over at PR to bail him out. “You’re focusing on a different agenda and we’d like you to focus on iPhone,” said one of the PR reps.

Apparently something similar happened at the season launch party for AMC’s Madmen this week. The LA TimesMaria Elena Fernandez complains that the interview everyone wanted, Jon Hamm, aka Don Draper, the lead character in the show, was very hard to get. That’s not entirely surprising and part of the blame goes to his publicist Erica Gray of PMK.

According to Hernandez, reporters tried to get time with Hamm, and they did. Hernandez has several lengthy quotes in her story. But after approaching him a second time, PR stepped in, “…before we could utter one syllable, Gray (does she make a lot of money doing this kind of thing?) led him away again,” she said.