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Posts Tagged ‘PMK*BNC’

Tracy Morgan’s Publicist: Actor Leaves Hospital for Rehab

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In somber news, this afternoon Tracy Morgan’s publicist confirmed that the actor has left the hospital after nearly two weeks in recovery for what will almost certainly be a prolonged stay in a rehab facility.

Lewis Kay, COO/EVP of Entertainment at PMK*BNC, released this statement to the press:

“While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go. He and Megan wanted to publicly express their deepest gratitude to everyone at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for the unbelievable care and attention they provided him.”

The crash that put Morgan in the hospital involved a trucker who fell asleep at the wheel and subsequently pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide. Morgan’s nose, leg and several ribs were broken, and fellow comedian James McNair was killed.

Doctors upgraded Morgan’s condition from critical to fair earlier this week.

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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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PR Diva Death Match: Mariah Carey vs. Nicki Minaj

Today in TV Karaoke Competition News: The hottest gossip in the world of tee-vee at the moment appears to involve a battle of egos between new American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj (with a little BabaWa thrown in for good measure).

Excited yet? The “exclusive” TMZ video of the two arguing during Idol auditions resembles the beginning of history’s most tedious catfight. We can’t really understand any of it, but we get the general impression that Nicki is a little intimidated by Mariah’s seniority and that Ms. Carey is playing this year’s J.Lo by steadfastly refusing to be upstaged by anyone.

One thing is clear: Barbara Walters raised the stakes on Thursday’s episode of The View by repeating Mariah’s claim that Nicki threatened to “shoot the — b*tch” while walking offstage. Minaj then got a bit defensive (and slightly insane) on Twitter, mocking Carey for hiring more bodyguards while the show’s publicists loudly claimed that no one had made anything resembling a death threat.

Is this what passes for excitement in Seacrest-world? We’re already bored, but we guess we need to ask what the show’s producers and third-party stars think about all this deadly-serious drama.

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RIP Lois Smith, ‘Publicist to the Stars’

The lights of Broadway shine a little less brightly today after the death of Lois Smith, a star publicist colloquially known as “Earth Mother” whose “strong, steady hands” helped shape the careers of some of the 20th century’s biggest names on stage and screen.

Smith died of a brain hemorrhage after falling down a staircase in Maine; Cindi Berger, current CEO of PMK*BNC—a company originally started by Smith—confirmed her passing on Sunday. She was 85. A very brief list of former clients gives you some idea about the extent of her influence:

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Robert Redford
  • Meryl Streep
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Warren Beatty
  • Whitney Houston

Lois Smith was a trailblazer who brought big changes to a business dominated by men. In 1969, she co-founded the all-star PR agency PickWick, which later merged with Maslansky/Koenigsberg and then joined BNC in 2009 to form the firm that we know today as PMK*BNC. Between those two dates, she had a hand in organizing and promoting some of the biggest movies ever made; in short, she all but created the modern-day entertainment PR industry.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

Chief Executive Group, publishers of Chief Executive magazine, have chosen Fastlane Communications as its AOR. The firm will provide PR, event, and editorial design services.

JCPenney has chosen DKC for “fashion and editorial outreach” after a competitive search, according to PRWeek. The retail company also chose PMK*BNC for PR services earlier this month, but neither is acting as AOR.

Twice as Warm, an organization that matches clothing purchases with a donation to someone in need, has chosen Uproar PR as its AOR.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

Audi of America announced via press release that it has re-upped with PMK*BNC, the firm it has been working with for four years. The firm was awarded the account after a mandatory review. The work is handled on both coasts and includes the range of Audi products.

North American manufacturer Aspex Eyewear has chosen Makovsky + Company as AOR. The firm will work on raising awareness for a number of the company’s products including the Greg Norman and EasyTwist lines. The firm has previously worked with the company on other product launches. Makovsky announced recently that it has added nine new clients to its roster in Q3.

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Spin the Agencies of Record: Twitter Chooses Edelman, and More

Twitter has chosen Edelman as its first official PR firm both TheNextWeb and The Holmes Report write. Sources at both companies declined to comment on the relationship, but sources are saying the firm was chosen after a competitive pitch that came down to three other firms. Edelman has worked with Twitter on projects in the past and is expected to work on consumer launches going forward.

Beats by Dr. Dre, the line of audio equipment like headphones, has chosen PMK*BNC as its PR AOR. The firm has also added entertainment info site IMDb and restaurant and hospitality company The ONE Group to its roster. The firm will provide PR, digital, and marketing services to all of its new clients.

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Roll Call: ‘W,’ MWW (Again), Disney, and More

W magazine has named its first-ever executive director of creative services and marketing, Ed Romaine, starting August 16. He was previously the director of integrated marketing at Elle. [via FishbowlNY]

MWW Group (which has been doing a lot of hiring lately) has brought on Traci Carpenter as its director of speechwriting and content, a new position. Carpenter has previously served as senior speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, the William J. Clinton Foundation, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Kathryn Kranhold has joined the Walt Disney Co. as SVP of corp comms. She was previously at Brunswick Group working with clients on crisis, litigation, and financial issues and was once a reporter at the Wall Street Journal. She’s reporting to Zenia Mucha, Disney’s EVP of corporate communications. [via Variety]

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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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