20-Nothings

20-Nothings

In following all those forward-thinking PR and media types on Twitter, I often lose sight of the profession’s various other dimensions. Information technology has created so many positive industry benefits to help us advance our clients’ communications objectives, we have a tendency to get lost in the digital sauce. Just consider: How Ford’s social media […]

Two Sides of Pro Bono

Two Sides of Pro Bono

When I think of pro bono in public relations, I’m reminded of the yeoman work many agencies and individuals perform on behalf of non-profit and non-governmental organizations, many of which are sucking wind in this economic climate. The personal satisfaction one derives from using his or her professionals skills to advance a worthwhile cause is […]

Rehab Reality

Rehab Reality

Lohan, Dunst, Spears, Carey, Mendes, O’Brien…and the list goes on and on. AOL has a special section called Celebrity Rehab, and the host of the popular reality show Celeb Rehab allegedly is a substance abuser. This cartoon appears in the current issue of The New Yorker.

A Star is (About to Be) Born

A Star is (About to Be) Born

Who doesn’t believe that notoriety breeds celebrity in America today? Just ask Kate Moss, Lindsay, Paris, Britney and Joey Butafuocco, for God’s sake. Let’s now make room for one down-on-her-luck 22-year-old aspiring singer named Ashley Alexandra Dupré* who lives in the Flatiron district of NYC. This is from The Times: “Ms. Dupré said by telephone […]

Crowdsourcing Paparazzi

Crowdsourcing Paparazzi

SF-based private equity firm Hellman and Friedman snapped up Getty Images this week to the tune of $2.4 billion. This is after Getty spent years shuttering every independent photo agency in its sights. The Hellman and Friedman folks are a pretty shrewd bunch. I witnessed this first-hand when they privatized my former agency, then flipped […]

Picket-Proof with Props

Picket-Proof with Props

Suppose you threw a news conference and no one showed? Trust me. It ain’t fun. Tap. Tap. Tap. Tap. Tap… To ensure attendance, the scribes at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have cancelled the nationally telecast Golden Globes fashion show and replaced it with…a news conference. In so doing, they hope to thwart any disruptive […]