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Rogers & Cowan, PMK*BNC Merge; Interpublic-Owned Showbiz PR & Brand Marketing Agencies Join Forces

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Rogers & Cowan, PMK*BNC Merge; Interpublic-Owned Showbiz PR & Brand Marketing Agencies Join Forces
Entertainment industry public relations and brand marketing powerhouse agencies Rogers & Cowan and Pmk*Bnc have announced they will operate as one entity. They are pooling a collective client roster that exceeds 30 corporate brands and 500 individual clients that include Denzel Washington, Brie Larson, Robert Redford, Felicity Jones, Elton John, Sly Stallone, Steph Curry, Robert Zemeckis, Trisha Yearwood, Michael B. Jordan, The Rolling Stones, Sean Combs, Vince Vaughn, Miles Teller, Ray Romano, Mel Gibson, Katy Perry and Nascar driver Jimmy Johnson.

The agency will be steered by chairman Cindi Berger, CEO Mark Owens and Chairman of the Entertainment Division Alan Nierob. Shirley Hughes will be President of its Brand Marketing division, Fran Curtis and Brad Cafarelli will be Vice-Chairman of the Entertainment Division and Bill Rosenthal its COO/CFO.

The move bucks a recent trend in the entertainment industry where clusters of publicists have peeled away from bigger agencies with their clients to form boutiques.
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Is There Really Such a Thing as a #MeToo Comeback?

Since the New York Times published its investigation into Harvey Weinstein, dozens upon dozens of women (and several men) have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against male celebrities, most of whom have seen their careers put on permanent ice as a result. In the intervening years, however, a handful of men (and a few women) who have faced such allegations have slowly attempted to reclaim the spotlight, regardless of whether the public is ready to embrace them or not.

Earlier this month, Aziz Ansari joined the fold with his Netflix comedy special,
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'Carol Burnett Show' Star Tim Conway Dead at 85

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'Carol Burnett Show' Star Tim Conway Dead at 85
Comedic actor Tim Conway -- Carol Burnett's costar on her long-running variety show -- died Tuesday in Los Angeles. Conway's rep, Howard Bragman, says Tim was battling complications from normal pressure hydrocephalus -- an accumulation of spinal fluid on the brain. He had reportedly been suffering from dementia ... and had been under a conservatorship formed to make medical care decisions. The court appointed his wife, Charlene, his conservator. Tim, along with the late Harvey Korman,
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Tim Conway, ‘Carol Burnett Show’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Star, Dies at 85

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Tim Conway, ‘Carol Burnett Show’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Star, Dies at 85
Tim Conway, the Emmy-winning comedian and actor who memorably starred in “McHale’s Navy” in the 1960s and “The Carol Burnett Show” in the ’70s, has died. He was 85.

Conway died around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning at a Los Angeles-area hospital after dealing with complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, according to family representative Howard Bragman.

The comedian, who also voiced Barnacle Boy on the animated hit “SpongeBob SquarePants,” won two of his six Emmys for guest appearances on the ’90s sitcom “Coach” and a second season episode of “30 Rock” in 2008.

Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2018 (Photos)

But he is best remembered for his outrageous work on “The Carol Burnett Show,” including characters such as the Oldest Man and Mr. Tudball, a badly toupéed businessman who becomes increasingly frustrated by Burnett’s dimwitted secretary Mrs. Wiggins.

Conway earned four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his performance
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College Admissions Scandal: 10 Ways to Know How Bad the Crisis Is

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Howard Bragman, a longtime PR strategist and crisis manager, weighs in on the college admissions scandal that has ensnared “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin. Neither actress is a client of Bragman’s.

Seeing your spin doctor is just like seeing your medical doctor after a scary diagnosis: Everyone wants to know how bad it is.

That’s the question everyone is asking right now about Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. What will their careers look like post-scandal?

Actually, there are some objective ways to predict whether this will be a speed bump or a sink hole. Here are the things I look at:

1.) How egregious is the act?

Racism is the worst; ask Michael Richards and Paula Deen. I explain that race is the “third-rail” of reputations. In Felicity and Lori’s case, there is a lot of anger, but most parents understand that as parents,
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Top Crisis Managers to Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin: ‘Just Stay Quiet and Disappear’

Top Crisis Managers to Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin: ‘Just Stay Quiet and Disappear’
Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin need to follow one simple rule if they hope to ever have a career in showbiz again, top crisis managers say: maintain a very low profile.

Susan Tellem, a partner with Tellem Grody PR, Inc. in Malibu, said the women should “just stay quiet and disappear as much as possible.”

“This is now a fraud case” she said. “This is a blatant crime that is being charged, not just an accusation. So anything she says will be part of the litigation.”

And Howard Bragman, a crisis public relations expert, suggested: “Don’t say anything publicly and listen to your attorneys.”

Also Read: Why Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin's Mug Shots Probably Won't Be Released

On Wednesday, Huffman and Loughlin were charged along with 48 others with committing fraud to get their children into top universities, including paying bribes and fixing standardized test results, according to charging documents.
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Insiders Question If John Lasseter Has Reformed Enough to Merit Skydance Hiring

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Insiders Question If John Lasseter Has Reformed Enough to Merit Skydance Hiring
Hollywood loves a comeback story, whether it’s an actor overcoming an addiction or a director finding a hit after a series of flops. It offers hope.

In the era of reckoning, that sentiment seems somewhat out of fashion. “Their time is up,” Oprah Winfrey said at last year’s Golden Globes, dispatching sexual harassers with biblical finality.

The hiring of John Lasseter, the former creative guru at Pixar who last year was forced to step aside at Disney amid a sexual harassment scandal, is becoming a test case of which impulse — redemption or condemnation — now prevails. Last week, Skydance Media CEO David Ellison named Lasseter to run his animation division.

Lasseter was accused of groping staffers, making lascivious comments, kissing underlings on the lips and thwarting the careers of female animators. Ellison, in making the announcement on Jan. 9, argued that Lasseter had reformed, had learned from his mistakes and made amends.
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Why Kevin Spacey’s Bizarre Video Could Be Dangerous to His Future

Why Kevin Spacey’s Bizarre Video Could Be Dangerous to His Future
No matter Kevin Spacey‘s intent in releasing his latest public statement — a bizarre video he posted earlier this week — experts say it likely did him more damage than good.

On Monday, the 59-year-old actor posted a video to his social media accounts in which he seemed to be channeling his deceased House of Cards character, Frank Underwood, monologuing to the camera about how he knows his audience wants him back while also vaguely addressing the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

“Some believed everything and have just been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all,” Spacey said in the video.
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Maroon 5 and How the Super Bowl Halftime Show Became Music’s Least Wanted Gig

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Maroon 5 and How the Super Bowl Halftime Show Became Music’s Least Wanted Gig
Who would have thought that the Super Bowl Halftime show, an American institution watched by more than 100 million people, would become the least wanted gig in music? But thanks to the ongoing controversy concerning the NFL’s stance on a player’s right to protest, brought to the forefront by football’s top conscientious objector Colin Kaepernick, Maroon 5 are learning the precarious stance that the performance represents.

According to sources, the band has reached out to more than a half-dozen stars to appear as featured guests during the 13-minute slot midway through Super Bowl Liii, but so far, none have agreed to do it. Among those considering the appearance are Cardi B, who is featured on the Maroon 5 hit “Girls Like You,” which spent seven weeks at No. 1 over the fall (the rapper is also scheduled to appear at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10) and Andre Benjamin, Aka Andre 3000 of beloved local act Outkast.
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How Kevin Hart Could Have Saved His Oscar Gig if He Was 'Sincere' and Apologized: Expert

How Kevin Hart Could Have Saved His Oscar Gig if He Was 'Sincere' and Apologized: Expert
Kevin Hart might have saved his Oscars hosting gig if he had put more thought and care into his apology following backlash over his past homophobic comments, an expert tells People.

The comedian, 39, stepped down from the prestigious post last week and apologized for his past homophobic comments and tweets, less than two hours after he declared that he would not apologize.

“You have to say the words ‘I’m sorry.’ His first apology was a non-apology,” says Howard Bragman, a longtime crisis manager and founder of La Brea Media. “I thought he handled it badly. It felt really insincere and sincerity counts.
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10 Things Every Celebrity Should Do When Making a Public Apology (Guest Column)

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10 Things Every Celebrity Should Do When Making a Public Apology (Guest Column)
It’s true. PR people are often called “apologists.” I don’t bristle at that description, because apologizing and getting it right is a crucial skill set for today’s crisis manager.

Apologies are hard to do — they are humbling, irritating and often required during periods of high emotional pressure and agitation. I promise, we live in a very forgiving world, people want to forgive you. A solid apology allows that.

For public figures apologies may affect your image, your career options and of course your income, and I have always believed that our reputations are the most valuable things we own.

As we just saw with Kevin Hart and the Oscars, a botched apology can lose you a dream job if handled badly.

Don’t let the anger get the best of you. Get in touch with your most rational self, and get a team together to help you.
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How Kevin Hart Failed to Apologize, Offended the Lgbtq Community and Blew His Oscar Hosting Dreams

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How Kevin Hart Failed to Apologize, Offended the Lgbtq Community and Blew His Oscar Hosting Dreams
Kevin Hart’s failure to quickly and effectively respond to controversy over his homophobic tweets shows that celebrities have little margin for error when faced with a burgeoning scandal. Over the span of 24 hours, Hart’s dreams of hosting the Oscars went up in smoke after the comic offered up two non-apologies that were alternately churlish, defiant, and indignant.

“In this day and age you’ve got minutes, if not seconds to deal with a crisis,” said Andrew Blum, head of the crisis PR firm Ajb Communications. “You always offer the most apologetic statement first and he didn’t.”

That didn’t happen. Instead, it was only on his third attempt, following two Instagram videos that public relations gurus say were tone deaf, that Hart seemed to recognize he’d hurt people.

“I sincerely apologize to the Lgbtq community for my insensitive words from my past,” he tweeted on Thursday
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Pmk*Bnc CEO Michael Nyman Exits to Start New Investment Venture

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Pmk*Bnc CEO Michael Nyman Exits to Start New Investment Venture
Michael Nyman, co-chairman and CEO of Pmk*Bnc, is exiting the company to start a new venture titled Acceleration, it was announced Wednesday.

With the new investment vehicle, Nyman will be developing new go-to market approaches with strategic and complementary acquisitions. It will be focused on advertising, investing and guiding companies through convergence. Additionally, Acceleration will create a collective of specialty firms so clients can get help quickly and efficiently on branding and marketing.

“The new investment vehicle and advisory will focus on acquiring and building businesses to respond to today’s challenging and opportunistic digital landscape, and the rapidly changing demands of the marketplace,” said Nyman. “Acceleration will be a fresh approach at a time when it is sorely needed. I look forward to getting started.”

Also Read: Fiji Water, Pmk Alums Lauren Murray and Alicia Mohr Launch 'Like Minded' Event Firm

Nyman is a 30-year veteran who started his own firm, Bragman Nyman Cafarelli, along with founder Howard Bragman and co-founder Brad Cafarelli in 1991. He then sold it to Interpublic Group of Companies in 2000, taking the company public and expanding it. In 2009, he was asked to lead the merger of Pmk and Bnc, and within four years, Pmk*Bnc expanded to 300 employees and doubled its revenue.

“This was a difficult decision to leave,” added Nyman. “I love Pmk*Bnc and I am so proud of what we have achieved. It truly stands alone. I have great respect and love for Cindi and everyone at the agency, and it will feel like leaving a family.”

Also Read: Vr/Ar Investment Hit Record $3 Billion in 2017

Additionally, Nyman served on multiple boards over the past decade. Currently, he is the chairman of the California Film Commission and serves on the Board of Governors at Cedars-Sinai and the Board of Councilors for USC’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism.

Read original story Pmk*Bnc CEO Michael Nyman Exits to Start New Investment Venture At TheWrap
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Bill O’Reilly’s Harassment Claims Just Became a Full-Blown Crisis, Say Hollywood PR Experts

For 16 years, Bill O’Reilly held the No. 1 spot in cable news. His show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” mercilessly crushed its competition, remaining untouchable… until now. Recent allegations that he sexually harassed several women are threatening to bring down the once invincible TV pundit, according to Hollywood PR experts. “This is a big deal, let’s not sugarcoat it,” Howard Bragman, chairman and founder of 15 Minutes Public Relations, told TheWrap. “This just escalated from controversy to crisis.” Also Read: Brie Larson, Patton Oswald, Bette Midler Weigh In on Campaign to Dump Bill O'Reilly At least 11 advertisers have severed their ties with O’Reilly’s show.
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Tarek El Moussa Clears Up Rumors About His Divorce From Christina

Tarek El Moussa Clears Up Rumors About His Divorce From Christina
Tarek El Moussa wanted to set the record straight Wednesday. In Touch published several claims about the Flip or Flop star's divorce from Christina El Moussa in its Jan. 30 issue (on newsstands Friday), including that he refers to her as a "whore." The tabloid also reported the exes have hired separate publicists in the wake of their breakup: Howard Bragman represents Tarek, while Cassie Zebisch represents Christina; E! News later confirmed In Touch's claim that Bragman and Zebisch are representing the Hgtv personalities. Other details from the magazine's cover story didn't sit well with Tarek. For example, a source said Tarek "found humor in insulting his wife in...
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Paul Haggis to Produce Flint Water Crisis Documentary ‘Lead and Copper’

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Paul Haggis to Produce Flint Water Crisis Documentary ‘Lead and Copper’
After writing and directing films about such pressing topics as racism (“Crash”) and the Iraq War (“In the Valley of Elah”), Paul Haggis has set his gaze on the Flint water crisis for his next project. The two-time Oscar winner and his producing partner Michael Nozik are collaborating with director William Hart on “Lead and Copper,” which will examine the crisis afflicting the Michigan city’s water supply. Deadline first broke the news.

Read More: Flint Water Crisis Movie in the Works at Lifetime, Based on Time Magazine Cover Story

“Once I learned of the depth of the problem and the extent of the cover-up, I was compelled to take a closer look and tell this story in the way it deserved to be told,” says Hart in a statement. Flint’s crisis has been ongoing since 2014, when the city stopped sourcing its water from Lake Huron in favor of
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ABC's Gio Benitez Marries Tommy Didario in Romantic Miami Wedding: 'We Are So Moved and Humbled'

It's official: Gio Benitez is a married man! The ABC newsman said "I do" to fiancé Tommy Didario in Miami Saturday, the happy couple exclusively confirms to People.

Surrounded by 160 friends and family, Benitez and Didario exchanged self-written vows before sunset at the historic Walton House, a secluded English cottage framed by tropical gardens.

"It's so special to see how excited our friends and family have been about this wedding," says Benitez, 30. "It truly is a celebration of love – our own, and what love means in their own lives. We are so moved and humbled to celebrate together."

Adds Didario,
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ABC's Gio Benitez Marries Tommy Didario in Romantic Miami Wedding: 'We Are So Moved and Humbled'

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It's official: Gio Benitez is a married man! The ABC newsman said "I do" to fiancé Tommy Didario in Miami Saturday, the happy couple exclusively confirms to People. Surrounded by 160 friends and family, Benitez and Didario exchanged self-written vows before sunset at the historic Walton House, a secluded English cottage framed by tropical gardens. "It's so special to see how excited our friends and family have been about this wedding," says Benitez, 30. "It truly is a celebration of love - our own, and what love means in their own lives. We are so moved and humbled to celebrate together." Adds Didario,
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ABC's Gio Benitez Marries Tommy Didario in Romantic Miami Wedding: 'We Are So Moved and Humbled'

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It's official: Gio Benitez is a married man! The ABC newsman said "I do" to fiancé Tommy Didario in Miami Saturday, the happy couple exclusively confirms to People. Surrounded by 160 friends and family, Benitez and Didario exchanged self-written vows before sunset at the historic Walton House, a secluded English cottage framed by lush tropical gardens. "It's so special to see how excited our friends and family have been about this wedding," says Benitez, 30. "It truly is a celebration of love - our own, and what love means in their own lives. We are so moved and humbled to celebrate together.
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Hollywood Stars to Hold Benefit for Flint, Michigan

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Hollywood Stars to Hold Benefit for Flint, Michigan
Celebrity natives of Flint, Michigan are banding together to help their hometown. A group of Hollywood stars, led by Flint expat and famed jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, are holding a concert on Feb. 21 to benefit those affected by the water contamination crisis. "We're all critically aware of what's going on in Flint," Bridgewater tells People. "My role is to perform and reach out to a lot of celebrities that I know in the Los Angeles area to make them aware of the benefit and see if I can get them involved." The three-time Grammy award-winner's family is currently suffering
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