The publicists for movies have long defined the outer edge of our profession, with outrageous stunts and feigned romances among stars. But a campaign for the film “A Cure for Wellness” has gone over the edge of decency and intelligence to irresponsibility.
The ownership profile of the middle-market firm in Chicago differs from the rest of the country, with more family business and fewer publicly held or owned by private equity.
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Thirty years ago, on a Monday morning, I began my career at Edelman, working as an account executive in the Chicago office. I had finished classes at business school on the Friday, counting on a long vacation with a much sought after young woman through the capitals of Europe. I was informed by my father, […]
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I was walking through Lincoln Park on Sunday en route to the Chicago Historical Society and came upon an old water trough on the bridal path, used by equestrians for their horses. It also was the watering hole for the Chicago Latin football team circa 1968 as we struggled back from our summer practice sessions […]
I attended the annual dinner of the Atlantic Council of the United States on Monday night in Washington, DC. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, delivered the keynote address. His central thesis was that the world needs to move beyond alliances based on interests to an Alliance of Belief. He argued that […]
I spent an hour yesterday morning with Brian Tierney, former PR man, now publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Earlier this week, at an Edelman University class, I moderated a discussion with three senior journalists, John Fund of the Wall Street Journal (a national paper), Ellis Henican of Newsday and Robert George […]
I attended a star-studded breakfast this morning at New York’s Plaza Hotel where Disney CEO Bob Iger was interviewed by Ken Auletta of the New Yorker Magazine under the auspices of the Newhouse School of Journalism. Here are some of his most important comments: 1) “Windowing”—Disney will release Camp Rock, a made for TV movie […]
I attended a fascinating briefing on Energy Future 2050 on Monday night at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer led the discussion (Disclosure – Shell is an Edelman client). Key points: There are three hard truths about energy: a) energy demand in world will double by 2050 […]
When we think about how the rich and famous meet, we generally imagine face-to-face gatherings over champagne and crudités at high society balls, country clubs or the Sun Valley Conference hosted by Allen & Company. The reality is now quite different as the bright line between professional, charitable and personal lives for the super-rich is […]
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It appears that the United States is officially in a recession. One need only pick up the business section of any newspaper to be depressed about declining retail sales, reductions in employment and tumbling home prices. During the last economic slowdown, the PR industry was slammed. Technology boutiques went out of business and full-service PR […]