Crisis PR

Jolie-Pitt PR Teams, Ripp Media, Havas New York, and Sunshine Sachs

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Hired PR Experts for Divorce-Related Communications

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Hired PR Experts for Divorce-Related Communications Both actors are big name draws, and both have recently retained crisis communications pros. Jolie’s team consists of Laura Wasser (attorney for Johnny Depp and Jennifer Garner) and two publicists based in the U.K., presumably because she has publicly stated that she wants to […]

Paterno name faces different reactions at Penn State

Paterno name faces different reactions at Penn State

The name Joe Paterno has stirred emotions at Penn State for generations. Until a few years ago all those emotions were good – pride, strength, old school football. Then came a series of horrific allegations of child rape that landed a longtime defensive assistant in prison and forever tarnished JoePa, who died shortly after the […]

PR Lessons from Unions

Great PR is often associated with Mad Men of Madison Ave, Silicon Valley wizards, or seasoned warriors on K Street. But that’s oversimplifying things, and underestimating some of the best PR operatives in the country – unions. Long gone are days when unions accomplished their goals by simply picketing outside the employer’s office, or scaring […]

Target Tries Another Angle to Get Back in Favor

Target Tries Another Angle to Get Back in Favor With the Public

It’s a smart move to invest in your customers’ well-being. And that’s what Target is doing by providing grants in 13 states so doctors can write prescriptions for their patients to use to get free or low-cost fresh fruits and veggies. Target’s communications rep, Angie Thompson, wrote in an email statement, “Our investment this year […]

Crisis PR: Ed Henry Returns to Fox after Affair

Henry returns to Fox after affair

There was a time not that long ago when an extra-marital affair would mean the end of a public media career. These days, time seems to heal all brands. Just weeks after ousting CEO Roger Ailes over sexual harassment claims, Fox News has reinstated former White House correspondent Ed Henry.

Samsung recall puts brand on verge of PR crisis

Samsung recall puts brand on verge of PR crisis

Boom goes the battery. That’s the issue facing Samsung as they recall their popular Note 7 flagship mobile device. Reports vary, but customers are saying everything from the battery catches fire for no apparent reason to them actually “exploding” during or after charging.

Viacom’s Internal PR and Legal Crisis

Viacom makes another change at the top

The largest shareholder in both Viacom and CBS is a holding company called National Amusements. National Amusements, in turn, is owned 80% by Sumner Redstone, and 20% by his daughter, Shari Redstone. Sumner is well into his 90s now and by many accounts is not able to either speak or write. Yet through his ownership […]

Delta Airline Apologies Not Accepted

Delta Airline Apologies Not Accepted

Delta Airlines jets are taking off again after computer outages left customers stranded. However, after Delta apologized to the public, apologies were not accepted due to their untruthful reason given to explain their computers shutting down. Delta airlines blamed the problem on a power failure. Experts say the exact problem was unknown, but the computer […]

Can PR Solve the Lack of Public Trust in the News Media?

Can PR Solve the Lack of Public Trust in the News Media

There was a time when people trusted the news without any doubt as to its veracity. The phrase “I read it in a newspaper, so it must be true” was not uncommon. But as stories leak on how much control governments exert over the media, and often how little research is done before sensational stories […]