Latest PR News: Rasky Baerlein, Freud Communications & 42 West
There’s always something happening in the PR world, it’s one of the things we really love about this job we get to do. We found some more happenings recently with some major PR firms – here’s some of the latest:
Standard.co.uk released the news that Matthew Freud’s firm saw big growth and profits, increasing by more than 30% over the previous year. This British firm’s pre-tax profits landed at nearly £8 million – a big step up from the nearly £6 million from the previous year. These numbers placed Freud’s firm as one of the 10 biggest PR enterprises in London.
“Turnover has risen by more than half since 2008. Clients include movie studio Warner Bros and Masterchef TV production firm Shine, which is run by Freud’s wife, Elisabeth Murdoch. Her company was a good customer, spending £330,000 with his PR firm — double the level a year earlier.” Freud PR is a full-service PR and communications firm and represents clients including Whiskas, The Old Vic, KFC, and Cancer Research U.K.
42 West clients had at least two major high-profile events during January – both make perfect sense for this PR firm representing entertainers and the work they do. First, on January 18, 2016, Laura Benanti joined with Jennifer Holliday for a one-time only concert starting at $50 per ticket.
As reported in Broadwayworld:
“Jacob Langfelder in partnership with Arts-For-All, Jill Bernard, and Rashad Chambers will present a one night only concert featuring TONY and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday along with the TONY Winning star of the upcoming Roundabout Theatre production of She Loves Me, Laura Benanti and The Color Purple¹s Rema Webb. Julie James, host of SiriusXM¹s Broadway Names with Julie James will host Ms. Holliday and others guests in this very special Broadway Names LIVE! Emmy Winner Michael Croiter will Music Direct.”
The second event took place on January 22, 2016, with general admission tickets starting at $30 and VIP tickets at $75.
CityguideNY reported that Andrew Christian, underwear designer would conduct a model search and fashion show.
“The night’s hosts include Andrew Christian, Arad, Brandon Cole Bailey, Cory Z, Drag superstar Peppermint, Sasha Seven, and Scotty Em. DJ Steve Sidewalk will spin throughout the night while featured dancers Vinny Vega, Matthew Wilson, and Jeramiah Paul keep guests entertained. There will be a pre-VIP meet and greet beginning at 9 pm, followed by the fashion show and main competition starting at 10 pm.”
The Providence Journal recently wrote about a sexual abuse scandal from 1988. Recent reports appear to indicate that an attorney for St. George’s school in Middletown RI advised the school to remain silent when the problem was uncovered. The School’s spokesman, Joseph Baerlein, of Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, claimed he “could not confirm whether Robinson was the unnamed legal counsel who advised the school not to report Employee Perpetrator #3.” In 1988, one of the school’s lawyers in 1988 was William P. Robinson III, who at the time was a partner at Edwards & Angell, and later named to the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 2004.
“Robinson would not comment on this question. He issued a statement last week. ‘In the 1980s, while engaged in the private practice of law, I represented St. George’s School in certain litigation in the federal court which has recently become the subject of interest in the media. I represented the client as an attorney must, zealously, ethically and to the best of my ability. I do not believe that further comment is necessary or appropriate.’”
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