By: Alison Monahan Lawyers have a love/hate relationship with publicity and rainmaking. Today, we’re pleased to have Paramjit L. Mahli here to talk about both of these things! Paramjit is the Founder/CEO of The Rainmakers Roundtable, and — although she’s not … More
It was only on Monday that we found out that Kate Middleton and Prince William were expecting a child but it seems like it has been months considering the amount of press coverage that has been shoved down our throats. And now we are already starting to see businesses start to profit from this baby that is still in utero. More
Last fall we wrote about how Pippa Middleton was benefiting immensely from her sister Kate’s new position as one half of the hottest royal couple on the planet. Some were criticizing Pippa, including The Queen, for using her newfound fame, to further her career (Pippa had just landed her book deal.) But now it seems that the tables have been turned. Pippa is now turning down opportunities to promote her book in the U.S., Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends, including appearances on Oprah, Ellen and Anderson Cooper as well as a hosting gig on Entertainment Tonight, because the focus will eventually turn to her sister’s recent topless photos. More
Last night, I along with millions of Americans tuned in to the first every Presidential debate to hear the candidate’s positions on healthcare, the economy and how they envision shaping the country.
As a publicist, I have a tendency to consume media in a different and more critical way than the general consumer. I often say that working in PR makes reading a magazine feel like your mom telling you there is no Santa Clause. We notice the placements, the messaging and how brands present themselves publicly. The debate was no exception. I was fascinated by the way that the media was discussing the debate. While a good portion of the coverage was around the actual issues, most of the coverage focused on how the candidates looked and the way that they presented themselves, proving that a good publicist could be the key to becoming President.
I can rarely stay awake long enough to catch the late night talk show circuit, but Ann Romney’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was one I wanted to see. After an unforgiving week in the press, the Republican candidate needed all the help he could get, and I was curious if Ann would help him, or just fan the flames with an unfortunate sound bite. Well, she didn’t crash and burn, but it wasn’t a home run, either. More
Kate Middleton has made a blunder for the first time in her life as part of the Royal Family. Topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge have been published by a French tabloid. The Royal Family is apparently outraged that the photos were published. Unlike Prince Harry who was also recently caught on film in the buff, Kate has had a perfect record up until now. Kate has been considered the greatest PR gift the Royal Family could have asked for until now. Can she survive this? More
According to a new article from The New Republic, Ann Romney and Hillary Clinton have more in common then we think. Ann turned down an invitation from Anna Wintour for an interview with Vogue. Hillary famously also turned down the outspoken Democratic party supporter back in 2008. The Romney campaign may have just felt the glamorous magazine was not the right move for Ann this early on ( a Vogue cover in a designer dress does not scream, “I am one of you”) or perhaps Anna, who is one of the top fundraisers for Obama and was rumored to be up for a position with the party, may have alienated the GOP. This is unfortunate because at the end of the day Anna is supposed to be a journalist. More
Six months after Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s controversial decision to pull its funding from Planned Parenthood—a move it later reversed—founder and CEO Nancy Brinker is now resigning and moving into a new role in revenue creation at the Komen Board Executive Committee. President Liz Thompson also announced she would be leaving the organization in a month as well as board members Brenda Lauderback and Linda Law. Brinker said in a press release that all the departures were not a result of the funding controversy, but that seems unlikely. More
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What is the key to being the Queen of small talk?
No, it is not hiding in the corner cuddling with your Blackberry. (Put that thing down.)
It’s preparation. More
It is the first time in days that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s divorce hasn’t been on the tips on everyone’s tongue and the first time in weeks that Katie hasn’t been on the cover of every tabloid and it is because of Kristen Stewart. But just because the Kristen Stewart cheating scandal has managed to capture the media’s attention for now, doesn’t mean it will outlast the “Katie Holmes post-divorce road to empowerment and career comeback.” And that is because Kristen’s actions with this scandal, especially if it is all fake, have been terrible. More
Elle Magazine and the dozens of tabloid magazines aren’t the only ones that are going to benefit from the collapse of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s marriage and Katie’s subsequent new girl power and elevated celebrity status. Unlike Elle which saw a surge in sales with its Katie cover story (which the interview for was done months in advance) during one of its toughest ad months. C magazine interviewed Holmes for its September cover just one day before the divorce filing. The story was done when Katie knew full well her entire life was about to change which means this relatively little-known publication could be put on the map because of one interview. More
After Pippa Middleton had a bit of a rough spring media wise, Kate Middleton is giving her young sister some PR tips when it comes to working her new party planning book in the U.S. And apparently Kate isn’t the only one. Pippa Middleton is also said to have agreed to allow Palace officials to guide and “advise” her on future boyfriends and her public persona. Basically Pippa is taking lessons on how to be more like Kate Middleton.