Not merely content to amuse, enlighten, stupefy or annoy my dear readers, I also strive on occasion to report genuine scoops. Actual news, things you may not have heard.
Not merely content to amuse, enlighten, stupefy or annoy my dear
readers, I also strive on occasion to report genuine scoops. Actual
news, things you may not have heard.
Here’s one: Christine La Monte, head of the motion picture department at
Rogers & Cowan, has resigned. My well-connected sources (a janitor at a
Century City high-rise and a parking valet in Beverly Hills) tell me
she’s going to work for Lily Tartikoff to handle the press for her
considerable charity work.
Look for someone to come in at R&C who will re-emphasize the
department’s movie focus, as it has recently handled a considerable
number of non-film accounts. Under La Monte’s predecessor, Jeffrey
Godsick, the division concentrated heavily on working with the major
studios on release campaigns.
Speaking of Rogers & Cowan, Fran Curtis, a former R&C publicist now with
20th Century Fox, shared with me her thoughts on the resolution of the
Emmy Awards conflict between publicists and the Television Academy. As
I’ve mentioned, the dispute was resolved in favor of the publicists, who
will continue to be allowed to accompany their clients down the arrival
Curtis, president of the Publicist’s Guild, reports that the Guild was
inundated with calls from members who found the TV Academy’s policy
ill-conceived and potentially damaging to their professional
’The Guild helped express the concerns of its members to the TV Academy,
which realized it erred in creating policy without first consulting
those most directly involved,’ she says.
Curtis agrees with her fellow flacks’ position that the cadre of
black-clad, clipboard-holding event publicists may not be familiar
enough with the individual stars to effectively handle the arrivals
’It’s not uncommon for unaccompanied stars to bypass the media gathered
along the red carpet, or to be less responsive to interview requests
when escorted by a stranger,’ she explains. ’Personal publicists are
best equipped to advise their clients as to the importance of red carpet
They know how many interviews their client should do and can prevent
anyone from monopolizing his or her time. Stars trust the judgment of
their publicists and expect them to be present at all major media events
She adds, ’Personal publicists are vital to any star-driven event to
keep it running smoothly. It was made clear at the meeting that if the
Academy wants maximum participation from top celebrities, they’ll have
to deal with personal publicists.’
Always seeking both sides of the story, I asked an event publicist what
she thought of the decision.
’Nothing has changed. We’re still going to have the same problems with
slow lines and mass confusion,’ she says. ’But it’s always a good
And that’s the final word on that.