US campaigning agency FitzGibbon Media opens London office

US comms firm FitzGibbon Media has opened its first international office in London and hired Suzie Gilbert run it.

 Suzie Gilbert: Heading FitzGibbon Media office in London
Suzie Gilbert: Heading FitzGibbon Media office in London

The agency, which is six years old, works with actors, musicians and artists, creating campaigns spanning human rights, the environment, digital rights, immigration, the criminal justice system and healthcare issues.

The new office is launching with clients including global software firm ThoughtWorks, digital magazine The Intercept and social network website Care2. FitzGibbon will also work on international campaigns with a focus on the UK, such as a recent petition from consumer watchdog SumofUs which pressured The Sun to drop Page 3.
London-born Gilbert, who becomes vice-president and London office director, has experience of advising film-makers and international NGOs on media relations. She worked closely with US film director Oliver Stone, co-producing and leading comms including on the documentaries The Untold History of the United States and South of the Border, and feature film W.

She has also worked with Russell Brand on a documentary currently in post-production, about death-row inmates and mass incarceration at a prison in Louisiana.

FitzGibbon currently has offices in Washington DC, New York City and San Francisco.

Trevor FitzGibbon, founder and president of the firm, said: "Suzie’s extensive work in the UK, South America, the Middle East and around the world, will be a great asset as FitzGibbon Media continues to help the most important progressive campaigns of our day to break out and break through with audiences across the globe."

Gilbert added: "In today’s interconnected society, it is more important than ever to connect the values of our global community to the change we seek to protect our environment, advance workers rights and ensure that our fundamental freedoms are preserved. We are excited to lend a hand to help push these efforts to a new level." 

Last year, the firm partnered with the film-makers of two Oscar-nominated documentaries, The Invisible War and Dirty Wars, developing campaigns and digital engagement strategies.

FitzGibbon also recruited a host of celebrities including Moby, Russell Brand and Susan Sarandon to promote CitizenFour, a documentary providing a first-hand account of Edward Snowden’s disclosure of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programme.

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