Breakfast Briefing: The stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 6.20.2016

The latest from Cannes; New Playbook authors profiled; Senate to vote on gun-control measures; How Hillary Clinton will target Millennials; Zuckerberg to decide whether Peter Thiel stays on Facebook board.

The Cannes Lions festival is underway, and PR firms are waiting to see who won PR Lions.
The Cannes Lions festival is underway, and PR firms are waiting to see who won PR Lions.

Ad agencies are once again dominating the PR Lions shortlist, but several communications firms are making strong showings of their own. Weber Shandwick and subsidiary Prime received seven nominations, while Edelman and sister firm Zeno Group had four, and Engine and MSLGroup received three apiece. Weber is also on the shortlist for a Glass Lion, and it won a Bronze Lion in the Health & Wellness Lions. FleishmanHillard was recognized for its work on the Pharma Grand Prix winner.

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg profiles the three young guns taking over Politico’s Playbook newsletter once Mike Allen hands over the reins in July: Anna Palmer, Daniel Lippman, and Jake Sherman. (All three are under age 34). Allen is departing Politico this summer to launch a yet-unnamed venture with former executive editor Jim VandeHei and others.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday night on four gun-control measures, including two that would bolster background checks, but proponents aren’t optimistic any will get the 60 votes needed to advance. While federal gun-control legislation has been stopped cold in recent years, advocates told PRWeek they’re having better luck at the state level.

Hillary Clinton is targeting millennials and other young voters by hiring staffers from Bernie Sanders’ (now-mostly-defunct) campaign and planning to dispatch the Vermont senator himself as a surrogate this summer. Clinton is also set to attack Donald Trump’s business record in a Tuesday speech. Vice President Joe Biden will hit the trail to take on Trump later today.

Mark Zuckerberg will decide on Monday whether Peter Thiel, who last month said he has been funding high-profile lawsuits against Gawker, stays on Facebook’s board. Gawker Media filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said three weeks ago that there are no plans to kick Thiel off the company’s board.

What to know on Monday: LeBron James grows his legend, brings Cleveland first title in five decades. HBO Now crashes during pivotal Game of Thrones episode. LinkedIn’s 40 most attractive U.S. employers. Alan Weinkrantz, who pitched Israeli startups, dies after car crash. Regulators have antitrust issues with Cigna-Anthem deal. NYT’s Q&A with GE’s Beth Comstock

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