Breakfast Briefing: The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 7.14.2016

Omnicom Q2 PR numbers flat; New leadership for Lewis in the U.S.

New this morning: Omnicom PR results flat in Q2. The holding company, which owns and operates PR firms including FleishmanHillard, Ketchum, Porter Novelli, and others, reported 0.1% organic revenue growth for its communications agencies in the second quarter. The holding company’s second-quarter numbers were flat in comparison to Q2 2015, when its PR firms saw organic revenue growth of 0.3%.

Lewis has new leadership in the U.S. The firm named Stephen Corsi as its head of U.S. operations on Thursday morning; he’s using the title of EVP. Corsi joined the firm four years ago from digital shop iCrossing. Former U.S. regional leader Morgan McLintic is departing the agency after two decades.

What to keep an eye on: Obama’s open meeting on race relations. The president will host a town hall on race relations tonight at 8 p.m. that will air commercial-free on Disney networks ABC and ESPN, as well their various digital platforms.

NBA stars make passionate case against violence at the ESPYs. LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade took to the stage at the ESPY Awards to call for a culture change on racial profiling. A CBS News/New York Times poll released this week found negative views on race relations are at their highest point since the Los Angeles riots in 1992.

The Republican National Convention is struggling to attract the A-list talent Donald Trump promised to bring to the event. Tim Tebow (not Tom Brady) will speak on Thursday night, as will Silicon Valley billionaire and Gawker arch-enemy Peter Thiel. Many Republican senators and Wall Street firms are also skipping next week’s convention in Cleveland.

It’s not just Nintendo and "Poke Spot" vendors getting a boost from Pokemon Go. Younger consumers are lining up to visit national parks, such as the National Mall in Washington, D.C., if only to capture digital monsters. Developer Niantic has hinted it may boost its bottom line by charging retailers and restaurants to "host" Pokemon characters. 

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