BT chief press officer Mike Bartlett is leaving the telecoms firm to join financial PR agency Aura as a partner. Bartlett currently leads corporate media relations at BT. Aura, set up by Michael Oke in 2004, counts mining giants Xstrata and Glencore among its biggest clients.
- Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has brought in an agency to promote three forthcoming video games inspired by films. Indigo Pearl, the gaming, technology and mobile entertainment specialist, will be working on a six-month project to raise awareness of Watchmen, Wanted: Weapons of Fate, and Terminator Salvation - The Videogame. The agency, founded by Caroline Miller, will handle lifestyle consumer PR, while Warner Bros' in-house team will manage PR for the gaming press.
- DBD Media, the search engine marketing company, has taken on Brighton-based Midnight Communications. The agency's digital team will be working on an offline and online strategy to position DBD Media as a search industry leader. Midnight Communications was founded by Caraline Brown.
- Whiteoaks, the tech PR agency run by MD James Kelliher, has promoted Laura Slade and Suzanne Griffiths to its board of directors. Slade, who has been at the agency for ten years, will be responsible for client retention as director of client services. Griffiths will be commercial director.
- Porter Novelli has launched its new website, which was designed by the interactive design consultancy Wilson Fletcher. The agency wants to use the site to demonstrative the benefits of incorporating online strategies into PR campaigns.