February 24th 2024
Breakfast Briefing
 

PRWeek's 2024 Agency Business report is now open for submissions. If you want your agency to be part of this annual industry staple, contact us at abr@prweek.com.

PRWeek Global Awards extended entry deadline 2/29, event 5/15 in London — entries and tickets here.

Steve Barrett on PR. As holding companies and the world’s largest PR firm unveil their financial numbers for last year, the industry’s performance in a difficult 12 months is starting to clarify. PRWeek’s editorial director breaks down the results in his latest weekly blog. More from PRWeek: Weber Shandwick has named Tina Cervera as its New York chief creative officer.

Odysseus reaches lunar surface in first US moon landing since 1972. Intuitive Machines made history on Thursday by becoming the first private aerospace company to land a spacecraft on the moon’s surface. The lander, named Odysseus, is also the first American spacecraft to touch down on the moon in over 50 years. Columbia Sportswear has been promoting its role in the mission. 

Brunswick Group veterans launch new agency. Zack Condry and Erik Hotmire have launched Watermark Strategies, a Washington, DC-based corporate affairs consulting firm “designed to deploy the latest data and technology in support of comprehensive stakeholder advisory and engagement services,” according to a statement from the agency. Condry has also worked at Edelman, while Hotmire has served in senior roles at FGS Global and Teneo. 

Sad news at Vice Media. The company plans to lay off hundreds of employees next week and stop publishing on Vice.com, according to an internal memo from CEO Bruce Dixon. Dixon said Vice is transitioning to a “studio model.” “It is no longer cost-effective for us to distribute our digital content the way we have done previously,” he told employees. Dixon also said the company could partner with established media publications to distribute its content. 

Fresh concerns about Biden’s age. According to Axios, President Joe Biden has been using notecards in closed-door fundraisers with prescreened donors. Biden’s reliance on notecards to help answer questions he knows are coming is reportedly causing concern among some donors. Biden advisers say the president only uses notecards for very detailed and technical questions, and say he often does spontaneous Q&As. 

The PRWeek U.S. Awards will be held 3/14 in NYC — tickets here; Crisis Comms Conference will be held 4/18 in D.C. — tickets hereHealthcare Awards + Conference will be held 5/21 in NYC — tickets here; Women of Distinction event will be held 5/30 — details here.

Go here to email Breakfast Briefing author Ewan Larkin. 

 
 
 
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