Manny Ruiz, founder of NostalgiaCon, joins Steve Barrett and Frank Washkuch to discuss the launch of his latest venture. Also: a look back on the biggest PR stories in 2018 and predictions for the new year.
From mega-mergers to 'rogue releases' via fcking great apologies and bath bombs, PRWeek UK reveals its most-read stories of 2018.
With the Brand Film Festival 2019 now open for entries, Campaign spoke to Alex Nagshineh, creative director at Don't Look Films/Bonafide Magazine.
The inspiration on show at PRWeek events this week shows there's more that binds us together than divides us in an environment where a truth well told is an appropriate guiding principle.
The biggest night in PR is set for March 21 in New York.
Comms execs Joseph Cohen and Jaime Schwartz Cohen said PRWeek's 40 Under 40 award has played a big part in their love story.
See the second batch of photos from the comms industry Oscars, the PRWeek Awards, which took place at London's Grosvenor House hotel on Tuesday night (16 October).
'She made creative important' - Edelman creative chief Jackie Cooper inducted to PRWeek UK Hall of Fame
The 2018 inductee to the PRWeek UK Hall of Fame is Jackie Cooper, co-founder of seminal 1990s agency JCPR and now senior adviser at Edelman.
Flack at the PRWeek Awards: Edelman's sister from another mother, Talker Tailor outfits cause uproar, Ranganathan's semi
Flack's here with all the gossip from last night's PRWeek Awards at London's Grosvenor House, including: our hall of famer who's more like Richard Edelman's dad than Richard, Romesh Ranganathan's semi and Taylor Herring's pre-dinner Greggs push.
Unity has been announced as the winner of the best public sector campaign at last night's PRWeek Awards, for 'Scammer Nanas'.
See the first batch of photos from the industry's Oscars, the PRWeek Awards, which took place at London's Grosvenor House hotel last night (16 October).
Thomas Cook Group is the winner of this year's City & Corporate Communications award, recognising the spectacular success of the travel operator's campaign against fraudulent holiday sickness claims.
The winner of this year's best B2B campaign award is Frank. The agency's 'Populating Plexal - The AI legacy of London 2012', helped client Plexal achieve a target-smashing launch.
Citypress wowed the panel of judges with its focus on people as much as its innovations and impressive business success. It wins this year's award for Best Agency Outside London.
The judges were hugely impressed by 90TEN's Amy O'Connor, whose energy and inspiring performance have both expanded the agency's business and enhanced the working lives of her colleagues. She is definitely one to watch.
Shelter made a big impact across the year, with its campaigns reaching a wider audience and building an important legacy of influence and change. The charity wins the In-House Team of the Year award, sponsored by Cision.
Interel's 'Cut the stakes now' campaign, for Bacta, the Hippodrome Casino, Novomatic and Praesepe, helped lead to a change in the law, and wins this year's Public Affairs award.
Taking home the New Consultancy of the Year award is Munch, which impressed the judges with its entrepreneurial spirit and emphasis on working with start-ups as well as established brands. The award is sponsored by YouGov.
The judges awarded the Financial Services gong to W. Its 'Fredd-inflation' activity for Moneysupermarket.com put the price-comparison site at the heart of a national conversation about personal finance, as a brand on the side of consumers.
Manifest had a storming year, impressing the judges with its creativity, bold innovation, forward-thinking and surge in productivity, fee income and profit. It wins the Small Consultancy of the Year (UK fees less than £5m) award.
Judges for the PRWeek Awards 2018 included some of the most influential agency and in-house comms figures in the industry. See below for the full list.
90TEN scoops the Mid-Sized Consultancy of the Year (UK fees £5m-£15m) award, after a year of diversification and growth that led to hugely impressive results.
W Communications' 'L'Eau de Chris', for client CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), wins this year's Not-for-Profit award, sponsored by Astellas.
90TEN crowns its most successful year to date by impressing the judges with further growth, client wins and effective, creative campaigns to win the Specialist Consultancy of the Year award.
After a year in which it excelled in measures from staff policies and innovation to client wins and overall business results, FleishmanHillard Fishburn was the judges' pick for the Large Consultancy of the Year (UK fees £15m-plus) award, sponsored by Premier Resourcing.
Taylor Herring was one of the big winners at the prestigious PRWeek UK Awards, which took place on Tuesday evening (16 October) during a gala event at London's Grosvenor House.
The Romans wins the award for Best use of Celebrities for 'When Life Gives You Melons' for Freya. The branded podcast, featuring celebrity guests, is the most successful yet created in Europe, with a reach of 1.1 billion.
FleishmanHillard Fishburn wins this Marcoms award for 'CROCing the front row at London Fashion Week', its campaign to give the footwear brand a whole new level of high-fashion credibility.
90TEN entered uncharted territory with 'Flight HIV101' for pharma client Gilead, but this bold and innovative campaign more than met the challenge, winning this year's Best Use of Content award as a result.
Taylor Herring wins this year's award for the Best Use of Creativity for its ground-breaking 'Spin Cycle' campaign - the launch of the Samsung QuickDrive washing machine, which had a global impact.
The Romans displayed a touch of 'genius' with its 'Yay delay' work for Gordon's Gin, impressing the judges enough to award the agency this year's Best Influencer Marketing Campaign prize.
Tin Man's eye-catching and impressively effective 'Buckets of hope', devised to promote charity WaterAid's fundraising Untapped Appeal, wins this year's award for the Best PR Event.
Taylor Herring's inspired, high-profile and headline-grabbing 'Beano vs Jacob Rees-Mogg' campaign for client Beano Studios wins this year's award for the Best Use of a Small Budget.
Virgin Trains' in-house team spotted an opportunity to boost the rail company's social engagement, and so impressed the judges with its resulting #Avocard campaign that it wins this year's Automotive and Transport award.
The in-depth planning and clever strategy behind the 'Small talk saves lives' campaign by Pegasus, for Network Rail, Samaritans, British Transport Police and Rail Delivery Group, win the agency this year's award for Best Use of Planning, Strategy and Evaluation - sponsored by Ginger Research.
Taylor Herring wins the Best Use of New Technology award for its 'Westworld' Season Two launch campaign - featuring 'The world's first robot influencer', Fred the Humanoid - for video-streaming platform NOW TV.
Unity wins this year's Public Sector award for its creative 'Scammer Nanas' campaign for client Get Safe Online, which proved highly effective in warning young people of the dangers of phishing.
The Romans wins this year's Healthcare, Ethical and OTC Consumer award with its innovative and highly successful 'Nothing wrong with a little prick' campaign for preventative health service Thriva.
Good Relations and Nationwide won this year's Internal Communications and Employee Engagement award for its creation of the clever and highly effective Arthur Webb Challenge Cup for the building society.
The judges found W's 'L'Eau de Chris', for charity CALM, "provocative and powerful" - which is why it wins this year's award for the Most Innovative Use of Digital and Social Media.
The Romans' 'GT Sport: Police Academy' campaign for Sony PlayStation wins this year's Technology award, sponsored by Hanover.
Freuds and KFC's in-house team win this year's Issues and Reputation Management award for their exemplary handling of KFC's distribution crisis - which, at its height, led to the temporary closure of most of the fast-food chain's UK branches.
Taylor Herring's creation of 'The Flybrary', for easyJet, wins this year's award in the Marcoms: Culture, Media, Sport and Travel category, sponsored by M4DC.
Taylor Herring helped client mytaxi create 'London's 4th Emergency Service' and position itself as a force for good with 'The Knowledge+', which wins this year's Cause-Led category award.
Always' #LikeAGirl took home the award for Campaign of the Year.
Always, P&G's feminine care brand, has long been committed to empowering girls through puberty education.
Share Our Strength set out to bring more nourishing dishes to children, while simultaneously stacking support and funds for summers to come.
Procter & Gamble reinvigorated its Thank You, Mom campaign, which took home this year's prize.
The launch of Advanced Micro Devices' new generation of Radeon graphics cards helped re-ignite customer passion.
CVS made national headlines when it announced that it was pulling all tobacco products from its shelves for good.
Juniper Networks' Introducing Hackonomics campaign helped the company regain a foothold in the IT security industry.
Weber Shandwick had "an exceptional year in which it redefined and expanded client reach."
Frates' rousing success in the face of tremendous obstacles makes him a clear choice as PRWeek's 2015 Communicator of the Year.
Gatorade entered the fiercely competitive protein-based recovery product category with the launch of its Recover Whey Protein Bar.
Leveraging new analytics and socialization tools helped Allstate Insurance create the most robust edition of its annual America's Best Drivers Report
Dubbed "clever, moving, and relevant" by one judge, this campaign set out to honor the important role moms play in their children's lives.
WE Infinity is a data-mining and analytics platform built in the cloud that delivers insights to inform campaign strategies and help improve business outcomes.
"Daltyn's combination of old-school skills and digital savvy makes me proud," added one judge.
"A great course with a hugely innovative, world-class curriculum," said one judge.
Judges applauded Kempner for "making bold moves within the industry" and for "truly transforming the business in radical ways."
Judges praised Mónica Talán, EVP of corporate communications and PR at Univision, for her leadership and business accomplishments.
Last year, Fastenberg showed knowledge and experience beyond her youth as she managed more than $1.2 million in accounts.
The deck was stacked against the Illinois Department of Insurance and FleishmanHillard as they set out to enroll state residents for healthcare plans through the Affordable Care Act.
Wintergreen Advisers teamed with Bryant Park Financial Communications to bring the facts about Coca-Cola's plan to light.
Dominion and agency Davies wanted to counter the work of environmental groups, which had rallied against the Cove Point terminal project in Maryland.
CVS Health worked with its integrated agency team on a rebranding campaign to highlight its dedication to healthcare.
US Mint won for an effort that helped Americans remember a key moment in the country's history.
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Eric Mower + Associates won for a campaign addressing the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.
Toyota initiated a campaign to bring its four existing North American headquarter operations under one roof in a new location.
In 2014, revenue at Singer Associates doubled to $9 million from $4.5 million in 2013.
Praytell Strategy's revenue grew 217% to $2.94 million in 2014 as the agency added a number of US and international clients.
All judges recognized Weber Shandwick as a true industry leader that continually breaks barriers and embraces change.
World's Toughest Job rose above the competition and made Mother's Day more special for consumers around the country.
Allison+Partners' acquisition of PR Century last year in Beijing and Shanghai enhanced the China practice, and Asia-Pacific revenue soared 300%.
Far surpassing the brand's expectations, the effort garnered 76 million views on YouTube, making it one of the top viral videos of the year
Last year's Honorable Mention is this year's winner as NASCAR's Integrated Marketing Communications team raced off with top 2015 honors.
As a sponsor of the US Speedskating team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Under Armour developed the US Mach39, but the suit did not live up to its hype.
MSLGroup knocked it out of the park with this campaign that transformed the insulting phrase "like a girl" into a positive and empowering statement.
Ketchum and the US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance won for a campaign around the documentary film Farmland!
Negroni Week spurred a 50% increase in Campari sales over the same period a year earlier. In 2016, the number of participating venues rose 63% from 2015, with 6,078 total participants.