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Police departments come out in force with pot jokes on 4/20

Police departments come out in force with pot jokes on 4/20

How five police departments and ten brands showed they were ready to roll on national weed holiday.

Ford's global creative review spells trouble for longtime partner WPP

Ford's global creative review spells trouble for longtime partner WPP

The automaker is one of WPP's largest accounts.

Taco Bell offers $500 gift card to superfan Jeopardy! contestant

Taco Bell offers $500 gift card to superfan Jeopardy! contestant

Jeopardy! contestant Rishab Jain said he'd spend the grand prize of $100,000 on a lifetime supply of Taco Bell.

It's not handled: PR pros would actually ignore Olivia Pope's advice

It's not handled: PR pros would actually ignore Olivia Pope's advice

Look, some shows are just a guilty pleasure.

Beiersdorf picks M Booth as PR AOR for Nivea, Eucerin, Aquaphor

Beiersdorf picks M Booth as PR AOR for Nivea, Eucerin, Aquaphor

The firm will lead comms for the company's skincare brands in the U.S.

Publicis rebrands two shops in Asia under MSLGroup

Publicis rebrands two shops in Asia under MSLGroup

The moves are part of parent Publicis Groupe's effort to convert its PR assets to the MSL brand.

Steve Barrett on PR: Sorrell legacy lies in the balance

Steve Barrett on PR: Sorrell legacy lies in the balance

Much of the analyst commentary about WPP post-Sorrell belies a fundamental lack of understanding about modern marketing and communications.

Private equity funds dominate marcomms M&A

Private equity funds dominate marcomms M&A

Nearly a quarter (22%) of all marcomms M&A deals involved private-equity funds -- double the 11% seen in the last two quarters of 2017.

Poll: Is Starbucks overreacting by closing stores for racial-bias training?

Poll: Is Starbucks overreacting by closing stores for racial-bias training?

Constructive or not? Let us know.

Breakfast Briefing: Comey memos; Another YouTube brand safety crisis

Breakfast Briefing: Comey memos; Another YouTube brand safety crisis

Plus: What did Scandal get right about crisis comms? Email us your thoughts.

Comms execs weigh in on Starbucks' decision to shutter stores for racial-bias training

Comms execs weigh in on Starbucks' decision to shutter stores for racial-bias training

Three PR pros, two of whom are former Starbucks comms execs, talk about the pros and cons to Starbucks' initiative.

Edelman's Steve Schmidt challenges Roger Stone to charity boxing match

Edelman's Steve Schmidt challenges Roger Stone to charity boxing match

The Edelman vice chair issued the challenge on Twitter after Stone called Barbara Bush a "nasty drunk."

'Communicating in a fog of war': How Southwest Airlines is responding to a passenger death

'Communicating in a fog of war': How Southwest Airlines is responding to a passenger death

The airline's comms head, Linda Rutherford, described the airline's crisis response.

Read and Scott: 'We don't believe break-up of WPP makes sense'

Read and Scott: 'We don't believe break-up of WPP makes sense'

WPP's joint COOs Mark Read and Andrew Scott have said they do not believe a break-up of the ad group makes sense.

Has Sir Martin Sorrell been a positive force for the ad industry?

Has Sir Martin Sorrell been a positive force for the ad industry?

No matter that he dragged the global ad industry kicking and screaming into the modern age, Martin Sorrell will continue being the subject of a relentless debate about whether he's been a benevolent or a malevolent influence on it.

Edelman hires Marie-Claire Barker as global chief talent officer

Edelman hires Marie-Claire Barker as global chief talent officer

Barker was most recently global chief talent officer at Wavemaker, a WPP media, content, and technology agency.

Lambert, Edwards & Associates acquires Owen Blicksilver PR

Lambert, Edwards & Associates acquires Owen Blicksilver PR

The acquisition opens a New York office for the Detroit-based firm.

Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning

Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning

One WPP agency CEO says staffers could feel "liberated" by Martin Sorrell's departure. Plus: The end of 'Scandal.'

Publicis Groupe upbeat after account wins fuel organic growth

Publicis Groupe upbeat after account wins fuel organic growth

Publicis Groupe's net revenue grew organically by 1.6% to €2.1bn (£1.8bn/$2.6bn) thanks to account wins in 2017 that included McDonald's and Diesel.

Wells Fargo mourns loss of community relations VP Jennifer Riordan

Wells Fargo mourns loss of community relations VP Jennifer Riordan

Riordan died as a result of injuries sustained in the emergency landing of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380.

Michael Nyman exits PMK-BNC, starts new firm

Michael Nyman exits PMK-BNC, starts new firm

Acceleration will be an investment and advisory vehicle for marketing and media deals.

Ferrero brings on McDonald's, Ketchum veteran Cheryll Forsatz

Ferrero brings on McDonald's, Ketchum veteran Cheryll Forsatz

Forsatz is leading PR, and corp comms strategy for the U.S.

Renee Wilson to step down as PR Council president

Renee Wilson to step down as PR Council president

Her contract with the group is up at the end of the year.

Breakfast Briefing: Southwest, Starbucks CEOs knee-deep in crisis response

Breakfast Briefing: Southwest, Starbucks CEOs knee-deep in crisis response

Plus: Remembering Barbara Bush's literacy work.

Roku hires Brunswick's Eric Savitz as corp comms senior director

Roku hires Brunswick's Eric Savitz as corp comms senior director

Brunswick represented Roku for its IPO last fall.

10 times Martin Sorrell made PRWeek headlines

10 times Martin Sorrell made PRWeek headlines

A glance at our coverage of the former WPP CEO throughout the years.

Former Edelman capital markets head launches Profile Advisors

Former Edelman capital markets head launches Profile Advisors

Prosek Partners invested in the boutique shop, and will provide backend support as needed.

Omnicom PR firms flat in first quarter

Omnicom PR firms flat in first quarter

The group's PR revenue grew only 0.7% organically in Q1 to $346.3 million.

Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning

Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning

Including the morning's biggest comms news on Sean Hannity and Fox News, Tesla, and Facebook.

Volkswagen begins global agency overhaul as it seeks greater brand 'consistency'

Volkswagen begins global agency overhaul as it seeks greater brand 'consistency'

Volkswagen is seeking to create a series of regional agency "powerhouses" as part of a new long-term marketing strategy announced yesterday by chief marketing officer Jochen Sengpiehl.

Former trade negotiator Darci Vetter to lead public affairs for Edelman DC

Former trade negotiator Darci Vetter to lead public affairs for Edelman DC

She's reporting to Washington office president Lisa Ross.

'The single biggest influencer on the agency business': 6 CEOs react to Sorrell's resignation

'The single biggest influencer on the agency business': 6 CEOs react to Sorrell's resignation

Agency leaders on the former WPP CEO's impact on marketing.

Kelly Parisi joins startup Honey as comms VP

Kelly Parisi joins startup Honey as comms VP

She previously worked at Girls Who Code, LeanIn.org, and Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Rogers & Cowan launches fashion show 'Click My Closet'

Rogers & Cowan launches fashion show 'Click My Closet'

The series is the first project to come out of Rogers & Cowan's in-house studio content arm, Clickable Media Group.

Lib Dem leader wants UK Parliament to make Sorrell findings public

Lib Dem leader wants UK Parliament to make Sorrell findings public

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable is reportedly threatening to use parliamentary privilege powers to expose WPP's findings following an investigation into Sir Martin Sorrell.

Breakfast Briefing: The post-Sorrell era begins

Breakfast Briefing: The post-Sorrell era begins

What could be next for WPP after the resignation of its CEO of more than three decades.

Forensic, focused, cantankerous: nine reflections on Sorrell and his style

Forensic, focused, cantankerous: nine reflections on Sorrell and his style

As Sir Martin clears his desk, PRWeek has collected nine thoughts from the worlds of PR, journalism and agency life on the man, his skills, his temperament and his future.

WPP could sell its PR business after Sorrell's departure, suggests analyst

WPP could sell its PR business after Sorrell's departure, suggests analyst

WPP could sell its PR division following Sir Martin Sorrell's resignation, an analyst has suggested, with a sale to private equity, management buyouts or a combination of the two the most likely outcomes.

Read, Scott to split duties as WPP joint COOs

Read, Scott to split duties as WPP joint COOs

Mark Read and Andrew Scott, who have been named joint COOs of WPP after Martin Sorrell abruptly quit, know each other well.

Sorrell exit could spell the end for WPP, analysts say

Sorrell exit could spell the end for WPP, analysts say

Martin Sorrell's resignation as chief executive of WPP could lead to a break-up of the company and spark other major changes to the shape of the industry, according to analysts.

Analysis

Sell-off or solidification? Industry ponders WPP's Sorrell-less future

Sell-off or solidification? Industry ponders WPP's Sorrell-less future

Executives predict what's next for WPP.

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

The Facebook CEO did not wilt during Tuesday's marathon Senate session.

The one easy way for brands to avoid the next political media controversy

The one easy way for brands to avoid the next political media controversy

Disagree with a host's views? Don't advertise on his or her show in the first place, advise crisis comms experts.

Lessons brands should take away from Facebook's data privacy scandal

Lessons brands should take away from Facebook's data privacy scandal

The social media network's crisis is a reminder to brands to take a hard look at their own data collection practices and how they communicate about them, say experts.

PR pros: Mr. Zuckerberg, it's time to go to Washington (and Brussels)

PR pros: Mr. Zuckerberg, it's time to go to Washington (and Brussels)

The CEO's absence from public view since the Cambridge Analytica story broke on Friday has created a leadership vacuum at a time of crisis for Facebook.

Demand surges for comms skills on online freelance networks

Demand surges for comms skills on online freelance networks

But there's a catch: many agencies would rather pay freelancers they know and trust.

When old tweets come back to haunt influencers

When old tweets come back to haunt influencers

Turns out, it's not a death sentence.

'Massive restructuring is underway': Experts predict more agency mergers to follow Burson-C&W tie-up

'Massive restructuring is underway': Experts predict more agency mergers to follow Burson-C&W tie-up

The toughest task for Burson Cohn & Wolfe CEO Donna Imperato: bringing together the cultures of two very different WPP agencies, say top agency executives.

'Politicians' worst nightmare': Tone, social savvy make Parkland students authentic advocates

'Politicians' worst nightmare': Tone, social savvy make Parkland students authentic advocates

Students from Parkland, Florida, are impressing veteran activists as they take the gun control fight to legislators.

A new PSA for Mariska Hargitay's nonprofit aims to end the rape kit backlog

A new PSA for Mariska Hargitay's nonprofit aims to end the rape kit backlog

Boutique agency Invisible Man teamed up with the Joyful Heart Foundation for the powerful spot.

'Not after the Cheech & Chong profile': Inside the normalization of cannabis marketing

'Not after the Cheech & Chong profile': Inside the normalization of cannabis marketing

Legal cannabis is projected to be a $21 billion market in the U.S. by 2021, and providers of recreational pot are gearing up for consumer demand.

Beyond Bell Pottinger: Larger trends shape African PR market

Beyond Bell Pottinger: Larger trends shape African PR market

Demographic and economic trends are changing the communications industry in Africa, moving it away from traditional hubs and presenting opportunities.

Home team: Twin Cities communicators make the most of the spotlight

Home team: Twin Cities communicators make the most of the spotlight

While they're naturally disappointed the hometown Minnesota Vikings came up short, PR pros based in Minnesota are putting on a brave face to show off Minneapolis and St. Paul despite the playoff loss and the freezing cold.

Playing the long game: For more brands, Super Bowl ads are just the start

Playing the long game: For more brands, Super Bowl ads are just the start

For companies such as Jack in the Box and hometown team Target, the costly Super Bowl spot is just the beginning of their campaigns.

Why pharma ads are on the bench during this year's Super Bowl

Why pharma ads are on the bench during this year's Super Bowl

For some pharma brands, the price tag is just too high. For others, the platform isn't serious enough.