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Ok just got done mowing the lawn... yuck! Would
prefer some type of self maintaining grass ya know?
Or a mower that can sense and get to work without
my having to get out there and do it!
Ahhhh technology... I sure wish its pace would
quicken to new advancements... think I'll have to
write a few letters ^_^
Oh and thank you to those who wrote in saying how
much they liked the new format. We were actually
only attempting to make it brighter... seeing that its
summer 'n all, but I guess we'll keep it.
Hope your weekend is a good one!
Doctors have it. Lawyers do, too.
Now, public relations firms are beginning to buy a
form of malpractice insurance to protect themselves
against lawsuits alleging bad advice or even fallout
from a poorly worded press release.
In an era of corporate scandal and federal
investigations into fraud and misleading financial
information, corporations are working hard to improve
their images with the public and spending big money
on public relations agencies to help massage their
But some companies are finding that the wrong
message can get them sued or even prosecuted by
the federal government.
One case two years ago sent shivers through the
public relations industry when Nike was taken to
court because it released press statements defending
its reputation against charges of mistreating overseas
The press releases were accused of being false
advertising. The case served as a wake-up call to
public relations firms that send out press releases
"It's really scary if by just sending out a press
release, an attorney can sue you for false
advertising," said Jon Pushkin, president of the Public
Relations Society of America in Colorado and owner of
Pushkin Public Relations.
The case raised questions within the industry as to
what PR agencies could be liable for, such as
dispensing bad advice to a client or releasing
inaccurate information provided by the client.
So, in the past few years, larger public relations
firms, such as Denver-based Schenkein, have
purchased Errors & Omissions, or E&O insurance, in
addition to traditional general liability insurance to
guard against expensive lawsuits.
"It's a good thing in that it means public relations is
being recognized with more respect as a professional
service, but with that comes some inherent risks.
Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto" *
Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto" features
interviews with top Wall Street CEOs, and
Washington newsmakers. It is a fast paced look at
business conditions and the people who lead the
way. Michele Nunes (212) 301-3277, Pam Ritter (212)
212) 301-3828, and Amanda Gershkowitz are
producers, with Gresham Strigel (212) 301-3191, a
senior producer. There are a number of ways to
contact the show, although the station suggests an
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Their Fax number is
(212) 301-5091. E-mail can be sent to the producers
with the formula of:email@example.com.
HBO's "RealTime with Bill Maher"
*HBO's "RealTime with Bill Maher" features the always
irreverent Bill Maher, who takes pleasure in discussing
the big issues of the day with five equally opinionated
guests, some of whom are in the studio, and some
interviewed by satellite. The show uses guests who
are personalities in the news, including comedians,
actors, authors, sports figures, TV stars who have
opinions, writers, editors, and others who are
noteworthy and who can think on their feet. The
producers are Bill Maher, Brad Grey, and Marc Gurvitz.
Send them suggestions at Real Time with Bill Maher,
CBS TV City, 7800 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
90036, (323) 575-7700; Fax: (323) 575-7750. The
show is currently on hiatus, returning in July.
PBS' "Washington Week" * "Washington
Week" is the longest running public affairs program on
PBS. The show first aired locally on WETA on
February 23, 1967. The show features a group of
journalists who participate in round table discussions
of major news events, and is carried by 90 per cent
of the 306 PBS stations around the country. The
current moderator and managing editor is Gwen Ifil.
The senior producer is Christina McHenry; Jeff Bieber
is the executive producer. They are reached at
WETA-TV, 2775 So. Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22206,
Phil Lempert is The Supermarket Guru who
does TV and radio news, newspaper columns, is an
author, consumerologist, food marketing expert.
Lempert has gained acclaim for his savvy and
experience in the food industry. Currently he is the
food trends editor and correspondent for NBC Today
Show, reporting on consumer trends, food safety,
money saving tips and showcasing new products.
Lempert has appeared on such network shows as
Oprah, 20/20, The View, and on CNN, CNBC, and
MSNBC. He also makes appearances on local TV
morning and news programs around the country. He
also has the SupermarketGuru.com, which is a Web
Site, which features stories about the foods that we
eat, the stores we shop in and issues important to
our general well being. Reach Lempert at
SupermarketGuru.com, 3015 Main St., Ste. 320,
Santa Monica, CA 90405, (323) 860-3070;
Authors on the rise
From Africa, With Love by Herman X -
release date: July 2004
From Africa, With Love chronicles the biography of a
young man born in the African savannah to a single
mother. He grows up poor but proud of the high
morals he learns from his grandparents. The death of
his beloved Grand Pa Michael is the turning point of
his young life as he is moved abroad to live with a
hopeless 'stepfather'. He rejects this new
environment, which tortures his conscience and
transfers from one school to another. Despite all
odds, Herman graduates from St. Paul's High School
in summer 1976, and goes on to work at a tobacco
company to earn money for college. He struggles
hard and is rescued by his favorite Uncle Ivo, who
sends him overseas where he focuses on education
Like Riding a Bike in the Sand by Bill Whitten -
now available in stores.
At the height of the Great Depression, the United
States had about 15 million unemployed workers.
People were forced to migrate from state to state
looking for enough work to feed themselves and their
families. The Depression was felt in every part of the
U.S., from big cities to small towns. People living in
small towns found that surviving the Great Depression
was the toughest fight of their lives.
Book to Screen
An adaptation of the novel, "The Secret Life of Bees"
by Sue Monk Kidd also sold, the screenplay penned
by David Gordon Green. The Donners' Company, run
by husband and wife team Richard and Lauren, is set
to produce. Some of their other projects currently in
development include "X-Men 3", "The Goonies
II", "Jonny Quest", and "Constantine".
"How to be Good", based on the book by the same
name, recently sold. It was written by Nick Hornby.
Another of his novels, "High Fidelity", was also made
into a film starring the always entertaining John
Cusack and the wacky Jack Black. Laura Ziskin will
produce. Some of her most successful past projects
include one of my personal favorites, "What About
Bob?", as well as "Pretty Woman", "As Good As it
Gets", and "Spiderman" 1 & 2.
Full Glass Films
I'm looking for a completed inspirational, character
driven, drama script that is centered around a
relationship issue (i.e. political, gay, racial, family
Budget range will not exceed 1 mil. WG and non-WG
both welcome to submit.
We are looking for our first feature to do as Full Glass
films. Some of our past credits include 'Max and
Grace', 'A Perfect Fit' and 'Spy'.
Please email a logline followed by a synopsis (no
attachments will be read) to: Development
Upcoming Screenwriting Contests
San Diego Film
Festival Screenwriting Competition
- Prizes: Over $20,000 in cash and prizes
- Deadline: extended to August 1, 2004
City Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
- Prizes: $10,000+ in prizes
- Deadline: July 1, 2004
Shriekfest Horror/Science Fiction Screenwriting
- Prizes: cash, product awards, and trophies
- Deadline: July 23, 2004
- Prizes: over $4,000 in cash and prizes
- Deadline: July 30, 2004
It's never too late to get an autograph or endorsement!
c/o Teresa Valente
Beverly Hecht Agency
12001 Ventura Place
Studio City, CA 91604
c/o Jerry Sorrells
P.O. Box 327
Alexander, ND 58831
P.O. Box 360587
Los Angeles, CA 90036
This weekend we'll be adding a new page of celebrity
requests to BLP so stay tuned.
c/o Warner Bros.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
c/o Epic / Sony Records
1801 Century Park West
Los Angeles, CA 90067
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