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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Abbe Blogging = PR run amok (it should NOT be all about ME!--but it is my blog, damnit!)

Welcome to the wacky world of a PR woman-- viva la HighViz-ability! Salut!

Seeing double? No, I need two phones with keyboards - no blackberry for me!

Want to hire me? Call 1-800-380-2825 or e-mail highvizpr@yahoo.com --let's talk about promotion!


Consider this: a movie about Rove and Novak, starring Gannon, produced by Abramoff - it could happen

NOTE: must link to www.highvizpr.blogspot.com - file under "politics = show biz"

PITCHES: - from Jesus (Hay-soos) General website/blog:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Apuzzo, Mrs. Apuzzo's guest column in the LA Times made me very angry. It doesn't surprise me that Hollywood liberals are rejecting scripts written by god-fearing patriots like yourself, but one has to wonder why we haven't fought back by creating our own filmmaking infrastructure. Certainly, the Jack Abramoff produced film, Red Scorpion, proves that conservative propaganda films can be successful.

Financing shouldn't be a problem. There are millions of patriots out there who'd be very willing to kick in a few bucks if asked. A few blogathons at the Free Republic, Powerline, and Little Green Footballs should take care of it--a mention that you're current script takes on Islamo-fascism should guarantee millions from LGF, alone.

You should also ask the newly elected College Republican Chair, Paul Gourley, for fundraising advice. He raised more than 17 million as treasurer for the CRs during the last election cycle by very
aggressively targeting patriots in the 80-100 years old age bracket. Certainly, his advice could prove very helpful to you.

Like I said, financing is the easy part. Picking the right film is much more difficult. While I agree that we need to see more Islamic villains on the big screen, I'm not sure your "realities of Islamo-fascism" script is the best way to go.

A large number of our leaders are in trouble right now. Perhaps we should create films that will provide them with a little help. Here are a few pitches for films that would do just that.

National Security -- A top White House aide teams up with a columnist to defend the president's honor by exposing a CIA agent and a CIA front company. Think All the President's Men with the President's men being the good guys. I see Jeff Gannon as Karl Rove and Shelly Winters as Bob Novak. Mrs. Apuzzo could play the positive immigrant maid who lets Mr. Rove's late night visitors into the White House.


LETTER: Dear General Jesus (Hay-soos),

Question: Would you like to speak with Mr. Gannon about appearing in your film [as Karl Rove], or Mr. Abramoff about producing it? I worked for Mr. Abramoff just last year, and perhaps he may entertain speaking with you. Things have been stranger than fiction with scandals and all.

As for Mr. Gannon, he may have an agent by now. I have spoken with him in the past, e-mail him daily, and am not adverse to having a conversation with him on your behalf.

You may also want to consider hiring on the "David Mamet Mafia" to submit a treatment ala "Wag the Dog". Also, I have a casting director pal who can find someone to play Scottie McLellan. This would make a damn fine movie, don't you think? I do!

Please feel free to contact me, and keep up the glorious communication of yours!


Abbe Buck, Publicist
HighViz Consulting Group, APR

Abbe Buck, Publicist
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Tina, Tina, Tina! - Stars who get political - and there is no stopping them!

This woman is fantastic! She nails the culture every - single - time! I always feel like such an insider when I read this stuff!

Beyond Rummy, the Stars
By Tina Brown - Thursday, June 30, 2005; Page C01

Bono looked very much at home on NBC's "Meet the Press", Sunday talking about Third World debt. So much so that the future path for Sunday morning talk shows became blindingly obvious: Dispense with politicians altogether. They have passed their sell-by date. They don't smell so good.

On that same "Meet the Press" there was more credibility in Bono's earnest simplifications of the African aid issue than in Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld blowing off Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel's assertion that the White House is "completely disconnected from reality." And at least the Bono "get" was an exclusive. Rumsfeld had already perpetrated his patronizing twinkle on ABC's "This Week," patiently explaining to George Stephanopoulos that "progress has been solid" in Iraq despite the rising violence, the ever grimmer news bulletins and the on-the-record misgivings of the military.

***Bono last Sunday on "Meet the Press": A celebrity for every issue***

There's no need anymore for TV news to suffer the ratings death guaranteed by triple-booked administration officials and wearisome, dome-headed "experts." Sean Penn is already out there as a foreign correspondent. Brad Pitt can be booked as an old Africa hand. Tom Cruise can be tapped for pharmacology updates. It's the solution Viacom co-president Les Moonves has been looking for as he retools CBS News. If you look hard enough, there's a celebrity for every issue that someone needs three minutes of talking-headery about. It wouldn't take long for an old pro like Clint Eastwood to get himself a backswept hairlift and do a creditable Joe Biden. And there's a lot to be said for putting Halle Berry in to pinch-hit for Condi Rice and letting the secretary of state get on with playing the piano.

Some of the rampant identity exchange is simple job protection on the part of movie stars. With box office receipts down, video game receipts up and the weekly flashmags disseminating images that can no longer be controlled, celebrities are forced to look for new avenues of conquest.

On top of that, there's the massive displacement caused by Hollywood's Great Unmentionable: the war. Managers, agents and studio heads have hammered home to stars that protest politics is too much of a hazard in this vindictive political climate. After the red-state message of the election, no one in Hollywood is about to risk going postal on Iraq. War angst, a natural cause for that community, is being channeled into less politicized humanitarian agonies like Africa.

Of course, Bono apart, it's a bit of a problem when the nation increasingly depends for information on people who know very little about what they're talking about. The visuals don't entirely make up for it. Celebrities tend to be flawed as foreign correspondents because, like politicians, when they travel people know who they are.

However sincere his motives, the good-hearted Brad Pitt, aka The Sexiest Man Alive, will learn about as much in Africa about the issues at stake as Rumsfeld learns about how the troops really feel when he goes to get "on-the-ground intelligence" in Iraq. Pitt isn't straphanging between malarial villages in a stinking bus any more than Rumsfeld is being shot at in a Humvee armored with pieces of scrap metal. Global celebrity will always be as much of a barrier to authentic experience as the defense secretary's custom-made Rhino Runner, described in Sunday's New York Times as a "rolling fortress of steel."

I keep hungering for the old-fashioned kind of witness who's rarely booked as a TV guest these days -- the eccentric seasoned traveler who's there not to make a point but because he or she is curious. I love looking at Angelina Jolie (and I believe that she cares), but on Africa I'd rather hear from Paul Theroux. Theroux, world wanderer and author of "Dark Star Safari," has traveled overland from Cairo to Cape Town, paddled the length of the Zambezi in a kayak and lived in the bush as a schoolteacher.

"People have always loved to see Africa as unfinished, as something that can be fixed," he told me on the phone from his summer home on Cape Cod. "Celebrities are empowered and vitalized by seeing Africa as helpless. But there is plenty of expertise there. . . . The real story of Africa can be summed up in a shot of all the qualified doctors and nurses rolling their suitcases through the airport in Zambia leaving to work in hospitals in the U.K. Very talented and educated Africans choose to leave. And the reasons for that are complex."

In Britain, Tony Blair has been shrewd at working the entertainment beat for political advantage. The prime minister, always assiduous in cultivating celebrities, has outdone himself this week on the eve of the G8 conference by allowing a celebrity to take center stage. He and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown have brilliantly made Bob Geldof's Make Poverty History campaign their own. Peter Oborne, writing in Britain's Spectator magazine, is surely right that the surprising political salience of the poverty agenda is related to the collapse of traditional party politics. What Blair understands is that for the ADD generation, hot-button single-issue campaigns have increasingly supplanted the slow-form tedium of political parties, processes and programs. Harnessing the right one builds the base. In buzzword politics, celebrities will increasingly be the branding tools.

President Bush could use one right about now. In his address to the nation Tuesday night he stressed that it is the political momentum inside Iraq, not America's military might, that will guarantee the mission's success. Let's hope so, because he's left us with no alternative. When he returned as always to the shopworn inference that we will win the war because right is on our side, he sounded like Tom Cruise on the "Today" show beating on Matt Lauer with his certainty that all psychotherapy and its medical remedies are bad. "Matt, Matt. You see, here's the problem. You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do."

That kind of pronouncement is okay for a movie star in the clutches of some undefined hypermania, but the presidency itself today is defined by the conviction that conviction trumps everything. Belief is all. Evidence is nothing. Faith-based is everything. Reality-based is suspect.

We are all Scientologists now.

2005 - Tina Brown


Monday, July 11, 2005

HighVizPR gives Bush Architecht Karl Rove advice---passing the point of damage control(?)

If there is anyone who reads this blog, (It has been visited by CJR, and a couple of others :-), I want to send this link/page out openly to Karl Rove. I do believe that the man is going to be in more than just a tight spot -- if pressured hard enough, he may need to change careers. I have placed differing points of views on my main web log, HighViz PR, see:HighVizPR + Promotion = the new journalism. Politics = Show Biz! I have been thinking, if he needs a second act/career, he can always become a chef on a cruise liner. The Rove Omeletta will go over big!

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Advice for MoveOn.org: Stay on message kids, and watch out who you invite!

Move On's Chaz Fazio could be saying this right now: "You go to our party, you drink our booze, and then you post our talking points and OUR ENTIRE agenda?"

--- Leave it to DRUDGE, that rapscallion!


Sun Jul 10 2005 20:29:27 ET **Exclusive** Over the weekend, the liberal activist group MOVEON.ORG hosted over a 1,000 house parties across the nation to stop President Bush from nominating a “radical right judge” -- and the DRUDGE REPORT obtained an exclusive invite to one of their hottest parties. Charles Fazio of Alexandria, VA was the host of one of the most widely attended MOVEON parties in the Washington, DC area. The DRUDGE REPORT has learned because of Fazio’s registration success, his party was chosen to be a finalist on the WASHINGTON POST’s list of house party events it would use in its Monday edition to cover MOVEON’s weekend efforts. In a desperate bid to sanitize his house party and control how its attendees would be perceived by the POST, the MOVEON host emailed talking points to his guests. A copy of those talking points was obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT. Fazio warned his guests: “Its very important that if you talk to the reporter, you stay on message. Remember, it is quite possible that our event will be the one the POST uses to represent the entire MoveOnPac effort this weekend.” The key message for the event: “The momentum is finally shifting away from extremism. We will not accept a extremist nominee. This is not about conservatism vs liberalism or Republicans vs Democrats, this is all about extremism vs moderation and we're on the side of moderation.” The MOVEON host reminded his guests: “We don't want to come across as leftist, liberal activists. We want to come across as we are- regular folks who are finally saying enough is enough to the extremists; that we're not falling for their extremist rhetoric anymore and we're finally going to expend the effort necessary to get our country back.”Fazio: “Please stay on message and just know that ANYTHING you say can be taken out of context and used against the effort.” One last suggestion from Fazio to his liberal MOVEON party-goers: “Oh, because a photographer will be here, might I suggest we put away our ‘Bush is a Liar’ t-shirts. Let's look like they do. [Oh. A middle of the road approach]


Sunday, July 10, 2005

Media Honchos consider online strategies -- just in time?

By SETH SUTEL, AP Business Writer Fri Jul 8, 3:13 PM ET

SUN VALLEY, Idaho - As they work to come to grips with the Internet, entertainment moguls have a very clear goal: don't let what happened to the music industry happen to the rest of the entertainment industry.

The burgeoning age of digital distribution means movies, video and TV are being delivered to the consumer in new ways, through high-speed networks in the home and even over portable devices like cell phones. It's presenting the same potential for piracy and file-swapping that have severely weakened music copyrights.

On Friday, top media executives attending an annual Sun Valley retreat did some listening, thinking and talking about the issue. They included incoming Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger, Time Warner Inc. CEO Dick Parsons and Viacom Inc. co-president Les Moonves.

On the day's agenda at the plush mountain resort was a panel talk with several U.S. soldiers and a presentation from Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates' "Living the Digital Lifestyle at Home and at Work."

In a brief interview with reporters following the presentation, Gates said that it involved Microsoft's new Xbox 360 and its applications and use in the home.

He declined to describe the reactions of the media executives present, but said, "It's a good crowd to hear about it."

Like all official events at the retreat, it was closed to reporters, who watch from a distance as CEOs mill around, sporting name tags and squinting in the bright sunlight beside placid ponds stocked with large white swans. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been seen this week chatting with Liberty Media Corp. Chairman John Malone over a barbecue lunch, while Washington Post Co. Chairman Don Graham had a long chat with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who sits on his board, and with Google Inc.'s CEO Eric Schmidt.

Emboldened by a recent Supreme Court decision against Grokster, a file-sharing service that was deemed to be encouraging piracy, media executives are considering ways to deliver movies over the Internet in legal, easy ways that could not only avert piracy but also make extra money for the studios.

Intel Corp. presented media executives with its vision of a high-speed entertainment network for the home, and actor Morgan Freeman announced that Intel had agreed to invest in a new company he was starting that would allow consumers at home to view first-run movies delivered over the Internet.

In interviews Friday, several guests at the conference, sponsored by the Allen & Co. investment firm, said that figuring out creative and profitable ways to get media delivered over the Internet was a top priority for media and entertainment companies.

"Our challenge is to come up with hassle-free and reasonable-cost technologies for the consumer," said Dan Glickman, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, a Washington-based trade group representing the major movie studios.

"You're beginning to see a lot of relationship-building between the cable, telecom and content industries" on forging deals to deliver media online, Glickman said. "I think the opportunities will explode over the next four to five years."

Glickman also said the recent case against Grokster, in which the MPAA was heavily involved, should encourage new technologies, not stymie them, as some technology executives have warned, by making it easier and more practical to make legal offerings of movies. The Supreme Court ruled last week that the movie and music industries can file lawsuits against technology companies like Grokster that encourage piracy over the Internet.

Tom Freston, co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom Inc., said he thought media companies were making good progress in making their content available online.

"I think it's going well, particularly as we see the movement to video on broadband, which suits all these media companies really well," Freston said.

Before he became a top executive at Viacom, Freston was a longtime leader of MTV, which has been moving aggressively to build up its offerings of video and other material online.

Freston said it was too early to count out media companies in the race to draw in readers and viewers online — and the advertising dollars that go with them — even as Internet powerhouses like Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. continue to offer more services and content to Web surfers.

"I don't see the game being over any time soon," Freston said. "All the media have great assets — they can build, they can buy, they can partner. There's a lot of options."

The recent emergence of Google as a major power has caught the attention of many media honchos as they continue to grapple with strategies to make money online.

Google now has a stock market value of more than $80 billion, even more than that of the largest media company, Time Warner Inc., the owner of HBO, CNN, People magazine and the Warner Bros. studio as well as America Online.

How traditional media interact with Internet powers like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Corp.'s MSN network is one of the most compelling strategic questions facing the media giants, says Michael Wolf, head of the media and entertainment division at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

"For the first time, media companies recognize their power, and not just their financial power but also their ability to move huge amounts of advertising time and people," Wolf said. "The media guys need to find ways either to partner with them or compete against them."

For the moment, building online strategies remains very much a work in progress for many major media executives as talk business here over rounds of golf and other outdoor activities.

"I think there are more questions than answers at this point," said Ivan Fecan, president and CEO of Bell Globemedia Inc., a Toronto-based media company that owns The Globe and Mail newspaper and Canada's top private TV network.