Saturday, July 13, 2024

Madonna: Long Time PR Chief on the Move


Liz Rosenberg, Madonna’s PR person for 300 years, is leaving Warner Bros. Records.(She actually started there in 1971.)

This was inevitable since Madonna has long ago left Warner Music Group for Live Nation.

For a long time, Rosenberg handled not only Madonna but several Warner related artists who are also now gone including Prince, the Pretenders, Stevie Nicks, Cher, and Rod Stewart. According to a press release, she’ll set up a new company called Liz Rosenberg Media. She says she’ll handle some WMG clients on a consultant basis. And, of course, she’ll still be with Madonna.

In many regards, Liz has been a genius with Madonna. Many times she’s had to turn lemons into lemonade, as they say, particularly as Madonna created new and more interesting scandals over the years. Most of Madonna’s career has been based on inventing scandal to promote something, and Liz has been as much if not more of the brain trust in that regard.

Some of Madonna’s best scandals involved her marriages and divorces (Sean Penn, Guy Ritchie), affairs (Alex Rodriguez, the current boy toy Jesus Luz), her “Sex” book (which should be interesting reading for her newest kids), and her immersion in the pay for play religion Kabbalah Center in Los Angeles that turned into her conquering of the country of Malawi. Through all this, Liz has somehow managed to hold her head high!

So congrats to Liz Rosenberg. It’s the end of yet another era at the hit starved Warner Music Group.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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