Monday, July 15, 2024

Flood of A List Stars Including Robert Downey Jr, Directors, Producers, Writers Follow Their Publicists to Five Star PMK BNC


A huge number of stars, producer, directors, and writers have come with their publicists to five star agency PMK-BNC. Joy Fehily and Michael Donkis are joining PMK•BNC as Executive Vice Presidents, shutting their Prime Public Relations. Fehily is actually returning to PMK after nine years away.

PMK was always the movie behemoth, run by a superstar triumvirate of Pat Kingsley, Leslee Dart, and the late great Lois Smith. But several years ago Dart left to start 42 West, Smith retired, and Kingsley soldiered on attached to PMK. (The initials stood for Pickwick Maslansky and Koenigsberg. No one living could tell you who they were now, but the letters stuck.)

PMK-bred star maven Cindi Berger (she handles Barbara Walters, Rosie O’Donnell, Robert Redford, Sharon Stone, and Lena Dunham– that’s all–not bad) took over and merged with Michael Nyman, former partner of Brad Cafarelli and Howard Bragman. The combined PMK-BNC (Nyman kept his letters and Cafarelli) is bigger than ever. They represent half of Hollywood and do the press for things like the Emmy Awards and Samsung mobile electronics. (Their biggest competitors are 42 West, Slate PR, and Rogers and Cowan.)

Under this deal, PMK adds Seth MacFarlane, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Downey, Jr., Olivia Wilde, Dave Navarro, Anthony McCarten (“The Theory of Everything”), Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”), Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), Lucinda Coxon (“The Danish Girl”), Christopher McQuarrie (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“The Lego Movie,” “21 Jump Street”), Brad Peyton (“San Andreas”), James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Joel Silver (“The Matrix” trilogy, “Sherlock Holmes” franchise), Graham King (“The Departed”), Carnival Films (“Downton Abbey”), Howard Gordon (“Homeland,” “24,” “Tyrant”), Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (“Gossip Girl,” “The OC”), Marti Noxon (“UnREAL,” “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”), Nahnatchka Khan (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Sarah Treem (“The Affair”), Terence Winter (“Vinyl,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), producer/author/motivational speaker DeVon Franklin and and its founder Col Needham.

Whew! Congrats to everyone.

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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