ByKids

A nonprofit dedicated to teaching kids citizenry and empathy, BYkids uses documentaries created by young filmmakers as a starting point for conversations on complex global issues—in schools, on public television, and at festivals worldwide.

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ByKids New Season Premieres on PBS

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 25, 2019

A 17-year-old Syrian refugee chronicles his new life in Germany. A Harlem teen documents how incarceration on Rikers Island changed his life. A young Nicaraguan reveals the impact of climate change on her family’s livelihood. A Senegalese girl shows how her village was transformed after it ended the practice of child marriage. These four powerful stories are part of the new season of Films BYkids, a collaboration between THIRTEEN and BYkids.

Coverage of the new season included Metro, The 74 Million, Fair Planet, and CleanTechnica

Permalink | Posted on Mar 25, 2019 at 10:09 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Echoing Green

For more than 30 years, Echoing Green has been on the front lines of solving the world’s biggest problems, raising up the transformational leaders willing to speak truth to power and challenge the status quo. The organization finds emerging leaders with the best ideas for social innovation as early as possible, and sets them on a path to lifelong impact. Echoing Green’s community of nearly 1,000 social innovators includes past Fellows like First Lady Michelle Obama, the founders of organizations like Teach For America and One Acre Fund, and public figures like Van Jones. Built and refined over three decades, Echoing Green discovers tomorrow’s leaders, today, and then funds, connects, and supports a new generation of social impact leaders.

Visit the Echoing Green Website →


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Echoing Green on The Today Show

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 06, 2019

A 2019 Echoing Green Fellow, Antoine Patton is a 32-year-old father who taught himself to code while he was incarcerated and then developed an app with his 13-year-old daughter that makes it easier for kids to communicate with their incarcerated parents.

As a result of PKPR’s work, Antoine and his daughter Jay Jay, as well as Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey, were featured in an amazing segment on The Today Show. It was part of Lester Holt’s Justice for All series looking at the state of justice in America.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 06, 2019 at 6:29 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Echoing Green announced 2019 Fellows

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 01, 2019

PKPR helped facilitate the announcement of the 2019 Echoing Green Fellows, the Fellowship program that counts former First Lady Michelle Obama, CNN host Van Jones, and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp.

The Echoing Green Fellowship provides unrestricted seed funding of up to $90,000, training, and programmatic support for two years, as well as lifelong access into a global network of leading philanthropists, investors, and entrepreneurs.

PKPR secured coverage for Black Male Achievement category fellow Antoine Patton in Black Enterprise, Colorlines, and WNYC . Other fellow coverage included Philanthropy News Digest, Inside Philanthropy, Revolt TV4, Impact Alpha, and Crain’s Cleveland Business

Permalink | Posted on Jul 01, 2019 at 5:51 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Live in the Grey

Live in the Grey helps executives and employees at companies like Pepsi and IEX boost their emotional intelligence and work from a more authentic place through experiential learning and development.

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Live in the Grey in Fast Company

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 04, 2016

PKPR secured an opportunity for Live in the Grey to host a workshop during the Fast Company Innovation Festival. At the event, festival-goers used Live in the Grey’s custom-designed deck of 72 cards to identify what they value most in their personal and professional lives. Check out the FastCo coverage of the event: This Card Game Can Help Make Your Work More Meaningful.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 04, 2016 at 7:28 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Life@Work in PSFK, The Muse

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 12, 2016

PKPR worked with Live in the Grey on the first-ever Life@Work Culture Conference, a two-day retreat in rural Hudson Valley that brought together workplace innovators from Warby Parker, Google, Johnson & Johnson, VaynerMedia, SumAll, and more.

Coverage included:

- PSFK: How Professional Development Gets Personal
- The Muse: How the Best Companies Out There Attract the Talent They Want
- EFC: Don’t be fake: How IEX’s “Flash Boys” boost employee morale
- New York Business Journal: Life@Work attendees to talk workplace culture around the campfire
- Business News Daily: Summertime Slump: Keeping Employees Motivated

Permalink | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 7:52 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Alexander Heffner

Alexander Heffner is the host of the PBS series The Open Mind and the co-author of “A Documentary History of the United States,” a collection of the most important speeches and documents in American history that has sold more than one million copies.

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Alex Heffner talks 2020 on MSNBC Live

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 17, 2019


PKPR booked PBS Open Mind host Alexander Heffner on MSNBC Live with Kendis Gibson today for a discussion on how the differences in how the media is covering the female and male candidates for 2020.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 17, 2019 at 6:47 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Alex Heffner on MSNBC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 09, 2019

PKPR secured an appearance for Alexander Heffner, host of PBS’ The Open Mind, on PoliticsNation to discuss Elizabeth Warren’s presidential kickoff and the leadership crisis in Virginia.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 09, 2019 at 8:38 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Alexander Heffner on Morning Joe

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 04, 2018

PKPR booked Alexander Heffner on Morning Joe to discuss his new book, A Documentary History of the United States, and how Trump’s presidency is testing democratic norms.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 04, 2018 at 8:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Keepsake Frames

Keepsake lets you easily turn any photo on your phone into a beautiful, professionally framed print for as low as $25. It is the highest-rated photo framing app in the App Store, The New York Times calls Keepsake framed photos “fast, affordable and good-looking.”

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Keepsake in Real Simple

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 12, 2019

Keepsake is featured in the February 2018 issue of Real Simple as one of the month’s most clever items to simplify your life.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 12, 2019 at 7:14 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Keepsake Scores a Trifecta in BuzzFeed

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 03, 2018

PKPR secured not one, not two, but three placements for Keepsake in BuzzFeed’s holiday gift guides. 

Permalink | Posted on Dec 03, 2018 at 7:46 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Keepsake Rave Review in Business Insider

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 19, 2018

PKPR secured a rave review for Keepsake in Business Insider with reporter Brandt Ranj writing: “Keepsake is the first service I’ve tried that makes getting professionally framed photos as simple as uploading them on social media, except the physical prints will last a lifetime.”

Permalink | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 10:42 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

On Air Fest

Taking place at The Wythe Hotel, On Air Fest is the only festival of its kind where audio and podcast fans, creators, and industry leaders come together to explore the art of sound through performances, conversations, listening parties, art installations, live podcasts, and more.

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On Air Fest in NY Mag cover story

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 18, 2019

This week’s New York Magazine cover story on the podcast boom features reporting by writer Boris Kaschka from the Hot Pod Summit at On Air Fest.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 18, 2019 at 7:57 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

On Air Fest Draws Standing Room Only Crowds

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 11, 2019

On Air Fest drew standing room only crowds at The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn this past weekend. Highlights included the first public talk with executives from Spotify and Gimlet and sessions with Roxane Gay, Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, Tina Brown, Jenna Wortham, and Amber Tamblyn.

The Verge (”Spotify’s Grand Plan for Podcasts is Taking Shape”). Fast Company (”Why Podcasts Fans Will Always Reject ‘Netflix for Podcasts’”), Forbes (”Lessons Learned About Podcasting and Life From Last Weekend’s On Air Fest”), Book Riot (”18 Things I Learned About Roxane Gay at On Air Fest”), Media Village, and Bklyner (”Preserving the Sounds of Brooklyn at On Air Fest”).

Permalink | Posted on Mar 11, 2019 at 6:22 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

On Air Fest in Forbes, Time Out, NYMag, and more

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 01, 2019

Tickets are almost sold out for this weekend’s On Air Fest at The Wythe Hotel with Roxane Gay, Jad Abumrad, Tina Brown, and Tracy K. Smith. Check out some of the preview stories in:
Time Out New York, NYMag, HyperAllergic, Forbes, Bello Collective, Metro, am New York, PureWow, Brooklyn Paper, Untapped Cities, What Should We Do?, Bklyner, and Brightest Young Things.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 01, 2019 at 7:39 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

FastCo: On Air Fest is “a podcast fan’s dream”

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 17, 2018

Tina Brown, Jenna Wortham of the The New York Times’ Still Processing, United States poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, and Missing Richard Simmons’ creator Dan Taberski are among the headliners announced today for On Air Fest 2019. Taking place at Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel from February 28 - March 3, 2019, On Air Fest brings audio fans and creators together to explore the art of sound through performances, conversations, listening parties, art installations, live podcasts, and more.

PKPR placed an exclusive story today in Fast Company, which called the 2019 lineup “a podcast fan’s dream.”

Permalink | Posted on Dec 17, 2018 at 2:25 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Excelencia in Education

Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, and advancing institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission. Launched in 2004 in the nation’s capital, Excelencia is building a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leadership.

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Seal of Excelencia Launches

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 18, 2018

More than 60 leaders of higher education and Latino advocacy institutions and organizations this week endorsed The Seal of Excelencia, a major national initiative announced today by Excelencia in Education aimed at significantly increasing the number of Latino students attaining college degrees by 2030. Coverage of the announcement included Inside Higher Ed, Dallas Morning News, Community College Daily, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, The Hechinger Report, and Hispanic Outlook on Education.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 18, 2018 at 10:27 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Examining Life Outcomes Among Graduates of Hispanic Serving Institutions

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 15, 2018

A report released by Excelencia in Education and Gallup revealed that Latino graduates of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) with inclusive environments and strong support systems are more likely than the general college-education population to have fulfilling professional, personal, and social lives.

Coverage of the announcement included The Chronicle of Higher Education, NBC News, Inside Higher Ed, The Hechinger Report, Education Dive, Hoy Los Angeles, Diverse, Issues in Higher Education, and Working Nation

Permalink | Posted on Sep 15, 2018 at 12:12 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Reimagine End of Life

Reimagine End of Life is a week of asking big questions about life and death.

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Reimagine in The New Yorker

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 14, 2019

At a Reimagine End of Life workshop, writer Mallory Rice discovered the secrets of composing the perfect condolence letter. She shared them in a Talk of the Town piece in this week’s issue of The New Yorker.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 14, 2019 at 7:38 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Reimagine in December issue of World Magazine

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 05, 2018

Check out this in-depth feature story in the December issue of World Magazine - “Memento mori: A citywide reckoning with death in New York shows Americans may be ready to talk about a topic they once sought to avoid

Permalink | Posted on Dec 05, 2018 at 11:57 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

At Reimagine: an art installation at 9/11 Memorial

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 02, 2018

As part of Reimagine End of Life, artist Day Schildkret and New Yorkers of all ages created a large scale art installation made of natural and man-made items collected from around the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. Check out the beautiful photos and interview with Schildkret in today’s am New York.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 02, 2018 at 7:26 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

NYC Hosts a Festival About Death

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 27, 2018

A weeklong festival exploring big questions about life and death will unfold not just in theaters and concerts halls across New York City’s five boroughs next week, but also in hospitals, libraries, houses of worship, senior centers, and even cemeteries as part of the first Reimagine End of Life New York.

PKPR secured preview stories in national, international, and local media including Quartz, La Vanguardia, Time Out New York, The New York Times, BrooklynVegan, and Untapped Cities.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 12:20 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Reimagine End of Life on WNYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 26, 2018

Brad Wolfe, the founder of Reimagine End of Life, appeared on WNYC’s All of It with Alison Stewart today to discuss the weeklong festival that kicks off tomorrow in NYC. Listen here.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 26, 2018 at 4:54 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Reimagine in amNewYork, Metro

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 11, 2018


Check out stories today on Reimagine End of Life in New York City in Metro (Reimagine End of Life celebrates all things death and dying ) and amNewYork (Citywide Reimagine End of Life festival ask hard questions about life and death).

Permalink | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 10:05 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Reimagine in artnet

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 03, 2018

artnet’s Sarah Cascone took an in-depth look today at the dozens of visual and performance art events taking place during the Reimagine End of Life festival in New York City.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 03, 2018 at 3:35 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Reimagine End of Life in NY Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 24, 2018

PKPR placed an exclusive in The New York Times announcing the first Reimagine End of Life, a citywide festival exploring questions about life and death taking October 27 - November 3. Check out the article - Festival in New York will look at death from many angles - and this preview video for what’s in store.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 24, 2018 at 9:45 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Waave

Waave logo

Created for New Yorkers by New Yorkers, Waave is the first ride-hailing app that enables New York City yellow and greeen taxis to provide upfront fares, surge-free pricing, and an estimated time of arrival before passengers hail a trip via their the Waave smartphone app. By choosing Waave, New Yorkers who care about the future of their city can play a vital role in reducing congestion and pollution while enhancing the well-being of the city’s taxi drivers and public transit system.

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Waave expands citywide

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 28, 2018


Waave this week expanded to all five boroughs. Check out the coverage in amNew York, Metro, Curbed, and Patch.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 10:17 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Waave launches in NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 29, 2018

Starting this month, New York City yellow taxis in Manhattan will offer upfront fares before passengers hail a trip via Waave, the first smartphone app of its kind approved by the Taxi and Limousine Commission as part of a two-year pilot program.

PKPR secured coverage in The New York Post, Crain’s New York Business, WCBS-TV News, Cheddar, PIX 11 News, News 12 - The Bronx, Curbed, El Diario, and 6 Sq. Ft..

Permalink | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 7:10 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Parcast

Since 2016, Parcast has launched ten hit podcast series including Cults (on NPR’s 2017 Ultimate Holiday Podcast Wishlist) and Unsolved Murders (named one of the best true crime podcasts of 2017 by BuzzFeed).

Parcast produces scripted podcasts that explore topics ranging from true crime to history to unadulterated fairy tales. This model has enabled the network to scale quickly, streamline production, keep overhead costs low with just a full-time staff of 13, and stay on track to hit 100 million downloads in 2018. Parcast was co-founded by Max Cutler, 27, and his father Ron Cutler, a veteran radio producer who started Cutler Comedy Networks, the number one comedy service for radio morning shows in America in the 1990’s, carried by 2000 stations in all of the top 200 markets.

 

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Parcast’s Max Cutler on Forbes 30 Under 30 2019

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 13, 2018

Congratulations to Max Cutler, founder of Parcast, who was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2019.

Forbes writes: “Max Cutler launched Parcast in 2016, aiming to give a mainstream audience an alternative to the podcast market’s quirky comedians and NPR imitators. Parcast’s first two series, “Unsolved Murders” and “Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths,” quickly found success, and the network plans to have launched at least 21 shows by the end of March, with 20 being active.”

Permalink | Posted on Nov 13, 2018 at 8:27 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Parcast profiled by New York Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 16, 2018

PKPR placed an exclusive profile in The New York Times on how upstart podcast network Parcast has become a true crime and history podcast hit factory rivaling big players like NPR and Gimlet. The headline says it all: Pulp Nonfiction: Podcasts Go Mass-Market.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 11:16 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

Designing Justice+ Designing Spaces engages communities in the design and development of new buildings, spaces, and tools to attack the root causes of mass incarceration: poverty, racism, lack of access to resources.

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DJDS is Designing an End to Mass Incarceration

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 30, 2019

On the heels of the opening of Restore Oakland, the social justice campus designed by Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS), PKPR has secured a series of profiles looking at how the firm is using design to end mass incarceration.

Recent profiles include The Architect’s Newspaper (”Designing Justice + Designing Spaces builds infrastructure to end mass incarceration”), Curbed (”Can a building help end mass incarceration?”), and Archinect (”Architect Deanna Van Buren on Designing Beautiful Spaces That Amplify Self-Care, Love, Restoration, and Respect”).

Permalink | Posted on Oct 30, 2019 at 10:30 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Restore Oakland in CityLab, Architectural Digest

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 05, 2019

In 2017, PKPR client Deanna Van Buren delivered a TED Talk - What a World Without Prisons Could Look Like— that has been viewed more than one million times. This month, her vision moves closer to reality with the opening of Restore Oakland, a 20,000 square foot center in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood that is home to one of the nation’s first spaces dedicated to restorative justice.

Restorative justice brings together the victim and the perpetrator to resolve the harm caused. Restore Oakland will work with the Alameda County District Attorney’s office to divert cases involving people aged 15 to 24 into the restorative justice program. The process takes place outside of traditional courthouses and government buildings, which tend to be windowless, oppressive, and punitive. At Restore Oakland, the Restorative Justice Rooms are painted in a peaceful and calming sky blue, there are multiple large windows, and chairs are arranged in a circle in the tradition of peace circles used by many Native American cultures.

PKPR secured coverage for the opening in The Atlantic’s CityLab, Architectural Digest, YES! Magazine, and Common Dreams.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 05, 2019 at 6:47 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Designing Justice’s TED Talk

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 28, 2018


Stop what you are doing and watch Deanna Van Buren’s TED Talk: What a World Without Prisons Could Look Like.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 10:46 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Economic Hardship Reporting Project

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The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a journalism nonprofit founded in 2012 by Barbara Ehrenreich, aims to change the national conversation around poverty and economic insecurity. The stories that EHRP commissions—from narrative features to photo essays and video productions—put a human face on financial instability. EHRP has placed its contributors’ reportage and photojournalism at The New York Times, NBC News, Politico, The Verge, Vox, Vogue, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and many others.

Visit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project Website →


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NYLON profiles EHRP’s Jackson doc

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 05, 2018


NYLON’s Kristin Iversen sits down with Economic Hardship Reporting Project’s Alissa Quart and director Maisie Crowe for an in-depth look at Jackson, the 2018 Emmy Award-winning documentary about how abortion restrictions affect three women in rural Mississippi. Jackson might not have been made without crucial initial funding from EHRP, the journalism nonprofit dedicated to changing the way economic disparity is covered in the U.S.

 

Permalink | Posted on Nov 05, 2018 at 5:59 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

EHRP in American Prospect fall issue

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 18, 2018

PKPR placed a 3,000-word feature on the Economic Hardship Reporting Project in the fall 2018 print issue of The American Prospect. You can read the article here.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 18, 2018 at 3:54 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

EHRP’s Ehrenreich and Quart in Vogue

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 18, 2018

Check out this awesome interview with Barbara Ehrenreich and Alissa Quart about the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 18, 2018 at 7:54 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

EHRP editor Alissa Quart on Morning Joe

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 02, 2018


PKPR booked Alissa Quart, executive editor of Economic Hardship Reporting Project, on Morning Joe this morning to discuss her new book Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America. Watch her segment here.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 02, 2018 at 9:49 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

EHRP Launches Fund For Laid Off Journalists

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 24, 2018

In the wake of major layoffs at The Denver Post, The Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) announced a fund to enable reporters and photographers laid off by the newspaper to produce feature-length stories about growing economic inequality, both in Colorado and America.

Coverage included stories in Columbia Journalism Review, Poynter, NiemanLab, The American Press Institute, and Westword

Permalink | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 6:55 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Ukrainian Institute of America

The Ukrainian Institute of America, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the art, music and literature of Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora. It serves both as a center for the Ukrainian-American community and as America’s “Window on Ukraine,” hosting art exhibits, concerts, film screenings, poetry readings, literary evenings, children’s programs, lectures, symposia, and full educational programs, all open to the public.

Visit the Ukrainian Institute of America Website →


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Putin portrait grabs global headlines

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 05, 2018


A seven-foot-high portrait of Vladimir Putin composed of thousands of spent bullet casings from the Eastern Ukraine war front was among the highlights of a large-scale multimedia exhibit at the Ukrainian Institute of America debuting last week. Coverage of the exhibit included CNN, Newsweek, Time Out New York, am New York, Untapped Cities, Secret NYC, and Metro New York.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 05, 2018 at 12:10 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

SWAAY Media

SWAAY is a fast-growing online platform for women entrepreneurs. Iman Oubou launched SWAAY in April 2017 to provide a fresh and stylish voice that speaks directly to today’s generation of women entrepreneurs and leaders. Over the past six months, Oubou has steadily built an audience for SWAAY, putting it on track to hit 500,000 unique monthly visitors by December 2017. Oubou’s podcast, Entrepreneurs En Vogue, syndicated by the WestWood One network, draws over 200,000 listeners each week.

Visit the SWAAY Media Website →


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SWAAY founder named Rising Star by Ozy

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 15, 2018

PKPR placed a profile of SWAAY Media founder Iman Oubou in Ozy, which highlighted her as one of its Rising Stars.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 9:48 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

SWAAY founder on Harry Connick Jr. Show

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 07, 2017


SWAAY Media founder Iman Oubou appeared on the Harry Connick Jr. Show today to discuss how she set out to change the way women are portrayed in the media.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 07, 2017 at 9:45 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Tenement Museum

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The Tenement Museum tells the story of American immigration. It has become one of New York City’s preeminent cultural and educational institutions, welcoming more than 238,000 visitors in 2016. Its two historic tenements on Orchard Street were home to an estimated 15,000 people from more than 20 nations between 1863 and 2000. Educators guide visitors and help them understand how immigrants weathered hard times and built new lives.

Visit the The Tenement Museum Website →


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Tenement Museum launches Your Story, Our Story

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 16, 2018

The Tenement Museum launched Your Story, Our Story, an online exhibit featuring 3,000 family objects shared by Americans that tells their personal stories of immigration and migration. PKPR secured coverage for this launch in outlets including EdScoop, Food52, The Asbury Park Press , and Eater.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 5:12 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tenement Museum shapes immigration debate

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 22, 2017

With immigration dominating the national debate, PKPR worked with The Tenement Museum to develop a thought leadership strategy positioning the museum as a voice providing historical context on immigration. Over the past four months, we have placed two op-eds by the museum’s President Kevin Jennings in The Hill (Trump must not break America’s tradition of immigration and Thank Immigrants for your “American” Christmas), as well as The Daily News (”Italy was once a ‘s**thole’ country”) and Newsweek (A War on Christmas? What Christmas Are You Talking About?)  The museum’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, David Eng, also wrote a powerful first-person essay for Vice News (I Forgot I Was A Refugee).

Permalink | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 4:04 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tenement Museum Opens New Exhibit

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 07, 2017

With immigration dominating the national conversation, a major new permanent exhibit opening at The Tenement Museum this month is immersing visitors in the lives of three immigrant and migrant families from different corners of the world—China, Puerto Rico, and Poland—who all lived in the same New York City apartment building during the 1950s to 2014.

PKPR organized a press preview tour of the exhibit attended by 20 journalists. Coverage highlights include: NBC News, CityLab, Tablet, Untapped Cities, The New York Times, The Forward, Sinovision, Splinter, am New York, Bowery Boogie, and Viewing NYC.

 

Permalink | Posted on Nov 07, 2017 at 10:55 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tenement Bedrooms in am New York

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 06, 2017

Check out reporter Stav Ziv’s terrific preview in today’s am New York of the Tenement Museum’s new evening series offering an intimate look at what happened in the tiny tenement bedrooms, the setting for sex, childbirth, prostitution, and more.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 06, 2017 at 9:04 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tenement Museum names new president

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 21, 2017

The Tenement Museum announced this week that Kevin Jennings, the co-founder of GLSEN and a Department of Education official under President Obama, has been named the new president of the cultural and educational institution dedicated to telling the story of American immigration through the personal accounts of immigrant families.

PKPR placed an exclusive on the announcement in The New York Times and secured stories in outlets including the Associated Press, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Forward, and Crain’s New York Business.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 10:50 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla Foundation

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Mozilla is a nonprofit that believes the Internet must always remain a global public resource, open and accessible to all. Its work is guided by the Mozilla Manifesto. The direct work of the Mozilla Foundation focuses on fueling the movement for an open Internet. Mozilla do this by connecting open Internet leaders with each other and by mobilizing grassroots activists around the world. The Foundation is also the sole shareholder in the Mozilla Corporation, the maker of Firefox and other

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Mozilla on NPR’s Morning Edition

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 02, 2019

Ashley Boyd, Mozilla’s Vice President of Advocacy, appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning to discuss this year’s Privacy Not Include holiday shopping guide with host Scott Simon. Listen here.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 02, 2019 at 12:10 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla in USA Today, CNN, Business Insider

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 29, 2019


To help consumers choose gifts that protect the privacy of their friends and family, Mozilla today unveiled its *Privacy Not Included report at a press event in New York City. The report identifies the smart devices and toys that are secure and trustworthy — as well as those that may be spying on your friends and your family.

Coverage included CNN, USA Today, Business Insider, Wired, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, The Next Web, CNET, BoingBoing, and Tom’s Guide.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 29, 2019 at 10:17 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla’s MozFest Tackles Political Disinformation

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 04, 2019

In an age of deepfakes and disinformation, more than 2,500 activists, policymakers, and technologists gathered in London last week at Mozilla’s MozFest to work on creating a better, healthier, and more humane internet.

PKPR secured an appearance on CNN for Mozilla Fellow Camille François to discuss how she is using machine learning and data analysis to detect foreign interference in the 2020 U.S. election. Other coverage highlights included Quartz (”Did YouTube’s Algorithm Help China’s Anti-Hong Kong Propaganda Go Viral?”), PCMag (”Does YouTube’s Algorithm Lead to Radicalization”), and TechRadar (”Can Facebook ever be kept safe without hurting staff?”).

Permalink | Posted on Nov 04, 2019 at 10:07 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

This Mozilla-Funded Film Watches You

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 26, 2019

Over a year after the approval of a U.S. patent, Snapchat users still don’t know if the app is using facial emotion recognition technology to detect and profit off of their moods. To put pressure on Snapchat, Mozilla premiered “Stealing Ur Feelings,” a short documentary that uses the same technology to analyze viewers’ emotions as they watch it. Check out some of the coverage in Adweek, Engadget, and The Inquirer.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 26, 2019 at 11:05 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla Gets Creative to Highlight AI’s Impact

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 18, 2019

To raise awareness about the unintended consequences of artificial intelligence, Mozilla has funded a series of films, games, and art projects that will be launching over the next few months.

PKPR has secured coverage for the initial projects including:

- A simulation that reveals the hidden biases in dating apps (Wired - This Dating App Exposes the Monstrous Bias of Algorithms; Mashable - “A dating app for literal monsters exposes the bias in our swipes”)

- A whimsical tool that puts a spotlight on automated censorship (The Verge - “Designers built an AI penis detector to protest Google’s prudish doodles”)

- A film that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival exposing the dangers of facial recognition software (Engadget - “An AR film explores the worst tech companies could do with your face”).

Stay tuned for the worldwide launch of the film, Stealing Ur Feelings, online later this summer.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 18, 2019 at 8:06 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla unveils 2019 Internet Health Report on CBS

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 24, 2019

To launch Mozilla’s 2019 Internet Health Report, PKPR booked an interview for Mozilla Executive Director Mark Surman on CBS News this morning.

This year’s Report cited growing efforts to protect digital privacy, build more responsible artificial intelligence, and rein in the power of big tech companies as the most positive developments for the internet, while pervasive AI bias, biometrics abuse, and government censorship are named the most worrisome trends. Check out the Report here.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 24, 2019 at 6:48 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla on NPR’s Weekend Edition

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 01, 2018

Mozilla’s Ashley Boyd appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition this morning to discuss Mozilla’s *Privacy Not Included shopping guide.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 01, 2018 at 5:42 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla press launch event for privacy study

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 14, 2018

PKPR organized a press event launch today in New York City for Mozilla’s *Privacy Not Included, a research report and shopping guide identifying which connected products are secure and trustworthy — and which aren’t. The goal: help consumers shop for gifts based on not just price and performance but also on how well they protect the privacy and security of their friends and family.

Launch day coverage included CBS News, Wired, Dow Jones MarketWatch, The Verge, Business Insider, Quartz, Gizmodo, Mashable, Techcrunch, Popular Mechanics, The Next Web, CNET, BoingBoing, Engadget, and Cheddar

Permalink | Posted on Nov 14, 2018 at 7:28 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla chats with The Guardian

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 12, 2018

At MozFest in London, The Guardian spoke with former Mozilla fellow Hang Do Thi Duc and Iranian internet researcher Mahsa Alimardani about what they think should be done to rebuild trust in the internet. Listen to their thoughts on The Guardian’s Chips with Everything Podcast here.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 12, 2018 at 2:05 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla unveils 2018 Internet Health Report

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 11, 2018

On the same day that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in Congress, Mozilla launched its 2018 Internet Health Report. The report puts a spotlight on three major issues impacting the health of the internet: the growing power of big tech companies like Facebook and Google; the broken online advertising economy and its role in propagating fake news; and the challenge of ensuring the securing of the estimated 30 billion connected devices coming online by 2020.

PKPR secured extensive coverage for the launch of the report including interviews for Mozilla’s Mark Surman on NPR’s Marketplace, The World, and CBC’s Spark, as well as in-depth coverage in Wired, Fast Company, Ars Technica, PCMag, Geek, San Jose Mercury News, VentureBeat, ExtremeTech, Salon, Entrepreneur, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cheddar, Axios, Mediapost, The Next Web, and ZDNet.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 10:16 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla in Fast Company, TechCrunch

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 08, 2018

Mozilla and the National Science Foundation are awarding $2 million in funding for projects that will help get people online after disasters or that connect isolated rural, Tribal, and urban communities that lack reliable Internet access in the first place. Coverage ranged from a fantastic Fast Company profile of a Detroit project that is bringing broadband to low-income neighborhoods to TechCrunch to StateScoop.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 08, 2018 at 7:58 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla reveals gifts that snoop

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 22, 2017

 

Connected devices and toys like the Amazon Echo and Hello Barbie are on track to be this season’s hottest gifts. But how can shoppers make sure they’re buying gadgets that aren’t going to spy on their kids or get their friends hacked?

Building on its mission to help consumers protect their privacy and security, Mozilla released Privacy Not Included*, a first of its kind buyer’s guide that makes the privacy and security features of Internet-connected products as clear as their price. Check out coverage in CBS News, Slate, CSO, CNET, ABC News - San Francisco, and Albuquerque Journal.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 11:33 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla on Slate’s If Then Podcast

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 20, 2017

Mozilla Foundation’s Executive Director Mark Surman appeared on this week’s episode of Slate’s If Then podcast to how Mozilla is working to build a healthier Internet by engaging consumers in issues like Net Neutrality and encouraging manufacturers to build privacy features into connected devices.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 9:14 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla on BBC Marketplace Morning Report

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 30, 2017


Mozilla Foundation executive director Mark Surman appeared on BBC Marketplace Morning Report, which airs on public radio stations throughout the U.S., to discuss the state of Internet health and what Mozilla is doing to fight fake news, online harassment, privacy breaches, and more.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla leads Day of Action for Net Neutrality

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 12, 2017


For today Internet Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, Mozilla tapped into the oddly addictive Slow TV phenomenon with an epic, 9-hour video spoof. The offbeat but surprisingly effective video features 9 hours of real-time footage of ordinary things like chickens grazing and clouds rolling as a narrator reads a soothing and seemingly endless selection of the more than 40,000 messages that Mozilla has collected in opposition to the FCC’s efforts to gut net neutrality protections.

PKPR secured coverage in Vice (“This Video Features 9 Hours of Pro-Net Neutrality Comments Read in a Soothing Voice”), The Verge, CNET, International Business Times, and Inverse.

 

Permalink | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:59 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mozilla leads fight to save net neutrality

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 25, 2017

Mozilla has been leading the fight against FCC’s vote to repeal the net neutrality protections enacted in 2015. During the week of the FCC’s vote, PKPR secured interviews with Mozilla executive director Mark Surman and Director of Advocacy Ashley Boyd and coverage of Mozilla’s efforts in outlets including Vice News, AP, International Business Times, San Jose Mercury News, Cheddar, Deadline, and Law 360.

Permalink | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 11:03 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

eponym

eponym is a New York City-based company that empowers brands like Steven Alan, Alice + Olivia, Jason Wu, and Billy Reid to create, design, and distribute eyewear directly to consumers under their own label.

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eponym in Digiday’s Glossy

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 22, 2017


Glossy, Digiday’s new site covering the fashion industry, published a terrific story today on eponym tied to the launch of the new eyewear collection it created for Alice + Olivia. The headline says it all: How Eponym is carving out a niche in the luxury eyewear market.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Ottavo in Quartz

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 21, 2017

The search for elegant, functional reading glasses is over thanks to the debut today of Ottavo, a new eyewear brand from Eponym specializing in high-quality, handcrafted reading glasses that offer the timeless and effortless chic of Italian design at an accessible price.

Check out this fun story in Quartz on how Ottavo epitomizes the Italian word “sprezzatura,” which can be translated to “studied carelessness.”

Permalink | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 12:50 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

eponym founder in WWD

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 06, 2017

eponym founder Andrew Lipovsky has been sharing his insight on the fashion industry in a series of op-eds for WWD’s Think Tank section. Topics have included why fashion brands must “diversify or die” and why the Luxottica and Essilor merger is bad for fashion brands and even worse for consumers.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 06, 2017 at 11:06 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Trint

Trint is an automated transcription tool that creates almost instant transcripts that can be quickly and easily edited for fast, accurate and affordable transcription. Backed by funding and support from the Knight Enterprise Fund, the Google Digital News Initiative, and BBC Worldwide Labs, Trint is the first service to combine a text editor and an audio/video player into one easy-to-use tool, making it possible to search recorded content by keywords, verify by re-listening to just that portion of an interview, and edit a transcript to perfection in minutes.

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Trint scores 2020 candidates

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 13, 2019

Bernie Sanders’ accent may sound strange to some people outside of New York, but it doesn’t pose any comprehension problems for artificial intelligence.

In a Trint test of how well AI can understand the 2020 presidential candidates, Sanders landed a perfect score, with AI transcribing all of his words correctly, including recognizing “faw-tee” as “forty”  and “pov-a-tee” as “poverty.”

Check out some of the coverage in Metro, Axios, Washington Examiner, and Poynter

Permalink | Posted on Aug 13, 2019 at 7:41 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Trint unveils new features

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 02, 2019

Trint has unveiled a series of new features that takes automated transcription to the next level. These features include call recording, a host of new collaboration tools, and a brand new video player. Coverage in industry publications has included MediaPost, Poynter, Broadcast Bridge, Mobile Syrup, TechRadar, Podcast Business Journal, and Inside Radio.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 02, 2019 at 12:20 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Trint secures 4.5M in Series A funding

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 15, 2019


PKPR placed an exclusive with TechCrunch on Trint securing $4.5 million in Series A funding to further expand the company into a comprehensive transcribing, editing, and publishing platform for audio and video content. Other coverage included Fortune, PEHub, UK Tech News, Prolific London, Tech Market View, Slator, EU Startups, Silicon Canals, Pitchbook, and FINSMES.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 15, 2019 at 10:27 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Trint gets rave reviews in PCMag and Poynter

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 22, 2018

The critics have tested the competition and they are singling Trint out as the best transcription app on the market. Poynter said Trint is “the best all-around automatic transcription tool for journalists”, and PCMag called Trint a “slick automated transcription service with good editing software”.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 22, 2018 at 2:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Trint announces partnerships with AP, Adobe

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 08, 2018


Trint in on a roll. Associated Press video journalists across the globe will now use Trint to transcribe recorded interviews and events for use in the video and text news reports and Trint has partnered with Adobe to provide automated transcriptions and captions for video through Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

PKPR secured coverage of Trint’s new partnerships in The Drum, Digital Trends, Digital Photography Review, The Broadcast Bridge, and TV News Check

Permalink | Posted on Aug 08, 2018 at 7:31 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Trint founder in Lifehacker’s How I Work

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 17, 2018

PKPR secured a great interview with Trint founder and CEO Jeff Kofman for Lifehacker’s How I Work.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 11:08 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Trint reveals which politicians are best speakers

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 15, 2017

Which politicians are the best speakers?

To demonstrate how accurate automated speech recognition has become, Trint tested its speech-to-text algorithm on President Donald Trump and 14 other U.S. politicians. United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Senator Chuck Schumer topped the list, while Trump came in at #11. The results generated coverage in outlets including Business Insider, Fox News, Metro, The State, and more.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 9:17 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

David Pogue gives Trint a rave review

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 04, 2017


Trint gets a rave review from tech guru David Pogue on Yahoo! News, calling it “a welcome new weapon in the fight against the costly, time-consuming, soul-sucking act of transcribing the human voice.”

Permalink | Posted on May 04, 2017 at 11:19 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Trint in Wired, Quartz, Digital Trends

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 28, 2017

PKPR coordinated a New York City media day for our London-based client Trint, a startup that has created the first automated transcription tool.  Founder Jeff Kofman, a former on-air correspondent for ABC and CBS, met with New York reporters for interviews and demos of the product, which led to highly positive reviews and articles in Wired, Quartz, Digital Trends, Mediashift, and MediaFile.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 9:35 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Bernard-Henri Lévy is a philosopher, activist, and filmmaker. His most recent book, The Genius of Judaism, was published in January 2017 by Random House. New York Times Bestsellers include American Vertigo, Barbarism with a Human Face, and Who Killed Daniel Pearl?

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Bernard-Henri Lévy on NPR’s The Takeaway

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 24, 2017


PKPR coordinated an interview today with author Bernard-Henri Lévy on NPR’s The Takeaway today to discuss the French presidential election and the rise of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and France.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 8:34 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Bernard-Henri Lévy in Newsweek and Mic

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 21, 2017

On the eve of the first round of French presidential election this weekend, PKPR coordinated an interview with Bernard-Henri Lévy with Mic co-founder and editor at large Jake Horowitz and placed an op-ed by Lévy in Newsweek - Why I Shall Be Voting for Macron.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 8:49 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Bernard-Henri Lévy on CNBC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 30, 2017


Author Bernard-Henri Lévy talks with CNBC about the five empires he says will replace the U.S. and Europe on the global stage.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 8:43 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Bernard-Henri Lévy Op-Ed on CNN

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 23, 2017

PKPR placed an op-ed on CNN today by French author and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy on the Trump administration’s response to the rise in anti-Semitism in the United States.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:27 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESC Games

ESC Games is the creator of ESC Game Theater, a first-of-its-kind, high-tech venue where up to 30 people play wildly fun, casual games on a massive screen in a room pulsing with lights, special effects, music and energy.

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BuzzFeed visits ESC Game Theater

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 14, 2017


BuzzFeed visited the ESC Game Theater. Check out the segment that’s received over 109,000 views.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 7:51 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Media turnout for ESC Games Night

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 21, 2017


PKPR organized a Happy Hour and Press Preview night to give New York City-based journalists a chance to experience the testing lab for the ESC Game Theater. Along with pizza and beer, 30 journalists and play testers played games like Robot Basketball and Pixel Prison Blues on ESC’s massive screen.

Coverage included a Facebook Live segment by Mashable, video segments by PCMag’s Geek.com and Tom’s Guide, and stories by The Observer and New York Business Journal.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 9:51 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fox 5 visits the nation’s first video game theater

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 08, 2016

ESC Game Theater on WNYW FOX New York from ESC Games on Vimeo.

Fox 5’s Mac King came out tonight to the Garden State Plaza Mall to experience the nation’s first video gaming theater.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 08, 2016 at 11:42 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Artiphon

Designed for music lovers of any skill level, the INSTRUMENT 1 plugs into your iPhone, iPad, or laptop, where it pairs with the Artiphon iOS app and hundreds of music-making apps like GarageBand. In just a few seconds you can be tickling piano keys as if you are drumming, or strumming an otherworldly synth.

Visit the Artiphon Website →


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Artiphon: the must-have musical gift of 2016

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 20, 2016

Artiphon Shorts: Carol of the Bells from Artiphon on Vimeo.

This year’s must-have gadget for the music-lover on your list in the Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1, the first-ever instrument that allows you to strum a guitar, bow a violin, tap a piano, beat a drum, and more - all in a single device. 

PKPR secured coverage for INSTRUMENT 1 in some of the best tastemaking guides around - from New York Magazine’s coveted holiday issue and PCMag’s 19 Most Beautiful but Practical Tech Gifts to the Denver Post and the nationally syndicated tech show, The List .

Permalink | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 9:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Richard Attias & Associates

Richard Attias & Associates is a strategic consulting firm that helps countries strengthen their economies by attracting foreign investment, jobs and other support. Its founder, Richard Attias, produced the World Economic Forum in Davos from 1995 to 2008 and co-founded the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and the Nobel Laureates Conference.

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Richard Attias discusses G7 Summit on Fox Business

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 11, 2018


Richard Attias appeared on Fox Business today to discuss the fallout from G7 Summit and the North Korea summit in Singapore.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 11, 2018 at 9:54 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Reuters, Crain’s cover women’s leadership initiative

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 02, 2018


More than 100 business leaders from Canada, France, and the United States gathered at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City for the Women in Corporate Leadership Initiative, a conference organized by the Consulates General of Canada and France in New York, the Economic Club of New York and Richard Attias and Associates. Coverage of the event, which focused on initiatives aimed at increasing women in corporate leadership roles, included Reuters, Crain’s New York Business, and Cheddar.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 02, 2018 at 11:44 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Richard Attias launches Global Positive Forum

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 03, 2017

Richard Attias + French economist Jacques Attali are the co-founders of the first-ever Global Positive Forum in Paris on September 1st. More than 1200 global leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, are expected to attend this conference focused on generating long-term solutions to global challenges. Check out stories in Newsweek and HuffPost World Post.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 03, 2017 at 10:59 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Richard Attias on Bloomberg TV, Fox Business

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 29, 2017


PKPR booked Richard Attias on Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Radio, and Fox Business Network to discuss the first round of the French presidential election.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 10:43 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Quartz: Richard Attias’ Africa 2017 economic forecast

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 09, 2017

Richard Attias, a Moroccan native who has spearheaded nation branding initiatives for African countries including Morocco, Egypt, and Congo, talked with Quartz about which African economies he forecasts will thrive in 2017.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 09, 2017 at 11:12 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

CNN: A plan to enhance security + prevent terrorism

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 05, 2016

PKPR placed this op-ed on CNN today by Richard and Cecilia Attias calling for a large-scale, public-and-private partnership to significantly enhance public safety and security and prevent terrorist attacks.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 05, 2016 at 6:05 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Brother P-touch

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From Chicago to Denver: P-touch on TV

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 31, 2015


For back-to-school season, PKPR secured television segments in local markets across the country - from Chicago to Denver to Minneapolis - highlighting how the P-touch labelmaker makes back-to-school organizing easy and fun.

 

Permalink | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 11:14 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Yahoo! on P-touch: “the secret weapon for crafters”

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 29, 2014

As part of a strategy to position the P-touch label maker as more than just an organizing tool, PKPR worked with Yahoo! News’ DIY editor for a feature story on easy DIY projects for holiday entertaining. The headline says it all: Why Label Makers are the Perfect Secret Weapon for Crafters.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Studs Terkel Radio Archive

The legacy of Studs Terkel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian and influential broadcaster whose interviews drew insights more relevant than ever from a pantheon of the 20th century’s greatest leaders and thinkers, is being preserved and made accessible for free in The Studs Terkel Radio Archive, an ambitious initiative spearheaded by the WFMT Radio Network. The Chicago organization is part of local station WFMT, which served as Terkel’s professional home for 45 years.

Visit the Studs Terkel Radio Archive Website →


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Studs Terkel Radio Archive Surpasses Kickstarter Goal

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 26, 2016


Thanks in part to a comprehensive PR strategy implement by PKPR, the Studs Terkel Radio Archive raised $87,000 from over 700 backers in a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, surpassing its goal of $75,000.

PKPR’s strategy included offering historic Terkel interviews with guests like Gloria Steinem and Rosa Parks as exclusives to a wide range of outlets. Coverage include Time, Rolling Stone, Quartz, Slate, The Daily Dot, Brain Pickings, OUT, ColorlinesChicagoist, HistoryBuff, and Adweek’s Fishbowl DC.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 9:44 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Players

Founded in 1888 by actor Edwin Booth and colleagues like Mark Twain, The Players is New York City’s only social club for theatre, television, film, music, and publishing professionals and fans of the arts. Housed in the Booth mansion, a landmark Greek Revival townhouse on Gramercy Park, The Players’ past presidents include Jose Ferrer, Lynn Redgrave, and Timothy Hutton.

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The Players celebrate artist Raymond Kinstler

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 23, 2017

The Players celebrated famed portrait artist Raymond Kinstler at one of its legendary Pipe Nights last week. With guests like Tony Bennett and Tom Wolfe it was an “only in New York” night we won’t soon forget. Check out the fantastic photos from the night in The New York Times Scene City and great write-ups in New York Post Page Six, The Observer’s Best Parties of the Week, artnet, and Art Nerd New York.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 9:42 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Crain’s New York on The Players’ comeback

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 07, 2016


Crain’s New York goes behind the scenes of The Player’s historic comeback in this week’s issue.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 07, 2016 at 8:22 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Wall Street Journal profiles The Players

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 13, 2016

Check out the fantastic feature in the Wall Street Journal today on the rebirth of The Players, the historic private social club for actors and artists on Gramercy Park.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 10:26 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

NYC Gets Inside Look at The Players

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 18, 2016


To introduce a new generation of New Yorkers to The Players, the historic private social club on Gramercy Park, PKPR has been arranging one-on-one tours for some of New York City’s top nightlife and culture tastemaking news outlets. Check out some of the highlights:

- Gothamist: Inside The Players, New York City’s 128-year-old Private Theater Club

- Guest of a Guest: A Look Inside One of New York’s Oldest and Most Theatrical Social Clubs

- Viewing NYC: I Spent an Evening Inside One of Manhattan’s Most Exclusive Private Theater Clubs

- Untapped Cities: The Edwin Booth Bedroom: Preserved in Time at The Players since 1893

Permalink | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 7:56 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Players Celebrate’s Clue’s 30th Anniversary

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 14, 2015

The Players celebrated the 30th anniversary of the film “Clue” with an all-star tribute performance honoring Jonathan Lynn, the film’s director and screenwriter, on Sunday, December 13th.

Released in 1985, Clue starred a who’s who of comedy greats including Tim Curry, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Brennan, and Martin Mull, and went on to become a cult classic (Buzzfeed hails it as “one of the most beloved films of the 1980s”).

The one-night-only performance at The Players, starting Michael Urie and Zachary Levy, garnered coverage in outlets from People, New York Post, and Playbill to Stage Buddy, Broadway World, and Untapped Cities.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 12:30 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moogfest

The world’s most forward-thinking artists, musicians, and technologists—from Grimes, GZA, Miike Snow, Laurie Anderson, and Blood Orange to virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier, transhumanist visionary Dr. Martine Rothblatt, and cyborg artist Neil Harbisson – will be gathering in Durham, North Carolina for Moogfest 2016 this May 19 -22. Celebrating the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog and the influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world, Moogfest is unlike any other festival thanks to an intimate format where many artists not only perform in the evening, but also join panel discussions and lead workshops during the day. The New York Times said: “Moogfest, in its mom-and-pop technosophy and its insistence on immersive experiences in small, comfortable spaces, might have gotten something exactly right.” 

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Forbes, Discovery News Preview Moogfest

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 18, 2016


With Moogfest set to kick-off May 19th, outlets like Forbes and Discovery took a look at how it is taking the best of traditional music festivals and technology conferences to create an entirely new type of festival experience.

Forbes wrote: “Moogfest stands apart in its ability to converge the intellectual and tactile, letting 30,000 attendees participate in hands-on, immersive events. It offers product demos without feeling like a big ad, making it a destination to display new inventions, collaborations and ideas.”  And Discovery News said “the four-day festival has become a popular destination for fast-forward thinkers across the country and the world.”

Permalink | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 10:03 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

New York Times exclusive on Moogfest

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 16, 2016


PKPR secured an exclusive interview for Dr. Martine Rothblatt, the nation’s highest profile transgender CEO, to discuss her keynote at the North Carolina festival in light of the state’s anti-LGBT “bathroom law.”

Permalink | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 8:42 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Huffington Post: Moogfest Fights NC Anti-LGBT Law

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 02, 2016

Moogfest CEO Adam Katz talked with the Huffington Post about how the Durham-based festival is combatting North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law and taking steps to ensure that all LGBT performers, speakers, and festival-goers are safe and supported at the four-day festival. This year’s festival will feature several notable appearances by trans women including Dr. Martine Rothblatt, founder of Sirius Radio, and hip-hop artist Mykki Blanco.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 02, 2016 at 9:33 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moogfest Press Preview in NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 04, 2016


To give New York City-based media a sneak preview of what’s in store for this year’s Moogfest in Durham, North Carolina, PKPR helped organize a press preview event at Ace Hotel New York on February 27th. Journalists from outlets like NPR’s Studio 360, Gizmodo, Quartz, The Verge, Dezeen, Inverse, Vice, and Hyperallergic had a chance to observe a synth building class, meet artists participating in the festival, and experience live performances.

The Verge and Inverse have already posted preview stories on the festival, which takes place May 19-22.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 04, 2016 at 8:13 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Financial Finesse

Financial Finesse helps companies provide unbiased financial coaching and education as a free employee benefit through live workshops, webinars, one-on-one financial counseling sessions and a financial helpline. A pioneer in in the financial wellness movement, Financial Finesse programs reach over 2.4 million employees at over 600 companies including Aetna, Nestle, Viacom, and General Mills,

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Liz Davidson champions new consumer protections

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 08, 2016


Media outlets including USA Today, CBS Moneywatch, AP, and Business Insider turned to Liz Davidson, founder of Financial Finesses, for insight on the Obama administration’s new “fiduciary rule,” which aims to protect consumers by placing new limits on how brokers offer financial advice to people saving for retirement. The new rule was unveiled earlier this week by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 08, 2016 at 6:30 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Financial Finesse profiled in New York Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 27, 2016

PKPR secured an in-depth profile in today’s New York Times looking at how Financial Finesse has helped companies like Aetna, the NFL Players Foundation, and The Gilman School offer financial coaching and retirement planning guidance as a free benefit for their employees. The article features interviews with Financial Finesse founder Liz Davidson and executives from those companies discussing how this new workplace benefit has helped both their employees and their companies.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 27, 2016 at 9:22 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Book by Financial Finesse founder wins raves

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 05, 2016


PKPR secured a wide range of coverage for the first book by Financial Finesse founder Liz Davidson - What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You.

Hightlights included ranged from interviews with The Wall Street Journal and a three-part video series for Money to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Chicago Tribune, Bankrate, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

 

Permalink | Posted on Feb 05, 2016 at 10:22 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ArtBuilt

ArtBuilt is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that supports the creative sector in NYC and nationally through three programming initiatives: ArtBuilt Brooklyn provides long-term, affordable workspace for artists and arts-based businesses; ArtHome provides asset-building strategies and financial literacy training for individual artists and creative business people; and ArtBuilt Mobile Studios deliver needed programs and services to under-served communities by providing innovative mobile workspaces to artists, social-service providers, and micro-businesses.

Visit the ArtBuilt Website →


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ArtBuilt Brooklyn on front page of NY Times Arts

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 23, 2019

PKPR placed a major exclusive on the opening of ArtBuilt Brooklyn, the largest non-profit space for affordable, private artist studios to be built in New York City in 20 years, in today’s New York Times. Check out the story and amazing photos: Displaced Artists Open a New Front at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 23, 2019 at 7:06 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ArtBuilt on WNYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 15, 2016

Not one, but two PKPR clients - ArtBuilt and Fractured Atlas - are featured in this great WNYC piece on innovative efforts to create affordable studio and performance space for New York City artists in today’s overheated real estate market.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ArtBuilt Mobile Studios Make NYC Debut

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 21, 2015

Skyrocketing studio rental costs is the biggest challenge facing New York City’s creative sector, according to the Center for Urban Future’s Creative New York Report released in June 2015. In the ten neighborhoods most closely associated with art and creativity, rents rose by at least 32 percent from 2000 to 2012.

This summer, ArtBuilt Mobile Studios demonstrated one potential solution to the crisis at the Queens Museum, where two artists participated residencies in the ArtBuilt Mobile Studio. Built at an extremely low price-point, the 8.5 X 19.5 studio on wheels showcases how artists that might never qualify for a commercial lease or even a home loan could potentially own their own workspace for as little as $13,000.

PKPR secured coverage in outlets including The Atlantic’s CityLab (”Forget tiny houses, it’s time for tiny artist studios”), Untapped Cities, Inhabitat, PSFK, and TrendHunter

Permalink | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 10:51 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

VuHaus

VuHaus is a non-profit, non-commercial organization comprised of public media’s leading Music Discovery radio stations. The curated national streaming video platform features performances from the studios of these participating stations, and is available via mobile and web.

Visit the VuHaus Website →


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Public Radio Launches Music Video Service & App

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 30, 2015

In public radio stations across the country every day, musicians like Chet Faker, Sylvan Esso, and Alt-J are delivering intimate, jaw-dropping, spine-tingling performances. Now, the best of these in-studio video gems, as well as no-holds-barred artist interviews and must-see live streamed concerts curated from the nation’s most influential public radio stations, can be found under one roof at VuHaus, a new video platform and mobile app for music fans seeking to experience and discover the best new artists and songs.

PKPR handled the launch of Vuhuaus, securing coverage in wide range of music including CMJ, International Business Times, Music Times, Adweek, AppAdvice, TechHive, Radio Ink, Current, Talking New Media, Indie Music, and RAIN News.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 11:24 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Hudson Square Connection

The Hudson Square Connection (HSC) is the Business Improvement District (BID) for the Hudson Square neighborhood, bounded by Canal street on the south, Houston street on the north, 6th Avenue on the east and Greenwich street on the west. Our mission, in part, is to put Hudson Square on the map by capturing the spirit of innovation that is thriving in the commercial spaces and bringing that energy into the public realm.

The Hudson Square neighborhood is home to more than 50,000 people working in more than 1,000 firms in advertising, design, media, communications and other cutting edge businesses.  Our daytime population is estimated to be almost 70,000 people.  We are adjacent to the densely populated neighborhoods of Soho, the West Village and Tribeca.


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Hudson Square Goes 3D

By Morghan Kusch

Jun. 19, 2015

This two-day event in Lower Manhattan’s Hudson Square neighborhood showcased its evolution from New York City’s historic printing district to a fast-growing hub for tech and design. Highlights included comedian Todd Barry headlining a panel on the podcasting boom, a free workshop where you could learn to compose music with modular synthesizers, an evening of rapid-fire talks with top designers, and live 3D printing of objects like benches and bird houses in lobbies across the neighborhood.

PKPR secured coverage from The New York Times, New York Daily News, Metro New York, 6sqft, DNAinfo, Downtown Magazine, New York Business Journal, am New York, and a special feature by Untapped Cities highlighting the history of Hudson Square’s historic buildings.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 10:45 AM by Morghan Kusch

Vintage Live

Vintage Live is the world’s most interactive musical revue. Showman Gregory Charles uses technology not as a gimmick but as a means to collect and monitor audience requests, data, and feedback in real-time to create a completely original and uniquely crowd-pleasing musical experience every night. The show makes it U.S. debut in New York City in it’s 800-person, state-of-the-art, pop-up theater from April 1 - May 2, 2015.

Visit the Vintage Live Website →


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Vintage Live on WPIX-TV

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 24, 2015


Andrew Ramos from WPIX-TV visits Vintage Live and perfectly captures what this incredibly unique musical experience is all about.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 10:47 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Vintage Live Wows NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 17, 2015


Vintage Live, the world’s most interactive, all-request musical revue, made its U.S. debut in New York City in a state-of-the-art, pop-up theater on Pier 97 earlier this month to rave reviews.  Highlights include:

“A human jukebox. This guys knows more songs than Spotify. Well, almost.”
New York Daily News

“One of April’s five best Off Broadway shows.”
- Huffington Post Arts

“The creativity is in the presentation as much as the music itself, making for an extreme rarity: a cover band that plays with genuine originality.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Request your favorite tunes and see if you can stump the man who says he can play anything in the American songbook – and beyond.”
NY1

“Vintage Live is electrifying fun.”
- Broadway World

“A one-of-a-kind musical experience.”
- Flavorpill

“We suggest grabbing a date and a pair of tickets tout de suite.”
- Inside Hook

Permalink | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 11:56 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Global Spa & Wellness Summit

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) is an international organization representing senior executives and leaders joined by a common interest in driving economic development and understanding of the spa and wellness industries. Delegates from diverse sectors, including hospitality, tourism, health and wellness, beauty, finance, medical, real estate, manufacturing and technology attend the organization’s annual Summit, which is held in a different host country each year and attracts attendees from over 45 countries. 

Visit the Global Spa & Wellness Summit Website →


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Media turn out for spa & wellness study briefing

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 06, 2014

PKPR organized a press briefing to announce new research from the Global Spa & Wellness Summit which found that the global spa and wellness industry is now worth an estimated $3.4 trillion.

More than 30 journalists attended the briefing resulting in coverage in outlets including Reuters, Yahoo! News, Business Insider, Quartz, Upstart Business Journal, Skift, and Travel Market Report.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 06, 2014 at 7:40 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Springboard for the Arts

Springboard for the Arts cultivates vibrant neighborhoods by connecting artists with the skills, resources, and opportunities they need to not only make a living but to make positive change in their communities. Through innovative programs like CSAs (Community Supported Art), Artists’ Health Fairs, Irrigate, and Ready Go, Springboard to the Arts helps communities collaborate with artists to solve local economic, social, and cultural challenges.  Its national initiative, Creative Exchange, enables communities everywhere to replicate Springboard for the Arts’ flagship programs as well as proven projects from across the country that mobilize the powerful, creative force of artists to build stronger cities.  Springboard for the Arts is based in St. Paul and Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

Visit the Springboard for the Arts Website →


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Using art for urban planning

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 22, 2017

Cities looking to engage the public in urban planning are ditching traditional town meetings in favor of eye-catching, artist-designed tools like a mobile sign shop, a really big table, transportable photo studio with built-in darkrooms, and a pop-up ping pong table.

It’s all part of Ready/Go, an online marketplace created by Springboard for the Arts where local governments, organizations and community groups can hire artists who have created whimsical art installations designed to engage people in conversations and interaction. 

PKPR secured coverage for the innovative program in a range of outlets including Governing Magazine, CityLab, and PSFK

Permalink | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 9:38 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Springboard highlights NEA’s rural impact

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 02, 2017

With the Trump administration proposing to eliminate funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, Springboard for the Arts wanted to help shape the national debate by highlighting how a $25,000 NEA grant helped a struggling rural Minnesota community leverage 10 times that amount in new private investments ($1.2 million) for an innovative artist-led economic development program.

PKPR placed in depth stories on Springboard’s powerful NEA case study in outlets including ThinkProgress, Vice’s Creators, and The Art Newspaper.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 02, 2017 at 11:47 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fast Company profiles Creative Exchange

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 20, 2016

Check out this amazing profile of Creative Exchange in Fast Company.

Permalink | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 10:14 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Creative Exchange launches Work of Art

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 12, 2016


Aiming to give artists the entrepreneurial skills they need to make a living and a life in the arts, Creative Exchange launched WORK OF ART, a free workbook and video series that guides artists of all disciplines through every facet of building a successful and sustainable career.

PKPR secured secured interviews with Creative Exchange founder Laura Zabel in Forbes (”How Entrepreneurship Can Save Starving Artists”), Backstage, Black Enterprise, and Metro New York and coverage in a wide range of arts industry outlets from Music Connection Magazine to Photo District News to Dance Magazine.

 

Permalink | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 11:53 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Creative Exchange in Quartz, DIY Network

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 10, 2015

Over the summer, PKPR has placed stories in outlets from Quartz to DIY Network to Food Republic on how Creative Exchange is helping communities nationwide replicate Community Supported Art programs.  The program is modeled after Community Supported Agriculture, but instead of buying a share to receive produce from a local farm, shareholders receive boxes of original art made by local artists.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Creative Exchange Op-Ed in The Guardian

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 13, 2015

PKPR worked closely with Laura Zabel of Creative Exchange to develop and place an op-ed by her in The Guardian. Her column looks at 7 case studies from around the world where artists are leading innovative community and economic development projects. The piece has already been shared more than 2,100 times in just 24 hours.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 10:55 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Creative Exchange Launches

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 14, 2014

Dedicated to helping communities mobilize the creative force of artists to solve local challenges, Creative Exchange was launched last month by St. Paul-based Springboard for the Arts. Creative Exchange offers free toolkits, consultation, and networking to help communities collaborate with artists in replicating programs that creatively address economic, social, and cultural issues.

PKPR secured coverage for the launch in outlets like Next City, CitiScope, Shareable, The Art Newspaper Human Transit, Better Cities & Towns, and This Big City.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 9:48 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Third Street Music School Settlement

Founded in 1894, Third Street Music School Settlement is the nation’s oldest community music school. Instrumental in helping to establish community arts education in the United States, it has been changing lives and its community by providing access to world-class music and dance instruction to students of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of ability or economic circumstances. Today its East Village location and in-school programs serve nearly 5,000 students, with more than 75 percent benefiting from need-based financial aid, merit-based scholarships, and free or low-cost instruction.

Visit the Third Street Music School Settlement Website →


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Third Street profiled by WPIX-TV

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 23, 2015


Third Street Music School Settlement was profiled in this week’s “It’s a ‘G’ Thing” segment on WPIX-TV

Permalink | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 8:52 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Meet’s NYC’s real School of Rock

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 07, 2015

With the musical School of Rock opening on Broadway last night, we invited to am New York to meet New York City’s very own kid rock ‘n’ roll bands at the Third Street Music School in New York City. Check out the story in today’s paper.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 07, 2015 at 6:23 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Third Street on NBC New York

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 18, 2015


For National Music in Our Schools Month, Third Street Music School Settlement was featured in a live studio segment on NBC New York. Executive Director Valerie Lewis discussed how Third Street, currently celebrating its 120th anniversary, brings music instruction into 24 schools throughout New York City. Don’t miss student Hale Sheffield performing one of her original songs at the end of the segment!

Permalink | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 8:36 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Third Street in Metro New York

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 19, 2015

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

Practice. Practice. Practice.

In today’s Metro New York, the staff at Third Street Music School Settlement shares their best tips on how parents can make practicing music more fun for their kids.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 8:10 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

NYC Institutions Celebrate 120th Anniversaries

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 22, 2014

Two New York City institutions and neighbors – Veniero’s Bakery and Third Street Music School Settlement – celebrated their 120th anniversaries with caroling by Third Street students and free cookies created especially for the historic milestone by Veniero’s.

Time Out New York, Metro, DNAinfo, EV Grieve, Bedford + Bowery, and Untapped Cities were among the outlets covering the festivities.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Design

ESI Design logo

Founded by interactive pioneer Edwin Schlossberg, ESI Design is an experiential design firm that has been redefining engagement for over 35 years. From its roots transforming the Brooklyn Children’s Museum to its current work with leading institutions and brands like The Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Barclays, Reuters, and PNC Bank, ESI integrates cutting-edge technology, digital media, art, and physical design to create environments that inspire audiences to meet, network, learn, collaborate, and be entertained and delighted.

Visit the ESI Design Website →


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ESI Design on The Weather Channel

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 15, 2019

PKPR secured an appearance on The Weather Channel for ESI Design founder Ed Schlossberg to discuss a massive light-art installation that draws on local weather data to create abstract light patterns that recall sunlight rippling through trees, rain falling, and clouds scudding across the sky. The installation at Chicago’s 35-story skyscraper at 151 North Franklin turns the concrete wall that once made the outdoor terrace feel narrow and cramped into an urban oasis.

Other coverage highlights include Curbed, NBC Chicago, Dexigner, Art Critique, SEGD, and AV Magazine.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 15, 2019 at 7:20 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Raves for new Statue of Liberty Museum

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 31, 2019

The new Statue of Liberty Museum, with exhibits created by experience design studio ESI Design, officially opened on May 16th.

PKPR helped coordinate several press tours for design, architecture, and arts media, resulting in over 50 stories that highlighted ESI Design’s work, over 70 percent of which quoted ESI Design founder Edwin Schlossberg or other ESI spokespersons.

Highlights included the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, WNYC, Business Insider, Metropolis, Architectural Digest, Slate, My Modern Met, New York Post, Fast Company, Quartz, Untapped Cities, 6sqft, and Dexigner.

Permalink | Posted on May 31, 2019 at 6:09 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Design and the new Statue of Liberty Museum

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 19, 2018

ESI Design is designing the exhibits for the new Statue of Liberty Museum, opening in May 2019. PKPR helped organize a series of preview tours for design and architecture press during the museum’s construction. Coverage has included Architectural Digest, designboom, Curbed, Culture Trip, Untapped Cities, 6sqft, and A Daily Dose of Architecture.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 19, 2018 at 7:57 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Schlossberg on Buckminster Fuller in Metropolis

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 17, 2018


As a result of PKPR’s outreach, Metropolis Magazine published an article by ESI Design founder Edwin Schlossberg on how his collaboration with Buckminster Fuller in the late 1960s continues to shape his groundbreaking work in the field of experience design.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 17, 2018 at 6:36 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI’s Schlossberg on Design Matters

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 05, 2018

Put on your earphones and listen to this fascinating interview with ESI Design founder Edwin Schlossberg on Design Matters with Debbie Millman.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 05, 2018 at 6:45 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI in Engadget, Designboom

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 31, 2018

515 North State Street, Chicago, for Beacon Capital Partners, by ESI Design from ESI Design on Vimeo.

Engadget, Designboom, Web Urbanist, Interesting Engineering, and Urdesign take a look at how ESI Design reimagines the traditional office lobby by using algorithms to create trippy art that is wowing workers and visitors alike.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 9:59 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Design in Rolling Stone

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 30, 2017

Starting with creating games for pocket calculators more than 40 years,  Ed Schlossberg of ESI Design has been obsessed with developing games that large groups of people can play together in the same space. PKPR placed an op-ed by Ed in Rolling Stone discussing his lifelong passion and what it means for the future of gaming.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 12:20 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI on NY1

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 01, 2017


New York City streets and parks served as a giant testing ground for ESI Design at it tried out its newest games at this past weekend’s outdoor extravaganza, the Come Out & Play Festival.

NY1’s Roger Clark broadcast live from Dumbo all morning, where Clark got a chance to play ESI’s games like Revenge of the Third Rail and Tough Bubbler. See more coverage in outlets from am New York to Brooklyn Reporter.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 01, 2017 at 3:59 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Design transforms eBay Campus

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 13, 2017

Main Street at eBay Headquarters by ESI Design from ESI Design on Vimeo.

When eBay spun off PayPal, the company wanted a new, forward-thinking approach to its brand identity. eBay engaged ESI Design to create a 20,000-square-foot central building called Main Street on its Silicon Valley campus that would serve as the company’s new front door.

PKPR secured a byline on the vision behind the eBay design in Work Design Magazine (”The Workplace is the new Corporate Communications Platform”) and stories in Contract Magazine, BisNow (”How New Tech HQs are Redefining Office”), Building Design + Construction, Dexigner, and SEGD.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 7:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Design makeover electrifies Denver

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 19, 2016

Wells Fargo Center, Denver, by ESI Design from ESI Design on Vimeo.


3,600 birds flock in ever-changing flight patterns. 8-story-high waterfalls cascade. And 86-feet-tall trees sway—all inside the lobby of this office building in downtown Denver.It’s all part of a jaw-dropping makeover by ESI Design for the Wells Fargo Center owned by Beacon Capital. Denver’s third tallest skyscraper, the Wells Fargo Center was designed by legendary architect Philip Johnson in 1983. The centerpiece of the renovation is an eight-story digital installation in the building’s glass atrium, which is wowing visitors and drawing crowds to the once somber office lobby.

Coverage highlights include Slate, The Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio, PSFK, New Atlas, SEEKER, Confluence Denver, Building Design + Construction, INSIDER Design, and Colorado Real Estate Journal.
 

Permalink | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 11:45 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Design Goes Viral!

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 26, 2016

Terrell Place, Washington DC, by ESI Design from ESI Design on Vimeo.


An office lobby in Washington, DC is going viral thanks to news coverage from around the world that PKPR secured for ESI Design.

A dazzling, 1700-square-foot, motion-activated mural in the lobby of Terrell Place has been covered in outlets from Slate and Architzer to DCist and Washingtonian and in countries as far-flung as Israel and Russia..  A video of the installation by Tech Insider has been viewed over 1 million times to date. ESI’s own video of the installation has been viewed over 40,000 times to date, making it by ESI’s most watched video of all time.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 9:48 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Design on MSNBC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 22, 2016

For Earth Day 2016, MSNBC profiled ESI Design’s work on The Beacon at The Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, considered the greenest office building in the world.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 10:45 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

“A Dazzling, Data-Driven Showstopper”

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 28, 2015

The greenest office tower in the world, The Tower at PNC Plaza, opened in Pittsburgh, PA earlier this month,  One of its most groundbreaking innovations is how it engages with employees to communicate the invisible things that the building is doing behind the scenes to conserve energy and water – and the role that employees can play in maximizing the building’s efficiency.

The communication is all done through a soaring, 24-foot-high installation in the Tower’s lobby that uses real-time data from the building to reveal how the building is performing through light, color, and sound patterns. It’s been hailed as a “dazzling, data-driven showstopper” by MNN (Mother Nature Network) and received coverage in outlets from Slate to Architect Magazine.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 28, 2015 at 11:57 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI’s Ed Schlossberg Profiled in WSJ

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 16, 2015

On the heels of the opening of new exhibits and experience design projects for The Edward M. Kennedy Institute and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, ESI Design founder Ed Schlossberg is profiled in today’s The Wall Street Journal - “A Designer’s Creation: His Own Career.”

Permalink | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 8:36 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Design profiled in Engadget

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 14, 2015

Engadget goes behind-the-scenes with the ESI Design team for a video tour of the design and technology behind the exhibits at the new Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration opening on May 20th.

Permalink | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 12:49 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Design profiled by CBS This Morning

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 27, 2015

CBS This Morning aired a fantastic profile on ESI Design that’s been over two months in the works.

For a look at how ESI Design is at the forefront of using LEDs to transform formerly overlooked office buildings, correspondent David Begnaud visited the ESI offices in NYC for interviews and tours, as well as two of its projects in Chicago. The result is a definitive look at how ESI Design is setting the benchmark for experience design.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 8:19 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Work For Kennedy Institute Wins Praise

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 06, 2015

President Obama officially opened the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston last week.  PKPR client ESI Design created the Institute’s interactive exhibits and visitor experience, which includes a program that allows up to 100 people to “play” Senators-in-Training in a full-scale recreation of the U.S. Senate Chamber.

The firm’s innovative work won praise from influential design outlets and columnists including Fast Company (”In This Museum, You Don’t Learn About Senators. You Are a Senator”), Quartz (”Ted Kennedy’s Institute Lets Visitors Play Senator For A Day”), and Slate (”Kennedy Institute Combines Cutting-Edge Tech With A Full-Scale Senate Replica”).

Permalink | Posted on Apr 06, 2015 at 6:57 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Slate Looks at How ESI Reimagines Old Buildings

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 23, 2015

Slate’s design Kristin Hohenadel today took a big picture look at how ESI Design is re-imagining old office buildings for the 21st century using massive light-art installations, digital media experiences, interactive technology, and more.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 11:02 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

ESI Design in Architectural Digest

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 31, 2014

How do you transform a Brutalist mass of concrete into a vibrant property that appeals to Boston’s growing tech industry?  Architectural Digest take a look ESI Design’s makeover for the lobby of I.M. Pei‘s iconic 177 Huntington tower on the Christian Science Plaza in Boston.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

POBA | Where the Arts Live

POBA is a program of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to honor the artistic interests of Jamie Bernard, a young writer and artist (1987- 2010).  POBA empowers heirs, estates, publishers, and representatives to preserve a deceased artist’s creative legacy and make it accessible for new audiences to discover and experience their work.

Visit the POBA | Where the Arts Live Website →


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POBA confirms it’s a Basquiat!

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 18, 2017

PKPR secured an exclusive with ARTnews, the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world, on how POBA helped a New Jersey single mom navigate the complex art world and confirm that she was indeed the owner of an authenticated drawing by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 10:26 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

POBA on NPR, Time, Rolling Stone, NY Mag

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 28, 2017

When paparazzo Gene Spatz died in 2003, he left behind a trove of more than 50,000 stunning photos of New York City street life, culture and nightlife in the 1970s and 80s. His two sisters wanted to preserve his remarkable legacy and make it available to the public, but had no idea how or where to start. POBA worked with his sisters to preserve his archive and create permanent galleries where his work could be seen by future generations.

PKPR placed stories on POBA’s work for Spatz in Time, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Artsy, and Closer Weekly Magazine and secured a fantastic segment on NPR’s Here and Now.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 7:32 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

POBA on PBS NewsHour’s Arts Beat

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 26, 2016


POBA is featured on PBS NewsHour’s Arts Beat in a fantastic segment looking at how it helps give unsung artists the attention they didn’t get in their lifetimes.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:28 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

An online “museum” for artists lost to AIDS

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 03, 2015

Fashion designer Patrick Kelly, artist Martin Wong, and disco legend Sylvester are among the inaugural artists – both famous and unknown – exhibited in a new online gallery dedicated to preserving the creative legacies of artists lost to AIDS. The initiative was launched by POBA today to coincide with World AIDS Day 2015. Recognizing that the works of many artists who died in the early years of the crisis in the 1980s and 1990s were created before digital preservation was possible, the initiative, Art Lives, also enables families and friends to digitally preserve and share the artworks of their loved ones in a permanent gallery.

PKPR secured extensive launch day coverage in a wide range of major outlets including Slate (”The Work of Artists Lost AIDS Lives On”), Vice’s The Creators Project, Quartz, Huffington Post, HyperAllergic, OUT, WWD, The Daily Dot, MR Magazine, DuJour, and Untapped Cities.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 03, 2015 at 10:24 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

POBA founder profiled by NPR Aspen

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 18, 2015

Listen to this wonderful segment on Aspen Public Radio featuring interviews with family members discussing how POBA helped them preserve the creative legacies of their deceased loved ones.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 11:33 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Major POBA Feature in New York Times (Again)

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 13, 2015


For the second time in less than eight months, PKPR secured a half-page feature story on POBA in The New York Times.

Today’s article in The New York Times tells the remarkable story of how POBA is helping to archive and preserve over 1000 letters written between a New Jersey couple - Sandy and Hy Schulman - during World War II.

Read more about the letters in The Star Ledger and watch the interview with 92-year old Sandy Schulman above.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 11:45 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

POBA in Star Ledger

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 12, 2015

Wonderful story in today’s Star Ledger on how POBA - Where The Arts Live is helping to archive and preserve over 1000 letters written between a New Jersey couple during World War II.

Permalink | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 11:42 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Major POBA feature in New York Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 20, 2014

POBA is featured in almost full page article in today’s New York Times in a story by Paul Sullivan on what heirs and estates should do when left with the artwork of a deceased loved one. The article features interviews with POBA founder Sallie Bernard, POBA developer Jennifer Cohen, and the families of several artists featured on POBA including Jaye Smith and Janie Tippet.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 3:12 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

New Republic, HuffPo, ArtNet cover POBA launch

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 23, 2014

Last week, PKPR helped launch POBA | Where the Arts Live, a new not-for-profit initiative of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation that provides support and an online platform for preserving, displaying, and promoting the art of talented deceased artists, both known and unknown.

PKPR secured launch coverage in a wide range of general interest and arts outlets including The New Republic, Huffington Post, ArtNet, HyperAllergic, USA Today, Flavorwire, Brain Pickings, Dazed, Dangerous Minds, and Animal New York

Permalink | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

digitalundivided

digitalundivided produces programs and events aimed at increasing the number of women of color in the tech industry, including FOCUS, the world’s most diverse tech conference (over 80 percent of speakers are women and/or people of color). Speakers confirmed for the conference this October in NYC include FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Facebook Head of Global Diversity Maxine Williams. It was founded by entrepreneur Kathryn Finney, who was named a Champion of Change by the White House for her leadership in breaking down barriers in the tech industry.

Visit the digitalundivided Website →


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BIG Demo Day in Atlanta

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 27, 2017

digitalundivided presents The BIG Demo Day 2016 powered by Capital One from digitalundivided on Vimeo.


Six high-growth tech startups led by Black and Latina women made their case for capital at the first-ever demo day hosted by digitalundivided’s BIG, the ambitious new accelerator program dedicated to growing startups founded by female entrepreneurs of color.

Coverage of the event included NPR-Atlanta (WABE-FM), NBC-Atlanta’s Tech City, Startup Southener, and Black Enterprise.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 9:14 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

digitalundivided on Bloomberg Television

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 10, 2014


PKPR booked digitalundivided founder Kathryn Finney on Bloomberg TV’s Bottom Line today to discuss what her organization is doing to increase the number of women of color working in the tech industry.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

“The conference trying to crack tech’s race problem”

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 09, 2014

With the lack of diversity in the tech industry dominating the headlines, media turned out in full force for Focus 2014. Many of the articles highlighted how Focus is leading efforts to bring more women and people of color into the industry with a Wired headline hailing Focus as “the conference that’s trying to crack tech’s race problem.”

Other highlights included Inc.com, Adweek, Bustle, Metro New York, PandoDaily, Upstart, New York Business Journal, and MadameNoire

Permalink | Posted on Oct 09, 2014 at 12:27 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

digitalundivided and MC Hammer wow Detroit

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 15, 2014

Fox 2 News Headlines

As part of it works to increase diversity in the tech industry, digitalundivided brought hip hop legend and tech investor MC Hammer to Detroit last week to discuss tech, startups, and the future of entrepreneurship in the black community.

Coverage included Fox TV Detroit, Detroit Free Press, Xconomy Detroit, CBS Detroit, Detroit 143, WXYZ-TV, Crain’s Detroit Business, and MichiganLive

Permalink | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 7:46 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Kathryn Finney on NPR, Businessweek

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 28, 2014


In the wake of Twitter last week revealing that African-Americans and Latinos account for less 9% of its global workforce, PKPR reached out to major media to secure interviews with digitalundivided founder Kathryn Finney,  who was named a Champion of Change by the White House for her leadership in breaking down barriers in the tech industry.

Coverage so far has included a segment on NPR’s Marketplace, an interview with Businessweek, SocialTimes, and a profile in PandoDaily with the headline: “We can all complain about diversity in tech…or we can do something about it like Kathryn Finney.”

Permalink | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Ally Coalition

The Ally Coalition was founded by members of the band FUN. (Jack Antonoff, Nate Ruess, and Andrew Dost) and designer Rachel Antonoff to raise funds for local LGBTQ groups across the country. 

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Stars Take Stage for Ally Coalition Benefit

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 04, 2014


Jack Antonoff (Bleachers, Fun.), Lena Dunham, Ingrid Michaelson, Janeane Garafolo, Lake Street Dive, Wyatt Cenac, Andrew McMahon, and Lucius were among the headliners at The Ally Coalition Talent Show benefiting LGBTQ homeless youth in New York City last night.

Coverage of the benefit included MTV, Time Out New York, Metro, New York Times, New York Post Page 6, New York Observer, Village Voice, New York Daily News, Flavorpill, AfterEllen, JoonBug, and JamBands.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 04, 2014 at 9:28 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Broad City Stars Shine at Ally Coalition Benefit

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 01, 2014

Broad City stars Abby Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, W. Kamau Bell, The Daily Show’s Michael Che, Cameron Esposito, Carrie Keagan, and more turned out last week for Uncivil Union presented by The Ally Coalition, which was founded by members of the band FUN. (Jack Antonoff, Nate Ruess, and Andrew Dost) and designer Rachel Antonoff to raise funds for local LGBTQ groups across the country. 

PKPR positioned the event as one of the highlights of New York City’s Gay Pride Week, securing critics picks in The New York Times, Time Out New York, Village Voice, Flavorpill, and Go, as well as coverage in BrooklynVegan, Metro, GAYLETTER, Edge New York, and PureWow.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 01, 2014 at 11:05 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Advertising Age

Advertising Age is recognized as the leading global source of news, analysis and inspiration for the marketing and media community. Advertising Age includes ongoing coverage of strategic topics for marketers from mid to large companies complemented by breaking news and a database of the world’s best creative.

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Ad Age on Bloomberg TV, CBS

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 16, 2015


Advertising Age this week published its list of the most influential ad campaigns of the 21st century so far, led by Dove’s 2004 “Real Beauty” campaign, which challenged social norms and sparked a worldwide conversation around the idea of female attractiveness.

PKPR booked managing editor Natalie Zmuda on CBS This Morning and Bloomberg TV and secured coverage in outlets from Fox Business to Forbes to The Frisky.

 

Permalink | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 9:38 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Gawker Media Group

Gawker Media is the publisher of some of the best loved titles on the web including the eponymous Gawker and gadget sensation Gizmodo.

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Gizmodo Home of the Future in NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 26, 2014

Last week, New Yorkers got a chance to experience how they will live, work, and play in the not-so-distant future at the Gizmodo Home of the Future, a free exhibition in Soho showcasing the design, ideas, and technology set to redefine urban dwelling - from a telepresence robot that can beam you into an office meeting when working remotely from home to a vertical garden tower for growing vegetables indoors to a biodegradable (and edible) cup.

PKPR organized a media preview event for the exhibit, attended by over 20 journalists, as well as one-on-one tours with media outlets and Gizmodo editors.

Coverage highlights included: Business Insider, Associated Press TV, ABC News, New York Daily News, WPIX-TV, Fox 5 NY TV,  MTV, Inhabitat, International Business Times, US News & World Report, Metro, Dexigner, Flavorpill, Mother Nature Network, and Untapped Cities.

Permalink | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Studio@Gawker Contest Goes Viral

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 23, 2014

 

What would you create if you had unlimited access to Pringles crisps and cans?

As part of a competition, Studio@Gawker asked Brooklyn arts collective Fall on Your Sword to let their imagination run wild…and the results are two mouth-watering pop art masterpieces: a fully-functioning pipe organ made of nearly 250 Pringles canisters and a chandelier consisting of 150 silver-colored casts of Pringles crisps.

PKPR helped turn the jaw-dropping art works into an online hit securing coverage in Yahoo! News, Food Network, PSFK, MAKE: Neatorama, Laughing Squid, designboom, TrendHunter, Junk Culture, Creative Blog, Food Republic, and TV stations from Salt Lake to Cincinnati.

 

Permalink | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 11:09 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Let It Ripple

Let It Ripple’s mission is to use film, technology, discussion materials, and live and virtual events to engage people in conversation and action around complicated subjects that are shaping our lives, and updating these topics through an engaging, accessible, 21st-century lens. Over the past ten years, the team has created and distributed 28 films, engaged more than 50 million people in dialogue, and created a new way of making films called “cloud filmmaking,” where films are made collaboratively with people from all over the world and organize global days of screening, conversation and action. Helmed by Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, thought leader and founder of The Webby Awards, Shlain has had four films premiere at Sundance, has won more than 80 awards, and has had four of her films selected by The U.S. State Department to screen at embassies around the world to foster dialogue across borders.

Visit the Let It Ripple Website →


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50/50 Day on NowThis

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 02, 2018

Two NowThis videos on 50/50 Day, a global day of action and conversation about gender equality on April 26, 2018, garnered over 120,000 views in just two days. The videos included one on the mission of 50/50 Day and another featuring an interview with Jada Pinkett Smith, who participated in 50/50 Day’s live webcast.

Permalink | Posted on May 02, 2018 at 4:24 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

50/50 Day co-founder pens CNN op-ed

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 08, 2018

50/50 Day co-founder Tiffany Shlain penned an op-ed for CNN on how schools, news media, and entertainment industry have failed to tell the full history of women leaders.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 08, 2018 at 5:41 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Science of Character premieres at 1500 schools

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 28, 2014


As part of the first annual global Character Day, more than 1,500 schools and organizations from 38 countries and all 50 U.S. states last week hosted the global premiere of filmmaker Tiffany Shlain’s new film THE SCIENCE OF CHARACTER. Promoted by U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week, Character Day is organized by Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change in partnership with an array of organizations including U.S. Department of State, Commonsense Media, The Bezos Family Foundation, and The Aspen Institute.

Coverage of the premiere ranged from PBS Newshour, Fast Company, and Politico to Scientific American, Psychology Today, and The Intelligent Optimist to local outlets like San Francisco’s KQED, The NJ Star Ledger, and the Austin American Statesman.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tiffany Shlain on MSNBC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 10, 2014


PKPR booked filmmaker Tiffany Shlain on MSNBC to discuss the National Day of Unplugging and how her family takes a weekly break from technology in what she calls a “technology shabbat.”

Tiffany also explored her weekly digital detox in her AOL series “The Future Starts Here,” which has garnered more than 20 million views to date. Check out the episode below.


Permalink | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Writers Guild Awards

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. The awards are presented by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), which are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news.

Visit the Writers Guild Awards Website →


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Tina Fey, Seth Meyers at The Writers Guild Awards

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 24, 2017

 

PKPR once again managed publicity for the annual Writers Guild Awards in New York City. More than 40 media outlets lined the red carpet to photograph and interview nominees, presenters, and honorees like Tina Fey, Seth Meyers, John Waters, Danielle Brooks, and David Harbour.

Coverage highlights included The New York Times, People, Vanity Fair, TV Guide, Variety, NYMag’s Vulture, Bustle, New York Daily News, The A.V. Club, The Mary Sue, Out, International Business Times, and Backstage.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 10:13 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PKPR @ The 66th Annual Writers Guild Awards

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 04, 2014

PKPR managed the red carpet for the 66th Annual Writers Guild Awards in New York City on February 1st.  Over 30 photographers, 20 print and online reporters, and seven television crews lined the red carpet for interviews with nominees like Beau Willimon (House of Cards), Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight), Danny Strong (The Butler) and presenters like Kerri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Kate Mulgrew, and Archie Punjabi.

Coverage highlights included New York Times, New York Magazine, People, Huffington Post, Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, The Better Show, Complex TV, Showbiz 411, and Playbill.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 04, 2014 at 10:35 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Guitar Mash

Guitar Mash is a nonprofit initiative that celebrates the communal and social power of the guitar. Proceeds from the event will support Guitar Mash in creating opportunities for guitarists of all abilities, ages and cultures to play together,

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Celebs + 150 guitarists perform at Guitar Mash Benefit

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 22, 2013

Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, The Roots’ Captain Kirk Douglas and former Saturday Night Live bandleader G.E. Smith were among the celebrities who joined over 150 guitarists at the 2nd annual Guitar Mash Benefit Concert, a massive six-string symphony and sing-along at Manhattan’s City Winery on November 17th.

Coverage highlights included an exclusive announcement of the benefit in the New York Times’ Arts Briefly, an interview with Wilco guitarist and Guitar Mash participant Nels Cline on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer (listen to interview below), and a photo highlight in Rolling Stone’s Random Notes.

 

Permalink | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Caplow Children’s Prize

The $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize is the largest humanitarian prize dedicated to saving children’s lives in the world today. Recognizing that nearly 18,000 children under five die from preventable causes every day, the Children’s Prize works outside of traditional channels of foreign aid and philanthropy to uncover and fund the most impactful, credible, and cost-effective, action plans for reducing child mortality.

Visit the Caplow Children’s Prize Website →


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Anita Zaidi wins first $1M Children’s Prize

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 30, 2013

Dr. Anita Zaidi, a Pakistani woman who left a successful pediatric career in the United States to save children’s lives in her homeland, has won the first-ever $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize, the largest award dedicated to reducing child mortality in the world today.

PKPR secured coverage of the announcement in major international outlets from The New York Times to the Associated Press.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 7:11 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Finalists for Caplow Children’s Prize Unveiled

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 18, 2013

PKPR is thrilled to be working with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Caplow, who founded the $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize, the largest humanitarian prize dedicated to reducing child mortality.

To announce the Prize’s eight finalists, PKPR placed three exclusives for the day of the announcement. CNN ran an op-ed by Ted on why he was inspired to launch the prize, Fast Company published a slide show and story on each of the finalists, and Ted appeared on HuffPo Live to discuss the Prize and finalists.  Stay tuned - the winner will be announced on December 10th.

 

Permalink | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 8:29 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Cultural Services of the French Embassy

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, digital innovation, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, intellectuals and innovators to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts.

Visit the Cultural Services of the French Embassy Website →


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Albertine Prize in AP

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 06, 2018

Not One Day by Anne Garréta, an intimate and sometimes bitter recounting of past lovers written under the strict constraint of producing one chapter per day, has received the 2018 Albertine Prize. The $10,000 prize, chosen by American readers nationwide, honors the favorite French-language fiction title that has been translated into English and distributed in the US in the past year. Check out the exclusive PKPR placed in the AP today.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 06, 2018 at 12:30 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Albertine launches new literary prize

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 09, 2017

Aiming to introduce the very best of contemporary French-language literature to American audiences, Albertine, the acclaimed bookshop of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, launched the Albertine Prize, an annual $10,000 award honoring the author and the translator of one Francophone novel published in the U.S.  The inaugural winner was Bardo or not Bardo by Antoine Volodine.

PKPR secured coverage of the new prize in wide range of outlets including the Associated Press, Literary Hub, Publishers Weekly, The Culture Trip, The Millions, and Bookforum.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 09, 2017 at 10:06 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Festival Albertine Returns to NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 20, 2015

For the second year in a row, PKPR handled publicity for Festival Albertine. The New Yorker’s David Remnick, choreographer Yvonne Rainer, graphic novelist Phoebe Gloeckner (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), author Margo Jefferson (Negroland), and Riad Sattouf, a former contributor to Charlie Hebdo whose new book, The Arab of the Future, was published in the U.S. this month to wide acclaim, were among the American and French-speaking authors and artists that headlined the five day festival.

Coverage highlights include a feature in the New York Times’ Weekend Miser (”Lively Debate and Discussion at Festival Albertine”), Time Out New York (”Lit Lovers and Francophiles: Get Excited”), Flavorpill, New York Review of Books, Adweek, and Publishing Perspectives.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 9:59 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Night of Philosophy in NY Times, New Yorker, WSJ

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 01, 2015

Over 5,000 people waited in line for up to three hours to attend the first-ever Night of Philosophy in New York City last week.

PKPR worked closely with reporters at several major outlets to attend and cover most of the 12-hour event overnight event. The result was in depth stories covering the night as it unfolded hour-by-hour. Highlights included a front-page Arts section story in the New York Times (”12 Hours of a Mental Marathon”), a New Yorker Talk of the Town piece, The Wall Street Journal, Gothamist, Brooklyn Rail, and ArtForum.

Permalink | Posted on May 01, 2015 at 12:30 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

NYC gets ready for all-night philosophy jam

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 23, 2015

With the help of preview stories in numerous outlets, over 14,000 people have RSVP’d on Facebook to attend the first-ever 12-hour Night of Philosophy in New York City at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Ukrainian Institute.

Our favorite headline was in Quartz: The French Embassy is about to host the most French event New York has ever seen.

Other preview coverage included: Time Out New York Critics’ Pick, Flavorpill, HyperAllergic, am New York, Art Nerd New York, Untapped Cities, Publishers Weekly, and 6SqFt.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 12:15 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

A Philosophy All-Nighter in New York Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 30, 2015

PKPR placed an exclusive with the New York Times (”Ready Thyself for an All-Night Philosophy Jam”) on the announcement of New York City’s first-ever Night of Philosophy on April 24-25.

The 12-hour, nocturnal marathon presented by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy will feature performances, art installations, and round-the-clock lectures by over 60 leading philosophers on topics like “Must Intellectual Life Be So Boring” and “I Think, Therefore I Can.”

Permalink | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 7:21 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Albertine in NY Mag’s Best of New York

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 05, 2015

Albertine Books in French and English is singled out for Shopping in New York Magazine’s annual Best of New York issue.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 05, 2015 at 8:12 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Albertine Festival Debuts

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 17, 2014

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, filmmaker Olivier Assayas, and, Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash were among the leading French and American thinkers that headlined the first-ever Festival Albertine, as part of the opening festivities for the opening of the French Embassy’s new bookshop and cultural space.

Previews of the festival included Time Out New York, Village Voice, New York Observer, Metro, Refinery29, Flavorwire, Untapped Cities, and Electric Literature

Permalink | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 11:54 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Full page NY Times feature on Festival Albertine

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 10, 2014

PKPR placed a full-page feature in today’s New York Times on the opening of Albertine and the kick-off its six-day festival, with reporter William Grimes calling it “a sumptuous, swaddled nest where book lovers can roost.”

Permalink | Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Albertine in WSJ, Paris Review, Time Out

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 26, 2014

Bon mot!

In advance of the official September 27th opening of Albertine, the French Embassy’s new bookshop and reading on New York City’s Museum Mile, PKPR secured a flurry of preview stories in national and local media, led by a wonderful piece by Jennifer Maloney in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Other highlights include Publishers Weekly, The Paris Review, Time Out New York, New York MagazineConde Nast Traveler, Entertainment Weekly, Travel + Leisure, CoolHunting, DuJour, Very Short List, Untapped Cities, and Crain’s New York.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 11:05 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Albertine in Vogue’s iconic September issue

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 01, 2014

Inside the pages of the iconic September issue of Vogue: Albertine, the French Embassy’s new bookshop and reading room opening in New York City in late September.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 01, 2014 at 8:44 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Proust Celebration on NY Times Arts Front Page

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 13, 2013

As part of a year-long celebration of the centennial of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way, dozens of French and American writers, artists, and Proust fans, including Ira Glass, Mike Birbiglia, Dominique Ansel (creator of the cronut and pictured above), and author Edmund White participated in a weeklong live reading of the classic at venues across city last week.

To bring Proust’s world to life, PKPR client Moleskine also curated live drawing events for each reading featuring students and alumni from the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay department at the School of Visual Arts.

Coverage highlights included a front page Arts section feature in the New York Times, a pick as one of the five best events of the week by Time Out New York, a behind-the-scenes look at the readings in The New York Observer, and a wonderful photo feature on all of the live sketches in Brain Pickings.

 

Permalink | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Plans unveiled for NYC’s only French bookshop

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 04, 2013


Reflecting the French government’s commitment to French-American intellectual exchange, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius last week presented author Philip Roth with the insignia of Commander of the Legion of Honor at a ceremony that culminated with the groundbreaking for a new French bookshop, reading room, and cultural space. Opening in spring 2014, it will be the only bookshop in New York City solely devoted to works in French and in translation, offering more than 14,000 titles in genres ranging from literature, non-fiction, and children’s books to art books and comic books.

Coverage of the ceremony and bookshop groundbreaking included The Wall Street Journal, Time, AFP, New York Daily News, and Mediabistro.

 

Permalink | Posted on Oct 04, 2013 at 9:42 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

MapBox

MapBox makes it easy and affordable for anyone to create highly customized, interactive maps for websites and apps using open-source tools and data.

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MapBox Raises $10 Million in Funding

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 17, 2013


If you use foursquare or Uber, you’ve used a map powered MapBox. Now, thanks to raising $10 million in Series A funding from The Foundry Group, you can expect to be hearing a lot more from this Washington, DC-based startup.

For today’s announcement, PKPR placed an exclusive story with the Wall Street Journal’s Lora Kolodny, who provided a terrific overview of how the funding positions MapBox as a major challenger to Google Maps.

Other coverage highlights included Fast Company, TechCrunch, CNET, VentureBeat, Reuters, Washington Post, Crowdsourcing, Capital Business, and Washington Business Journal.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 9:24 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Brooklyn CSA+D

Part of a national movement with outposts in more than 40 communities across the country, Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design (CSA+D) is the first program of its kind to launch in New York City. Representing an affordable and exciting new way to collect art and support local and emerging artists and designers, Brooklyn CSA+D offers a fresh alternative to the commercial gallery system, which can be prohibitively expensive and daunting to many people.  The goal is to build real connections between shareholders and local artists that will inspire new relationships and the potential for future purchases of artwork.

Visit the Brooklyn CSA+D Website →


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CSA+D Brooklyn on NY1

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 10, 2014

Check out this fantastic segment by NY1’s Stephanie Simon on Brooklyn Community Support Art + Design.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 12:21 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Brooklyn CSA+D in Blackbook, Time Out NY

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 03, 2014

The Brooklyn CSA+D is back for its second season, giving New Yorkers the chance to buys shares and receive six pieces of original artwork at the end of season.

Coverage has include Time Out New York, Food and Wine, Blackbook, Brooklyn Magazine, Free Williamsburg, Bedford + Bowery, and Creative Bloq.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 03, 2014 at 10:11 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

A CSA for Art, Not Veggies

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 05, 2013

Putting a creative twist on Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSA) in which people invest in a local farm and enjoy monthly deliveries of fresh produce, Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design (CSA+D) gives New Yorkers the opportunity to purchase shares in exchange for artwork yet to be created by a curated group of local and emerging artists and designers.

PKPR secured extensive national and regional coverage for the launch of CSA+D including DailyCandy, Art in America, House Beautiful, Wall Street Journal, PSFK, New York Daily News, HyperAllergic, Brooklyn Exposed, The Atlantic, Art Daily, Brooklyn MagazinePureWow, Brokelyn, The Brooklyn Paper, and Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 05, 2013 at 12:04 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

State Farm

State Farm’s® mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.

We are people who make it our business to be like a good neighbor; who built a premier company by selling and keeping promises through our marketing partnership; who bring diverse talents and experiences to our work of serving the State Farm customer.

Our success is built on a foundation of shared values—quality service and relationships, mutual trust, integrity and financial strength.

Our vision for the future is to be the customer’s first and best choice in the products and services we provide. We will continue to be the leader in the insurance industry and we will become a leader in the financial services arena. Our customers’ needs will determine our path. Our values will guide us.

Visit the State Farm Website →


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Slam dunk: State Farm on Mashable

By Jason Gordon

Mar. 15, 2013


During the NBA’s Christmas Day television extravaganza, State Farm debuted a major national ad campaign with LA Clippers’ star Chris Paul, who also portrayed his fictional twin brother Cliff Paul in the high-concept ad. 

PKPR was brought in to assist in bringing Cliff Paul to life online. Our firm worked closely with the ad agency behind the campaign to build buzz and turn Cliff Paul into a social media star.

PKPR build buzz for the campaign with stories on Huffington Post, Mediabistro (AgencySpy), Hooped Up, Yardbarker, Uproxx, Contently, and Black Sports Online. The press helped Cliff Paul’s twitter account reach 25,000 followers and pushed over 750,000 people to view the ad on YouTube.

The online campaign culminated with PKPR securing the exclusive world premiere of the second Cliff Paul ad on Mashable, who called the social media campaign “clever and wildly popular… a hit with fans online.”

Permalink | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM by Jason Gordon

Benevolent

Founded in 2011 by Megan Kashner, Benevolent aims to provide crowdfunded support to the 104 million Americans living in low-income households. Benevolent works with local non-profits, from social service providers to religious organizations, to verify users, their stories and their one time, needs. Benevolent is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.  For more information, visit the Benevolent Press Center at www.benevolent.net/About/Press-Room.html.

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Crowdfunding startup lauded by MSNBC, Mashable

By Jason Gordon

May. 17, 2013


PKPR loves collaborating with clients that are using tech to do good.

Last week, PKPR announced that Benevolent, a crowdfunding site that lets anyone make small donations to help low-income individuals overcome one-time economic hurdles, received $285,000 in grants from Knight Foundation and the Marjorie S. Fisher Fund for an expansion into three new cities – Detroit, Charlotte, North Carolina, and San Jose/Silicon Valley.

The site enables individuals to make micro-donations to help people cover smaller, one-time needs that often fall through the gaps in the social safety net, such as eyeglasses, computers, transit passes and work boots.

The expansion of the social good startup received national coverage from MSNBC.com’s Melissa Harris-Perry, who called Benevolent “a new way of fostering community engagement and expanding the social safety net,” as well as Mashable, Fast Company, VentureBeat, The Social Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Chicago Grid, and Techli.

Permalink | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM by Jason Gordon

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, a nonprofit organization that empowers communities on the margins to reenact their struggles in the form of plays. After each performance, audiences are invited onstage to put themselves in the protagonists’ shoes and suggest creative answers to the problems dramatized in the show.

Visit the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC Website →


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CityLab on Theatre of the Oppressed’s new space

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 10, 2018

CityLab today published the amazing true story of how Theatre of the Oppressed NYC purchased a $3 million space in the heart of NYC’s Theater District for just $25,000.

Permalink | Posted on May 10, 2018 at 8:29 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Theatre of the Oppressed on NowThis

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 28, 2016


Check out this amazing video from NowThis on how Theatre of the Oppressed NYC is changing the world through the power of the theater. It’s been viewed more than 143,000 times!

Permalink | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 9:53 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Theatre of the Oppressed on Metro’s front page

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 25, 2016


Theatre of the Oppressed NYC is the full front-page cover story in today’s Metro New York!

Permalink | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 8:41 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Can Theater Spur Public Policy Changes?

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 24, 2013

Can theater change minds or even public policy?

On May 18th, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC proved it just might be possible when it presented short plays performed by homeless LGBTQ youth that were based on the challenges they face living in New York City.

The youth were then joined by elected officials like New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and audience members to improv, act out, identify, and finally vote on possible policy solutions. The result was an experience that was entertaining, eye-opening, and potentially life-changing.

PKPR secured preview features and post-festival reviews in both national and local media including The Huffington Post, Metro New York, Next Magazine, Gay City News, Edge New York, and New York Theatre.

Permalink | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 1:18 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Speakeasy Dollhouse

Under the direction of Cynthia von Buhler, Speakeasy Dollhouse has become one of the most prolific creators of immersive theater in New York City having staged six hit plays including: The Bloody Beginning (The Back Room), The Brothers Booth (The Players Club), The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini (Theatre 80), The Illuminati Ball Immersive Excursion (Secret Location), and The Illuminati Ball New York City (Weylin).


Visit the Speakeasy Dollhouse Website →


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Illuminati Ball in New York Post

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 30, 2018

PKPR placed a full-page feature on the special one-night-only performance of the immersive theater hit at Brooklyn’s The Weylin on New Year’s Eve. Other coverage included Gothamist, Time Out New York, The Sun, PureWow, Maxim, MyDomaine, Untapped Cities, Secret NYCWhat Should We Do?, and IDK Tonight

Permalink | Posted on Dec 30, 2018 at 7:46 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini premieres in NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 12, 2018

New York audiences were be transported back to 1926 to experience a world of mysterious speakeasies, backstage intrigue, and hotel room affairs as they unraveled the untimely death of legendary illusionist Harry Houdini in The Girl Who Handcuffed Harry Houdini, the latest immersive theatrical production from playwright and director Cynthia von Buhler and her production company, Speakeasy Dollhouse.

Check out The Madador Network’s awesome Facebook video (which has over 200,000 views) and coverage and reviews in Time Out New York (One of the top 7 things to do this week), New York Magazine’s Bedford + Bowery, BlackBook, Inside Hook, Bowery Boogie, and Broadway World.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 12, 2018 at 3:10 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Brothers Booth debuts at Players Club

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 23, 2014

For one Saturday night each month, New Yorkers are invited into the members-only Players Club, the historic mansion on Gramercy Park, for The Brothers Booth, a new immersive theater experience by the creators of the long-running downtown hit Speakeasy Dollhouse.

Coverage of The Brothers Booth includes an in depth feature in The New York Daily News, as well as New York Observer, DNAInfo, Inside Hook, Pure Wow, and Untapped Cities.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Cool Hunting visits Speakeasy Dollhouse

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 12, 2013

Check out this fantastic behind-the-scenes look at immersive downtown theater hit Speakeasy Dollhouse by Cool Hunting.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Speakeasy Dollhouse in Salon, DailyCandy, Metro

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 27, 2013

With the fall theater season kicking into gear, PKPR continues to secure ongoing coverage for Speakeasy Dollhouse. Recent highlights include a cover story on immersive theater in American Theater Magazine, an interview with creator Countess Cynthia Von Buhler in Salon.com, a feature in Metro, and best of the weekend picks in DailyCandy, PureWow, and Guest of a Guest

Permalink | Posted on Sep 27, 2013 at 9:36 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Speakeasy Dollhouse: “A Hot Club Fun Time Machine”

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 27, 2013

As it embarked on its third season, Speakeasy Dollhouse tapped PKPR to develop a campaign to garner renewed press attention for the play and to position it at the forefront of a new wave of immersive theater productions in New York City.  PKPR worked on three fronts: inviting critics to review the play for first time, pursuing profiles and interviews with the play’s creator Cynthia Von Buhler, and placing features and round-ups on the emerging trend of immersive theater. 

The results: an awesome profile in the Wall Street Journal, reviews in outlets like the New York Post, Show Business Weekly, and NYTheatre, and in depth features on the immersive theater phenomenon in Crain’s New York Business, Theatermania, and NewYork.com

Permalink | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Matter.

Fusing public media values with Silicon Valley entrepreneurship, KQED, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) launched Matter, a start-up accelerator supporting media entrepreneurs building a more informed, connected, and empowered society.

Visit the Matter. Website →


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Matter profiled by TechCrunch TV

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 13, 2014


Check out the fantastic profile of Matter by TechCrunch TV as part of its new series Incubated, which takes in depth looks at popular startup accelerators to reveal how they differentiate from one another.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Matter Two Demo Day in NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 28, 2014

Matter, the San Francisco-based incubator dedicated to changing media for good, hosted a Demo Day in New York City last for its second class of startups. Media attending and covering the Demo Day at WNYC’s Greene Space included Re/Code, Politico, Mediabistro, Xconomy, and Folio.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Matter’s First Startup Class Comes to NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 29, 2013

Matter’s first class of six media startups traveled from San Francisco to New York City this week to demonstrate their products and services to a packed room of media executives and investors at WNYC’s Greene Space.

Coverage of the event included TechCrunch, Inc., Columbia Journalism Review, and Upstart Business Journal.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Startups Shine at Matter Demo Day

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 14, 2013

At the first demo day hosted by Matter, the media startup accelerator backed by KQED, the Knight Foundation, and PRX, six media startups yesterday made their case to a standing-room-only crowd of investors and digital media executives for capital, highlighting how their ventures can help build a more informed, connected, and empowered society.

In advance of the event, PKPR secured an exclusive sneak preview of Matter’s first class in the Wall Street Journal, as well as post-Demo Day reports in AllThingD, Mashable, GigaOm, PandoDailyXconomy, and Current.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Six startups that could change the future of media

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 19, 2013

Matter, the new startup accelerator for media ventures backed by Knight Foundation, KQED, and PRX, announced the six startups to participate in its first class.

Matter chose six projects that have potential to create a more informed, connected, and empowered society while pursuing a scalable business model. The selected media ventures range from a crowd-powered investigative network to an online video analytics platform to a service that adds a spoken layer to best of the written web.

AllThingsD, Fast Company, The Next Web, Techcrunch, GigaOM, Nieman Journalism Lab, Current, and Upstart are among the leading outlets that profiled Matter’s first class.

Stay tuned for Matter’s first demo day in June 2013.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 19, 2013 at 3:23 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Matter Ventures in New York Times, All Things D

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 17, 2012

Fusing public media values with Silicon Valley entrepreneurship, KQED, the Knight Foundation and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) last week launched Matter Ventures, a start-up accelerator supporting media entrepreneurs building a more informed, connected, and empowered society.

The launch kicked off with an exclusive story in The New York Times. Wider coverage included All Things D, Fast Company, GigaOm, VentureBeat, The Next Web, PandoDaily, San Francisco Chronicle, and Xconomy.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Lifebeat: Music Fights HIV/AIDS

Lifebeat is a national nonprofit that uses the power of music and the music industry to help educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention. Every year, Lifebeat reaches thousands of concert-goers across the country with safer sex education, free condoms, HIV/AIDS prevention information, counseling, and testing. In 2012, Lifebeat conducted HIV/AIDS outreach at concerts and festivals headlined by Madonna, Coldplay, Juanes, Wiz Khalifa & Mac Miller, and Rita Ora.

Visit the Lifebeat: Music Fights HIV/AIDS Website →


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Lifebeat in Buzzfeed, Mashable

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 21, 2013

Sandra “Pepa” Denton and Howard Stern producer Gary Dell’Abate helped unveil The Arches of Hope at a fundraiser benefiting Lifebeat: Music Fights HIV/AIDS and MTV Staying Alive Foundation last Thursday night.

Transforming the lobby of The OUT NYC, The Arches of Hope is an interactive art installation that reflects on the impact of HIV/AIDS over the past three decades, while inspiring audiences to help create an HIV-free generation. Until January 24th, the public can tweet with the hashtag #ArchesofHope to have their messages beamed to two VIACOM jumbo screens in Times Square and to a digital tickertape embedded in the installation.

Coverage of the event included Buzzfeed, Mashable, Huffington Post, The Advocate, Village Voice, am New York, Arch Daily, Poz, and Next Magazine.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 21, 2013 at 8:21 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Helen & Edgar

The creative team behind storytelling juggernaut The Moth join with acclaimed raconteur Edgar Oliver to present the world premiere of Helen & Edgar, Oliver’s mesmerizing, hilarious and heartbreaking tale of he and his sister Helen’s strange childhood in Savannah, and their mother’s struggle with madness.

Visit the Helen & Edgar Website →


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Kudos for Helen & Edgar

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 24, 2012

PKPR was thrilled to handle publicity for the world premiere of Helen & Edgar. Brought to the stage by he creative team behind longtime PKPR client The Moth, Helen & Edgar is Edward Oliver’s mesmerizing, hilarious and heartbreaking tale of he and his sister Helen’s strange childhood in Savannah, and their mother’s struggle with madness.

Here a just a few of the raves of the limited-run production:

“Utterly absorbing and unexpectedly moving” - Ben Brantley in the New York Times

“Oliver, with nothing but his alien timbre and a few perfectly chosen gestures, captivates and mesmerizes as we laugh and gasp at the agonizing, exhilarating upbringing that shaped his one-of-a-kind voice, hewed it out of insanity, chaos, and, most troublingly of all, love.” - Scott Brown in New York Magazine

“Oliver takes listeners on a raw, riveting and — despite its eccentricity — highly relatable journey.” - T. Michelle Murphy in Metro

“Edgar Oliver weaves together a patchwork of incidents from his rather gothic upbringing in Savannah, Ga. It was far from an idyllic childhood, but Oliver exhibits no rancor. Rather, the performer, in his exceptionally distinctive manner, seems to joyfully relish the telling of it—and the pleasure is infectious.” - Ron Cohen in Backstage

Permalink | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Link TV

Link Media uses media and the power of stories to engage, inform and inspire its audiences to participate in transformational, sustainable change on issues of global importance. Founded in 1999, Link Media operates the Link TV national network and the websites LinkTV.org and ViewChange.org. An independent and non-commercial media company, Link Media acquires, produces and delivers global news, documentaries and cultural programming over three distribution channels: broadcast, web, and mobile devices. 

Visit the Link TV Website →


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Link TV iPad App Launches

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 16, 2012

Revolutions happen. Russian punk rockers are sent to jail. The shooting of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl galvanizes a country - and the world. 

To help viewers make sense of global events, Link TV launched the first iPad app tthat curates the best television news, raw videos, and documentaries from around the world.

PKPR secured coverage of the app in a wide range of outlets from NBC News, The Next Web, and The Guardian to MacWorld, Mediabistro, Journalism.co.uk, Broadcasting & Cable, Tab Times, and Addictive Tips.  We also placed bylines by Link TV executives on how the app revolutionizes global news for the YouTube era in outlets like MediaShift, Huffington Post, and Take Part.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Eyewitness Videos that Changed the World

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 24, 2012


Eyewitness videos were instrumental in catapulting Occupy Wall Street from the streets into international headlines. Now, as the movement marks its first anniversary on September 17th, Link TV News compiled its list of 10 Raw Videos That Changed the World.

PKPR secured coverage for the video in a wide range of outlets including Huffington Post, The Social Times, ReadWriteWeb, Mediabistro, TakePart, and PolicyMic

Over the past, the video has been viewed more than 25,000 times and counting.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fractured Atlas

Fractured Atlas is the country’s largest arts service organization, reaching a network of more than 250,000 artists in all 50 states and all 435 congressional districts. Dedicated to empowering artists with the support they need to work effectively and thrive, Fractured Atlas provides funding, insurance, technology, education, and other services critical to building sustainable careers and organizations.

Visit the Fractured Atlas Website →


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WNYC story features 2 PKPR clients

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 15, 2016


Two PKPR clients - Fractured Atlas and ArtBuilt Mobile Studios - were featured in a WNYC segment looking at innovative programs that are helping artists find affordable rehearsal, studio, and performance space in an increasingly expensive New York City.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 10:22 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fractured Atlas’ Adam Huttler on Crain’s 40 Under 40

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 28, 2016


Congratulations to Adam Huttler, founder of Fractured Atlas, who was named to Crain’s New York’s 40 Under 40 for 2016.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 6:56 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Boston Globe, BostInno cover SpaceFinder Mass Launch

By Mark McArthur

Feb. 12, 2015

Continuing to empower artists nationwide Fractured Atlas launched SpaceFinder Mass, a powerful new marketing tool for venues seeking to book under-utilized rehearsal and performance space to Massachusetts artists.

Coverage included a half-page story by Boston Globe’s Nidhi Subbaraman and an in depth article by BostInno’s Hillary Milnes.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 4:42 PM by Mark McArthur

Artists Learn to Code

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 30, 2014


Actors, artists, and musicians waiting tables could become a thing of the past if it is up to Fractured Atlas.

This summer, the PKPR client is launching a software development fellowship for artists all types aimed at providing a high-paying, in-demand alternative to the restaurant and office temp jobs artists often rely on to help make ends meet between projects.

Coverage of the announcement of the call for applications included Metro New York, PandoDaily, Upstart (see video interview below), and Xconomy.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fractured Atlas Op-Ed in Guardian sparks debate

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 08, 2014

On the heels of Amtrak launching its writer residency program, PKPR worked closely with Fractured Atlas program director Lisa Niedermeyer to develop an op-ed on how more and more artists are taking matters into their own hands by organizing Do-It-Yourself residencies. PKPR placed the op-ed in The Guardian’s popular Culture Professionals Network, where it was shared on social media more than 1000 times.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 08, 2014 at 12:26 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Winners of Arts Entrepreneurship Awards Announced

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 21, 2014

A crowd-funded, pop-up artists colony in a Kansas church, a nonprofit helping artists build financial assets through homeownership, and a fundraising collaborative between nationally recognized arts groups are among the five winners of the first-ever Arts Entrepreneurship Awards, unveiled earlier this month.

Coverage of the winners included Fast Company, Back Stage, American Express Open Forum, Public Art Review, The Austin Chronicle, and The Erie Reader

Permalink | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fractured Atlas profiled by Crain’s New York

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 16, 2013

As part of its annual Arts and Nonprofits Report, Crain’s New York published an in depth profile of Fractured Atlas and its founder Adam Huttler. The profile was the culmination of several months of working closely with reporter Theresa Agovino and introducing her to the many small arts organizations and independent artists that benefit from Fractured Atlas’ many services.  The opening paragraph: “Adam Huttler understands the perils of running a small arts organization, so he’s made a career of helping others avoid them.”

Permalink | Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 7:21 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fractured Atlas founder profiled in Backstage

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 15, 2013

This week’s issue of Backstage features a full-page profile and photo of Fractured Atlas founder and executive director Adam Huttler.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 15, 2013 at 9:54 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

WSJ, Fast Company Cover Artful.ly Launch

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 01, 2013

Aiming to give small- and mid-size arts organizations the same technology and marketing power as major cultural institutions, Fractured Atlas last week unveiled Artful.ly, a free, web-based software system that helps arts groups sell tickets, raise funds, and grow their audiences and organizations.

PKPR placed exclusive launch day stories in the Wall Street Journal and Fast Company and then secured post-launch stories in outlets ranging from Backstage, Playbill, and Filmmaker to Xconomy, Digital Music News, Hypebot, and IndieWire.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 01, 2013 at 9:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fractured Atlas Hits the Road!

By Alisa Finkelstein

Feb. 18, 2013

Aiming to both empower artists and better address the challenges facing them, Fractured Atlas, the nation’s largest arts service organization, hit the road for a week of panels, tours, and Meet & Greets across the south. Fractured Atlas made stops at all the major arts hubs in the South, including: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Columbia, Louisville, Jackson, and Nashville.

Making sure that all local artists got the most out of the tour, PKPR placed stories in every market including: Charlotte Observer, Louisville Courier-Journal, Louisville Public Radio, Nashville Scene, Jackson Free Press, Birmingham News and Columbia Free Times.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM by Alisa Finkelstein

An OpenTable for Rehearsal Space

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 15, 2012

Fractured Atlas this month launched the first service enabling artists to find, schedule, and rent available rehearsal and performance space based on a wide range of needs, including date, time, cost, and location.

PKPR placed stories on service in a wide range of outlets, including Backstage (check out the awesome infographic above), The Next Web (which dubbed it “an OpenTable for rehearsal space”), Crain’s New York Business, American Theatre Magazine, New York Observer’s Betabeat, DNAinfo, Brokelyn, and Animal New York.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fractured Atlas Profiled in Reuters

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 13, 2012

Reuters today takes an in depth look at how Fractured Atlas is at the forefront of fiscal sponsorship, an increasingly popular funding alternative that allows artists and small arts groups receive grants and tax deductible donations that are normally only available to 501(3)c organizations. Over the past year, more than 2,000 arts projects have raised nearly $10 million through Fractured Atlas’ fiscal sponsorship program, the largest arts program of its kind in the nation.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine

The Moleskine notebook is the heir and successor to the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries. In 1997, a small Milanese publisher brought the legendary notebook back to life, choosing this literary name to revive an extraordinary tradition and accompany the creative professions of our time.

Today Moleskine is a brand that encompasses a family of nomadic objects dedicated to our mobile identity, synonym for creativity and an inspiration for ideas, projects and spontaneous collaborations. Moleskine is now also a series of collections that go beyond paper: bags, writing instruments and reading accessories.

Visit the Moleskine Website →


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Moleskine in Fast Co’s Most Innovative Company issue

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 15, 2017

For its annual Most Innovative Companies issue, Fast Company caught up with Moleskine CEO Arrigo Berni to discuss the company’s recent expansions, including the launch of the first Moleskine Cafe and its hugely successful Smart Writing Set.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 11:09 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fortune looks at Moleskine’s digital innovation

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 22, 2016

Fortune goes behind-the-scenes with Moleskine Chief Digital Officer Peter Jensen to look at how the company is building a bridge between the digital and handwritten world.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 12:45 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine goes Hogwarts

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 04, 2016

Celebrating the magic of storytelling, Moleskine this week unveiled its new Harry Potter Limited Edition Notebooks just in time for both the holiday gift-giving season and the release of the new Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts.

PKPR secured coverage in a wide range of outlets including Teen Vogue, Bustle, Glamour, HelloGiggles, The Daily Dot, Geek Dad, ComicBook, Creative Bloq, Nerd Approved and StupidDope.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 04, 2016 at 11:24 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine opens the Moleskine Cafe

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 05, 2016

In a perfect extension for the cult notebook brand loved by travelers, artists, writers, and creatives, Moleskine last week opened its first-ever centrally-located Moleskine Café, a two-story social and cultural hub offering food, coffee, retail, and space for exhibits by fans and artists.The café debuts in Milan, the hometown of Moleskine, with the goal of creating a new gathering spot for social, cultural and artistic life that can be replicated in the world’s great cities.

Coverage so far has included Fast Company, Food and Wine, Slate, Mental Floss, Apartment Therapy, Business Insider, Yahoo! Style, Real Simple, PSFK, Paste, and HelloGiggles.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 05, 2016 at 10:09 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine + 7600 paper cutouts = Game of Thrones hit

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 29, 2016


To launch its Limited Edition Game of Thrones notebook collection, Moleskine recreated the hit series’ opening credits with 7,600 paper cutouts. PKPR placed the jaw-dropping video in dozens of outlets including Business Insider, Nerdist, Slate, CNET, Kotaku, BGR, The A.V. Club, designboom, ArchDaily, DesignFather, Tech Times, Paste, ComicBook, Architizer, PSFK, Digital Arts, Visual News, and Web Urbanist

Permalink | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 6:49 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Love for first-ever Moleskine leather bags

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 29, 2016

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Moleskine this week debuted its first-ever line of leather bags - all inspired by the simple design of its classic black notebook. Beyond fashion industry buzz in outlets like WWD and MR, the line received raves from a range of media outlets including:

- xo Jane: “Your favorite notebook maker is now making fancy tote bags”
- Bustle: “Like the notebooks, this leather bag collection is simple, understated, and classic”
- Digital Arts: “Moleskine’s stylish first full line of leather bags are on our ‘want’ list”

Permalink | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 9:57 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Trending; Moleskine Smart Writing Set Launch

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 12, 2016


PKPR implemented a massively successful campaign for the launch of the Moleskine Smart Writing Set, a smart pen, notebook, and app that work in tandem to instantly digitize handwritten notes, creating text that can be edited and shared immediately via your phone, tablet, or laptop.

Coverage for the launch appeared in media outlets with a total of 335 million impressions, making it a trending story on both Facebook and BuzzFeed.

Highlights included:

- Video by Fast Company and Facebook Live epidodes by The Verge and PCMag demonstrating how the product works

- A launch day event where reporters from Businessweek, Huffington Post, and Cool Hunting interviewed Moleskine co-founder Maria Sebregondi

- Rave reviews in outlets including Wired, The Atlantic, The Verge, Digital Trends, and PC World.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 10:16 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine National Handwriting Day 2016

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 29, 2016

National Handwriting Day, a program developed by PKPR four years ago, has become a major global event led by Moleskine. For National Handwriting Day 2016 on January 23, Moleskine invited celebrities and fans to participate.

This year, participants including Debra Messing, Bruce Willis, columnist Connie Schultz, and New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shared their handwritten Tweets and Facebook posts.

Outlets like CNN, AdWeek, InStyle, and Quartz helped to spread the message by featuring Moleskine in their coverage.

Other initiatives for 2016 included participation by Moleskine Retail Store locations where customers could handwrite a message to put on social media and receive a free notebook on Handwriting Day.

View the gallery of submitted messages here.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 3:41 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Bloomberg Businessweek feature on Moleskine

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 15, 2015

The fantastic photo of Moleskine CEO Arrigo Berni above was taken for a full-page profile of Moleskine in the new issue of Bloomberg Businessweek.

Permalink | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 1:03 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Major Moleskine feature in New York Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 19, 2015

The New York Times dedicates a half-page in today’s Sunday Business section to an in depth look at how Moleskine is adapting and evolving in a digital world.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 12:15 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine Hosts Spring Launch Preview

By Morghan Kusch

Mar. 09, 2015

PKPR organized Moleskine’s first ever showroom event to preview its spring 2015 collection. The event gave media an exclusive first look at limited edition collections and the new line of Moleskine bags as well as demos of Moleskine smart notebooks and apps.

Outlets attending the event include US Weekly, Refinery 29, ABC News, Conde Nast Traveler, Bustle, Complex, Cool Hunting, am New York, Modern Luxury Magazine, Nylon, Slate, The Gadgeteer and Thought Catalog.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 09, 2015 at 9:21 AM by Morghan Kusch

Moleskine owns Handwriting Day 2015

By Morghan Kusch

Jan. 30, 2015

National Handwriting Day, a program developed by PKPR three years ago, has become a major global event led by Moleskine. For National Handwriting Day 2015 on January 23, Moleskine invited leaders and fans to participate.

This year, everyone form Top Chef’s Sam Talbot to Huffington Post handwrote their Tweets and Facebook posts.

Outlets like AdWeek, The Daily Dot, Paste Magazine, HLN and Inhabitat helped to spread the message by featuring Moleskine in their coverage.

Other new initiatives for 2015 included participation by Moleskine retail partners like Barnes and Noble and Staples and free #HandwritingDay buttons at Moleskine stores

This year, nearly 700 photos were submitted from around the world almost doubling that of Handwriting Day 2014. View the gallery of all submitted messages here.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 4:20 PM by Morghan Kusch

Moleskine in NY Times Travel, Conde Nast Traveler

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 19, 2014

PKPR secured coverage for Moleskine travel gear and tools in top travel gift guides including New York Times Travel, Conde Nast Traveler, Apartment Therapy, Fodor’s, Newsday, and Slice

Permalink | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine Dominates Holiday Gift Guides

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 17, 2014

PKPR implemented a comprehensive campaign to ensure coverage of the full Moleskine collection in major holiday guide gift guides published by lifestyle, technology, and business media outlets.

Highlights included: Mashable, Fast Company, Esquire, Bustle, Refinery29, Glamour, Business Insider, Cool Hunting, ThoughtCatalog, E! Online, Teen Vogue, PSFK, Paste, and Cool Mom Tech

Permalink | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Media Swoon Over Moleskine/Adobe Launch

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 25, 2014


Moleskine this week launched a new custom notebook and app with Adobe that condenses the creative process into just a few simple steps, allowing creative professionals and anyone with an idea to quickly turn hand-drawn sketches on paper into workable Photoshop or Illustrator files on Adobe’s Creative Cloud platform.

PKPR pitched top targets under embargo and secured launch day stories in nearly every major technology and design outlet including TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Fast Company, Wired, Cool Hunting, VentureBeat, The Next Web, PSFK, ArchDaily, Brit + Co, SlashGear, and HypeBeast.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine Unveils Notebook for Smartpens

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 15, 2014

Turning notebooks into iPads, Moleskine launched a new notebook collection that works with Livescribe Smartpens, allowing you to translate handwritten notes and sketches into digital form in real-time.

An avalanche of positive media coverage helped pre-orders sell out in just three days. Highlights included: Slate, Fast Company, Esquire, ArchDaily, Design Week, Dezeen, PSFK, designboom, Paste, HypeBeast, StupidDope, Brit + Co, Creative Bloq, and Dexigner.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 8:08 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine Back to School Coverage

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 09, 2014

For back to school, PKPR focused on position Moleskine gear as an essential for stylish and smart college students, highlighting products like the Evernote collection, academic year planners, and its new line of backpacks. Coverage highlights included The Wall Street Journal, Bustle, one of the fastest growing lifestyle sites for young women, Fast Company, PopSugar, Racked, Better Homes & Gardens (above), Pink & Black, and College Lifestyles,

Permalink | Posted on Sep 09, 2014 at 9:39 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine in The New Yorker and Wall Street Journal

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 18, 2014

Why is Moleskine, a seemingly paper-based company, thriving in a digital age?

Both The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal took in depth looks this week at how the company is evolving and succeeding in a world of tablets, texts, and tweets.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

New Moleskine Bags, Wallets in WWD, Lucky

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 21, 2014

Moleskine myCloud Bags from Moleskine ® on Vimeo.

“Paging Mark Zuckerberg—there’s a new line of Silicon Valley-approved accessories in town.”

That’s what Lucky Magazine said about the sleek new line of bags and wallets unveiled by Moleskine last week. PKPR placed an exclusive on the brand’s expansion into accessories with WWD and secured launch week coverage in outlets like Stylecaster, Selectism, GeekDad, The Manual, Dexigner, and more.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 9:19 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Fast Co names Moleskine Top Productivity Company

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 14, 2014

Check it out. In this month’s issue of Fast Company, Moleskine is the only non-tech company included on the magazine’s 2014 list of the Most Innovative Companies in Productivity

Permalink | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 4:43 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Malala, Couric join Moleskine for #HandwritingDay

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 28, 2014

For the second year in a row, PKPR spearheaded a social media campaign for Moleskine for National Handwriting Day on January 23rd.

To take this year’s initiative to a new level, PKPR invited leaders like Malala Yousafzai, Katie Couric, and airBnB co-founder Joe Gebbia to handwrite a social media message and share it with their millions of followers. Outlets like USA Today, Nylon, Politico, Real Simple, GirlsLife, Mediabistro, Social Moms, and Good News Network helped spread the campaign even wider.

Overalll, more than 350 handwritten messages were submitted by people around the world, more than doubling the amount of entries received in 2013.  View the gallery of all submitted messages here.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

D’oh!: Moleskine Unveils Simpsons Notebook

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 30, 2013

To celebrate the Simpon’s 25th season, Moleskine last week unveiled a limited edition Simpsons notebook, resulting in rejoicing around the world from Springfield to London.

Coverage highlights included USA Today, HypeBeast, HelloGiggles, Complex, StupidDope, High Snobiety, FreshnessMag, Animation World, Trendhunter, and Design You Trust.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 9:55 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine Co-Founder Profiled on Lifehacker

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 31, 2013

Moleskine is one of the most popular and trusted brands when it comes to helping people be more creative, productive, and organized. So it only makes sense that Lifehacker loved PKPR’s idea for featuring Moleskine co-founder Maria Sebregondi in its “How I Work” series.

In addition to sharing the contents of her bag (not surprisingly, we spy several Moleskine notebooks), Sebregondi provided the one word that describes best how she works (“phygitally”), her secret talent (making Pasta al forno), and her favorite to-do list manager (pen and paper). Check out the full story here.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 8:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Exclusive Moleskine Q&A Series with Dwell Magazine

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 07, 2013

To promote the publication of The Detour Book, a stunning collection of Moleskine notebooks hacked, drawn, and designed by more than 250 of the world’s top artists, designers, and creative thinkers, PKPR secured an exclusive, four-part online series with Dwell Magazine.

The series included interviews with Moleskine co-founder Maria Sebregondi and up-and-coming designers featured in The Detour Book including GamFratesi and Scott Henderson.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 07, 2013 at 1:49 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine CEO Arrigo Berni on Marketplace

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 20, 2013

How do you say Moleskine?

That was just one of the questions Moleskine CEO Arrigo Berni answered tonight in this terrific interview with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal.

BTW, the correct answer: Say it however feels good. There is no official pronunciation.

 

Permalink | Posted on May 20, 2013 at 9:19 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine Opens First Store in U.S.

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 15, 2013

Moleskine fans rejoice! The first Moleskine store in the United States opened at The Time Warner Center in New York City late last month.

PKPR arranged for media outlets to have a sneak preview of the store on the evening before it opened. Outlets singing the praises of the smartly-designed store featuring the full range of Moleskine collections - notebooks, journals, bags, pens, and more - included New York Magazine, Time Out New York, DailyCandy, Racked, Dwell, PureWow New York, Complex, Thrillest’s The Crosby Press, and The Scout.

Want to experience the Moleskine store from your desktop? No one does it better than this awesome segment by Marketplace.

 

Permalink | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine + Details Draw the Future of Social Media

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 29, 2013

For its annual Digital Mavericks issue, Details Magazine partnered with Moleskine to invite fans to draw the future of social media. The winning drawings were showcased at the Digital Mavericks party at the New Museum in New York City on March 27th.  Outlets like The Huffington Post and PSFK published photo galleries and slide shows of the winning drawings, as well as drawings sketched by the founder of Thrillist, Lyst, and Viddy.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

White is the New Black

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 28, 2013

Moleskine, famed for its legendary black notebooks, this week unveiled the Moleskine White Notebook.  Think the Beatles’ The White Album, Malevich’s White on White canvases, Le Corbusier’s white blocks, and your sleek, white smart phones and laptops.

Check out the coverage in Nylon, Dwell, Complex, Gizmodo, Designboom, PSFK, Design Taxi, HypeBeast, Remodelista, and more.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine marks National Handwriting Day

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 25, 2013

To celebrate National Handwriting Day on January 23rd, PKPR developed a social media campaign with Moleskine inviting fans to handwrite their latest status, Tweet, or more and share a photo of it on Instagram. The results were gathered in an online gallery and covered by outlets from Mashable to Esquire.com to Mediabistro.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Peek Inside Moleskine Notebooks of Culture Makers

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 14, 2012

Celebrating the power of handwriting and sketching, Moleskine this week unveiled The Detour Book, a collection of more than 250 notebooks that have been decorated, hacked, and sketched by some of the world’s leading artists and creative thinkers, including Spike Jonze, Christian LaCroix, Dave Eggers, Sigur Rós, Mary Ellen Mark, Toyo Ito, Mike Figgis, Paula Scher, and Karim Rashid.

PKPR placed several terrific features on the book, many with slide shows and photo galleries of artists’ notebooks, in The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Brain Pickings, Flavorwire, Mediabistro, Design Taxi, and more.

We especially loved the Fast Company review, which called it “one of those rare pieces of marketing that rewards a company and the consumer equally.”

Stay tuned for stories in upcoming issues of Elle Decor and Art News.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine + Evernote = Fast Company, NBC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 13, 2012


In a genius collaboration, Moleskine has partnered Evernote to create the Evernote Smart Notebook, which will enable users to digitize and search their hand-written notes and sketches with a snap of their iPhone camera.

PKPR used the announcement as a news peg to secure coverage on Moleskine and its larger initiative aimed at bridging the analog and digital worlds. Two highlights included an interview with Moleskine CEO Arrigo Berni on NBCNews.com and an interview with Moleskine America president Marco Beghin in Fast Company. Stay tuned for reviews of the Evernote Smart Notebook in Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Mashable when it goes on sale in stores on October 1st.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Moleskine Selects PKPR as North American PR Agency

By Jenny Chang

Aug. 15, 2012


PKPR is thrilled to be working with our new client Moleskine, a company that has built its brand by engaging with its fans in an intelligent, sophisticated, and thoughtful way.

As Moleskine expands with new collections and initiatives dedicated to a mobile lifestyle, PKPR is looking forward to implementing a smart, strategic campaign that reflects the Moleskine approach, style, and legacy. Check us out in PR Week for the full story!

Permalink | Posted on Aug 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM by Jenny Chang

Dumbo Arts Festival

The 2012 Dumbo Arts Festival will take place from September 28-30, 2012. Last year, over 225,000 guests attended the festival, experiencing works by more than 500 artists, 100 open studios, 50 galleries and stages, and 100 programming partners in Brooklyn’s most celebrated waterfront neighborhood.

Visit the Dumbo Arts Festival Website →


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Countdown to DUMBO Arts Festival 2013

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 27, 2013

We dare you to watch this fantastic WABC-TV preview of the 2013 DUMBO Arts Festival and not want to put on your bubbles head down to the Brooklyn waterfront.

Want some more? Check out the preview from NY1, which broadcast live from DUMBO this morning with arts reporter Stephanie Simon.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Dumbo Arts Festival Gets Major Air Time

By Jenny Chang

Oct. 12, 2012


PKPR secured major air-time for artists participating in this year’s Dumbo Arts Festival, the massive 3-day event featuring the works of over 500 artists.

Check out this great preview segment by ABC Eyewitness News’ Lauren Glassberg as she speaks with artists John Lunceford and James Cospito about their Communilumin reed installation and Entasis Dance’s Eve Bailey about her performance.

On-site at the festival, New York 1 News’ Adam Balkin was wowed by Codex Dynamics’ massive video projection presented on the archway of the Manhattan Bridge, Wildbytes’ Superhero installation, and Hindsight is 20/20 along the Brooklyn waterfront.

Additionally, check out FOX New York where artist Matt Friedlander spoke about his 60 foot mural project at the Children’s Art Village. 

Permalink | Posted on Oct 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM by Jenny Chang

Dumbo Art Festival Covers the Neighborhood in Color

By Alisa Finkelstein

Oct. 03, 2012

The 16th annual Dumbo Arts Festival took New York City by storm in September. The three day event boasted an eclectic schedule of works, performances, and exhibits by more than 500 artists.

From huge projections across historic buildings and the Manhattan Bridge to interactive performances in Brooklyn Bridge Park to whimsical art floating on the East River and in the sky, festival goers experienced a free feast for the senses.

PKPR made sure the crowds kept DUMBO packed all weekend by securing preview coverage in Time Out New York’s Best of the FestsThe New York Post’s Hot Picks, CBS New York, The Huffington Post, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Complex MagazineThe L Magazine and many more!

Permalink | Posted on Oct 03, 2012 at 5:21 PM by Alisa Finkelstein

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane!

By Alisa Finkelstein

Sep. 12, 2012

No! It’s the Dumbo Arts Festival!

New Yorkers will have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to have superpowers at this year’s Dumbo Arts Festival, taking place from September 28-30.

Festival-goers will be able to fly across one of DUMBO’s landmark buildings, shift their shape and size, and throw light beams as part of Superhero, a large-scale outdoor experience that will be presented as the AT&T Signature Artwork at this year’s Festival.

PKPR secured coverage of Superhero in outlets from The Huffington Post and New York Observer’s Betabeat to DNAinfo.com and The Brooklyn Daily.

The Festival is also being highlighted as a top pick in many Fall Previews including Time Out New York, Time Out New York Kids, CBSNewYork, NYCGo and more!

Permalink | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM by Alisa Finkelstein

Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District

Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District logo

Representing over 300 businesses in Brooklyn�s vibrant Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill neighborhoods, the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District (AABID)provides local businesses with a variety of services, including marketing and promotion of the business boulevard; capital improvements, streetscape and beautification projects; advocacy and other programs and business services that improve economic conditions.  To learn more about the Atlantic Avenue BID visit http://www.atlanticavebid.org/.

Visit the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District Website →


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Atlantic Avenue�s Sidewalk Extravaganza

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 18, 2012


(Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, BID director Josef Szende, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz at the ribbon cutting during the extravaganza).

The first-ever Atlantic Avenue Extravaganza presented by PKPR client, Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District, was a resounding success. Celebrating the launch of the BID, a coalition of three hundred businesses along one of Brooklyn’s most famous boulevards hit the streets, literally bringing their business outside!

A jam-packed lineup of special events, performances, demonstrations, tastings, tours, games, and more brought Atlantic Avenue’s celebrated commerce, culture, and community to life.

PKPR made sure that the streets were bustling by securing coverage in Time Out New York’s Best of the Fests, amNY, Flavorpill , New York Post’s Hot Picks, New York Times, Brooklyn Exposed, Brooklyn Bugle, New York’s Grub Street, and many more!

Permalink | Posted on Jun 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Stampa

Making it possible and affordable for anyone to make a statement with beautiful artwork, Stampa showcases limited-edition prints by a roster of top illustrators, artists, and designers. The prints are made digitally, with archival inks and substrates; prices range from $100 for an unframed 8-by-10-inch print to $800 for an 18-by-24-inch framed print.

Visit the Stampa Website →


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Stampa in Cool Hunting, HGTV Father’s Day Guide

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 07, 2012

For Father’s Day, Stampa is offering an exclusive print collection that puts a twistor should we say a stitchon the traditional Fathers Day gift.

Renowned for his playful, colorful artwork that is hand stitched or drawn, Stephen Campbell created prints of iconic Father’s Day items, including Old Spice, ties, and a #1 Dad coffee mug.

Coverage so far has included Cool Hunting, HGTV, TrendHunter, and Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam, who the New York Observer hailed as a new generation Martha Stewart.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 07, 2012 at 2:04 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation logo

Brother John S. and James L. Knight built and ran one of America’s largest and most successful 20th century newspaper companies. The Knights formed Knight Foundation to support transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

Visit the The Knight Foundation Website →


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The Knight Foundation announces Public Space Fellows

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 21, 2019

Seven innovators from across the United States were named Knight Public Spaces Fellows this week. The Fellows include leaders who created or influenced great public spaces that strengthened community engagement and connection, including Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the High Line, and Erin Salazar, Founder and Executive Director of Exhibition District. Fellows each received $150,000 in recognition of their contributions and to advance their work.

PKPR helped coordinate coverage for the overall announcement, as well as individual coverage for each of the seven fellows.

Highlights included: Architect Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Jose Mercury News, The Architect’s Newspaper, SF Gate, Smart Cities Dive, Generocity, The Registry, Smart Cities World, and East Bay Times.

 

Permalink | Posted on Jun 21, 2019 at 4:09 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Knight study: Twitter still awash in fake news accounts

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 11, 2018

More than 80 percent of accounts that repeatedly spread misinformation during the 2016 election campaign are still active, and they continue to publish more than one million tweets on a typical day, according to a study commissioned by The Knight Foundation released this week.

PKPR secured coverage in more than 30 major outlets including NPRNew York Post, Politico, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Axios, Adweek, and TechCrunch

Permalink | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 11:05 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Knight announces $7.6M for AI and ethics projects

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 23, 2017

A $27 million fund aimed at ensuring that artificial intelligence is developed in the public interest has announced its round of funding: $7.6 million, which will be split unequally between MIT’s Media Lab, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center and seven smaller research efforts around the world. The fund was founded with initial support from Knight Foundation, Omidyar Network, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman (pictured above), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Jim Pallotta. PKPR secured coverage for the announcement in outlets including TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Wired, and The Verge.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 10:18 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Reinventing libraries for 21st century

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 08, 2016

Knight News Challenge on Libraries last week announced funding of $1.6 million for a range of innovative digital and data projects aimed at re-imagining libraries for the 21st century. Winners ranged from a free library program that uses internet video to connect incarcerated parents with their kids for storytime to a project aimed at increasing diverse perspectives (more than 90% of Wikipedia contributors are male) on Wikipedia by training librarians to assist their communities in editing and verifying Wikipedia entries. 

Coverage of the winners included The Verge, Tech Insider, Mic, TakePart, Pacific Standard Magazine, Mental Floss, GeekWire, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 08, 2016 at 10:08 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Knight Awards $3M to Voting Projects

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 31, 2015

With the nation gearing up for the 2016 elections, the Knight News Challenge on Elections in Austin last week awarded $3.2 million to a range of innovative projects that increase voter participation and better inform voters at both the national and local levels.

Outlets from The Huffington Post to VentureBeat looked at all of the winning projects, while many outlets provided deeper looks at individual winners. Highlights included:

- Gizmodo and Campaigns & Elections looked at a project aimed at making it easier to request and mail absentee ballots by smart phone

- The Guardian profiled a program that will recruit barbers in predominantly African-American communities to disseminate nonpartisan voting information and resources

- The Dailly Dot did a fantastic, in depth piece looking at a project that will expose “dark money” in campaign financing

- National Journal explored an AP project to create a more accurate alternative to exit polling

Permalink | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 9:22 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Knight Awards $3M to Library Innovation Projects

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 04, 2015

Goodbye Dewey Decimal and welcome to the library of the 21st Century.  The Knight Foundation this week awarded more than $3 million to projects that are reinventing the ways in which people experience and use the library.

Coverage highlights included Newsweek, VentureBeat, Fast Company, Boston Globe, Capital New York, Next City, EdSurge, Library Journal, GovTech, TechCocktail, StateTech, and ChicagoInno.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 04, 2015 at 12:02 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Knight Survey in USA Today

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 30, 2014

Amid the national debates over free speech, surveillance, privacy and press freedom, a new survey by The Knight Foundation shows students are more supportive of First Amendment than adults for the first time in a decade, with the heaviest consumers of digital media expressing strongest support:

PKPR placed an infographic in USA Today, as well as stories in numerous outlets including The Guardian, San Jose Mercury News, Pando Daily, ReasonThe Blaze, and Town Hall

Permalink | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 11:21 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Knight News Challenge in NPR, HuffPo, FastCo

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 25, 2014

Winners of the 2014 Knight News Challenge, which funds projects that promote an open Internet that is free and accessible to all, were announced at the 2014 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference in Boston last week.

The winners included a mix of projects aimed at safeguarding online free speech, privacy, and security, as well as two innovative programs in New York City and Chicago that will lend Wi-Fi hotspot devices to families and students without high-speed Internet access.

Coverage of the winners included: NPR, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Fast Company, The Verge, The Huffington Post, Education Week, The Hill, TechPresident, Library Journal, Social Times, Capital New York, Tech.co, Governing, MediaBistro, BostInno, MadameNoire, GovTech, and StateTech.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Knight Awards $2.2M to Health Startups

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 17, 2014

At the Clinton Health Matters conference in Palm Springs, the Knight Foundation announced $2.2 million in funding for seven startups that harness the power of health data in innovative ways to improve public health.  The startups were the winners of The Knight News Challenge on Health.

Coverage highlights included a fantastic Fast Company piece with the headline “7 Brilliant Ideas to Make Health Data More Useful,” as well as stories in MediaBistro, Columbia Journalism Review, GovTech, MedCity News, iHealthBeat, and Healthcare Informatics.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Knight report: Civic Tech startups are booming

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 10, 2013

Ashton Kutcher, Google, and Omidyar Network are among the top investors leading a $430 million funding surge in startups aimed at making government more effective and citizens more engaged, according to the first-ever report on the rapidly emerging civic tech field released by the Knight Foundation last week.

PKPR secured extensive coverage for the report’s findings including: Bloomberg, Inc., The Atlantic, Fast Company, Washington Post, PandoDaily, GigaOm, Upstart, Tech President, Next City, Nonprofit Quarterly, and NextGov,

Permalink | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 7:33 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Knight Awards Winners of Open Gov Challenge

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 25, 2013

PKPR was on the ground in Cambridge, MA this week for the announcement of the Knight News Challenge on Open Gov at the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. 

The eight winning projects provide new tools to improve the way people and governments interact, ranging from OpenCounter, which makes it easier to open a local business, to Outline.com, which creates a simulator that enables people to visualize the impact of public policies on their community. 

PKPR secured coverage of the winners in a wide range of outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Fast Company, Washington Post, Inc., PandoDaily, ReadWrite, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston.com, CivSource, and Tech Cocktail.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 6:49 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mobile News Projects Win Knight News Challenge

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 30, 2013

Ranging from projects that turn no-frills mobile phones into radio stations to applications that help newsrooms manage a deluge of incoming mobile content, eight media innovation ventures this week received a total of $2.4 million as winners of the Knight News Challenge: Mobile.

Coverage of the winning projects included AllThingsD, Fast Company, VentureBeat, PandoDaily, Social Times, New York Observer BetaBeat, TechPresident, Mediabistro, Jounalism.co.uk, and Columbia Journalism Review.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Recovers.org Reshapes Disaster Relief in NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 26, 2012

Recovers.org from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

PKPR was proud to work with The Knight Foundation on promoting the amazing service that Knight News Challenge winner Recovers.org provided in New York City in the aftermath of super storm Sandy.

Developed by two sisters whose town was upended by a tornado last year, Recovers.org has been instrumental in jumpstarting recovery across the city, moving masses of people and goods from where they showed up to where they were needed most. Coverage ranged from Huffington Post (With Recovers.org, Two Sisters Revolutionize Disaster Relief) to Aol Government.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 26, 2012 at 7:36 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Data Projects win Knight News Challenge

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 28, 2012

Six media innovation ventures that make it easier to access and use information on local communities, air quality, elections, demographics and more received a total of $2.22 million this week as winners of the Knight News Challenge: Data.

PKPR secured coverage for the winners in a wide range of outlets including TechCrunch, Fast Company, The Next Web, The Verge, Talking Points Memo, TechPresident, Columbia Journalism Review, and CivSource,

Permalink | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Knight News Challenge Winners Unveiled

By Jason Gordon

Jul. 03, 2012

On June 18th at MIT in Boston, Knight Foundation announced that six media innovation ventures would be awarded more than $1.37 million as winners of Knight News Challenge on Networks. The winning projects build on existing networks, such as UStream or Twitter, to create new ways for informing and engaging communities.

PKPR focused its campaign on technology and startup reporters, securing coverage of the announcement in outlets such as the Boston Globe, GigaOM, The Next Web, The Wrap, MediaBistro, ReadWriteWeb, and Columbia Journalism Review.

In addition, PKPR conducted targeted outreach for each of the six winning projects, pitching reporters on related beats, such as online privacy or tablet innovation. This led to profiles or stories on individual winners, such as Behavio (Techcrunch, Fast Company, and PSFK) and WatchUp (The Economist, Mashable).

 

Permalink | Posted on Jul 03, 2012 at 10:30 AM by Jason Gordon

Knight Funds New Video Translation Service

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 11, 2012

Aiming to strengthen the role of the Internet as an open platform for global learning, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Mozilla this provided $1 million in funding to Amara, a pioneer in crowd-sourced video translation.

With nearly 170,000 videos translated since its founding in 2010, Amara is one of the worlds largest video subtitling platforms. Its system is used by a wide range of leading news, media and education organizations, from PBS NewsHour to Khan Academy and Al Jazeera, to reach wider audiences and further global understanding. In addition, Amara volunteers use the system to independently translate popular videos from President Barack Obamas message to the Sudan to KONY 2012, which was translated into 35 languages in 4 days.

The Knight Foundation tapped PKPR to handle outreach for this announcement to technology media. Coverage of the announcement included TechCrunch, The Next Web, Pando Daily, BoingBoing, Portfolio, Xconomy, Crowdsourcing, Nieman MediaLab, and more.

Permalink | Posted on May 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

WellTech

WellTech is an incubator targeting startups and companies using technology to create new, consumer-facing health and wellness solutions. It is founded by investors and executives behind SpaFinder Wellness, the world’s leading spa and wellness resource, and GramercyOne, whose cloud-based business management software is used by more than 5,800 spas, gyms, medical practices and other local service businesses worldwide.

Visit the WellTech Website →


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Incubator for Health & Wellness Startups Launches

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 03, 2012

WellTech, a new health and wellness-focused incubator, launched this week with a duo of startups dedicated to changing how consumers pursue wellness and healthy living, FITiST and Wizpert.

Headquartered in New York’s Gramercy neighborhood, WellTech targets startups and companies using technology to create new, consumer-facing health and wellness solutions. WellTech will provide startups with strategic guidance, such as industry expertise and networking, office space, mentoring and marketing support. Participants will receive a minimum $50,000 in capital to help them grow their business and also will have potential access to future rounds of capital from WellTech and other introduced investors.

PKPR placed stories on the launch in Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, The Next Web, MedCityNews, New York Observer’s Betabeat, mHealthNews, Crain’s New York, MobiHealth News, and iMedicalApps.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 03, 2012 at 12:04 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Theatre Y

Theatre Y was founded in 2006, by actor Melissa Hawkins and director Christopher Markle. The company is steeped in the theatrical traditions of Eastern Europe, which Chris Markle advanced until his death in 2008. Chris had a long artistic partnership with the Romanian director Liviu Culei and worked with other primal masters of the Eastern European theatre, including Luciane Pintilie and Taduesz Kantor.

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New York Times Rave for Theatre Y

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 27, 2012

In a rare review of an Off Off Broadway show, Ben Brantley of The New York Times gave Theatre Y’s production of I Killed My Mother a rave review this week, saying that “Karin Coonrods stark, poetic production is performed with feral fierceness by Andrew Hampton Livingston and the uncanny Melissa Lorraine Hawkin.” Other reviews included The New York Post, Backstage, Theatremania, and NYTheatre.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 27, 2012 at 1:27 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

PRX’s mission is to help diverse voices and awesome audio stories reach and inform millions of people through its innovative digital platforms, applications and services. From building apps for This American Life to distributing The Moth Radio Hour to hundreds of public radio stations across the country, PRX is breaking new ground in public media.

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Buzz for Radiotopia’s storytelling superstars

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 06, 2016

Over the past few months, PKPR has secured feature stories on The Heart and Criminal, two of the podcasts on the Radiotopia network that are shaping the future of storytelling. Here are a few of the highlights…

The Heart: Kaitlin Prest and Mitra Kaboli document the most intimate, joyful, unusual, and crushing moments of human relationships
- Business Insider: Why podcasts feel so good when they talk about sex
- Huffington Post: Sex advice with the women of The Heart podcast
- Bustle: Seven podcasts that make you feel hopeful about love

Criminal: Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer explore people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
- Huffington Post: Before Serial, two women set out to bring true crime to podcasts
- Tech Times: Criminal creator talks podcast success and the obsession with true crime stories

Permalink | Posted on Apr 06, 2016 at 9:12 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Radiotopia launches “Project Greenlight for podcasters”

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 18, 2016

Aiming to discover the next podcasting star, Radiotopia today launchedPodquest, a competition that will give three finalists $10,000 and professional support to develop a podcast that could join the ranks of the network’s story-driven breakout hits like 99% Invisible, Criminal, and Song Exploder. PKPR kicked off the search with an exclusive story in Fast Company.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 9:44 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Song Exploder in SPIN, Vox, Gigwise

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 09, 2015

PKPR placed three terrific interviews recently in SPIN, Vox, and Gigwise with Hirishikesh Hirway, the musical mastermind behind the hit Radiotopia podcast Song Exploder.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 09, 2015 at 11:53 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX in Fast Co’s Most Innovative Companies

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 10, 2015

PRX received not one, but three shout outs in the March 2015 issue.

- PRX was named one of the world’s 10 most innovative media companies

- Radiotopia, its podcast network, was named one of the ten most innovative companies of Kickstarter

- Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX, is interviewed in an in depth feature article: The Future of Media is Podcasting

Permalink | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 11:04 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Mashable on PRX’s newest series: Reveal

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 29, 2015


Continuing to reshape podcasting and public radio, PRX this week launched Reveal, the nation’s only public radio show and podcast devoted to investigative reporting. Mashable’s media reporter Jason Abbruzzese takes an in depth look at the new series.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 2:45 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Boston Globe profiles PRX founder Jake Shapiro

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 11, 2015

Terrific profile of PRX founder & CEO Jake Shapiro in today’s Boston Globe.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 11, 2015 at 12:19 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX featured in The Verge’s Top Shelf Series

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 05, 2014

Jake Shapiro of PRX is featured prominently in the fantastic episode of The Verge’s Top Shelf series looking at the innovators leading the new podcasting revolution.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 05, 2014 at 9:14 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Radiotopia breaks Kickstarter records

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 20, 2014

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On November 14th, Radiotopia, the podcasting network from PRX, became the most funded Radio/Podcast project in Kickstarter history, raising $624,412 from over 21,808 backers, far surpassing its original goal of $250,000.

PKPR secured an exclusive on the campaign’s success in the New York Times and secured many stories on how Radiotopia is leading the podcasting revolution in outlets like Digiday, Fast Company, International Business Times, Upstart, Capital New York, Columbia Journalism Review, Mediabistro, and Current.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX Launches Radiotopia Podcast Network

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 14, 2014

To establish a model for sustaining quality, story-driven public radio shows, PRX last week launched Radiotopia, a podcast network of the best emerging and established talent. The launch is supported by $200,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Radiotopia is anchored by 99% Invisible, the popular design and architecture podcast hosted and produced by Roman Mars. Other podcasts in the inaugural lineup include Radio Diaries, Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, and Strangers, a fascinating look at how people connect in the modern world created by Lea Thau, former executive and creative director of The Moth.

Coverage of the launch included an interview with Mars on BoingBoing’s Gweek podcast, USA Today, The Guardian, The Verge, Mediabistro, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab, Current, Radio Survivor, and All Access.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX in USA Today

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 05, 2013

PRX and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) this week debuted a pilot for public radio’s first-ever investigative reporting series featuring an exclusive report and data analysis revealing how the Department of Veteran Affairs has overprescribed opiates to veterans since 9/11. 

As a result of PKPR’s outreach, USA Today media editor Rem Reider dedicated his weekly column to an in depth look at the series, heralding it as “very cool for a number of reasons.”

“For one thing, the advent of a new source of investigative reporting is always welcome news,” wrote Reider. “And the partnership highlights a number of encouraging trends that have emerged in the midst of the often-depressing news about traditional news organizations.”

Permalink | Posted on Oct 05, 2013 at 12:09 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX Remix App Gets Love from USA Today, Guardian

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 12, 2013

PRX this week launched the PRX Remix, a free app that brings listeners a curated mix of the most compelling radio stories, interviews, audio documentaries, and intriguing sounds from indie-produced features to podcast gems like The Moth, StoryCorps, 99% Invisible, The Kitchen Sisters, and WTF with Marc Maron. Aiming to be the greatest radio station of all time in your pocket, PRX Remix showcases a virtually endless stream of ear candy handpicked from all corners of the audio universe by PRX program director and 99% Invisible host Roman Mars (above).

Raves for the new came in from around the web including USA Today, The Guardian, Mediabistro, Current, and Nieman Journalism Lab

Permalink | Posted on Jul 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Public Radio Player app in Techcrunch, PandoDaily

By Jason Gordon

Mar. 15, 2013


Public Radio Exchange (PRX) released the first update in three years to its popular Public Radio Player iPhone app, which features a completely new interface and visual design. The free app was also updated to offer the best experience for streaming audio from over 500 public radio stations and 1,000 programs either live, on demand, and even offline.

Through targeted outreach under embargo, PKPR secured day of launch coverage in Techcrunch, PandoDaily, Mediabistro, Columbia Journalism Review, App Advice, All App News, and the Philadelphia Daily News

Permalink | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM by Jason Gordon

PRX’s ‘99% Invisible’ Breaks Kickstarter Record

By Jason Gordon

Aug. 27, 2012

99% Invisible, a “tiny radio show about design” that is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX), raised $170,477 from 5,661 backers, making it Kickstarter’s most funded journalism campaign ever!

Hosted by Roman Mars, who has been dubbed “the Ira Glass of design” by The New York Times design columnist Allison Arieff, 99% Invisible is the latest public radio show and podcast distributed by PRX to become a runaway hit. It recently reached #1 on the iTunes podcast charts, as well as #1 in both the Arts and Design categories.

PKPR leveraged 99% Invisible’sKickstarter success to get the program and PRX coverage in Mediabistro, Current, Core77, East Bay Express,  and Smart Planet.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM by Jason Gordon

Public Radio Exchange in New York Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 18, 2012

In a front page feature in today’s New York Times arts section, reporter Elizabeth Jensen took a look at the next generation of public radio shows poised to fill the void left by Car Talk when it stops producing news shows at the end of 2011. Jake Shapiro, executive director, of Public Radio Exchange (PRX), was featured prominently in the article, discussing PRX’s successful new public radio series including The Moth Radio Hour and Snap Judgment.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PRX’s Bullied Special Makes Headlines

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 23, 2012

With bullying in schools and on the Internet dominating the headlines, a new Public Radio Exchange special brought a fresh perspective to the issue with a collection of stories produced, reported, and hosted by teens who have experienced bullying firsthand or have been bullies themselves.

Bullied: Teen Stories from Generation PRX offered an hour of thought-provoking personal accounts, interviews, and examinations of bullying produced and told by youth reporters from Maine to Alaska to Sweden. Coverage of special ranged from a live interview and feature on Fox News to Huffington Post.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Public Media Accelerator in Mashable

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 09, 2012

PKPR is thrilled to be working with Public Radio Exchange (PRX) on developing the media strategy for the Public Media Accelerator, a $2.5 million tech incubator that aims to do for public broadcasting what accelerators like Code for America and RockHealth are doing for government and health care, respectively.

In advance of a series of events at SXSW Interactive, PKPR placed an exclusive with Mashable announcing that PRX hired Corey Ford, director of Innovation Endeavors Runway program, the start-up incubator at Eric Schmidts early stage venture capital firm, and former producer for the Emmy Award-winning PBS series FRONTLINE, has been tapped as the Public Media Accelerator’s director. Ford will oversee the program which will invest in mission-driven entrepreneurs from media, technology, and design to build ventures with the potential to reshape the future of public media.

Other coverage of the announcement included TechCrunch, Niemen Journalism Lab, Current, and Radio World.

Stay tuned for more news in the coming months!

Permalink | Posted on Mar 09, 2012 at 10:49 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Time Inc.

Time Inc., a division of Time Warner, is a world class branded content company, engaging more than 138 million consumers monthly across multiple platforms. With 22 magazines and 27 web sites in the U.S., it is the country�s largest consumer publisher. Each month, one out of every two American adults reads a Time Inc. magazine, and one out of every five, who are online, visits a company web site (more than 50 million monthly unique visitors). Time Inc.�s popular brands and successful franchises extend to online, mobile and tablets, television, video events and branded products.

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Time Inc.‘s 10 NYC Startups to Watch @ Internet Week

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 23, 2013

For the third year in a row, PKPR handled PR for Time Inc.‘s annual Internet Week New York event - 10 NYC Startups to Watch. More than 30 journalists attended the party at the brand new Hudson Commons, where they had a chance to interview founders of the honored startups.

Techcrunch TV did three segments on honorees: Grouper (below), FiftyThree, and Fitocracy.  Other coverage highlights included a Fox Business segment and articles in The New York Daily News and am New York (above).


Permalink | Posted on May 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Time Inc. Hosts 2nd Annual 10 NYC Startups to Watch

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 18, 2012

For the second year in a row, PKPR managed publicity for Time Inc’s 10 NYC Startups To Watch, which has quickly become one of the flagship annual events of Internet Week New York. TechCrunch called it a “pretty badass party” and New York Observer’s BetaBeat named it one one of the “ten must-see events of Internet Week.” 

More than 50 journalists attended the event, filing on-the-scene stories featuring interviews with founders of Codecademy, Artsy, Fab, Stamped, and the other honored startups. Highlights of the coverage included a TechCrunch TV segment, in depth stories in Adweek, Fox Business, WNET’s MetroFocus, and Portfolio, and a slideshow on PCMag.com profiling each of the startups.

Permalink | Posted on May 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Time Inc. Names 10 NYC Startups to Watch

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 17, 2011

Time Inc. tapped PKPR to handle publicity for Ten NYC Startups to Watch, its flagship event during Internet Week New York 2011.

PKPR worked closely with the Time Inc. team on the project, including developing the concept for the event, announcing the startups recognized by Time Inc, and managing media at the sold-out party.

Coverage ranged from Adweek and Yahoo! Scene (check out the awesome video segment above) to the New York Daily News to Portfolio, NYConvergence, and New York Observer’s BetaBeat.  Reporters from more than 20 outlets attended the event, including the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Crain’s New York, and PaidContent.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Slavery Footprint

Slavery Footprint is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending forced labor, human trafficking, and modern day slavery through increased public awareness, action, and advocacy. The organization’s flagship initiative, developed in collaboration with the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, is an online survey and mobile app that enables consumers to both quantify the role of forced labor in their own lifestyles and to take action in market place. In addition to its digital activism tools, Slavery Footprint conducts community education and mobilization programs throughout the country.

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President Obama Praises Slavery Footprint

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 26, 2012


Aiming to help business eradicate forced labor from their supply chains, the White House last month announced a range of efforts to combat human trafficking including the launch of Made In A Free World, the first program of its kind aimed at helping companies ensure that no forced labor is used at any point in the creation of their products.

Made in A Free World was created by PKPR client Slavery Footprint with support and input from the State Department, leading NGOs, Dun and Bradstreet, and Ariba.

The news was announced in conjunction with President Barack Obama’s speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in September on ending modern slavery, where he singled out Slavery Footprint’s work: “Consumers can help by visiting slaveryfootprint.org. Speak up and insist our products aren’t made of forced labor.”

PKPR secured coverage for the launch of Made in a Free World in outlets from Fast Company to Take Part, as well as key industry trade publications covering supply chain management such as Human Resource Executive, Supply Chain Management Review, and Material Handling & Logistics.

 

Permalink | Posted on Oct 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Slavery Footprint profiled by Associated Press

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 30, 2011

PKPR secured a major feature on Slavery Footprint by the Associated Press. Written by reporter Beth Duff-Brown, the in-depth profile of founder Justin Dillon explored his journey from musician to filmmaker to anti-slavery crusader. The article has been picked up far and wide - from Yahoo! News to CBS News.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Slavery Footprint Hits One Million Milestone

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 18, 2011

We are thrilled to announce that more than one million people from around the world have calculated their Slavery Footprint. The creators of the site estimated they would reach this major milestone by the end of the year, but extensive media coverage and social media buzz accelerated the site’s momentum.

PKPR continues to secure major coverage for Slavery Footprint. Recent highlights include The Washington Post, TechCrunch TV (Check out clip below), Oprah.com, The Consumerist, MSNBC.com, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Guardian, Treehugger, UTNE, Food Republic, Bust Magazine, The Hairpin, and The Social Times.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:18 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Slavery Footprint Creators Profiled in Adweek

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 24, 2011

Slavery Footprint gets the full-page treatment in this week’s issue of Adweek. The creators of the website, Justin Dillon of Slavery Footprint and John Matejczyk of MUHTAYZIK | HOFFER, were photographed for the magazine’s weekly Portraits page, which spotlights groundbreaking marketing campaigns. PKPR developed the concept for the photo, which features the creators holding scores representing the numbers of slaves working for them as calculated by the Slavery Footprint site.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 24, 2011 at 11:08 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Slavery Footprint Launches at Clinton Global Initiative

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 23, 2011

If you are reading this on a smart phone or laptop, you have at have at least three slaves working for you, according to Slavery Footprint.

Aiming to personalize the complex issue of modern slavery, the provocative website and app provides consumers with an eye-opening assessment of how much their lifestyle depends on forced labor, as well as the tools to take action in the marketplace to begin creating a more free world.

PKPR is proud to be representing this groundbreaking initiative which was developed by Slavery Footprint, a non-profit dedicated to ending modern day slavery, in collaboration with the State Departments Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

PKPR developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy for the launch of the initiative, which was unveiled on the 149th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City this week.  We placed major launch day stories in outlets such as CNN Money (shared more than 2000 times on Facebook and Twitter), Fast Company, and Voice of America.  Other launch coverage highlights included The New York Times, Huffington Post, Wired, GOOD, and Mother Nature News.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 10:38 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Final Edition

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Satire with Teeth: The Final Edition Launches

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 28, 2011

The Last Timescast from The Final Edition on Vimeo.

PKPR handled publicity for the launch of TheFinalEdition.com, a new satire with teeth that promises to be an intelligent, in-the-know antidote to the cat and fratboy humor that dominates the Internet.
Led by editor in chief Tony Hendra, celebrated for his work on The National Lampoon, SPY Magazine, and the cult film This Is Spinal Tap, TheFinalEdition.com boast contributions by a whos who of comic geniuses - from Terry Jones, Peter Sagal (NPRs Wait WaitDont Tell Me!) and Mike Myers to rising stars like Alex Blagg and writers from Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Onion, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

Feature stories on the launch included Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Salon, Wired, Gawker, Politico, CNBC.com, New York Observer, Flavorwire, Time.com, Splitsider, ComedySmack, and ShinyShiny.

Permalink | Posted on May 28, 2011 at 12:51 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Friendfactor

Friendfactor is a non-profit organization dedicated to making it easy for straight friends to help their gay friends achieve full legal freedoms,

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Friendfactor helps win marriage equality in NY

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 28, 2011

PKPR was proud to play a role in the historic passage of same-sex marriage in New York State through our work with Friendfactor, a new non-profit that makes it easy for friends and family to support their gay loved ones. Friendfactor is one of the many organizations that came together under one united strategy to campaign for marriage equality in New York.

Through Friendfactor, more than 1,100 people set up their own personal campaign pages where friends could call their State Senator with just the click-of-a-mouse. After entering their zip code and phone number, friends automatically received a phone call connecting them directly to their State Senators office.

The list of people using Friendfactor to inspire their friends and family to make calls includes:

Christine Quinn
Cynthia Nixon
Ron Zacchi, executive director of Marriage Equality New York
Lance Bass
Andy Towle
Chelsea Handler
Kirstin Gillibrand
Sarah Silverman

PKPR secured coverage of Friendfactor’s innovative campaign in outlets including The New York Times (Want to Call Your Senator? Advocates Make It Easy), CBS News, New York Daily News, and New York Observer.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 28, 2011 at 12:54 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

New York Classical Theatre

Described as “a moveable feast: by the New York Times, New York Classical Theatre has won acclaim for its roving productions of classical plays by Shakespeare, Shaw, Moliere, and more in Central Park, Battery Park and the World Financial Center. Founded by Stephen Burdman in 2000, the company has performed 23 free plays for more than 85,000 spectators.

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A Glowing NY Times Review for The Tempest

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 06, 2013

New York Classical Theatre’s roving production of The Seagull in Central Park receives a glowing review by critic Anita Gates in today’s New York Times.  Next stop: the company makes it Brooklyn debut in Prospect Park on June 25th.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 06, 2013 at 1:08 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

On Land and Sea, Henry V Draws Crowds

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 15, 2011

In a summer filled with Shakespeare productions in New York City, PKPR helped New York Classical Theatre’s production of Henry V stand out from the crowd. It didn’t hurt that the production, part of The River To River Festival, was performed on both land and sea, with the audience and actors alike taking a ferry to Governors Island for the play’s famous battle scenes.

Highlights included a glowing review and photo gallery in the New York Times, two segments on WNYC, and features in the Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, New York Magazine, New York Post, and the New York Daily News.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Now in its eighteenth season, the GRAMMY Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BYC) is one of the countrys leading childrens choruses and is the ensemble of choice for internationally renowned orchestras and artists. The Chorus has performed with renowned artists such as Elton John, Nico Muhly, Lou Reed and John Legend, and has performed under the batons of Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Leon Botstein, and many others. In 2002, BYC debuted with the New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel in On the Transmigration of Souls, for which the Chorus won a GRAMMY Award.

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New Mizrahi Duds for Brooklyn Youth Chorus

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 14, 2011

One of the worlds most celebrated youth choirs is now also the best-dressed, thanks to acclaimed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.

The Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, which has performed with the likes of Elton John, Lou Reed, and Sufjan Steven, premiered it new line of choir robes custom-designed by the Brooklyn-born fashion icon during a performance with Manchester Orchestra on Late Night with David Letterman on May 12th.

“They had me at Brooklyn,” Mizrahi told the Daily News.

Check out their performance on Letterman below.

Permalink | Posted on May 14, 2011 at 12:24 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

PIN

PKPR is the U.S. partner of PIN, an international network of public relations firms created by London-based Paratus Communications. As a PIN partner, PKPR develops and implements U.S. strategy for Paratus Communications’ international clients.

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Solange Knowles & Chris Taylor Benefit Song

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 19, 2011

PKPR managed the U.S. launch of “Kenya”, an exclusive, donate to download track and video by Solange Knowles, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Twin Shadow. The track benefited RAIN, the Replenish Africa Initiative.

Coverage of the campaign included MTV.com, USA Today, Stereogum, Pitchfork, BET.com, SPIN, Idolator, Death + Taxes, The Quietus, and Hipster Runoff.

 

Permalink | Posted on Mar 19, 2011 at 12:11 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

RAIN (Replenish Africa Initiative)

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Rock & Roll Circus

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Rock & Roll Circus at Lincoln Center

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 12, 2011

The Rock & Roll Circus was a two-day, three-ring, musical extravaganza featuring Ariel Pink, Amazing Baby, Nick Zinner and Aska, Saint Motel, contortionist, acrobats, and more under the 40,000 square foot Big Apple Circus Tent at Lincoln Center on January 3rd and 4th.

Picking up where the best of 1968s legendary rock superstars left off, the all-new Rock & Roll Circus was a raucous, cutting-edge marriage of the best of circus spectacle and todays top musicians

Coverage included NBC New York, New York Press, BrooklynVegan, Stereogum, Village Voice, FREEwilliamsburg, The Fader, Flavorpill, Huffington Post, SPIN, PAPER, New York Times, BlackBook, WNYC, This Week in New York,  and Bumpershine,

Permalink | Posted on Jan 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

STELLAService

Dedicated to helping consumers make more informed online shopping decisions, STELLAService is the first and only independent provider of customer service ratings for online retailers. Using its proprietary, rigorous evaluation system, STELLAService rates thousands of retailers each year across a broad array of criteria, including usability and online tools, shipping and returns and customer support.

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Holidays are around the corner

By Alisa Finkelstein

Dec. 19, 2012

....and STELLAService knows which retailers will get your gifts delivered on time.

Just in time for Free Shipping Day, STELLAService released the average shipping times for the top 25 internet retailers.

Everyone from Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post to Kiplinger, Boston Globe, and The Budget Fashionista wanted to make sure their readers got their gifts on time!  Will your gift arrive by Christmas?

Permalink | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM by Alisa Finkelstein

Slate, Time cover STELLAService Back-to-School Study

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 29, 2012

In advance of Back to School shopping season, STELLAService studied just how much money shoppers save by purchasing school supplies on sites such as Walmart.com and Staples.com instead of going to the stores themselves. Their finding: the firm’s mystery shoppers spent significantly more to buy the same or comparable items online as they did offline.

Coverage of the STELLAService study included: CNBC, Time, Slate, PCMag, US News & World Report, and Consumerist.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

STELLAService CEO on PBS’ Nightly Business Report

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 23, 2012

As the $83.8 billion back-to-school shopping season kicks into high, a new STELLAService study revealed that while shopping online may save customers some time, a trip to the mall can pay off in savings as well as overall convenience.

PKPR secured wide coverage for the study, including an appearance by STELLAService CEO Jordy Leiser on PBS’ Nightly Business Report. Other placements included CNBC, Slate, Time.com, MediaPost, U.S. News & World Report, The Consumerist, and PCMag.com.

 

 

Permalink | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

YOU’VE GOT MAIL… not that it’s helpful

By Alisa Finkelstein

Jun. 27, 2012

Next time you’ve got a question while shopping online, think twice before firing off an email if you are expecting a helpful answer.

A study by STELLAService found that retailers answer customer emails completely just 54% of the time. There was some good news, however, for shoppers. Among the top 25 retailers, LLBean.com answered nearly 90% of customer emails thoroughly.

PKPR secured an exclusive with Mashable. Additional coverage ranged from The Consumerist to Fox Business to Yahoo! Shine

Permalink | Posted on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM by Alisa Finkelstein

STELLAService Facebook Survey on CNN

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 05, 2012

Revealing that many retailers still need to refine their social media manners, one quarter of twenty top brands surveyed failed to respond to customer service questions posted on their Facebook pages, according to a test conducted by STELLAService.

PKPR secured an exclusive on the survey on CNN.com and placed stories in numerous outlets including Time, PC World, CNET, PCMag.com, ZDNet, Mashable, Technorati, Entrepreneur, Mediabistro’s All Facebook, Brandchannel, and MarketingVox.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 05, 2012 at 11:40 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

STELLAService Rules Holiday Coverage

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 03, 2012

STELLAService finished 2011 with a bang, garnering coverage near and far for its studies of the retailers with fastest shipping, call support, and refunds.  Wall Street Journal, Lucky Magazine, MSN Money, Time, Aol Daily Finance, Smart Money, Business Insider, SheKnowsConsumerist, and The Street are just of the few many outlets that now turn to STELLAService for insight on consumer trends and news.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 03, 2012 at 1:31 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

CNBC on the “Zagats of Customer Service”

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 15, 2011

Need we say more. In a profile of STELLAService, CNBC’s Courtney Reagan calls the company “the Zagats of customer service.”

Permalink | Posted on Dec 15, 2011 at 10:59 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

STELLAService on CNN

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 23, 2011

If you’re flying on Virgin America for the Thanksgiving holiday, be prepared to wait on hold for a long time according to a study released today by STELLAService. The results were highlighted on CNN’s OutFront with Erin Burnett tonight, as well as outlets like Huffington Post, Consumerist, and The Street

Permalink | Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 10:28 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

STELLAService on NY1

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 28, 2011

Asa Asks STELLAService on NY1 from The STELLA Team on Vimeo.

NY1 profiles STELLAService.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 8:45 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

STELLAService in Real Simple

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 13, 2011

PKPR secured a perfect placement for STELLAService in the November issue of Real Simple (circulation 1.9 million). For a seven-page feature on Shopping Smart, Real Simple created the special graphic above to illustrate STELLAService’s research on the retailers with the fastest phone support.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 12:47 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Retailers Ditching Automated Phone Menus?

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 25, 2011

A new study released today brings good news for consumers fed up with being forced into the abyss of automated phone menus.

According to the STELLAService study, 21 of the Internets top 100 retailers, including Amazon.com, Blue Nile, LL Bean, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus, connect callers directly to live representatives, enabling them to avoid the endless maze of music, machines, and menu prompts used by most retailers.

The study also reveals that consumers can count on these 21 retailers for significantly shorter hold times. Overall, retailers that force customers into automated phone menus or IVRs (Interactive Voice Response) keep shoppers on hold for an average of 1 minute and 51 seconds, a 117 percent increase over the average hold time (51 seconds) for retailers that do not use automated phone menus.

Coverage of the study ranged from Yahoo! Finance (garnering more than 1200 comments and 600 Facebook recommendations to date) and Internet Retailer to Time.com and The Consumerist.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 25, 2011 at 3:57 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

STELLAService Survey Makes Headlines

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 17, 2011

STELLAService on Bloomberg TV’s ‘Street Smarts’ from The STELLA Team on Vimeo.

OfficeDepot.com and SierraTradingPost.com do not like to make their customers wait, according to a major new study of online retailers released this week by STELLAService, the first independent provider of customer service ratings for online companies.

In a survey of the Internets top 100 retailers by annual revenue, SierraTradingPost.com ranked first when it comes to the shortest average amount of time that customers have to wait on hold before talking to a live customer service representative (6 seconds), while OfficeDepot.com earned first place for responding to customer emails fastest (48 minutes).

PKPR rolled out the announcement by placing an exclusive story with Reuters, which was picked up around the Web - from MSNBC.com to Yahoo! News to FoxNews.com.

PKPR also secured segments on business TV networks like Bloomberg Television and NY1, as well as dozens of top online outlets, including Smart Money, CBS’s BNET, AOL Daily Finance, Consumerist, AOL’s WalletPop, Time.com, PC World, The Street, PCMag.com, dealnews.com, Portfolio.com, and Marketing Pilgrim.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 17, 2011 at 2:27 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

STELLAService in TechCrunch

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 21, 2011

PKPR is proud to announce that we are now representing STELLAService, the first independent customer service ratings provider for online retailers.

To kick things off, PKPR placed an exclusive story in TechCrunch today announcing that the company has raised $2 million in early stage funding. Other coverage including VentureWire, VentureBeat, and WWD.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from STELLAService in the coming months, including exclusive rankings of top retailers and new features and tools to help consumers shop smarter online.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a leading voice for arts and culture downtown and throughout New York City for almost 40 years, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy, and cultural development programs.

Visit the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Website →


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Xu Bing Exhibit in Wall Street Journal

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 12, 2011

To mark the tenth anniversary of September 11th, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council presented the U.S. premiere of “Where Does the Dust Itself Collect?” by artist Xu Bing.

Utilizing dust that Xu Bing collected from the streets of Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11, the installation recreates a 25-by-20-foot field of dust across the gallery floor that is punctuated by the outline of a Chan Buddhist poem, revealed as if the letters have been removed from under the dust. The powerful piece was featured in outlets from the Wall Street Journal to NY1.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 12, 2011 at 2:40 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

LMCC Commemorates September 11th

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 09, 2011

To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of September 11th, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), a former World Trade Center tenant, launched InSite: Art + Commemoration, a series of free public arts events and a special multimedia website that reflect on a decade of recovery, visioning and change in Downtown New York.

Founded shortly after the World Trade Centers opening in 1972, LMCC has brought art and culture to Downtown New York for nearly 40 years. On September 11, 2001 when the towers were destroyed, LMCC lost one of its artists-in-residence, Michael Richards, along with its offices, residency spaces, and cultural archives. Since then, LMCC has spearheaded efforts to rebuild the neighborhood through ambitious arts projects, including a $5 million Downtown Cultural Grants initiative, the River To River Festival, now in its tenth season, and the transformation of more than 300,000 square feet of vacant real estate into artist studios and exhibition spaces.

PKPR implemented a comprehensive strategy that included securing an in depth feature on the history of LMCC’s work in the Wall Street Journal - “Arts Continue to Blossom in Post 9/11 Manhattan”—a segment on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show, and features in Newsday and The New York Daily News. LMCC’s initiative was also prominently included in round-ups of anniversary arts events, such as Associated Press, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WNYC, WNET, Metropolis Magazine, Art in America, and ArtNet.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 09, 2011 at 12:27 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

A Floating Poem on Governors Island

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 02, 2011

Hundreds of balloons featuring hand-written lines of poetry contributed by visitors created a floating poem at LMCC’s Building 110 on Governors Island. Created by The Cause Collective, the installation was covered by numerous outlets including WNYC, Tribeca Citizen, Village Voice, New York Observer, Bloomberg.com, ArtSlant, Gothamist, and NY Art Beat.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 02, 2011 at 12:01 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

LMCC in Wall Street Journal

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 10, 2011

On the eve of Governors Island opening for the summer, PKPR placed a feature in the Wall Street Journal on Building 110, a former military warehoused transformed into open arts studios and exhibition space by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Permalink | Posted on May 10, 2011 at 2:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

FashionPlaytes

FashionPlaytes.com is the first design-it-yourself fashion destination site for girls ages 5-12. The site lets girls be fashion designers and create a line of clothing they can actually wear. With over 5 million design combinations, FashionPlaytes.com offers a fun, creative outlet for self-expression and engaging shared experiences for girls worldwide.

Visit the FashionPlaytes Website →


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FashionPlaytes Profiled in Family Circle

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 16, 2012

PKPR secured a terrific piece on FashionPlaytes founder Sarah McIlroy in the May 2012 issue of Family Circle. Sarah and her daughters are profiled in a feature story on moms who founded successful businesses with their families.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

FashionPlaytes in Parents Magazine

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 16, 2011

FashionPlaytes is showcased as a “must have” in the October 2011 issue Parents Magazine (circulation 2.2. million)

Permalink | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 2:19 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

FashionPlaytes Back-To-School Campaign

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 26, 2011

With back-to-school the second biggest shopping season of the year, PKPR developed a comprehensive campaign positioning FashionPlaytes as a way for girls to ease the back-to-school jitters and gain confidence by designing their own outfit for the all-important first day of school.

PKPR’s strategy involved outreach to key national media, including securing a rave review from Parenting.com that hailed the site as “better back to school shopping for girls.” Another fun placement included a shout out on HerSay with Soleil Moon Frye.

We also placed articles in local outlets across the country featuring interviews with local moms and daughters - from Long Island Newsday and the Staten Island Advance to Boston Parent, Lowcountry Parent, and Arizona Family.

Finally, PKPR coordinated in-studio fashion shows with local customers in markets across the country, including Miami, Dallas, Columbus, San Diego, and Seattle. You can watch some of the local segments below.

Fox (Dallas)

   

NBC (Miami)

Permalink | Posted on Aug 26, 2011 at 7:35 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

FashionPlaytes.com on The Today Show

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 02, 2011

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

FashionPlaytes.com was highlighted as one of “five fun, affordable buys for kids” on The Today Show this morning, resulting in the largest traffic spike to the site in the company’s three-year history. Watch the segment above (FashionPlaytes starts at about 1:15).

Permalink | Posted on Aug 02, 2011 at 2:37 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

FashionPlaytes in Working Mother, PBS Kids

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 17, 2011

FashionPlaytes, which lets young girls design and wear their own outfits, continues to win raves from influential parenting outlets. Working Mother, PBS Kids, Yahoo! Shine, BabyCenter, and Imagination Soup are just a few of the high-profile pubs that have recently sung its praises.

Permalink | Posted on May 17, 2011 at 11:51 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Good Housekeeping Loves FashionPlaytes.com

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 24, 2011

PKPR is thrilled to announced that we are now representing FashionPlaytes.com, an online service that lets girls age 5-12 design and wear their own clothes.

To launch the campaign, we arranged for FashionPlaytes to be tested and reviewed by the influential Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Naming it a “Best Product,” Good Housekeeping raved about the service, calling it a “great website for girls that are interested in fashion.”

Stay tuned for more exciting news from this up-and-coming company.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:24 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Zeckendorf Towers

Zeckendorf Towers is a 670 unit, mixed-use condominium located on Union Square. The distinctive four-tower, pyramid-topped, building is a common site to all who are familiar with the area. The building features landscaped roof gardens and courtyards, a full service health club, and a sky lobby supplementing the services provided by the street level concierge. Zeckendorf Towers was first opened for occupancy in 1987, and is credited with initiating the re-vitalization of the Union Square area. Maxwell Kates on-site staff has been managing the building since 1991. 

Visit the Zeckendorf Towers Website →


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NYC now home to largest smoke-free building in U.S.

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 27, 2013


Zeckendorf Towers is now the largest smoke-free residential building in the country thanks to a vote taken this week by the building’s residents. PKPR secured coverage for groundbreaking measure in outlets including New York Post, NY1, WNYW, Globe St. The Real Deal, Real Estate Weekly, Gothamist, Curbed New York, and Brick Underground.

Permalink | Posted on May 27, 2013 at 8:42 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

NYC’s Largest Residential Green Roof Unveiled

By Alisa Finkelstein

Dec. 18, 2010


Zeckendorf Towers, the famed pyramid-topped building that initiated the revitalization of Union Square more than 20 years ago, set a new benchmark for the booming neighborhood with the opening of the citys largest residential green roof last month.

Located at One Irving Place, the 14,000 square-foot green roof will put the full block, mixed-use property at the forefront of New York Citys new green roof initiative. In late September, Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off NYC Green Infrastructure, a major campaign aimed at integrating infrastructure, such as green roofs, to improve water and air quality, cool the City, and reduce energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

Coverage included a front page Sunday real estate section story in the New York TimesNY1, Metro NY, Crain’s NY Business , Curbed NY, DNAinfo and Real Estate Weekly.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 18, 2010 at 1:41 PM by Alisa Finkelstein

New York Opera Society

The New York Opera Society (NYOS) benefits artists and audiences alike through high quality, performance-driven, just-in-time productions here and abroad, offering fresh and sometimes provocative interpretations of contemporary and classical works.

Visit the New York Opera Society Website →


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Opera on Internet Addiction Stirs Controversy

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 23, 2010

In a world increasingly dominated by texts and tweets, a timely new opera offered a digital-age take on the time-honored tragic heroine.

“The Empty Hours” (Las Horas Vacias) by acclaimed Spanish composer Ricardo Llorca had its staged world premiere at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on November 19th. The tale of a lonely woman whose obsession with the internet fuels an extraordinary fantasy world, “The Empty Hours” was presented by the New York Opera Society in a special, one-night only performance.

PKPR secured an in-depth feature on the opera in the Wall Street Journal (“The Music of Modern Mania”), and previews on WNET’s Sunday Arts, WNYC, and TheaterMania.

We also leveraged the opera’s Internet theme to generate buzz in outlets like Time.com, Wired.com, Time Out New York, and Mediabistro.

Watch the full episode. See more SundayArts.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 23, 2010 at 3:48 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

zozi.com

zozi.com believes that everyone should experience what this amazing world has to offer. The site enables customers to easily find and book deals - locally and around the world - at up to 80% off. Think sailing school, kayaking tours, fire-eating lessons, cooking classes, dance lessons, wine tasting, trekking, racecar driving, and more.

Visit the zozi.com Website →


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zozi.com in Cosmopolitan

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 03, 2011

PKPR placed a great item on zozi in the October issue of Cosmopolitan (circulation: 3 million), which highlighted the site as “a Groupon for adrenaline junkies.”

Permalink | Posted on Oct 03, 2011 at 11:28 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Travelers tap into zozi.com for summer vacations

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 15, 2011

PKPR took advantage of the summer travel season to position zozi.com as an indispensable tool for anyone looking for discounts on cool vacation experiences, whether traveling to another city or planning a weekend adventure or getaway. Coverage has included Associated Press, Redbook, Family Circle, National Geographic Traveler, Outdoors Magazine, Bankrate, and Fox Business News.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:39 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

zozi in Techcrunch, WSJ All Things D

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 03, 2011

Strengthening its position as the leader in truly unique local activities and travel experiences, zozi announced this week that it raised $7 million in funding, bringing the companys lifetime financing to $10 million. The announcement made headlines around the Web, including Techcrunch (we loved the headline: zozi raises $7 million to let you swim with sharks…at a discount.), WSJ’s All Things D, PaidContent (which named zozi one of the “next big players in the daily deals space”), Xconomy, Tnooz, San Francisco Business Times, and Silicon Valley Wire

Permalink | Posted on Jun 03, 2011 at 7:33 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

zozi.com Takes WABC-TV on NYC Subway Race

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 03, 2011

zozi.com is all about helping people get the most of out of their cities for less. Case in point: a race in the New York City subway system that leads contestants to the Big Apple undergrounds’ hidden secrets and passageways. zozi.com co-founder Dan Gruneberg shows WABC-TV’s Lauren Glassberg how zozi can help New Yorkers experience the city’s coolest and most unique activities without breaking the bank.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 03, 2011 at 3:31 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Compagnia de’ Colombari

Compagnia de Colombari is an international collaborative of performing artists born in Orvieto, Italy, and based in New York City.  Colombari is dedicated to new and old works from diverse traditions and cultures, creating spectacles for the public free of charge.

Visit the Compagnia de’ Colombari Website →


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Medieval Play Comes to Life on NYC Streets

By Alisa Finkelstein

Dec. 20, 2010

The medieval mystery play got a 21st century update in December when the Christmas story was brought to life on the streets of New York City through a raucous mix of music, dance, song, and drink.

In Strangers and Other Angels, Manhattans Morningside Heights became the backdrop for a wild, joyful re-imagination of the centuries-old Second Shepherds Play. The production wound inside and outside venues throughout the neighborhood, from Sakura Park near Riverside Church to the Union Theological Seminary. Gathering crowds along the way, the performance culminated with a celebratory dance involving the entire cast and audience and food and drink for all to share.

PKPR placed stories in NY Daily News, WNYC, Metro NY, NY1, Time Out New York Kids, NY Press and New York Times.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 20, 2010 at 11:02 AM by Alisa Finkelstein

Walt Whitman Returns to Streets of New York City

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 17, 2010

Walt Whitmans masterpiece Song of Myself was brought to life in neighborhoods throughout his beloved New York in a stirring music-theater adaptation making it world debut earlier this month.

From May 5-14, Compagnia de Colombari presented MORE OR LESS I AM in venues ranging from the poets Long Island birthplace to Grant’s Tomb. The play was conceived and directed by company founder Karin Coonrod, with music by members of the genre-defying string ensemble Brooklyn Rider.

PKPR handled publicity for the roving production, securing a glowing review from The New Yorker’s Ian Crouch, who wrote: “For an hour, it felt as though wed created, audience and performers together, a real community. To risk sounding trite, wed become Whitmans Americans living in his America.”

Other coverage included features in Newsday, American Theater Magazine, Gay City News, and The Brooklyn Paper, as well as previews in Theatermania, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, and This Week in New York.

Permalink | Posted on May 17, 2010 at 11:05 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Bryce & Co.

Featured in outlets from Elle Dcor to In Style and found in the homes of such fans as Alex Rodriquez and Helena Christensen, Bryce & Co.s menswear-inspired line is made in New York City by a team of tailors using sartorial touches like pickstitching, binding and hand-finishing. The collection, created by former menswear designer Douglas Bryce, is distinctive for weaving cashmere, fine cotton and silk into classic tailored patterns like check, pinstripe chalk stripe and herringbone.

Visit the Bryce & Co. Website →


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Bryce & Co. Holiday Store in West Village

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 21, 2009

PKPR helped publicize the launch of Bryce & Co.‘s Luxorious Home, a special holiday store opened by our friend Douglas Bryce. The West Village pop-up featured a collection of throws, pillows, and scarves boasting the sartorial style of hand-tailored suits and custom shirts. Coverage included Thrillist, NYMag.com, Racked, New York Times, Fashion Prospectress, Apartment Therapy, LelaLuxe, and more.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 21, 2009 at 4:48 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Vintage Magazine

Vintage Magazine, launched in November 2009, is a celebration of design, culture, and the creative possibilities of print. Inspired by Fleur Cowles’ legendary Flair (published 1950-51), Vintage Magazine invites an eclectic roster of writers and artists to survey the historic impact of art, music, fashion, food, travel, and more. In both its content and artful construction, the biannual magazine embodies the word “vintage” in its broadest sense - one that connotes style, excellence, and timeless elegance.

Visit the Vintage Magazine Website →


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Raves for Second Issue of Vintage Magazine

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 08, 2010

“A reading experience so unique, there could never be an app for that.” - San Francisco Chronicle

“The mag illuminates the possibilities of print.” - The National Post

“Perusing Vintage is like sipping a Tanqueray and tonic at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore—a pleasurable blast from the past.” - Mediapost

Those are just a few of the accolades the press has heaped upon the much-anticipated second issue of Vintage Magazine. Other fans range from influential design critic Stephen Heller, who writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review to Mr. Magazine to BettyConfidential.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 08, 2010 at 11:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Vintage Magazine Named a Top Launch of ‘09

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 20, 2009

In a world of Kindles and tweets, the launch of Vintage Magazine offered a timely reminder of the pleasures and power of the printed page.

Showcasing a treasure trove of textures, fonts, folds, and die-cuts. Vintage Magazine’s celebration of print earned it high marks from a wide range of outlets - from a Brilliant Highbrow citation in New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix to the distinction of one of the top 25 magazine launches from the influential Media Industry Newsletter. Thanks to coverage in Women’s Wear Daily, Cool Hunting, Mr. Magazine, Folio, Library Journal, and many more outlets, the premiere issue sold out. Stay tuned for issue #2 in May 2010.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 20, 2009 at 3:22 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Wonderwall from MSN

Wonderwall is MSN’s exclusive celebrity destination. Launch in February 2009, it has quickly become the #2 celebrity site on the Web, with over 11MM unique users coming to the site every month. Its innovative design, based on a dynamic wall of photos scrolling horizontall, and its witty editorial tone makes it stand out in the crowded digital celebrity space.

Visit the Wonderwall from MSN Website →


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Wonderwall in EW, Huffington Post

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 16, 2010

Who do celebrities secretly wish followed them on Twitter?  Wonderwall.com asked some of the biggest celebrity Tweeters and got some surprising answers.

The responses from stars like Russell Simmons, Joss Stone, Brandy, and James Van Der Beek generated major buzz, including an exclusive photo gallery on The Huffington Post and a feature on Entertainment Weekly.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:49 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

MTV, Gawker Love Lucy

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 01, 2010

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&amp;from=sp&amp;vid=6fecc039-9d0d-4362-8ad0-aa6b479e5e30" target="_new" title="Exclusive Jonas Brothers Interview">Video: Exclusive Jonas Brothers Interview</a>

Hailed as a mini Chris Matthews by MTV, Lucy, Wonderwalls intrepid 9-year old reporter, has become a bit of Web celeb. Her interview with actor Jason Segal was named one of the top videos of the day by Gawker, while other outlets from USAToday.com to J-14 have sung her praises.

 

Permalink | Posted on Jul 01, 2010 at 11:58 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Thumbs Up for Wonderwall’s Celebritweets Theater

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 12, 2010

<a href="http://video.msn.com?mkt=en-us&amp;playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:f3c81b03-859e-4a0d-a401-4e8fddfdf4f2&amp;showPlaylist=true&amp;from=IV2_en-us_wonderwall" target="_new" title="Conan lands a job at Home Depot">Video: Conan lands a job at Home Depot</a>

Twitter is teeming with celebrities, and their Tweets have become a ripe target for satire. Case in point: Celebritweets Theater, an animated series from MSN’s Wonderwall which imagines the real story behind some of the more bizarre celebrity Tweets.

To introduce the series to a wider audience, PKPR secured features on Celebritweets Theater to influential sites covering the intersection of pop culture and social media, including Mashable, Tubefilter News, and The Frisky.  Individual episodes have also been highlighted in diverse outlets from CosmoGirl and Buzzfeed to Awards Daily and Ear Sucker.

Permalink | Posted on May 12, 2010 at 11:17 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Wonderwall Sparks Gossip Frenzy

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 09, 2010

Who doesn’t love a little gossip…

When Project Runway’s Tim Gunn questioned the style taste of the Kardashians in an exclusive interview with Wonderwall, PKPR’s buzz-making machine kicked into high gear. After strategically placing items on the interview in key outlets like Pink is the New Blog, Perez Hilton, Huffington Post, and NYMag.com, the story snowballed into a gossip free-for-all, prompting segments on The Joy Behar Show and The Wendy Williams Show and in-depth feature (“Kim vs. Tim”) in the New York Post

Permalink | Posted on Mar 09, 2010 at 11:28 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Parents Circle - Family Forum

Parents Circle-Family Forum is a grassroots organization of Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost loved ones in the regions conflict. Dedicated to promoting peace and reconciliation rather than revenge, PCFF spreads its message through such initiatives as youth seminars, lectures, and public dialogues. In 2009, it will present over 1,000 programs in Arab and Israeli schools throughout Israel.

Visit the Parents Circle - Family Forum Website →


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Exhibit Puts Spotlight on Peace and Reconciliation

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 21, 2009

PKPR managed publicity for Cartoons in Conflict: Editorial Cartoonists Explore the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, an exhibit featuring works by forty renowned artists, including Pulitzer Prize winners Pat Oliphant and Jim Morin, syndicated political cartoonist Jeff Danziger, and The New Yorkers Liza Donnelly.

The exhibit was co-presented by Parents Circle Families Forum, a grassroots organization of Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost loved ones in the regions conflict.

Coverage highlights ranged from an appearance on CNN by family members Robi Damelin and Mazen Faraj to an in depth profile of Parents Circle in the New York Daily News to slideshows of the cartoons in Time Out New York and Gothamist. Other placements included The New Yorker, Flavorpill, The Jewish Standard, Free Speech Radio News, and GRITtv with Laura Flanders.

 

Permalink | Posted on Dec 21, 2009 at 1:57 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Arts Brookfield

With an emphasis on commissioned works, site-specific installations and premieres, Arts Brookfield is the largest year-round, free performing arts and cultural presenter on the East coast.

Visit the Arts Brookfield Website →


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Brookfield Place’s Holiday Lights Wow NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 10, 2015


New York’s most spectacular new holiday lighting display is wowing crowds - and the media - at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden. The massive canopy of 650 lantern that pulse and glow with ever-changing colors is providing an unforgettable setting for a range of holiday events - from a Quiet Clubbing Dance Party to The Nutcracker.

PKPR has secured coverage in outlets including The New York Times, Gothamist, Time Out New York, Inhabitat, am New York, Untapped Cities , About.com, and Spoiled NYC.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 9:01 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Theatre for One in NY Times, New Yorker, AP

By Chelsea Katz

Jun. 06, 2015

Arts Brookfield’s presentation of I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am, a collection of six new five-minute plays commissioned for production in Theatre for One’s mobile 4-by-8-foot theater, was a major success, garnering national and local media coverage.

I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am was reviewed in The New York Times by chief theatre critic Ben Brantley, who said it reminded him “that theater is nearly always about creating an intense intimacy, or the illusion of it.” It was also reviewed in The New Yorker, New York Theatre, and in an Associated Press feature, which was syndicated to several other national and international news outlets.

It was also featured in NY1, and even Modern Family’s Ty Burrell loved Theatre For One. You can see his reaction to the show in this great WPIX segment.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 06, 2015 at 2:33 PM by Chelsea Katz

Sharon Jones Rocks Lowdown Hudson Blues

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 18, 2014

The New Yorker previewed this week’s Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at Brookfield Place Plaza with the full-page opener in the Goings on About Town section.

Other coverage highlights included Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, The New York Observer, NY1, BrooklynVegan, Flavorpill, New York Post, and amNY.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Global Beat Fest in New York Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 18, 2014

Today’s New York Times features a wonderful review of DakhaBrakha and Poor Rich Boy at the closing night of the first-ever Global Beat Festival at Brookfield Place Winter Garden.

Other coverage of the festival included two segments on WNYC’s Soundcheck Gig Alert, a Perfect Weekend pick in Time Out New York, and a preview on NY1.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Canstruction Charms NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 07, 2013

Canstruction, the world’s coolest art competition and food drive, once again transformed Brookfield Place into pop art wonderland with over 25 sculptures created from 100,000 cans of food. 

PKPR secured coverage far and wide—from national outlets like ABC News, USA Today, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Mediabistro Unbeige to NYC media like Time Out New York, New York Post, Gothamist, am New York, CW11 Morning News, and Curbed.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 07, 2013 at 1:39 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Lowdown rises with B.B. King, Los Lobos

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 23, 2013

The third annual Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at Brookfield Place featured two days of free music with the legendary B.B. King, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo and The James Hunter Six.

Pre-festival media coverage in outlets like the New York Times, PIX Morning News, and DNAinfo helped bring an audience of 20,000 people to lower Manhattan.

The Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival has now been established as one of New York City’s premiere music festivals as Time Out New York declared that it’s “hard to argue with a sweet free fest like this one.”

AM New York crowed “if you’re feeling blue, this music festival is sure to lift your spirits.”

And the New York Daily News raved that the free festival would produce “the greatest night of Latino roots rock New York will see this year.”

Permalink | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Major feature on Arts Brookfield in NY Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 01, 2012

Wow! PKPR secured a front page Arts section feature on our longtime client Arts Brookfield. In an in-depth piece by culture reporter Allan Kozinn, the Times explores how Brookfield Properties, under the leadership of Artistic Director Debra Simon, “has emerged as a surprisingly significant player in the arts” in New York City and nationwide.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 01, 2012 at 11:40 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival hits NYC, Letterman

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 17, 2012

Arts Brookfield’s second annual Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, with headliners Buddy Guy and Neko Case, brought an estimated 20,000 people to the World Financial Center Plaza on July 11th and 12th.

To position the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival as a major national festival, PKPR booked Buddy Guy on the Late Show with David Letterman to sit in as a special guest with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra.

PKPR built up anticipation for the festival with coverage in Time Out New York (#1 critics pick), New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, AM New York, Newsday, New Yorker, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Flavorpill, Brooklyn Vegan, The L Magazine, and Bust Magazine.

Post coverage of the festival included two NY1 segments, one of which featured Buddy Guy interviewed by George Whipple, as well as Rolling Stone, a Village Voice review,  a Time Out New York slideshow, and two days of photo sets on Brooklyn Vegan.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 17, 2012 at 4:05 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

From the White House to Lowdown Hudson Blues

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 22, 2012

Blues legend Buddy Guy, fresh from jamming with President Obama at an all-star concert at the White House last month, will join celebrated chanteuse Neko Case to headline a free two-day blues music festival in Lower Manhattan on July 11th and 12th at the World Financial Center Plaza.

To announce the show, PKPR secured an exclusive in The New York Times, a segment on NY1 featuring Buddy Guy performing with President Obama, and coverage in BrooklynVegan. Time Out New York named its one of the top Blues/Jazz/World Music concerts of the summer and it was highlighted in both The New York Times and New York Post’s summer previews.

And set your DVRs for July 11th: PKPR booked Buddy Guy to perform on Late Night with David Letterman!

Permalink | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 2:13 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Silent Films/Live Music at World Financial Center

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 27, 2012

THE MINERS' HYMNS Trailer from Icarus Films on Vimeo.

Arts Brookfield at World Financial Center shined a spotlight on the modern master of archival and experimental film, Bill Morrison, in a free, four-night series pairing his acclaimed features with music by some of today’s most renowned composers. Hailed by Variety as one of the most adventurous American filmmakers, Morrison mixes decaying footage from old silent movies with wildly experimental original images and scores to create a stunning film-going experience. The series kicked-off and culminated with live performances by two celebrated new-music orchestras. The Wordless Music Orchestra accompanied Morrison’s The Miners’ Hymns, while The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble performed the score for Morrison’s masterpiece Decasia.

Coverage highlights ranged from reviews by Jon Pareles in The New York Times and Tobias Carol in The L Magazine to interviews with Morrison in IndieWire and Downtown Express to a Best of the Fests in Time Out New York.

Permalink | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Canstruction NYC Makes National Headlines

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 22, 2011

For the second year in a row, PKPR handled publicity for Canstruction, the annual design competition which helps feed hungry New Yorkers during the Thanksgiving season.

26 of New York City’s leading architecture firms designed larger-than-life sculptures out of more than 100,000 unopened cans of food, all of which were then donated to City Harvest. Highlights of this year’s competition included sculptures of Angry Birds, a Converse sneaker, and Alexander McQueen’s high heels made famous by Lady Gaga. 

Highlights of this year’s coverage included features in the Wall Street Journal and MTV.com, a segment on WNYC, a Best Bets pick in New York Magazine, a shout out from Perez Hilton, and photo galleries in Time Out New York and Gothamist

Other national coverage ranged from ELLE Decor, WWD, and This Old House’s Bob Vila to Scholastic, TreeHugger, and Curbed.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 22, 2011 at 11:13 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Jules Feiffer Celebrated at World Financial Center

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 08, 2011

Jules Feiffer’s beloved modern Dancer, whose cartoon figure ran for 40 years in The Village Voice, was celebrated by Arts World Financial Center in a series of special events during River To River Festival.

The centerpiece was the NY premiere of The Dancer Films, a collection of six very short films directed by Judy Dennis and featuring Andrea Weber of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as the iconic character. Taking the experience further, Arts World Financial Center presented an exhibition of Feiffer’s original Dancer drawings alongside new works in A Dance To Spring: The Drawings of Jules Feiffer.

PKPR was thrilled to secure an in depth, front page Arts section feature on The Dancer Films, showcasing interviews with Feiffer, Dennis, Weber, and the film’s choreographers Susan Marshall and Larry Keigwin. Other highlights included features in The Village Voice and a segment on WNET’s Sunday Arts.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 08, 2011 at 1:29 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tweets, Texts, and Theater

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 17, 2011

This was one performance where the audience was not asked to turn off its phones.

In “The Attendants” by The Nerve Tank, audience members were invited to send text messages and tweets to influence the actions of two performers enclosed in an eight-foot plastic cube in the middle of the World Financial Center, one of New York City’s busiest business hubs. People around the world were also able to send messages and watch every move via a live webcam feed at www.NerveTank.com.

Features on this extraordinary production included The New York Times, NY1, amNY, Village Voice, Time Out New York, City Arts, Flavorpill, Tribeca Tribune, and DNAinfo.

Permalink | Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:56 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Rover “roves” the World Financial Center

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 12, 2011

The sound of Carnival carousing and swordfights filled the World Financial Center this March when it presented a production of The Rover, a 17th Century Restoration comedy by Aphra Behn, the first professional female playwright in the English language.

From March 2nd through March 20th, Aphra Behn’s biting comedy of manners transformed the bustling business hub into 17th Century Naples at the height of Carnival, including live music and songs performed by the actors themselves. The New York Classical Theatre production employed the company’s signature panoramic staging style, taking audience members up and down staircases and around mezzanines throughout the 3.5-acre venue. Helmed by director Karin Coonrod, the bawdy, full-blooded romp unfolded not just in front of the audience but all around it.

See reviews of The Rover in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Back Stage, Downtown Express, NY Theatre, and Off Off Online.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 12, 2011 at 11:54 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

New York Times: A Musical About Robert Moses?

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jan. 13, 2011

Highlights from a forthcoming full-length musical exploring the controversial life and legacy of urban planner Robert Moses will have its world premiere at the World Financial Center Winter Garden on Saturday, January 15th. 

In an in depth preview on the front page of the Arts section of the New York Times today, reporter Robin Pogrebrin went behind-the-scenes with Moses biographer Robert Caro to meet the musical’s composer, Gary S. Fagin, and celebrated actor and singer Rinde Eckert, who will portray the city’s “Master Builder.”

Permalink | Posted on Jan 13, 2011 at 8:04 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Canstruction Dazzles NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 29, 2010

Over 100,000 full cans of food were transformed into epic eye candy when they were assembled into fanciful, mind-boggling sculptures at the World Financial Center Winter Garden this month.

The fantastical installations, created by 25 teams of architects and engineers, were part of Canstruction, an exhibit and design competition that drops jaws in more ways than one. In addition to being a visual smorgasbord for New Yorkers to feast their eyes on, Canstruction is an inspired campaign aimed at raising hunger awareness during the Thanksgiving season. At the closing of the exhibit, the pop art was dismantled and donated to City Harvest for distribution to programs that feed hungry New Yorkers.

Coverage of the exhibition included CNN, New York Times, New York Post, WABC, Metro, Time Out New York, Flavorpill, NBC New York, and Gothamist.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 29, 2010 at 3:21 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Shepard Fairey Mural at World Financial Center

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 11, 2010

Celebrated artist Shepard Fairey (of the Obama “Hope” poster fame) guided more than 100 young New Yorkers in creating a powerful 40-foot long mural that made its public debut at the World Financial Center this month.  The mural, A Positive Thought Cannot Be Denied, expresses the kids’ views on teen violence, the environment, education and other issues relating to social justice.

Coverage included WNET Sunday Arts (video below), Time Out New York, Village Voice, Time Out New York Kids, Gothamist, DNAinfo.com, Newsday, Curated, and The Dirt Floor.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 11, 2010 at 10:17 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Chopin Festival Garners Worldwide Coverage

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 11, 2010

To celebrate Frederic Chopin’s 200th birthday on March 1st, Arts World Financial Center mounted one of the most ambitious tributes in the world, with more than 200 hours of music performed by nearly 200 pianists.

PKPR garnered international coverage for the week-long event, starting with a Reuters article that was syndicated from Vancouver to Sydney. The New York Post and Time Out New York named it a top pick of the week, while other highlights included New York Times, New Yorker, Flavorpill, and WNET.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 11, 2010 at 12:40 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Hamlet in the New York Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 05, 2010

As featured in today’s New York Times, the bustling World Financial Center will be transformed into Elsinore Castle next month when it hosts a free production of Hamlet that will inhabit the sprawling venue as its set.

From April 1-18, New York Classical Theatre will perform William Shakespeare’s tragedy in their signature panoramic staging style, with the audience being drawn into Hamlet’s world as they follow the actors down staircases and around mezzanines throughout the entire World Financial Center complex.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 05, 2010 at 3:47 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

mydeskfriend

mydeskfriend is a small robot companion that lives on your desk, next to your computer. With its own life and personality, it connects to your Facebook profile to keep you in touch with your community. mydeskfriend was developed by Arimaz, a technology company based in Switzerland. PKPR is managing the November 2009 launch of mydeskfriend in the United States.

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Tiny robot brings Facebook to life

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Dec. 14, 2009

PKPR managed the launch of mydeskfriend, a tiny robotic penguin that connects users to Facebook and other Websites. To kick off the campaign, PKPR oversaw the creation of the launch video above, which was included in dozens of articles about the product. Highlights of the launch coverage include CNET, Time.com’s Techland, Gizmodo, AOL’s Asylum, UberGizmo, Best Stuff, Roger’s Spotlight, Neon Punch, and Coated.

PKPR also arranged product giveaways on sites like Gear Diary and Gadgeteer.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 14, 2009 at 2:18 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Aubrey Daniels

Bestselling author Aubrey Daniels is one of the world’s leading experts on human behavior in the workplace. PKPR has managed publicity for his two most recent books - Measure of a Leader (2005) and Oops!. (2009).

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Aubrey Daniels in The Business Insider

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 08, 2012

PKPR worked with author Aubrey Daniels to develop and place this fun and useful essay in The Business Insider on what managers can learn from the new boss on The Office.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 08, 2012 at 12:24 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Aubrey Daniels on “Managing the Albert Haynesworths” in This Morning’s Washington Post

By Brian

Aug. 19, 2010

The author behind “Oops! 13 Management Practices That Waste Time & Money And What To Do Instead” writes about how overvaluing smart, talented employees is a practice as common in the NFL as it is in the boardroom. (link)

Permalink | Posted on Aug 19, 2010 at 11:20 AM by Brian

To gift or not to gift?

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Nov. 23, 2009

For National Boss Day on October 16th, author Aubrey Daniels wrote a great blog post on the pros and cons of giving your boss a gift.

PKPR has leveraged the blog post to secure coverage in a wide mix of media outlets including USA Today (“Should workers suck up to the boss or not?”), MSNBC, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Today’s Workplace.

Permalink | Posted on Nov 23, 2009 at 7:14 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

TV’s Worst Bosses

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 10, 2009

To continue to build momentum around OOPS! 13 Management Practices that Waste Time and Money (and what to do instead), PKPR worked with author Aubrey Daniels to develop an original blog post on how some of TV’s top bosses (e.g. 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon and Entourage’s Ari Gold) stack up against the management pitfalls highlighted in Oops!  .

Using the blog post, PKPR outreached to wide mix of blogs and media outlets, encouraging them to interview Aubrey or share his blog post with their followers and readers. Coverage ranged from an in-depth story in The Globe and Mail to AOL’s WalletPop to Occupational Health & Safety Online.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 10, 2009 at 7:00 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Book Challenges Business to Reform

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 14, 2009

With executives under fire for driving their companies into the ground—and with them the global economy—a new book by bestselling author Aubrey Daniels, Oops!, say it’s time for a paradigm shift that focuses on the root of business mismanagement: individual behavior.

PKPR has secured extensive coverage for Oops!—from an in depth feature and slide show in BusinessWeek to an interview on ABC News Now, as well as Financial Post, The Cranky Middle Manager, Training Magazine, and EHS Today.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:53 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Praise for New Leadership Book

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 29, 2006

PKPR managed the national publicity campaign for Measure of a Leader by workplace behavior expert Aubrey Daniels. Coverage included: Workforce Management, TomPeters.com, Montreal Gazette, Washington Post, Harvard Management Update, Management Issues, and Training + Development Magazine

Permalink | Posted on May 29, 2006 at 5:56 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Hudson River Pilings Project

Sculptor Joan Benefiel will install 10-foot tall translucent orange figures atop the abandoned Hudson River pier pilings in 2009.

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Hudson River Pilings Project Announced

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 15, 2009

PKPR helped organize a launch party to announce the Hudson River Piling Project, a temporary art installation by sculptor Joan Benefiel. To help spread the word on how the public can support this exciting public art event, PKPR placed preview stories in such NYC culture outlets as Flavorwire, Cool Hunting, and Brooklyn Modern. Visit Joan’s site to learn how you can be a part of this historic project..

Permalink | Posted on Jun 15, 2009 at 9:37 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Theodore Bikel: The First 85 Years

Broadway and folk music legend Theodore Bikel, a lifelong social justice advocate, will celebrate a rich career devoted to art and activism with a star-studded 85th birthday benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. All proceeds will go to the Juvenile Law Center,

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Bikel Concert Benefits Juvenile Law Center

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 17, 2009

PKPR managed publicity and marketing for Theodore Bikel: The First 85 Years, a benefit concert for the Juvenile Law Center. To drive ticket sales, PKPR implemented a multi-tiered campaign that included media outreach, marketing campaigns with The Forward, WFUV, WNYC, and WFDU, and grassroots outreach to Jewish cultural organizations. More than 1200 people attended the all-star concert, which also featured Arlo Guthrie, The Klezmatics, and Tom Paxton.

Media coverage included The Forward, Jewish Week, Village Voice, The New York Times, Time Out New York, am New York, Playbill, Broadway World, Sing Out! Magazine, Theatermania, Klezmer Shack, Short and Sweet NYC,
Elmore Magazine, and WFDU-FM’s Sunday Simcha and Traditions.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 17, 2009 at 5:58 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which teams of filmmakers write, shoot, edit and score a short film in just 48 hours.

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The 48 Hour Film Project Hits the Road

By Jenny Chang

Aug. 02, 2012

The world’s largest timed filmmaking competition hit the road this summer traveling to nearly 125 cities around the world, challenging local residents in each city to create a film in 48 hours. From Los Angeles to New York, PKPR handled U.S. publicity for the tour in nearly 40 markets.

Broadcast coverage highlights across the country includes Deco Drive (FOX/Miami), Indy Style (CBS/Indiana), CW 11 News (CW/St. Louis), Talk Philly (CBS/Philadelphia), ABC News (ABC/Des Moines), Virginia This Morning (CBS/Virginia), New Day Northwest (NBC/Seattle), and more! 

Print and online media highlights include Associated Press, The Boston Globe, The Washington Examiner, Baltimore City Paper, The South Florida Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Houston Press, and Albuquerque Journal.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 02, 2012 at 2:06 PM by Jenny Chang

48 Hour Film Project on Good Day LA

By Brian

Aug. 27, 2010

On Good Day LA yesterday morning, Jimmy Stewart and Shain Gillette of the 48-Hour Film Project discussed last weekend’s competition..  Other recent highlights include:  Los Angeles Times’ Brand X Blog, KPCC (NPR-LA), LAist, ” title=“LAist”>LAist, San Diego Union Tribune, and San Diego City Beat.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM by Brian

48 Hour Film Project in New York Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 09, 2010

Check out the amazing story on The 48 Hour Film Project competition in New York City in today’s New York Times - lead story across front page of Arts Section with several photos on the inside.

This year’s tour kicked off in late April and coverage so far has included in depth features and interviews on WBUR (NPR in Boston), WAMU-FM (NPR in Washington, D.C.) and NBC New York Nightly News

Permalink | Posted on Jun 09, 2010 at 12:55 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

48 Hour Film Project 2009

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 26, 2009

PKPR is managing publicity for the 2009 48 Hour Film Project tour in more than 80 cities around the world.

Check out the terrific KABC-TV segment above on the Los Angeles competition to get a sense of what it’s all about. Other coverage so far includes: WTOP (Washington, D.C.), WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show , New York Post, Washington Express, LAist, Baltimore Sun, Phillyist, and The Onion A.V. Club

Permalink | Posted on Jun 26, 2009 at 9:59 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

River To River Festival

PKPR is managing publicity for the 2009 River to River Festival, New York’s largest free summer arts Festival with music, dance and cultural events from June through mid-August.

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River To River Festival Splashed Across NY Times

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 16, 2011

Wow. That’s all we can say.

The entire top half of today’s New York Times arts section features a beautiful photo of STREB performing at the River To River Festival. 

Permalink | Posted on Jul 16, 2011 at 8:37 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

River To River Festival Unveils Lineup

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 01, 2011

Putting a spotlight on artists whose work is synonymous with New York City, The 10th Annual River To River Festival unveiled a stellar line-up of completely free events that includes Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, STREB, Sean Lennon and a tribute to The Bottom Line.

As it marks its tenth season, the festival is evolving from a summer-long series of diverse events to a more ambitious, densely packed, month-long festival showcasing a curated roster of New York icons as well as world-class artists. Reflecting this vision, this summer will see the debut of several new flagship events including: Extraordinary Moves, a weeklong celebration of dance at the World Financial Center; a production of Shakespeares Henry V performed in Battery Park and on Governors Island; and Come Out and Play, a series of participatory games that will activate the streets of Lower Manhattan.

Preview coverage of the festival included the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York Post, PaperMag, WNYC, Pitchfork, Paste Magazine, Village Voice, BrooklynVegan, New York Press, and NBC New York.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 01, 2011 at 3:54 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Dancer Captures New York’s Imagination

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 06, 2010

Acclaimed Canadian choreographer Paul-Andr Fortier has captured New Yorkers’ imaginations with Solo 30 X 30, in which he is performing the same 30-minute dance for 30 consecutive days, rain or shine, at One New York Plaza.

Part of The River To River Festival, the extraordinary event has become one of the most buzzed-about public art events of the summer, attracting coverage in almost every major NYC outlet, including reviews in the New York Times and Metro, profiles in Time Out New York, New York Press, This Week in New York, Capitol File, and DNA Info, and segments on WABC-TV, WNYC, NY1, and NBC New York.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 06, 2010 at 11:44 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

River To River Festival Remembers Merce

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 05, 2010

Just a few days after the death of their companys namesake choreographer, dancers from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company gave a memorable performance as part of the 2009 River to River Festival, which drew more than 3,000 people to Battery Park City in Manhattan. Now, almost a year later, five choreographers paid their respects to Cunningham in a program titled We Give Ourselves Away at Every Moment: An EVENT for Merce, on July 26th. Lucinda Childs, Bill T. Jones, Susan Marshall, Jon Kinzel and Faye Driscoll presented new dances created for the occasion, as well as existing works inspired by Cunninghams Events pieces.

Reviews of the performance included The New York Times (and slide show), Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and WNET Sunday Arts.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 05, 2010 at 12:35 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

4th of July Concert with Dan Zanes

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 05, 2010

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For the first time this year, the River To River Festival expanded its annual 4th of July concert in Battery Park to an all-day family affair headlined by Grammy Award-winning artist Dan Zanes. The holiday concert was capped off by a giant parade of musicians of all ages performing “76 Trombones.” Coverage highlights includes interviews with Zanes in New York Times, WNBC, and Time Out New York Kids, and previews in DailyCandy Kids, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and MommyPoppins

Permalink | Posted on Jul 05, 2010 at 4:48 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

A Tribute to Merce Cunningham

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Aug. 08, 2009

The highlight of the 2009 River To River Festival was undoubtedly the tribute to legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. Thousands turned out on a beautiful New York summer afternoon to celebrate Cunningham who worked and lived in New York City for more than 70 years. Don’t miss the amazing reviews and photos in New York Times, ArtForum, New York Post, ArtForum, Time Out, Star Ledger, WNET, NY Press, and more.

Permalink | Posted on Aug 08, 2009 at 12:56 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Big Draw Draws Big Coverage

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 20, 2009

Part of The River To River Festival, The Big Draw is a daylong event that turned Lower Manhattan into a giant canvas through a series of hands-on drawing activities led by some of New York’s most innovative artists.

More than 6,000 people attended the event thanks to coverage in numerous outlets including a segment on WNYC and feature on WNYC.org, live remotes on NY1, and previews in outlets ranging from PIX Morning News and Time Out New York to MommyPoppins.com and the New York Post.

Watch the PIX Morning News segment:

 

 

Permalink | Posted on Jul 20, 2009 at 11:25 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Happy Fourth of July

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 07, 2009


More than 10,000 people and 60 media outlets and music blogs turned out to cover the River To River Festival’s flagship July 4th concert with Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band and Jenny Lewis. Coverage included: New Yorker, Billboard, Time Out New York, New York Press, Venus Zine, FlavorWire, New York Daily News, BrooklynVegan, and Rockscope

Permalink | Posted on Jul 07, 2009 at 8:09 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

River To River Festival Kicks Off Summer in NYC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 31, 2009

PKPR is proud to be handling publicity for River To River Festival, New York’s largest free summer arts festival.

The 2009 Festival line-up, which the New York Times hailed as “one of the City’s most compelling summer series,” ranges from big names like Richie Havens, New York City Opera, and Merce Cunningham Dance Company to hotly tipped artists like Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Anthony Gonzelez of M83.

Preview coverage of this year’s festival has included the New York Times, New York Post (and this one, too), New York Daily News, New York Magazine, Miami Herald, NME, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Check out WCBS-AM’s piece on River To River Festival with the Bang on a Can Marathon:

 

Permalink | Posted on May 31, 2009 at 12:31 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Transporters

Debuting on DVD in North America on January 12th, 2009, The Transporters is a groundbreaking cartoon series designed to help children with autism recognize and understand emotions. It is the brainchild of Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, a leading world authority on autism and produced in association with his research team at the Autism Research Center at Cambridge University in England. Research has found that after watching the series for just 15 minutes a day for four weeks, most children with autism caught up with other children in their ability to recognize emotions.

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Autism DVD Spotlighted for Autism Awareness Month

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 14, 2009

PKPR is continuing to raise the profile of The Transporters, a groundbreaking cartoon series proven to help children with autism understand emotions. To coincide with Autism Awareness Month this April, PKPR has secured in depth coverage of the series in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 14, 2009 at 12:08 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

NPR, AP Cover Launch of The Transporters

By Jenny Chang

Feb. 04, 2009

The Transporters is a groundbreaking new cartoon series which has been proven to help children with autism recognize and understand emotions.

Following its successful debut in the United Kingdom, PKPR was hired to manage the January 2009 launch of the series in North America.

To reach the widest possible audience, PKPR focused its initial outreach on national media, securing an in-depth feature in the Associated Press, which was syndicated to hundreds of outlets, including the Yahoo! home page, USA Today, AOL Health, and MSNBC.

PKPR also generated major broadcast coverage, including a segment on NPRs All Things Considered (the third most popular radio program in the U.S. with 12 million listeners), Associated Press Television, and CBC-TV (Canada). The fascinating science behind the series also received analysis in Discover Magazine and Popular Science.

To drive sales of the DVD, PKPR also implemented a comprehensive program targeting autism, parenting, and special education organizations, blogs, and trade publications. Coverage has ranged from the Autism Society of America and AutismHangOut.com to About.com Special Needs Children and Bon Bon Gazette.

PKPR is currently outreaching to monthly magazines to secure coverage for the DVD in April issues since April is Autism Awareness Month. Confirmed coverage includes Parents, ParentGuide, and Canadian Living.

 

Permalink | Posted on Feb 04, 2009 at 1:13 PM by Jenny Chang

Time Warner Trade Publishing

PKPR managed publicity for iPublish.com, one of the first major eBook divisions launched by a major book publisher, from 2000 to 2001


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PKPR represented Bloomberg Media, including Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg Markets, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Bloomberg Personal Finance, Bloomberg Television and Radio, from 1997 to 2005.

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HazelMail in DailyCandy

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 06, 2010

PKPR placed an awesome feature on HazelMail in today’s DailyCandy. Other recent coverage includes a review in Netted and a mention on BoingBoing, the world’s third most popular blog, which led to HazelMail’s largest day of app downloads yet. Oh yeah, we also loved that ABC News named it a top Valentine’s Day gift,  The Daily Telegraph named it one of the Best Travel Websites and the New York Times Style Magazine highlighted HazelMail in a round-up of iPhone apps.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 06, 2010 at 12:37 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Hazelmail Launches iPhone App

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jul. 16, 2009

PKPR developed and implemented a comprehensive media and marketing strategy for the launch of HazelMail’s iPhone app, which instantly turns photos taken on an iPhone into personalized postcards—and then prints, stamps, and mails them for you with just the touch of a keystroke.

The campaign kicked off with outreach to influential app reviewers, including the New York Times’ Phone Smart column (very last item) and CNET, which dubbed it one of the “five must—have iPhone apps for your next trip.” Other key reviewers included Mobile Marketer, GigaOM, MacWorld, dealmac via Twitter, and iPhone Life Magazine.

As positive buzz began to spread, we expanded our outreach to mainstream travel media, securing Tweets by USA Today reporter Laura Bly and coverage in outlets like Budget Travel, NationalGeographic.com, am New York, and Canoe.ca.

And, with summer vacation season kicking into high-gear, PKPR coordinated contests and promotions with family-friendly outlets and blogs including Woman’s Day Magazine, Soap Opera Weekly, Trusty Pony, Nerd’s Eye View, and iSmash Photo.

Permalink | Posted on Jul 16, 2009 at 5:51 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

HazelMail Makes Sending Postcards Fun Again

By Jenny Chang

Dec. 09, 2008

PKPR recently helped launched HazelMail, a new online service that allows users to instantly turn their photos into personalized postcards, and prints and mails them anywhere in the world.

To build buzz for HazelMail, PKPR first introduced the service to influential tech bloggers, securing favorable reviews from TechCrunch, AppScout, and Killer Startups.

Building on that momentum, PKPR expanded outreach to mainstream travel and consumer media, generating coverage in outlets ranging from Associated Press, USA Today, and Chicago Tribune to Budget Travel Magazine, National Geographic, Spot Cool Stuff, and Blackbook Magazine.

Permalink | Posted on Dec 09, 2008 at 6:54 PM by Jenny Chang

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe has established itself as a New York City cultural institution thanks to its stellar mix of offbeat literary events, live music performances, and original series like the New York City Spelling Bee and Cringe Night. The intimate setting has hosted a dizzying array of music and literary stars - from John Mellencamp and Norah Jones to Jonathan Lethem and Francine Prose.

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Is Housing Works the Most Exciting Venue in Town?

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 24, 2009

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe gets the full-page treatment in this week’s NY Press. We love the headline: “Quiche, Blogs & Rock ‘N’ Roll: Is a small Soho bookstore the most exciting new venue in town?”

Permalink | Posted on Jun 24, 2009 at 5:25 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Bjork Concert Raises $40,000 For Housing Works

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 09, 2009

Last night, 300 lucky guests crowded into Housing Works Bookstore for a special installment of the bookstores LIVE FROM HOME concert series: A collaboration between musical legend Bjrk and the up-and-coming Brooklyn band The Dirty Projectors. The intimate show raised $40,000 for for Housing Works Inc., which provides direct services for homeless New Yorkers with HIV and AIDS.

Jon Pareles wrote in The New York Times Bjork sings like a force of nature and Time Out New York called it “the event of the year so far.”  For a great overview of what the bookstore is all about, check out this feature in the New York Post.

Permalink | Posted on May 09, 2009 at 1:26 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Housing Works Executive Director on Gothamist

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Apr. 14, 2009

Check out Housing Works executive director Susie Lupert in today’s Gothamist Q&A.

Permalink | Posted on Apr 14, 2009 at 12:19 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Taps PKPR

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Feb. 09, 2009

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe has tapped PKPR to help raise its profile as a downtown cultural hotspot.

In the coming months, PKPR will be focusing on highlighting the bookstore’s eclectic mix of events that celebrate the written word and cleverly bridge the worlds of music and literature. Case in point: the photo above is of author Augusten Burroughs and singer Tegan Quinn appearing together at the bookstore last year. PKPR will also be promoting special series and events like the New York City Spelling Bee, the Live from Home Series, and the Moth StorySlam, as well as showcasing its unique business model: the bookstore is run almost entirely by volunteers and 100% of its profits go to Housing Works, Inc., the nations largest minority-controlled AIDS service provider. Recent coverage has included the New York Times, New York Post, PAPER, Village Voice, and Shecky’s.

Permalink | Posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 2:50 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

The Budget Fashionista

For over 5 years, founder Kathryn Finney has preached the gospel of looking fabulous for less to the over 2 million of readers of her blog and bestselling book HOW TO BE A BUDGET FASHIONISTA: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous for Less (Random House). Her frank advice and Midwestern charm have earned her regular appearances on TODAY, Good Morning America, E!, CNN. Kathryn was the first fashion blogger to be credentialed by the organizers of fashion week and the first fashion blogger to receive a book deal from a major publisher.

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The Budget Fashionista Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 12, 2008

For the fifth anniversary of The Budget Fashionista blog, PKPR implemented a comprehensive PR campaign aimed at raising the profile of its founder, Kathryn Finney. 

Leveraging Finney’s advice for “recession-proofing your wardrobe,” PKPR secured appearances for Finney on programs such as E! News Daily, Good Morning America, and WCBS-TV, as well as interviews with national outlets like MSNBC’s Jean Chatzky, People Style Watch and Smart Money

To cap it off, PKPR handled publicity for The Budget Fashionista’s Fashion Week party at Housing Works Thrift Store, which attracted more than 50 media outlets—from Reuters and Forbes to CBS Mobile and WNBC to Style.com and The Social Diva.

Permalink | Posted on Sep 12, 2008 at 9:55 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Tropfest New York

Tropfest is the worlds largest short film festival. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend Tropfest New York on September 26, 2008 in downtown Manhattan.

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World’s Largest Short Film Fest Draws Crowds, Stars

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Sep. 27, 2008

Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival, took place last night on the Battery Park City Esplanade in New York City, Despite the rainy weather and competition from the opening night of the New York Film Festival (and the first presidential debate!), crowds and VIP judges like Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, and Radha Mitchell turned out to experience eight original short films created by up-and-coming filmmakers.

For its first year operating independently of the Tribeca Film Festival, Tropfest tapped PKPR to build buzz and crowds for the free outdoor event. Preview coverage included People, Time Out New York, OK!, New York Post Page Six, New York Post Agenda, New York Daily News, New York Times Urban Eye, New York Observer, Village Voice, am New York, Downtown Express, Metro, Daily Candy, Flavorpill, and an exclusive preview of one of the night’s short films in New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog.

As the New York Times and USA Today’s Pop Candy blog noted, the winning film, No Man is an Island, was created entirely on a cell-phone for just $57. Not bad, since the director takes home a $20,000 prize. Check out this amazing short below.

 

 

Permalink | Posted on Sep 27, 2008 at 5:55 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

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PKPR profiled in PR Week

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Mar. 09, 2012

PKPR’s successful campaign for Slavery Footprint gets high marks from PR Week.

Permalink | Posted on Mar 09, 2012 at 12:36 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Our New Look

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Jun. 18, 2008

Welcome to the new home of PKPR.

Props to Michael Ian Kaye for our gorgeous new logo and Gregory Maher at
Look North for our beautiful new site.

Permalink | Posted on Jun 18, 2008 at 7:19 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

I Wish To Say by Sheryl Oring

Sheryl Oring is an artist and writer whose work explores issues related to the First Amendment as well as language and memory.

Oring initiated the I Wish to Say project in 2004 as a commissioned artwork for the First Amendment Project (http://www.thefirstamendment.org/) in Oakland, Calif. Peter Jennings named her Person of the Week on ABC’s World News Tonight for her work on the project during the Republican National Convention in New York in 2004.

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I Wish to Say in AP, NowThis, WABC

By Patrick Kowalczyk

Oct. 27, 2016


For the past 12 years, artist Sheryl Oring has crisscrossed the country, setting up a pop-up office where voters can sit down and dictate a postcard to the next president, which Oring types on a vintage typewriter. Her new book, “Activating Democracy: The ‘I Wish To Say’ Project,” showcases 12 years of photos of postcards and the voters who composed them. For a stop this month in New York City’s Madison Square Park, PKPR secured coverage of Oring in action on AP Television, NowThis, WPIX-TV, and WABC-TV.

Permalink | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 8:29 AM by Patrick Kowalczyk

Sheryl Oring on NPR

By Patrick Kowalczyk

May. 27, 2008

Crisscrossing the country just like Obama, Clinton, and McCain, artist Sheryl Oring is gathering messages for the next president the old-fashioned way: people sit down at her mobile desk, dictate their missives, and she manually types them using a vintage typewriter. The letters will be presented to 44th president of the United States in January 2009.

As Sheryl tours the country, PKPR is raising awareness of the project by securing local, national, and international coverage - from the Los Angeles Times to the New York Daily News to Yahoo! Espana and Huffington Post.

But we were most excited about NPR’s coverage.

PKPR worked closely with NPR’s Bryant Park Project to develop an entire program around Sheryl’s New York City appearance that included NPR listeners submitting their own messages to the next president. Sheryl typed several of them and NPR posted them online, as well as a wonderful video segment that really captures what this special project is all about.

Permalink | Posted on May 27, 2008 at 9:44 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk


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