According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Walt Disney Co. plans to name Geoff Morrell to the newly created role of chief corporate affairs officer. Morrell will step into the position as Zenia Mucha, who has spent two decades with the company, will retire at the end of the year. During season one of The Business Communicators, we sat down with Morrell to discuss his unique career path that landed him in London as the EVP, communications & advocacy at bp, overseeing the strategic communications efforts for a company with operations in 70 countries.
The month of April blew in bringing fools, fire and vaccine passports. In this week’s episode, Austin, Thomas and Hattie talk about Volkswagen’s April Fool fail, Nike’s clap-back on rapper Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes,” and concerns about the new vaccine passport policy.
In the latest spirited conversation of The Business Communicators podcast, Austin, Thomas and Hattie exchange viewpoints over US businesses that are offering free stuff to people that get vaccinated, the pros and cons of a potential media merger between The Athletic and Axios, and why social influencer David Dobrik’s scope of influence should have included him not making stupid decisions.
The NCAA’s March Madness is well underway, one year after the annual collegiate basketball tournament was canceled due to COVID-19. What does that have to do with communications? Plenty. The Business Communicators discuss how universities have reimagined their robust strategies to keep fans engaged to overcome the lack of physical connections. The show also focuses on how employees have missed the chance to connect at the water cooler, and how maintaining mental health is crucial as we emerge from the isolation created by the pandemic.
Have you seen Tom Cruise’s clips on Tik Tok? He’s golfing, performing coin magic and talking to Mikhail Gorbachev. Or is he? The Business Communicators discuss the realities of “deep fakes” and the potential ramifications they could have on world events, the stock market, and why comms pros need to be prepared to combat misinformation in the evolving digital age. Then, the podcast dissects the upcoming multi-billion-dollar NFL contracts and what it means for the future of TV networks and the way we consume digital content.
Photography is visual artistry. The right images have the ability to transform in ways mere words cannot. Ask Austin-based photographer Marc Morrison, who has shot worldwide campaigns more than two decades, and his commissions have ventured into various genres.
On this week’s episode of The Business Communicators, Marc joins Austin Staton and Hattie Horn to talk about working with clients to develop a strategy that achieves their vision, and how images elevate campaigns and communications. Plus, he’ll also share amazing behind-the-scenes stories on what it’s like working with some of the world’s biggest artists.
What. A. Week. While Texas thawed out from Winter Storm Uri, The Business Communicators analyze what went wrong from a crisis communications perspective. Joined by award-winning global MarComs strategist, Dan Gold, the podcast dissects the crisis in Texas, why Facebook is no longer allowing news articles to be posted on its platform in Australia, and the simple things that bring us joy in life.
This week, The Business Communicators tackle the biggest headlines in the PR, branding and digital media world. The show begins by analyzing the downfall of The Lincoln Project, and Aunt Jemima’s rebranding, finally retiring the racist stereotype that has adorned its label for decades. Then, Austin, Hattie and Thomas weigh in on why Instagram banned Robert Kennedy Jr. from the platform, and the emergence of Clubhouse, the upstart $1 billion social media platform taking the world by storm.
The Business Communicators takes listeners to the moon this week with two high-profile guests: Edelman’s Tonia Ries, and 10-year NFL veteran Emmanuel Sanders.
Ries joins the show to discuss the annual Edelman Trust Barometer and why mistrust rose to the occasion in 2020. Then, Sanders joins to share insights into his all-pro career, why he’s using journaling as a tool to enhance his creativity, and his picks for the Super Bowl.