LOS ANGELES—Fifteen Minutes, the entertainment public relations firm founded in 2005 by Bragman Nyman Cafarelli founder Howard Bragman, has hired Nathan Marcy, most recently of BNC and previously vice president of national publicity at United Artists. The firm has also hired Thea Ellis, previously of Burdich Marketing Communications. In addition, Fifteen Minutes has relocated to new offices in Los Angeles. The firm has added 30 clients in the 18 months since its founding.
NEW YORK—Marina Hoffmann has been named senior vice president at Rubenstein Public Relations, where she will create communication strategies and be involved with the planning and execution of publicity initiatives and programs supporting RPR’s various clients and handle new business development and oversee general agency management activities. Specializing in design, fashion and luxury lifestyle public relations, Hoffmann comes to RPR from LaForce + Stevens, where she was a vice president in the agency’s design and hospitality division. Earlier, she was with public relations agencies Veeder + Perman and Loving & Weintraub.
PHILADELPHIA—Furia Rubel Communications has hired Brandyn Bissinger, a three time Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, as a media relations specialist. She began her career in 1998 at CBS3 News, moved on to Banyan productions where she worked on the Discovery Channel gourmet food show Epicurious, and NBC10 News in Bala Cynwyd. Her most recent work was for Fox 29 News helping manage reporters and photographers. She also has experience in demographics research and planning, media scheduling, organization and management, community relations and related field work.
CHICAGO—Dome HK has added Tracy Straub as a senior account supervisor in its marketing communications practice group. She will manage Dome HK’s new business program, as well as various existing accounts. Straub was previously a senior account supervisor at McDowell & Piasecki Food Communications.
BOSTON—Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications has promoted Jeff Terrey to vice president and Travis Small to senior account executive. Alicia Rampulla has joined the firm as a senior account exec.
MCLEAN, VA—The SheaHedges Group, a technology public relations specialist, has promoted Elizabeth Maybach and Julie Buckley to account director, and Stephanie Stadler to account executive. Maybach will provide account management and strategy for a number of the firm’s account teams including Quest Software, ESI and Root. Buckley will provides leadership on account teams including The Telework Consortium, Transaction Network Services, Plateau Systems and Potomac Officers Club.
SAN FRANCISCO—Racepoint Group, a public relations and marketing consultancy focused on emerging leaders in the technology, health and science industries, has named Deborah Curley senior vice president, leading the firm’s San Francisco office. Curley, formerly a senior vice president leading the consumer technology group of Weber Shandwick’s technology practice, will provide strategic counsel to digital devices and services clients.