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Posts Tagged ‘Levine Communications Office’

LCO Congratulates our Latest Intern Graduate Morgan Z.

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 10, 2011

LCO would like to extend our deepest thanks and congratulations to Morgan Z. who recently graduated from our intern program.  A few weeks back, Morgan was a past Intern Idol of the Week and during her time here has made a huge contribution to our organization.  We are sad to see her go, but wish her the best in all of her future endeavors.

LCO’s internship program is one of the longest running in North America, with over 4,000 graduates. LCO interns have gone on to hold top jobs throughout the entertainment industry, and the program itself has been praised by such prominent names as Joseph Lieberman, Michael Bloomberg, David Geffen, George Bush, John McCain and Bill Clinton.

If you are looking to jumpstart your career in the Entertainment Industry, the LCO Internship Program is just the thing for you!

We are currently accepting applicants. Please send your resume and a brief letter of interest to: LCO.internships@gmail.com

To find out more about LCO, follow us on Twitter @lcoonline or please visit us on the web at: www.LCOonline.com

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Mark Joseph: “The ‘Narnia’ Films Are Something of a Miracle”

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 5, 2011

Yesterday on FoxNews.com, LCO Client, producer and author of the new book “The Lion The Professor & The Movies: Narnia’s Journey To The Big ScreenMark Joseph talked about why in this day in age in Hollywood, the “Narnia” films are something of a miracle.  In his poignant post, Joseph reminds traditionalist of the impact this movie series has made by bringing the Christian message to the mainstream.

Check out Joseph’s view on Christianity going mainstream:  Hollywood and the Miracle of ‘Narnia’

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Schwarzenegger’s New Gig?

Posted by Levine Communications Office on January 3, 2011

As gubernatorial power changes hands today in California (Jerry Brown returns to serve a 3rd term), many are wondering what’s next for the body-builder turned actor turned politician Arnold Schwarenegger.  Well, he’s currently sorting trough all types of offers from Hollywood and the literary but doesn’t quite have his next steps mapped out.  I guess he joins the other 9.8% of American’s out of work right now.  Check out the article below.

From the Associated Press

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is sifting through a stack of corporate, Hollywood and real estate offers as the celebrity politician nears an inevitable career crossroad: On Monday, he’s out of a job.

His next act? After seven years in Sacramento, the former strongman and film star will by his own account hit the speech circuit, keep a hand in political activism and possibly write the autobiography that publishers have wanted him to do for years.  Schwarzenegger says he even might get back into acting if the right script comes along — presumably one appropriate for a 63-year-old father of four with political baggage, advancing age lines and a tinge of gray.

“Will I still have the patience to sit on the set and to do a movie for three months or for six months, all of those things? I don’t know,” the governor tweeted in October in a rare exchange about his future plans.

Spokesman Aaron McLear says Schwarzenegger is sorting out “an absolute flood of every conceivable offer” from the corporate world, real estate ventures and the entertainment industry, but the governor insists he won’t make any decisions until after he surrenders the office to his successor, Democrat Jerry Brown.

“I don’t have a plan,” Schwarzenegger told hundreds of supporters and staffers at a private farewell party in Sacramento last month.

He was less guarded in October when, along with plans for speeches and a book or two, he hinted broadly at a continuing role with the environment and political reform, issues that have become part of his mixed legacy at the statehouse.

In the absence of a global climate-change treaty, Schwarzenegger has urged state and regional governments around the world to address greenhouse gases. This month California regulators approved the nation’s most extensive system giving major polluters financial incentives to discharge fewer greenhouse gases, a key piece of a 2006 climate law championed by the governor.

“There are a lot of important things that I want to say,” Schwarzenegger tweeted. “My struggle for reform will continue, my belief in environmental issues and in protecting the environment will continue.”

One thing is certain: The multimillionaire Schwarzenegger will start earning money, after passing up his $174,000 salary throughout his two terms. His time in office left the governor with plenty of political welts, but the biggest hit was on his own wallet.

State records show Schwarzenegger dumped at least $25 million in direct and indirect payments into two campaigns for governor and other political ventures since 2001, no small sum even for an actor who once commanded $30 million a movie.

That doesn’t include travel costs. He often commuted from Los Angeles to Sacramento several times a week in a private jet at his own expense. He, wife Maria Shriver and his children never moved to Sacramento, preferring their secluded canyon estate a few miles from the Pacific Ocean.

His assets have been held in a private trust since he took office in 2003, but he can return to managing his portfolio, deep in real estate holdings, after stepping down.

His Hollywood future will be the subject of endless speculation. Hollywood insiders say he could take a role as producer or director, but don’t look for him to reappear as a hulking screen hero swinging an automatic weapon.

“He’s a wealthy and clever man. Wealthy and clever men have lots of possibilities,” said longtime Hollywood publicist Michael Levine (Founder of Levine Communications Office), who has represented Academy Award winners such as Charlton Heston and Jon Voight.

But the messy work of politics “tarnished his superhero persona,” Levine says. “He can get into anything that doesn’t involve politics or acting.”

One way to understand the governor’s future is to look at his past.

Schwarzenegger rarely leaves anything behind. He might have spent years bickering over budget deficits and public pensions in Sacramento, but he maintained strong ties in the sports world and entertainment industry.

He has staged sports and fitness events in Ohio since 1989, and even while in office he made cameo appearances in films, most recently in friend Sylvester Stallone’s action flick, “The Expendables.”

Some of his Hollywood friends were on hand at his exit party, giving a peek into the private life to which he returns in January — Stallone, Tom Arnold, Jay Leno and Danny DeVito.

Schwarzenegger long ago tamped down the showy lifestyle of his glory days in Hollywood — his gas-swilling Hummers now run on clean fuels. Wild nights? In his spare time he likes to work out and dote on his kids.

He says a fun night can be watching a movie at home or going out to dinner with the family, although he gets out for an occasional motorcycle ride around Los Angeles.

The seven-time Mr. Olympia appears robust despite a string of medical problems: He had a heart valve replaced in 1997, a 2001 motorcycle crash left him with several broken ribs, he had rotator cuff surgery in 2003, went to a hospital complaining of a rapid heartbeat in 2005, and broke an upper thigh bone while skiing in 2006.

He’s acknowledged using steroids in his bodybuilding days, before they became illegal without a prescription, but it’s unknown whether the drugs that can cause heart problems have had anything to do with any of his health issues.

Schwarzenegger and his wife are known for charitable work, which is expected to continue, and he also founded a committee with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to encourage road, bridge and other infrastructure development.

Another run for political office appears unlikely. The moderate Republican will leave Sacramento unpopular with state voters, and he has often noted how his wife never wanted him to enter politics. He often sounds dismayed at the dysfunction within the Legislature.

In a way, he doesn’t need to. If he chooses, Schwarzenegger and his circle of wealthy friends can finance ballot proposals that can reshape state politics.

Shriver, for her part, has chafed at questions about her future.

A power in her own right during Schwarzenegger’s term, the 54-year-old former TV journalist is best known for running an annual women’s conference that attracted a long list of business, political and entertainment luminaries, along with an audience of thousands.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver each declined interview requests from The Associated Press.

In 2007, Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty, said she wouldn’t resume a TV news career after the media circus surrounding Anna Nicole Smith’s accidental drug overdose. “It was then that I knew that the TV news business had changed and so had I,” she said at the time. In a 2009 interview with AP, she said “I’m too much of a free spirit” to consider running for elective office.

As with Schwarzenegger, she’s being approached by businesses and nonprofits with ideas for the future. She has a strong interest in Alzheimer’s disease, which afflicts her father, R. Sargent Shriver, a 1972 vice presidential candidate. Her late mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded the Special Olympics, where Maria Shriver serves on the board. She’s made documentaries, including on Alzheimer’s.

“I love the possibility that good journalism can inspire people and educate people if done well. I think there are many opportunities to do certain forms of journalism,” she said in 2008.

Could Shriver become another Oprah Winfrey? Establish a women’s conference as a private venture? Turn back to journalism?

What’s next?

“I have no idea,” she told reporters last week.

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Celebrate New Years Eve With Us!

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 27, 2010

To RSVP send your request to mlasst@lcoonline.com

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LCO Welcomes the CMO Club

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 22, 2010

LCO would like to welcome the newest client (partner) to our roster, The CMO Club.

From their website:

The CMO Club was created for the unique purpose of bringing Chief Marketing Officers together in an environment of openness and contribution that enables them to become better at what they do. Tailored exclusively to top marketing executives, this club hosts dinners and events, shares reports and research from leaders in the marketing industry, and leverages the first online network for “CMOs only” for sharing ideas, helping each other, and serving as a resource for CMO career opportunities. The CMO Club was founded in 2007 by seasoned marketing executive Pete Krainik and currently has over 700 members.

Led by its founder, Peter Krainik, who brings to the network over 28 years of Marketing, Sales, Product Management and IT experience, the club currently has over 700 members and sees an average of 30-40 new members per month.  And over 83 percent of its members have brands worth anywhere from $50 million to $1 billion dollars.

We are proud to have the CMO Club join the LCO Family and look forward to our partnership in 2011 and beyond!

For more information about the CMO Club visit thecmoclub.com

Also check out founder Peter Krainik’s Forbes.com blog posts

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We’re Hiring – Account Executive

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 21, 2010

Available Opportunity – Account Executive

 

LCO – Levine Communications Office – was founded over 26 years ago in June of 1983. The founding mantra of the company, Passion, Focus, Results, has seen it grow into one of the leading entertainment Public Relations firms in the world.

Throughout its 26 year history, LCO has represented Hollywood’s biggest and most powerful names and brands including Dave Chappelle, Michael Jackson, Bill Clinton, Nike, Playboy, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Suzanne Sommers, Paul Stanley, The Laugh Factory, Prince, David Bowie, Peter Guber, Pizza Hut, George Michael, Cameron Diaz, and hundreds more.

Be part of a prominent, forward thinking, expanding company. Share in our growth and the opportunities it brings. Join a creative environment of passionate team players that exude camaraderie and an entrepreneurial spirit.

We are currently looking for a seasoned Account Executive for our Publicity Division. Duties include managing clients and a small team of publicists. To apply please e-mail cover letter, resume and your salary requirements (in the body of the email) to mlasst@lcoonline.com NO ATTACHMENTS ACCEPTED.

 

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Dave Vescio is Taking the Media by Storm

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 21, 2010

Leading man and LCO Client Dave Vescio is taking the media by storm appearing in several publications this month (and the month isn’t even over yet??)

Dave sat down with Exclusive Magazine, TOMI Magazine, and Geekadelphia to discuss his upcoming role in the Sci-fi thriller “Gemini Rising” (2011).  He also discussed the career risk he took in moving from journalism to acting.  His transition was emotionally motivated.

When recalling his military upbringing (his father was a fighter pilot in the air force) the actor who is also a veteran told TOMI Magazine, “ I joined the Army when I was 18.  I realized Wow I’m not really feeling the emotions of life that these characters in these stories are feeling in front of me.”

And he wasn’t content in hiding those emotions any longer.  Journalism called for him to impartial, stoic even.  He continued by saying, “I just wanted to truly feel life.  All the careers I had up until that point, I just can’t, you know?  In the military you can’t.  In photography you can’t.”

But now with over a dozen Sci-fi roles and nearly 50 appearances under his belt, its pretty safe to say that Dave has finally found his stride.  He can outwardly embrace his emotions and put them into the stories that he tells and the characters he portrays.

Check out these great in-depth articles about this extraordinary talent.  Dave Vescio is definitely one to watch in 2011.

Exclusive Magazine :  “The Ultimate Rising Star”

TOMI Magazine:  “Reinventing Yourself” (on page 42)

Geekadelphia –  Philadelphia’s Premiere Geek Blog:  “An Interview with Dave Vescio of Gemini Rising”

 

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Paul Stanley: Rocker, Artist and Patriot

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 20, 2010

He’s an artist, a patriot and a proud papa. But did you know that the lead guitarist of the iconic rock band Kiss was an accomplished artist? LCO Client Paul Stanley chatted with KNBC this past weekend to discuss his passion for art, his passions at home and his driving force: his family.

CLICK HERE to see the video.


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Mixed Martial Arts Champ Tito Ortiz: It just wouldn’t be the holidays without…

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 20, 2010

LCO Client and Mixed Martial Arts Champ Tito Ortiz chatted it up with CelebBuzzz about what he CAN NOT live without during the holidays. Click the video to find out his MUST HAVE (and its a yummy one too).

 

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO JUMP TO THE VIDEO

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Paul Stanley on NBC Tonight

Posted by Levine Communications Office on December 15, 2010

Don’t forget to tune into KNBC tonight @ 11pm PST to watch Paul Stanley of the iconic rock band Kiss.  Paul talks about his art, his philanthropic efforts and why family is always first. He’ll also be on KNBC TV “Prime Time LA” with host Colleen Williams on Sunday at 9 pm PST following the football game.

 

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