Hotspot 1Oak switches teams, former Fifteen Minutes CEO Bill Harrison launches his own firm and PR Dept recruits new blood.
The 2nd Season of 1Oak
Sunset nightclub hotspot 1Oak has switched representation six months after its Golden Globes weekend debut via a star-studded bash hosted by Diddy. Jessica Meisels’ Fingerprint Communications is now the mouthpiece for 1Oak. Shadow PR had handled the announcement and opening of the club, which took over the old Key Club space on Sunset.
1Oak’s big nights have been Thursdays and Saturdays, but on the 4th of July, owners Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano, with Ronnie Madra and Darren Dzienciol, will move the party west for a friends and family night at Nobu Malibu.
Meet them at Joan’s or Toast for lunch?
Former Fifteen Minutes CEO Bill Harrison recently launched his own numerically named communications and media training firm: Third Street Media Group with fellow Fifteen Minutes veteran Jackie Feldman — but envy abounds. Their client list at launch includes Warner Bros.’ Alloy Entertainment, the original internet meme-machine Cheezburger network, as well as entertainment marketing firm Propaganda GEM.
On the charity side, they will continue working with The Art of Elysium. Previously at Fifteen Minutes, Harrison led Ford in on-and-off-air television and film activations like “American Idol,” various NBC properties, and talent partnerships that extended beyond the canon of the shows, as with Ryan Seacrest and Joel McHale.
Feldman relocates from Fifteen Minutes, after earlier campaigns at Ketchum (Frito-Lay, Dr. Pepper Snapple) and Hill & Knowlton (Ford, Johnny Rockets).
Elyse Weissman joins Andy Gelb’s rapid fire events department at Slate PR as an account executive. She’ll be working with Rachael Trager, who came over last year from Focus. After the recent Critics Choice TV Awards and the recent BET Awards weekend at L.A. Live, they will have the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, People’s Choice Awards, and SAG Awards on their plate this awards season.
Chet Mehta’s PR DEPT draws new blood.
Michael Krepack switches from the “cure” side of celebrity procurement equation (sourcing popular faces for brands) to the brand side at PR DEPT, and should fit in snugly after working with talent-friendly brand clients like Soul Cycle, Diageo’s portfolio, and the Annenberg Foundation.
Krepack transfers after completing a stint at Ashlee Margolis’ The A List, in the role of “Senior Executive.” The firm’s first employee at launch, Alyssa Some, moves in house to PR DEPT client Warner Home Video.
The lifelong L.A. resident (excluding a four year trip down the well-worn path to NYU) began his career at Management 360. Serving as the day-to-day for some of the top clients, he also cultivated the niche of celebrity offspring by securing early deals for Patrick Schwarzenegger and Jason Ritter‘s brother Tyler Ritter.
The firm has Variety and Women in Film’s Emmy party (now on a Saturday night) coming up in August.