Universal Pictures chooses LS Media to support multiple DVD releases

I’m really excited to let you know that Universal Pictures, a division of NBC Universal, is my newest client. They’ve hired me to support the launch of at least three new DVD titles launching later this year and my remit will include devising and implementing the strategic online PR and social media campaigns, as well as supporting the lead publicist and managing a press office function for all three titles. I’ll also be handling media relations for specialist consumer media relevant to the DVDs.

I’m delighted to be working with Universal again – I first assisted on a number of projects for them back in 1999 when I began my career in PR, and have always enjoyed working in the home entertainment sector.

I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and will of course keep you posted here and through my newsletter, which you can sign-up for on the homepage.

LS Media client makes the Startups 100 list

I was delighted to learn today that one of my clients, Talk to the Press, has made it into this year’s Startups 100, which identifies the UK’s most innovative, inspiring and ground-breaking new companies.

Startups 100, organised by startups.co.uk, the UK’s most popular website for small businesses, celebrates the 100 most exciting, promising, disruptive new businesses and entrepreneurs shaping the start-up market right now.

Talk to the Press is a specialist press and publicity agency, helping advise people at the centre of a media storm on handling press attention, and individuals who wish to sell their story the newspapers or magazines.

Since founding in 2008, the agency has sold more than 500 stories to the press and represented individuals including Idi Amin’s daughter Khadjia, and Louise Pollard, the PA from Bristol having surrogate twins for Osama Bin Laden’s son Omar.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard in the two years since founding and it’s wonderful to be on the Startups 100 list” says Talk to the Press founder, Natasha Courtenay-Smith.

“We’re incredibly proud to have Talk to the Press on our list of the UK’s most innovative and dynamic new businesses and look forward to watching its continued success.” comments Sara Rizk, editor, Startups.co.uk

In choosing the Startups 100, the team were looking for businesses and entrepreneurs that demonstrated:

– Innovation, in concept or delivery

– Ability to disrupt existing market places

– Growth potential

– Strong management, bright thinkers

– Evidence of existing or future revenues

For more information or to see the full Startups 100 list please visit: www.startups.co.uk

To find out more about Talk to the Press, visit www.talktothepress.co.uk

In good company – The Mumpreneur Awards shortlist

There’s quite a buzz about The Mumpreneur Conference & Awards, taking place on 18 September 2010 – already on Twitter I’ve seen (and been part of!) banter about what to wear, excitement about the Mums Mission charity launch in the evening and happy nerves about the Mumpreneur Awards themselves.

Last week, the Awards shortlist was made public on the Mumpreneur Conference website and I was delighted to see that I’m in such great company. Not only does the shortlist showcase a number of truly inspirational mums in business, but it’s also fantastic to see a couple of my clients nominated for an Award.

Adina Belloli of Little Lunalu is shortlisted for the Best Online Business Award, which is sponsored by Create. Adina’s high fashion online baby boutique brings together gorgeous collections from some of the world’s most talented designers, whilst simultaneously raising money for The Lunalu Foundation. I worked on a PR campaign with Adina earlier this year, supporting the launch of the S/S2010 and A/W2010 collections, as well as her own funky Bugaboo stroller-set designs.

Natasha Courtenay-Smith of TalkToThePress.co.uk has made the shortlist for the Best Interactive Business Award. Talk To The Press helps ordinary people get their true-life story told in the UK’s national newspapers and magazines and was recently the subject of a Cutting Edge documentary on Channel Four. I’ve helped Natasha with a number of media relations campaigns since she launched the business, including PR-ing her previous award wins and securing her a seat on the BBC Breakfast sofa.

Joining me in the Best Business Support category are Helen Woodham and Sam Pearce of Mum’s The Boss. My support of their superb networking groups, designed specifically for parents in business, is no secret and I’m thrilled that their efforts have been recognised.

The winners of the Awards will be announced at the Conference on Saturday 18 September. For further details, click here.

LS Media shortlisted for Mumpreneur Award

I had a bit of a shock this week, albeit a pleasant one, when I found out that I’ve reached the finals of The Mumpreneur Awards, a conference and awards aimed at celebrating women throughout the UK who juggle business with family life. I’ve been shortlisted for the Best Business Support Award, which will be given to the finalist who runs the best business dedicated to supporting others.

As well as being shortlisted in this category, I’m also in with a chance of winning the title of The Inspirational Business Mum 2010, which is awarded to the mum who’s an inspiration to all women in business.

To be honest, it’s very flattering to have made it this far; more than 300 talented and successful mumpreneurs were nominated for the awards and I see making it to the final six in the Best Business Support category as a real achievement. Especially when I look at the amazing women I’m grouped with (I’m in great company – my personal favourite business support, Mum’s The Boss, is up there in the final six too, so competition is stiff!).

Judging the awards will be a panel of 10 judges including ex-BBC Dragon, Rachel Elnaugh and successful entrepreneur and star of The Apprentice, Jo Cameron. The winners of The Mumpreneur Awards will be announced at The Mumpreneur Conference on September 18th 2010, being held at the Heart of England Conference Centre in Warwickshire. It’s an event open to all mums who run their own business, or are looking at starting up. Tickets cost just £20, and can be purchased through the website.