About Mark Borkowski

http://www.borkowski.co.uk

Mark Borkowski has handled PR for some of the biggest names in the business and continues to do so. He’s worked for Eddie Izzard, Graham Norton, Joan Rivers, Macaulay Culkin, Sir Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, the Bolshoi Ballet, Cirque du Soleil, the Three Tenors, and that trio of Michaels (who sound like a firm of provincial solicitors), Jackson, Flatley & Moore. His roster of the rich and famous even extends to Mikhael Gorbachev and Diego Maradona. He’s also publicised some of the best TV drama series over the past two decades – including Spooks, Our Friends in the North, The Lakes, and 40, and he launched The Word, The Girlie Show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and They Think It’s All Over, at a time when everybody thought they were very bad ideas. In some cases they were right. He’s been behind the high public profile of a string of West End successes, and his portfolio of film promotion includes cult classics such as American History X and Best in Show, as well as multi-million-dollar box office hits like The Matrix. When mounting a major propaganda drive to secure £60 million of lottery funding, it was to Mark that the Royal Albert Hall turned for advice. What also distinguishes Mark is his willingness to engage with challenging international work from left-field companies and artists. He is the author of The Fame Formula: How Hollywood's Fixers, Fakers and Star Makers Created the Celebrity Industry.

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Red Ed, Dull Dave and substance of personality

Ed Miliband doesn’t do “photo-op politics”; he stands for ideas and substance against the soundbites and style of the Tory brand. That combatting style in politics is its own kind of political style is nothing new. Remember Saatchi & Saatchi’s attempt to turn the former PM’s dour persona into an ironic vote winner, “Not flash, […]

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Selfie Politics

5 years ago he was, according to The Sunday Times, “more popular than Churchill” and the other was cleaning fish guts off the floor of Billingsgate Market. The Nick Clegg-Joey Essex selfie shows us how far these posers have come and how far our politics hasn’t. 2010’s Cleggomania came on the back of those ‘historic’ […]

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Lufthansa’s crisis communications approach to Germanwings disaster

I would expect Lufthansa one of the largest airlines in Europe, both in terms of overall passengers carried and fleet size, to have invested in a substantial crisis provision. Sadly, for all corporations, things will go wrong in any given situation, we know this as Murphy’s Law. A multimillion pound crisis business has been built […]

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Jeremy Clarkson and the BBC: the corporation’s latest comms crisis

Remember this new word: ‘voyeurgasm’ – translated as the joy of watching a media storm meltdown on all channels. Crisis and Clarkson fit hand in glove. He is a man resolutely himself, much loved and widely loathed. So, let’s mutter the unsayable – it will be a sad day when Clarkson packs away his webbed […]

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And it wasn’t even raining!

Remember last year at the Oscars? “No, it wasn’t a marketing stunt”, said Samsung, who may have paid a reported £12m for its advertising “integration” but the company, it insisted, was every bit as astonished as everyone else when host Ellen De Generes’s star-studded selfie, taken during the broadcast on a Samsung smartphone, became the […]

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