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Co-hosts Brad Forsythe and Ray Schilens interview Howard Bragman, Author of Where’s My Fifteen Minutes: Get Your Company, Your Cause, or Yourself the Recognition You Deserve. Howard has been a communicator, educator, entrepreneur, writer and lecturer for more than two decades. Howard founded a strategic media and public relations agency, Fifteen Minutes, in 2005, which represents a broad yet focused client base in a diverse range of areas: personality, corporate entertainment, special events, consumer products, gay/lesbian market, media training and crisis management. He has media trained hundreds of people including actors, CEOs, physicians, elected officials and attorneys.

Howard’s book, Where’s My Fifteen Minutes: Get Your Company, Your Cause, or Yourself the Recognition You Deserve, is set for release in January 2009. Published by The Penguin Group, the book contains insight and advice from Howard’s years in the business of public relations, as well as accounts of his numerous experiences dealing with Hollywood celebrities and major corporations.

In addition to founding Bragman Nyman Cafarelli Public Relations and Marketing (BNC) in 1989, Howard was also an adjunct professor of Public Relations at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications for six years. He has been honored for his teaching excellence by his students and the University.

Howard is a nationally respected crisis counselor and has provided litigation support for a significant number of high-profile cases and individuals. These include: Joseph Steffan who was kicked out of the US Naval Academy for his sexual orientation; The Lewinsky Family; and Sharon Smith in Smith v. Knoller, a high-profile civil rights and justice trial involving a tragic dog mauling death.

He has written bylined articles for publications including: Advertising Age, The Advocate, The Los Angeles Times and Playboy. A frequent television guest on issues involving the entertainment industry and popular culture, Howard has appeared on local and network news programs more than 100 times including Oprah, The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox and E, as well as in hundreds of national magazines and local newspapers. He has been a featured speaker for numerous groups including The US Conference of Mayors; The UJC Youth Congress; and many others.

Howard Bragman was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and graduated with a B.A. from The University of Michigan, in Journalism and Psychology in 1978. Previous to starting his agency he was a vice president in the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of Burson-Marsteller Public Relations. He resides in Los Angeles with his partner, Chuck O’Donnell, a nationally-respected horse trainer, two dogs and a parrot.

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