March 5, 2020 at 9:39 pm EST | by John Paul King
Powerhouse PR firm launches new multicultural division, taps Stephen Macias to lead
Stephen Macias (Photo courtesy R&C PMK)

Entertainment PR powerhouse Rogers & Cowan PMK have announced its first major move since their merger just over seven months ago.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the firm has launched a new multicultural communications division, to be headed by veteran executive Stephen Macias, as a means toward offering its talent and brand clients an expanded outreach to “LGBTQ+ communities, communities of color and female-driven initiatives.”

The new division will create and execute partnerships and programs with multicultural communities, as well as targeting placements in traditional, earned, digital and social media, and coming up with integrated marketing – as well as offering crisis communications, a service that has become increasingly valuable as clients, particularly “legacy brands,” navigate the adjustment to a new, demographically audience.

Macias, who was hired by Roger & Cowan PMK to lead the new practice, was most recently senior vice president, diversity and inclusion practice lead at MWWPR, overseeing a team working with companies like Comcast, FX, Netflix, Amazon Studios, Kellogg’s, and Hilton Worldwide. Before that, he was the founder of Macias Media Group LLP, which became one of the leading “boutique” PR firms focused on LGBTQ+ markets. He has worked as executive vice president and GM for Here Media Inc., and as entertainment media director for GLAAD, as well as for nonprofits like the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Equality California, the U.N. and the Global Equality Fund. He serves on the Board of Directors for Equality California.

His role at R&C PMK will be as an Executive Vice President of Entertainment, reporting to both entertainment division chair Alan Nierob and brands president Shirley Hughes.

In a statement, Macias said, “I’m thrilled to join Rogers & Cowan PMK and help grow this next evolution of the agency’s capabilities and expertise. Rogers & Cowan PMK has a strong track record of leading the industry on many levels, in who they represent and how they serve their clients. The industry and our country are changing and wisely becoming more inclusive and strategic in reaching new segments and diverse communities. As such, smart companies are understanding that communicating with all audiences is not just the right thing to do, but the only way to do business.”

The firm’s CEO, Mark Owens, said in a statement, “With the expansion of R&C PMK over the last three years, and our continuing growth into new capabilities, adding Stephen to our already strong management team – and launching a multicultural communications division – is an important next step in our business and who we are as an agency. Stephen has a reputation for designing innovative campaigns and strategies, and with his expertise this new division will help our clients reach important and growing audiences, and transform the next generation of their businesses.”

Rogers & Cowan PMK, among other recent work in the multicultural space, served as agency of record for the LA Pride Festival. They also helping to promote the 2019 Cannes Lions award-winning documentary “5B,” about the nurses and caregivers who opened the first AIDS ward at San Francisco General Hospital, and work with such prominent clients such as Elton John, Michael B. Jordan, Rosalia, J Balvin, Caitlyn Jenner and Eugenio Derbez.

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