Baran Strategies

Baran Strategies Baran Strategies is a communications / public relations / strategic planning firm in New York City founded and led by Josh Baran. Josh Baran has been a communications and public relations professional since 1982.
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He is best known for his work in the areas of public affairs, entertainment and films, non-profit communications, crisis management, publishing, environment, technology, neuroscience, and religion. He heads up Baran Strategies, his own consultancy and communications network in New York. Josh Baran entered this career through the gateway of social change and harnessing media and communications for the greater good. It has been his joy to work with visionaries, change makers, revolutionaries and evolutionaries, Nobel Prize winners, sages and true geniuses. Long before disruption became a buzz word, Josh was creating innovative campaigns, using media in ways that had never been done before. Josh has an innate ability to navigate complex situations, stay calm and focused in the midst of chaos, and find unique methods to either make waves or ride waves… for the public good. During his long and varied career, Josh has served a broad range of clients, organizations, companies, and leaders — from Bill Gates and Larry Ellison to Meryl Streep and the Dalai Lama; from Time Warner, Miramax and Sony Pictures to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and Amnesty International; from Earth Day 1990, Newsweek Magazine, Paramount Pictures and Fox Searchlight to managing communications for ground-breaking cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the documentary and book on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth. For nearly 30 years, Josh has assisted with the communications for many of the visits of the Dalai Lama to the United States.

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L.A. Times Executive Editor Steps Down After Turbulent Summer
12/15/2020
L.A. Times Executive Editor Steps Down After Turbulent Summer

L.A. Times Executive Editor Steps Down After Turbulent Summer

Norman Pearlstine, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Times, has stepped down, according to an L.A. Times report. Pearlstine had announced in October that he intended to retire, but it wasn't clear when that would happen. His departure comes at the end of a year of highs and lows for the paper, inc...

Spotify, Podcasts, and The War for Your Ears
11/21/2020
Spotify, Podcasts, and The War for Your Ears

Spotify, Podcasts, and The War for Your Ears

The streaming giant is building a podcast empire. It's all part of a high-stakes battle to dominate the once home-spun world of podcasting. Is power being concentrated in too few hands?

Joe Rogan’s Podcast Sparks Tensions Inside Spotify
11/01/2020
Joe Rogan’s Podcast Sparks Tensions Inside Spotify

Joe Rogan’s Podcast Sparks Tensions Inside Spotify

The audiostreaming company made a $100 million bet on Joe Rogan, one of podcasting’s most popular—and polarizing—voices. Amid controversy, Spotify executives are standing by that voice.

Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular?
10/25/2020
Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular?

Why Is Joe Rogan So Popular?

He understands men in America better than most people do. The rest of the country should start paying attention.

Trump Books Fuel Record Sales of Political Titles
10/12/2020
Trump Books Fuel Record Sales of Political Titles

Trump Books Fuel Record Sales of Political Titles

Extraordinary demand for Trump-related books ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election has put 2020 on pace to be a record sales year for political books.

Billionaire Owner Seeking New Editor at Embattled L.A. Times
10/06/2020
Billionaire Owner Seeking New Editor at Embattled L.A. Times

Billionaire Owner Seeking New Editor at Embattled L.A. Times

Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine plans to step down, leaving billionaire owner Patrick Soon-Shiong in search of a new leader for a paper struggling with sluggish digital growth and a lack of diversity in its newsroom.

The media’s climate coverage is improving, but time is very short
10/01/2020
The media’s climate coverage is improving, but time is very short

The media’s climate coverage is improving, but time is very short

In this autumn of horrific fires and deadly floods, it’s easy to overlook one bit of promising news on the climate front: Some major US media coverage of the crisis is finally getting better. We’re seeing the evidence this week as Covering Climate Now—a collaboration of four hundred-plus news ...

Verizon scrambling to unload HuffPost as losses mount
09/30/2020
Verizon scrambling to unload HuffPost as losses mount

Verizon scrambling to unload HuffPost as losses mount

Verizon has been quietly scrambling to unload HuffPost as it grapples with continued losses at the left-leaning news and culture website, The Post has learned.  The telecom giant — which acqui…

Do You Speak Fox?
09/16/2020
Do You Speak Fox?

Do You Speak Fox?

How Donald Trump’s favorite news source became a language

Maddow beneficiary of scramble for attention by authors
09/11/2020
Maddow beneficiary of scramble for attention by authors

Maddow beneficiary of scramble for attention by authors

NEW YORK (AP) — It's high season for books that pick apart Donald Trump's presidency, and Rachel Maddow is a big beneficiary. MSNBC's prime-time personality reached the second-biggest...

who writes history - in the past, it was always the victors, the new king and his family had his loyal scribes / histori...
09/08/2020
How History Gets Rewritten

who writes history - in the past, it was always the victors, the new king and his family had his loyal scribes / historians..... its all about what Trump is trying to do...

Hong Kong’s leaders and police have sought to recast what has happened in the past year. Even if no one is convinced, it may not matter.

The Problem With Police-Shooting Videos
08/31/2020
The Problem With Police-Shooting Videos

The Problem With Police-Shooting Videos

Smartphone footage of police brutality highlights a dire need to tell more humane stories about Black victims.

The biggest media and technology companies are having an identity crisis
07/13/2020
The biggest media and technology companies are having an identity crisis

The biggest media and technology companies are having an identity crisis

Content, distribution, technology -- it's all blurring together. The path that companies like Comcast, Netflix, Roku, Amazon, Apple and Disney choose will dictate how much they spend on content, their M&A strategies, and ultimately, their stock prices.

MSNBC Expected to Tap Joy Reid to Anchor Daily News and Opinion Program
06/25/2020
MSNBC Expected to Tap Joy Reid to Anchor Daily News and Opinion Program

MSNBC Expected to Tap Joy Reid to Anchor Daily News and Opinion Program

MSNBC is expected to tap political analyst Joy Reid to anchor a 7 p.m. daily news and opinion program, people familiar with the matter said, filling the vacancy created at the cable news channel when Chris Matthews resigned abruptly in March.

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