For our final ‘Did You See That Press Release’ posts of the year, we’re celebrating ten of 2014’s most newsworthy press releases on PR Newswire for Journalists. Check out these releases from the first half of the year, then come back next Friday for some of the best from the second half of the year.
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He Was Both Captain Phillips and Walt Disney and Tom Hanks is Also America’s Favorite Movie Star
He’s flown into space, been a Bosom Buddy, and was just Walt Disney, and this year Tom Hanks is also America’s Favorite Movie Star. This is a title he has held three previous times, in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Denzel Washington, last year’s favorite movie star, drops one spot to number two.
Debuting on the top ten list this year is a woman who had a fantastic year: winning an Oscar and earning buzz for another, not to mention having the starring role in one of the top grossing films of the year, Jennifer Lawrence is in the number three spot. See the full release to learn what other performers made the list.
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Microsoft Board Names Satya Nadella as CEO
On February 4, 2014, Microsoft Corp. announced that its board of directors had appointed Satya Nadella as chief executive officer and member of the board of directors effective. Nadella previously held the position of executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group.
“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder and member of the board of directors. “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.” See the full release to learn more.
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CBS Announces Stephen Colbert as the Next Host of The Late Show
The CBS Television Network announced on April 10 that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Colbert Report, will succeed David Letterman as the host of The Late Show.
The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, president and CEO, CBS Corp., and Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment. You can read the original announcement here.
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Clippers Sold for $2 Billion
Shelly Sterling announced on May 30 that she signed a binding contract for the sale of the Clippers by the Sterling Family Trust to Steve Ballmer at a price of $2 billion. Shelly Sterling was acting under her authority as the sole trustee of the Sterling Family Trust which owns the Clippers.
“I am delighted that we are selling the team to Steve, who will be a terrific owner,” Shelly Sterling said. “We have worked for 33 years to build the Clippers into a premiere NBA franchise. I am confident that Steve will take the team to new levels of success.” See the release for the full statement.
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GM Announces Six Safety Recalls
General Motors announced on June 30 it would conduct six new safety recalls in the U.S. involving about 7.6 million vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years.
“We undertook what I believe is the most comprehensive safety review in the history of our company because nothing is more important than the safety of our customers,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “Our customers deserve more than we delivered in these vehicles. That has hardened my resolve to set a new industry standard for vehicle safety, quality and excellence.” See the full release to learn more.
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