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Matthew Hiltzik (born May 12, 1972)[citation needed] is the founder of the strategic communications and consulting firm, Hiltzik Strategies, representing influential companies, organizations, and high profile individuals in media, entertainment, publishing, finance, politics and philanthropy.

Early life

Hiltzik was raised as an observant Jew in Teaneck, New Jersey, and graduated from the Ramaz School.[1] He attended Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations before moving on to the Fordham University School of Law.

After law school, he worked as press secretary and deputy executive director of the New York State Democratic Committee, where he worked on the 1998 campaigns of Chuck Schumer and Eliot Spitzer and Hillary Clinton's Listening Tour in July 1999. In December 1999, Hiltzik joined Miramax as head of corporate communications, where he was involved in public relations for Miramax Films, Miramax Books, Miramax TV, Talk magazine, and philanthropic and political fundraising and crisis management while also serving as personal spokesman for Harvey Weinstein and the company.[2]

Politics

In 2000, Hiltzik took a brief leave from the Weinsteins to re-join Hillary Clinton's campaign as the director of Jewish relations.[3] He soon left politics to rejoin with the Weinstein brothers, after the brothers finalized their deal to leave Miramax. Hiltzik teamed up with the U.K.-based publicity company, Freud Communications, to start up their U.S. operations.[4] He went out on his own in early 2008 to start up Hiltzik Strategies.[5] Hiltzik maintains his political roots advising several campaigns including Reshma Saujani's 2010 candidacy[6] for the 14th district of New York, and Thomas DiNapoli in his successful bid for New York Senate Comptroller. Hiltzik is also currently advising Jose Antonio Vargas's DefineAmerican campaign to elevate the national conversation about immigration policy and to pass the DREAM Act.[7][8]

Hiltzik Strategies

Clients of Hiltzik's new firm include Katie Couric, Don and Deirdre Imus,[9] Glenn Beck, Ryan Braun,[10] Alec Baldwin,[11][12] Trudie Styler,[13] the New York Mets,[14] Justin Bieber,[15][16] Sean Parker,[17] and Univision's Raul de Molina.[18] Over the last few years he has had to fend off rumors surrounding Couric's tumultous tenure as anchor of CBS Evening News and it was Hiltzik who worked with Alec Baldwin throughout his highly publicized and contentious divorce from Kim Basinger. In 2007, he also repped Imus in his comeback after the shock jock was accused of making an insensitive racial remark.

Hiltzik Strategies helps manage corporate communications for many organizations including, Jane Friedman's Open Road Integrated Media,[19] and See Saw Films (The King's Speech).[20] In addition, the firm works with numerous non-profits including the Rainforest Foundation, Child Mind Institute,[21] Gen YOUth Foundation,[22] Entertainment Industry Foundation,[23] and Norman Mailer Center.

Hiltzik's work was profiled in a May 2012 episode of "One on One with Budd Mishkin,"[24] and in PR Newser's "Top 5 Cases of PR Lemons to Lemonade" in 2011 - for his work with Justin Bieber.[25]

Side Projects

Hiltzik executive produced Paper Clips,[26] a moving and inspiring documentary film that captures how Tennessee Middle School students responded to lessons about the Holocaust-with a promise to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis.[27] He also executive produced Holy Land Hardball, about the attempt to bring minor league baseball to Israel.[28][29] Most recently, Hiltzik co-produced Tiffany Shlain's documentary Connected,[30] which explores the connections linking major issues of our time.[31][32]

References

  1. Rosenblatt, Gary. "Joining ‘Gangs’ to Work With the Best: Executive producer Rick Schwartz savors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with Martin Scorsese and others.", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, January 2, 2003. Accessed June 5, 2012. "'Rick is modest about his talents, but he is especially appreciated for his ability to develop relationships and maintain his composure in challenging moments,' said Matthew Hiltzik, Miramax's senior vice president for corporate communications. The two men have become good friends. 'We come from the same place, literally and figuratively,' said Hiltzik, who also grew up in Teaneck and is an observant Jew."
  2. Bing, Jonathan (June 20, 2001). Miramax ups Hiltzik to VP – Entertainment News, Business News, Media. Variety. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  3. Paybarah, Azi. Hiltzik’s Middle East Advice for Obama | The New York Observer. Observer.com. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  4. Mohr, Ian (June 22, 2005). Hiltzik to interpret Freud's U.S. dreams – Entertainment News, Los Angeles, Media. Variety. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  5. Matthew Hiltzik. Cityfile (July 13, 2008). Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  6. Saujani Hires A Team, Plans Announcement | New York Daily News. Daily News (January 29, 2010). Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  7. The Legal Risks of Vargas's Immigration Revelation – National. The Atlantic Wire (June 22, 2011). Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  8. Jose Vargas story turned down by Washington Post – Keach Hagey. Politico.Com. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  9. Hinckley, David (March 18, 2009). Don Imus said he'd shoot me, guest Jay Severin says. NY Daily News. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  10. Ryan Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended. USA Today (February 23, 2012).
  11. Alec Baldwin Thinking Of New York City Mayor Run: Report. Huffington Post (June 28, 2011). Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  12. Profile of public relations guru Matt Hiltzik, a former Democratic operative. The Washington Post. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  13. More Than Mrs. Sting. New York Times (April 18, 2012). Retrieved on June 5,2012.
  14. Mets camp report: GM Alderson puts smiling face on bleak situation. CBS Sports (February 29,2012).
  15. Auer, Doug (June 23, 2011). Justin Bieber fans rush singer at Macy's but he escapes unharmed. New York Post. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  16. Bieber to Israeli Prime Minister: Bring on the Kids. TMZ.com (February 24, 2011). Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  17. Henry Blodget (August 23, 2010). Facebook Movie May Contain Scene In Which Teenage Girls Let Sean Parker Snort Coke Off Their Boobs. Businessinsider.com. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  18. Raul De Molina Did Not Get Eaten by Lions. Until This Morning. Imus in the Morning (July 9, 2010). Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  19. http://www.firebrandtech.com/pdf/OpenRoad_June_7_2010.pdf
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  22. Alexis Glick Named CEO OF Gen YOUth Foundation. Reuters (February 4, 2011). Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  23. “HOPE FOR HAITI NOW” DISTRIBUTING REMAINING $31 MILLION RAISED THROUGH TELETHON | Entertainment Industry Foundation. Eifoundation.org (July 8, 2010). Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  24. One On 1 Profile: PR Strategist Matthew Hiltzik Is The Powerful Voice Behind The Prominent. NY1 (May 21, 2012).
  25. Top 5 Cases of PR ‘Lemons to Lemonade’ in 2011. PR Newser (December 28, 2011).
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  28. http://www.holylandhardball.com/
  29. Cockrell, Eddie (June 17, 2008). Variety Reviews – Holy Land Hardball – Film Reviews – SilverDocs – Review by Eddie Cockrell. Variety. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
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  31. '+relative_time(twitters[i].created_at)+'. Credits. Connected the Film. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  32. Anderson, John (January 22, 2011). Variety Reviews – Connected – Film Reviews – Sundance – Review by John Anderson. Variety. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
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