Howard Bragman

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Howard Bragman
Born (1956-02-24) February 24, 1956 (age 65)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
OccupationCrisis manager, publicist
RelativesLizzy Caplan (niece)

Howard Bragman (born February 24, 1956)[1] is an American crisis manager, public relations practitioner, writer and lecturer. He is often seen as a "PR Guru."[2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Bragman was born to a Jewish family[4] and raised in Flint, Michigan, the son of Myrna (Wolin) and Leonard Bragman.[5] He graduated with a B.A from the University of Michigan in 1978.

After serving as a vice president in the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of Burson-Marsteller Public Relations, Bragman founded Bragman Nyman Cafarelli (BNC) in 1989. In 2001, BNC was purchased by Interpublic Group, a holding company for marketing firms.[6] In 2005, Bragman established Fifteen Minutes, a strategic media and public relations agency. Bragman founded LaBrea.Media in 2018 as a consultant, pundit and content creator.[7] Bragman was an Adjunct Professor in Public Relations at the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication from 1998 to 2003.[8] He is the author of the best-selling book, "Where's My Fifteen Minutes?" (2008).[9] He was also a consultant on the 2017 documentary about the Flint water crisis called Lead and Copper.[10]

Bragman has provided litigation support as a crisis counselor for cases and individuals including Joseph Steffan;[11] the Lewinsky family;[12] and Sharon Smith in Smith v. Knoller. He is also involved with both the accusers and the accused in the #MeToo movement.[13]

Bragman has been vice chairman of the management firm[14]

Community work[edit]

Bragman has been active in the AIDS/HIV community, on lesbian and gay civil rights, Jewish causes and First Amendment protections. He has received awards and honors from AIDS Project Los Angeles, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and Congregation Kol Ami.[15] Bragman has founded the Jewish Image Awards, honoring positive portrayals of Jews in television and film.[16]

Public appearances[edit]

Bragman has been a news consultant for ABC News since 2010.[11] He has also made multiple appearances on local and network news programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Today Show, and Larry King Live, as well as in national and local magazines and newspapers.

Bragman made an appearance on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 2 as Camille Grammer's Publicist,[17] and was a guest judge on Season 1 of RuPaul's Drag Race.[18]


  1. ^ Haire, Julie (January 21, 2009). "So What Do You Do, Howard Bragman, Fifteen Minutes Public Relations CEO?". Mediabistro. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Weisman, Aly (November 25, 2014). "PR Guru's Advice To Bill Cosby: 'Shut Up And Disappear'". Business Insider. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  3. ^ McDonald, Patrick Range (August 16, 2010). "Hollywood PR Guru Howard Bragman Signs JetBlue's Steven Slater". LA Weekly. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  4. ^ Power Up Films: Howard Bragman retrieved August 27, 2015 | "I grew up fat, Jewish and gay in Flint, Michigan feeling like I had three strikes against me and then I moved to Hollywood where I realized it was three rungs on the ladder of success. Thanks POWER UP for recognizing this"
  5. ^ "Leonard Bragman". Sun-Sentinel.
  6. ^ Hod, Itay (March 12, 2014). "How Howard Bragman Orchestrated Michael Sam's Coming Out". Daily Beast. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  7. ^ Lieber, Chavie (March 6, 2018). "Oprah Is the Original Celebrity Influencer". Racked. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  8. ^ Pringle, Paul; Ryan, Harriet; Hamilton, Matt; Elmahrek, Adam (August 31, 2017). "Investigators seek photos and videos of former USC medical school dean with drugs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  9. ^ Torrance, Kelly Jane (October 4, 2009). "Letterman's TV admission called adept PR". The Washington Times. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  10. ^ Oscar-winning director working on Flint water crisis documentary, report says The Flint Journal via, February 5, 2017
  11. ^ a b "PR's 'Gay Guru' Helps Celebrities Come Out". NPR. April 28, 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  12. ^ Canfield, Dan (August 19, 2017). "Anthony Scaramucci Has Reportedly Hired the Hollywood Publicist Who Represented Monica Lewinsky". Vulture. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  13. ^ Cullins, Ashley; Sun, Rebecca (January 12, 2018). "The New #MeToo Economy: Hollywood Lawyers, Crisis PR Pros Seeing "Unprecedented" Uptick in Business". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  14. ^ Kilday, Gregg (October 5, 2011). "Howard Bragman Joining as Vice Chairman". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Congregation Kol Ami".
  16. ^ Hartog, Kelly (November 23, 2006). "Schmoozing with celebrities on Israel's behalf". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  17. ^ Villarreal, Yvonne (March 26, 2012). "Camille Grammer won't return to 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'". Los Angeles Times.
  18. ^ Avery, Dan (October 14, 2013). "RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 Ru-Cap: "Queens of All Media"". NewNowNext. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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