The Lippin Group, one of the world’s leading independent entertainment public relations and marketing firms with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London, has hired veteran TV/entertainment public relations executive David Gardner, most recently with UP & ASPiRE cable networks, as senior vice president. Gardner will be based in Los Angeles and will be actively involved with several of the firm’s prominent television clients as well as both the domestic and international media.
For over 20 years in L.A. and Atlanta, Gardner has led and managed inventive public relations and publicity campaigns for over 100 television series (scripted/non-scripted), movies, specials and events, including, to name just a few, Ties That Bind, Bringing Up Bates, Love Finds You In Charm, international hit Heroes, The Office, the Emmy Awards, Veronica Mars, Everybody Hates Chris, Star Trek: Enterprise, The VIBE Awards, and The Latin Grammy Awards. He has also worked in public relations at Disney Channel, ABC Family, CBS International and Syndication, and FX. Gardner is also a member of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and The Public Relations Society of America. He is also a board member of the New Mavericks, an Atlanta Film Festival-associated organization that supports women involved in various aspects of Georgia’s film community to achieve a strong voice in the local industry.
After getting his start at Turner in Atlanta, Gardner returned to the city in 2010 to teach Film and Communications and finish his Master's in Communication/PR at Georgia State University. He received his M.A. in December 2012, and his thesis on fandom – specifically on how TV publicists and TV critics define, create, and maintain TV fans – has found popularity in academic circles.