Longtime Academy Executive Patrick Harrison Partners With Frank PR to Launch New Strategic Awards and Events Division

Patrick Harrison of FRANK PR
New York ( September 29, 2023 ) -

Patrick Harrison, the Academy of a Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ longtime top official in New York, has joined forces with the principals at FRANK PR, Clare Anne Darragh and Lina Catalfamo Plath to launch a new Strategic Awards Division. Harrison brings more than two decades of awards strategy, planning, and producing experience to the firm. The new division will focus on strategic campaigns and events.

“I am excited to join the FRANK PR family in partnership with Clare Anne and Lina, two industry professionals I have respected, admired, and worked alongside throughout my career. Continuing my love of film and supporting the work of established and upcoming filmmakers are passions of mine,” said Harrison.

“Patrick is a talented and highly respected executive whose passion for our industry and exceptional relationships make him the perfect partner to build this division. We have had the privilege to work alongside him throughout our careers and look forward to creating this new venture together.” said FRANK PR principals Darragh and Catalfamo Plath.

Harrison brings a unique perspective to the awards landscape, having overseen the creation and implementation of all Academy programs on the East Coast, including weekly membership screenings and filmmaker conversations, film retrospectives, tributes, national educational outreach initiatives and the annual Oscar Night New York celebrations. Collaborating with his global AMPAS colleagues, studio executives and members from every branch of the Academy, Harrison produced the Academy Conversations film series and moderated post screening conversations with key creators in the motion picture industry.

He has long been an advocate of advancing the careers of future filmmakers by connecting veteran filmmakers to young artists nationally on college campuses from Hawaii to Appalachia and internationally in Africa. Harrison currently serves on the board of directors of film at Lincoln Center and the Woodstock Film Festival and serves in an advisory role at Stockade Works in the Hudson Valley. Prior to AMPAS, Harrison worked at MIRAMAX supporting the film and award campaigns for multiple Academy Award-winning films.

FRANK PR was launched in 2008 by Darragh and Catalfamo Plath who have over 25 years experience, previously holding posts at New Line Cinema, Miramax, Fine Line Features and October Films. The company devises and implements comprehensive publicity, marketing and strategic campaigns for some of the entertainment industry’s most prestigious studios, networks and organizations. They have worked with clients including Warner Bros. Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Netflix, HBO, Food Network & Cooking Channel, Hulu, ABC News Studios, Google/YouTube, Amazon Studios, Anchorage Capital, Lionsgate, Red Bull Studios, Bleecker Street Films, IFC, Roadside Attractions, Sundance, TIFF, The Gotham, Hamptons International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, and Nantucket Film Festival among others. Recent film projects include “John Wick: Chapeter 4,” “Mafia Mamma, “Mr. Malcolm’s List,” “Somewhere in Queens,” “You People,” “Apollo 10½,” “Nimona,” “The Sea Beast,” “Love to Love You,” “Being Mary Tyler Moore,” “Donna Summer,” “The Golden Boy,” “Leave No Trace,” “Killing County.” They work with filmmakers including Academy Award winning Roger Ross Williams and Lisa Cortés, actor John Turturro, producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, and production companies Flynn Pictures, Davis Entertainment, ShivHans Pictures, Assemble Media and Red Crown Productions, among more.