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Fenn Communications Group

Creative Agency - Issue Advocacy - Crisis Management
What We Do

Our Capabilities

Fenn Communications Group is one of the nation’s top political and public affairs media firms. Over the past 30 years we have worked in over 300 campaigns, from President to Mayor, and represented a number of Fortune 500 companies. We work with our clients to craft their messages in order to ensure maximum attention and impact. From the very start the entire team is involved in the process, ensuring continuity of vision and the highest quality end product.

Political

Since 1983, FCG has produced award-winning media for some of this country’s top political and referenda campaigns. FCG has served as media advisors in races for Mayor, Governor, Senator and every other level of statewide office – Lt. Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer. We have also been active in initiative and referenda campaigns across the US.

Corporate

FCG assists corporate and association clients such as General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Purdue Pharma, 3M, The Humane Society of the United States and The National Association of Realtors to provide strategic communications advice and produce image and issue advertising.

Crisis

We specialize in quick-turnaround during corporate crisis situations – when top-quality response advertisements must be on the air at saturation levels within 24 hours. No one does this better than a political media firm. When corporations must respond to a crisis, FCG is prepared to fulfill a new component to crisis management – that of working with the public relations agency and the corporate leadership to develop immediate response advertising that dovetails with existing image and message.

Media Buying

FCG plans and places media buys of all sizes using a wide variety of advertising platforms including print, radio, television, online and outdoor. We work on campaigns of all sizes from those that target a single county to nationwide buys. Using current market research as well as information gathered from public opinion polling, FCG places the right messages in front of the right audiences. FCG approaches buying with the goal of delivering creativity and innovation in a cost-effective way.

Creative

The creative team at FCG consists of writers, directors, producers and editors. We work with clients to write and create ads and scripts that bring their messages to life and move opinions. FCG creates television, radio, print, online and outdoor advertising in addition to long-form videos. We also write, design and layout collateral materials including palm cards for candidates, logos and conference booklets and pamphlets. FCG works closely with polling firms to test which messages resonate most strongly with specific audiences and then uses that data to guide the creative development process. From pre-production through post-production, the entire team is involved in the process, ensuring continuity of vision and the highest quality end product.

  • One of the premier Democratic communications shops

    The Hill
  • A media consulting powerhouse

    Roll Call
  • One of the leading media consultants for congressional incumbents

    Chicago Tribune
  • ‘They’re not afraid to mix it up, but what they did was not out of bounds. In the two campaigns I saw their work, the message was right on,’ noted one GOP operative familiar with their work last year.

    Roll Call

Our Team

Peter Fenn

Peter Fenn

President View Details
Jon Garr

Jon Garr

Creative Director View Details
Selden Grandy

Selden Grandy

Business and Account Manager View Details
Peter Fenn

Peter Fenn

President

Prior to forming the firm, Peter was the first Executive Director of Democrats for the 80’s, a political action committee founded by Pamela Harriman and then-Governor Bill Clinton. Peter also served on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and as Washington Chief of Staff for Senator Frank Church. In 1983, Peter helped found and was the first Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics.

In 1996 and 1998, the firm was chosen as the lead media consultants for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, producing ads that helped win back seats for the Democrats. Peter served as a surrogate spokesperson on cable news programs for Gore 2000, Kerry in 2004 and in the general election for Obama 2008.

Peter has consulted overseas for the Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy. He produced television programs in Russia, Bosnia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic and consulted for political parties and candidates in such countries as South Africa, Mozambique, Romania, Latvia, Colombia, Northern Ireland, and Hungary. He worked in Egypt in 2012, conducting seminars with a dozen political parties, teaching over 80 participants.

His writing and producing have earned him Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants, Telly Awards, Summit Awards, Vision Awards and the award from PRNews for the Best Public Service Ad Campaign of 2005.

Peter has a B.A. from Macalester College, where he was President of the Alumni Association and where he is currently a Trustee. He earned a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He has been an Adjunct Professor at George Washington’s Graduate School of Political Management since 1995. Peter appears frequently as a TV commentator on the major networks and on cable news shows.

Jon Garr

Jon Garr

Creative Director

Joining Fenn Communications Group in 2002, Jon came on board as an experienced editor with both the Avid and Final Cut Pro systems. To date, Jon has edited, directed and produced more than 100 commercial and video projects for groups such as General Motors, The Brookings Institution, and political candidates all across the country.

In addition to television projects, Jon provides design and layout of print and web advertising for clients such as The National Association for Realtors and The Humane Society of the United States. Jon’s work can be seen all across the country in national and local outlets such as The New York Times, Washingtonpost.com and publications like Rolling Stone and Politico.

Jon attended the University of Denver and left with a degree in Digital Media Studies and a love of Skiing.

Selden Grandy

Selden Grandy

Business and Account Manager

Joining Fenn Communications Group in 2010, Selden handles the day-to-day business management for all clients. She also serves as a client liaison, aiding in research, project management and creative strategy for the various projects of non-profit, issue advocacy and corporate clients.

Prior to joining FCG, Selden was part of a team of Account Executives at Greenfield Belser, Ltd., an interactive branding and design agency focusing on professional services branding and marketing. At GB, Selden aided in the acquisition and maintenance of various clients, and project budget and management. She also aided in creative messaging and served as a proofreader and copywriter for several advertisements, brochures and internal branding projects.

Selden graduated from the George Washington University with a BA in Psychology and dual minors in English and Creative Writing.

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