Naming Starz vet another sign of solon's showbiz ties
WASHINGTON — New Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has tapped Starz Encore communications VP Paul Jacobson as his deputy press secretary, effective immediately.Jacobson’s Capitol Hill appointment provided further indication that Frist, while a Republican, may prove to be a friend to the entertainment industry. Repping Nashville as one of Tennessee’s senators, Frist has already developed a record of helping the music biz fight piracy. Frist was voted in as Senate majority leader earlier this month by the GOP after Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) stepped down. Jacobson, 44, actually began his career on Capitol Hill, where he worked as a deputy press secretary for former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) and as deputy press secretary for Sen. Warren Rudman (R-N.H.). Upon leaving Washington, Jacobson was a spokesman for Comsat before becoming director of corporate communications for Denver-based Ascent Entertainment, which owned the NHL Colorado Avalanche and NBA Denver Nuggets. The conglom also, through Beacon Communications, produced motion pictures, including “Air Force One.” Jacobson joined Denver-based Starz Encore in 1998. “Paul Jacobson has done an excellent job guiding our corporate communications team across a wide variety of initiatives, including new programming strategies and publicity, cable and satellite industry affairs, government and consumer relations, international business, technology and corporate affairs,” Starz Encore chair-CEO John Sie said in a statement. “We will sorely miss him but understand fully Sen. Frist’s immediate need for Jake’s contribution in the senator’s new role as the Senate majority leader,” Sie said.