Starz's Jacobson Returns to Hill

1/14/2003 2:53 AM Eastern

After a five-year term leading Starz Encore Group LLC's
public-relations/corporate-communications squad, Paul Jacobson is back on
Capitol Hill patrol as deputy communications director for U.S. Senate Majority
Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.).

Jacobson completed his tour of Starz duty Jan. 10, but word of his exit and
appointment to Frist's staff came out Monday afternoon through a Starz-issued
press release.

Frist became Senate Majority Leader when Trent Lott (R-Miss.) stepped down
from that role after encountering furor over remarks he made late last year at a
birthday party for 100-year-old outgoing Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.).

Starz Encore CEO John Sie praised Jacobson for his efforts, "guiding our
corporate-communications team across a wide variety of initiatives."

The company "will sorely miss him, but understand fully Sen. Frist's
immediate need for [a] contribution in [his] new role as Senate Majority
Leader," Sie said in a prepared statement.

Previously, Jacobson served as deputy press secretary for former Sens. Bob
Dole (R-Kan.) and Warren Rudman (R-N.H.).

After that round of congressional work, he became a spokesperson at Comsat,
then corporate-communications director of Ascent Entertainment Group Inc., which
produces motion pictures and owns professional-sports-league franchises in
Denver (the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets and the National
Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche).

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