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Carleen Donovan Launches The Oriel Company With Chloë Walsh and Jen Appel

Veteran music publicists Carleen Donovan, Chloë Walsh and Jen Appel have joined forces to launch a new communications agency with an impressive list of clients including Grammy Award-winning artists, Academy Award-nominated actors and leading brands.

Donovan Public Relations is now The Oriel Company, with offices in New York and Los Angeles and looks to elevate how a “modern creative lab and idea house handles media relations, integrated communications, and entertainment consulting,” according to a recent press release.


“Collectively, Chloë, Jen, and myself share so many great memories and an incredible 20 plus year history of collaborating together,” Donovan said. “We also share the same philosophy regarding our clients. By teaming up, we wanted to leverage the reach of a larger agency with the concentration of a boutique. The Oriel Company presents the opportunity to do just that and deliver the gold standard in commitment to our roster and projects.”

Walsh and Appel will join The Oriel Company from Grandstand Media where they worked with Meghan Helsel, Kate Jackson, Dana Erickson and Lisa Gottheil, who they said provided “expert support,” telling Billboard, “We feel lucky to be a part of such a strong female-led community of entertainment executives and look forward to celebrating one another’s continued successes.”

“What Carleen and her staff have achieved in the last five years is incredibly impressive. This is a wonderful opportunity to vastly expand the company from our position on the West Coast,” Walsh and Appel added.


In addition to DPR’s existing roster of talent, Walsh and Appel will be bringing André “3000” Benjamin, Arctic Monkeys, Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst, Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange), Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, THE INTERNET, The Kills, The Killers, Liz Phair, Matt Martians, Michael Stipe, Phoebe Bridgers, Phoenix, Robyn, Steve Lacy, Syd, Weezer, and many more to The Oriel Company.