No surprise, but Simon Halls is joining his former HBH partners Stephen Huvane and Robin Baum at their new Slate PR. Halls resigned as co-CEO at PMK/HBH effective on December 31st right after the flackery merged with BNC. (Cindi Berger, PMK’s other co-CEO, is remaining to work with Michael Nyman and the rest of the two companies.) “Stephen, Robin, and I have been a team for 15 years, and I wouldn’t want to move forward without them,”: Halls told me just now. “On top of that, we have worked with Andy Gelb for 9 years and can’t say enough about him. And everyone knows that Ina Treciokas, our other new partner, is best in class in entertainment PR.”

Halls is bringing all his clients, which include Sam Mendes, Ang Lee, Ridley and Tony Scott, Michael Patrick King, the USA Network, Tom Ford, Akiva Goldsman, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Ryan Murphy, Working Title, Tribeca and Gore Verbinski. Slate PR now also reps Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway,Demi Moore, Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, Kirsten Dunst, Liv Tyler, Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Daniel Craig, Ryan Gosling, Naomi Watts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jimmy Fallon, Harrison Ford, Woody Harrelson, Benicio DelToro, Hugh Laurie and Katie Holmes, plus the SAG awards, the American Music Awards, Critics Choice Awards, and the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. “The company is well positioned to become an instant industry leader,” Halls said. “The company has offices in both LA and NYC and is already running with all engines blazing.” Spoken like a true PRman.