HFPA Steps Up Fight To End Dick Clark Productions’ Contract For Golden Globes

Last night, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association filed a motion for summary judgment in its Dick Clark Productions/Golden Globes case putting the awards show in even more limbo than before. So let me get this straight: the most bogus awards group in Hollywood is trying to declare a contract bogus for the most bogus awards show in Hollywood. Gotta love it.

So what does it all mean? An HFPA insider tells me that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wants to be rid of DCP and free to hook up with another producer. One reason is that Dan Snyder (whose Red Zone owns DCP) “is no Dick Clark; he’s a greedy shark with no scruples,” the source says. Another is that DCP is up for sale, hence its desperation to hold onto the Globes, which is the only real asset it has, and there’s concern about the company’s future. Also, according to my insider, HFPA feels that NBC has low-balled them on fees “with DCP’s connivance” and so would like to see what the other networks might offer. Of course, what the HFPA is conveniently forgetting is that Dick Clark Productions rescued the HFPA’s Golden Globes awards show from near-death after not even cable wanted the scandal-plagued organization’s telecast anymore.

Below is a statement about the filing from the HFPA’s lead litigator, Linda J. Smith of O’Melveny & Myers: Read More »

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Dick Clark Prods.’ Motion To Dismiss HFPA’s Golden Globes Lawsuit Denied

Nellie Andreeva

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and Dick Clark Prods.’ legal battle over the Golden Globes may be headed to court. Today, a federal judge denied DCP’s motion to dismiss HFPA’s Nov. 17 complaint against the longtime producer of the Golden … Read More »

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HFPA Hits Back At Dick Clark Prods. For Trying To Dismiss Golden Globes Lawsuit

Nellie Andreeva

Lawyers for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association late last night filed a scathing response to dick clark prods. and Red Zone Capital Partners’ motion to dismiss HFPA’s Nov. 17 complaint against the long-time producer of the Golden Globes and its new owner. The 25-page opposition, filed in federal court, hits back at dcp’s argument that the two sides’ agreement allowed it to negotiate a new license deal with NBC. “dcp’s new owners had seized on a six-word sentence fragment and given it a brand new interpretation, completely at odds with the parties’ mutually shared understanding of the entire sentence and contract, dcp’s prior representations, and decades of the parties’ course of conduct,” the new filing reads. The clause in question is part of a 1993 amendment: Read More »

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Ricky Gervais Says Golden Globes Have Invited Him Back To Host For 3rd Time

That’s according to Ricky Gervais himself, who’s written up a diary of his “mad week” presenting the Golden Globes in today’s Brit magazine Heat. First, he claims the Golden Globes have invited him back to host. “The organisers asked me to … Read More »

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