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: