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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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2011 Golden Globes: Nikki’s Non-Analysis

Here I am, only for informational purposes, posting the 2011 Golden Globes nominations held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with the awards to be broadcast live on NBC on January 16th. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it’s a completely meaningless awards show by a scandal-riddled organization on a network desperate for ratings. That’s why I opt out of analyzing the nominations every year: because the Golden Globes have zero integrity. Studios and networks who lavishly lobby the HFPA almost always score nominations. Stars win in direct correlation to their glamour quotient. Everything about the awards is geared towards hyping the media’s interest and the telecast’s ratings. Even the small motley group of 85 mostly freelancers who belong to the HFPA won’t grant membership to the real foreign journalists at the prestige newspapers across the world. That’s because the clique don’t want to dilute the financial bonanza they receive from the studios and networks who arrange exclusive interviews about the year’s movies and TV shows. NBC and Dick Clark Productions could clean up the Globes but choose not to.

Even the HFPA’s 17-year publicist Michael Russell who no longer has an association with the GGs sent a letter to HFPA president Philip Berk back in March (and only recently sent to me and others) accusing the organization of “a number of questionable business practices of the HFPA which we have brought directly to your attention this year that need to be changed or they … Read More »

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