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Lawsuit threatens status of 2012 Golden Globes

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
January 24th, 2011

Perhaps the Mayans were talking about the fate of the Golden Globes when they had their calendars expire in 2012. The future of next year's Golden Globes has become quite murky due to a lawsuit that has been filed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Administration (HFPA), the organizer of the awards, against Dick Clark Productions, the show's long time producer.

In the lawsuit, the HFPA alleges that Dick Clark Productions "abscond(ed) with the rights to the show" when it signed an eight year broadcasting agreement with NBC without any commitment to produce the show. Each side will have their say in court, and the likely trial dates are December 1 of this year and March 5, 2012. The HFPA's lawyers remarked that those dates would not allow "sufficient time to take reasonable commercial steps for the production and distribution of the television broadcast of the 69th annual Golden Globes Awards Show."

However, the HFPA seems to be sending mixed signals. A separately released statement from them read, "regardless of the legal proceedings with Red Zone and Dick Clark productions, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will present the Sixty-Ninth Annual Golden Globe Awards Show as scheduled in January 2012. The show will go on, with or without DCP."

It does not help that the HFPA is being sued under allegations made by a former publicist who claims the Globes accepted money and gifts from studios in exchange for nominating their films, sold red carpet space and media access at a profit, and received payment from studios to lobby their fellow Hollywood Foreign Press voters towards (or against) movies.

These are some hefty burdens for a simple awards show. I guess a show like this serves some purpose to someone out there, but I personally would not mind a year without big award shows- though, if a writer's strike could not do it a few years ago, it will likely never happen. If these shows got eliminated we might actually have to decide for ourselves what a great movie is, rather than having people we don't know tell us.

Sources Cinema Blend, Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, The Wrap

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