NBC brings back Golden Globes after boycotts and backlash

The show will continue.

After much speculation About a comeback, the Golden Globes return next year to NBC, its longtime broadcast network, in time for the show’s 80th anniversary, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced Tuesday in a statement with the network and Dick Clark Productions.

NBC will air next year’s show on January 10 on the broadcast network and on its Peacock streaming platform as part of a one-year deal, which also sees the HFPA and Dick Clark Productions. “explore new domestic and global distribution opportunities across a variety of platforms in the future,” according to a joint statement.

“We recognize the HFPA’s commitment to continued change and look forward to welcoming the Golden Globes back to NBC for its 80th anniversary in January 2023,” said Frances Berwick, President of Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, in the release.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Golden Globe Awards to NBC and to welcome the ‘Party of the Year’ to audiences around the world who have been waiting for its return,” said HFPA President Helen Hoehne. “The HFPA remains committed to meaningful change and support programs that prioritize diversity, inclusion and transparency.”

The move ends more than a year of chaos and uncertainty for the HFPA, which hosts the Globes, which has seen the association shunned by virtually every quarterback in the entertainment industry.

Last year NBC dropped the broadcast of the 2022 Globes show, a contingent of powerful publicists boycotted the organization and studios including Netflix and WarnerMedia severed ties after a Times investigation raised questions about the band’s ethical and financial lapses and revealed that none of the -87 members were black.

The return to the air provides a major boost to the struggling HFPA, which suffered a financial blow when NBC opted out of airing the Golden Globes this year. The organization had generated $27.4 million a year from the network.

Financial terms of his new one-year deal with NBC were not disclosed, although the broadcast network was expected to get a fee reduction, said people familiar with the negotiations who were not authorized to comment.

Over the past 18 months, the HFPA has embarked on a series of reforms, including establishing new bylaws, banning gifts, hiring a director of diversity and the addition of 21 new members, six of whom are black.

He also announced various partnerships, including with the NAACP and the World Bank.

Last month, after amending its statutes, the association added 103 non-member international voters to its ranks, broadening and diversifying the membership of the organization.

While NBC’s decision appears to end the HFPA’s pariah status, within the entertainment industry — and even within the group — it remains to be seen if Hollywood stars are ready to embrace the show. amid skepticism that the reforms have not gone far enough.

The Times investigation cast a shadow of controversy over the 2021 Golden Globes ceremony, and the HFPA vowed it was embarking on “transformational change”. Within weeks, HFPA management announced that it had retained the services of a strategic diversity advisor and an outside law firm to “guard against exclusionary practices”, audit bylaws and terms of membership and review and monitor its policies.

The road to systemic overhaul has been rocky; the process itself was marked by internal struggles and a reluctance by some members to enact effective change.

For months, members complained about the Times investigation, other media reports and outside critics of the group, and debated the need for reform, according to interviews, multiple threads by e -mail and chats reviewed by The Times.

Last April, Shaun Harper, the diversity strategist hired by the HFPA,
abruptly resigned just weeks after arriving on board.

His exit came a day after The Times reported that former eight-term HFPA president Phil Berk sent an email to members criticizing Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and comparing BLM to a hate group – sparking a firestorm among many members of the organization. . Berk resigned the following day following calls from NBC and Dick Clark Productions for his ouster.

In June, two longtime members of the HFPA resigned in protest, calling the HFPA “toxic” and its reform efforts a “facade.”

The HFPA has maintained that it is committed to reform and has worked to re-engage with Hollywood, periodically announcing its efforts for change in a host of governance and internal policy areas.

Last August, the vast majority of its 84 members voted for a list of proposed bylaws intended to overhaul the organization, expand membership with a focus on diversity, and restore its credibility with the industry. entertainment.

The vote was seen as an important step in removing one of Hollywood’s most prestigious awards from the brink of possible extinction.

In January, with Hollywood keeping its distance, the HFPA elected to hold the Globes at its longtime home at the Beverly Hilton.

There were no celebrities (at least outside of pre-recorded vows from Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, separately supporting the band’s charitable donations), red carpet, audience or notable guest on stage in the venue. ballroom at the Beverly Hilton. The ceremony itself was not televised or broadcast live.

Few winners have publicly acknowledged their awards. Additionally, few studios, networks, or streamers have included wins, as is usually the case in their awards season marketing campaigns.

In July, the association approved interim CEO Todd Boehly’s proposal to acquire the Globes and turn the group into a for-profit company. Under this plan, the HFPA would separately retain its nonprofit charitable arm; members would become paid employees receiving $75,000 a year.

Boehly is chairman of private equity firm Eldridge Industries, the parent company of longtime Globes producer DCP, with stakes in several Hollywood trade publications such as the Hollywood Reporter as well as production companies including A24 and the Beverly Hilton, where the Golden Globes ceremony is presented.

Still, many industry players say they have questions about the progress of the HFPA’s reforms and the organization itself and it’s unclear whether talent will take part in the awards ceremony. award if nominated.

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