NBC brings back the Golden Globes after boycotts and backlash

The show will go on.

After wild speculation Via a comeback next year, the Golden Globes are returning to NBC, their longtime television home, in time for the awards show’s 80th anniversary, the network and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced in a joint statement on Tuesday.

The move caps more than a year of chaos and uncertainty for the HFPA, which has faced scathing criticism of its activities and the behavior of its members. The group has embarked on a series of reforms to salvage their once-star awards show and get back in Hollywood’s good graces.

Last year, NBC halted airing of the 2022 Globes, a contingent of powerful publicists boycotted the organization, and studios including Netflix and WarnerMedia severed ties after an investigation by the Los Angeles Times revealed questions about the group’s ethical and financial failings had that none of them was the case at the time 87 members was black.

The report highlighted claims that the nonprofit group’s awards or nominations could be swayed with expensive junkets and giveaways. It also found that the HFPA regularly made significant payments to its own members — nearly $2 million in the fiscal year ended June 2020 — in a way some experts said violated Internal Revenue Service guidelines could violate. The HFPA said its compensation practices are consistent with industry practices and the allegations reflected a longstanding bias against the association.

NBC will broadcast the ceremony next year on January 10 on the broadcast network and on its Peacock streaming platform under a one-year agreement that also allows the HFPA and Dick Clark Productions to “open new opportunities for national and global distribution across a variety.” of platforms in the future,” read a joint statement.

The network, which previously had a multi-year agreement with the HFPA to broadcast the Golden Globes, agreed to a tighter one-year deal in part to ensure the organization remains committed to the reforms it is conducting, said a person familiar with the discussions who is not authorized was to speak publicly.

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

“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Golden Globe Awards on NBC and to host the ‘Party of the Year’ for viewers around the world who have been waiting for their return,” said HFPA President Helen Hoehne. “The HFPA remains committed to making important changes and supporting programs that prioritize diversity, inclusion and transparency.”

The return to the air gives a major boost to the struggling HFPA, which took a financial hit when NBC decided not to broadcast the Golden Globes this year. The organization had generated 27.4 million US dollars per year with the network.

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

Over the past 18 months, the HFPA has implemented various reforms, including the introduction of new bylaws, a ban on gifts and the hiring of a Chief Diversity Officer and adding 21 new members, six of whom are black.

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

Last month, the association added 103 international non-members to its ranks following amendments to its charter, both expanding and diversifying the organisation’s makeup.

While NBC’s decision appears to put an end to the HFPA’s pariah status in the entertainment industry — and even within the group — it remains to be seen whether Hollywood stars are willing to embrace the show, though they are skeptical the reforms won’t go far enough went.

The Times investigation cast a shadow of controversy over the 2021 Golden Globes ceremony, and the HFPA vowed it was committed to “transformative change.” Within weeks, HFPA leadership announced it had hired a strategic diversity consultant and an outside law firm to “protect against exclusionary practices,” review bylaws and membership requirements, and review and monitor its policies.

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

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

Last April, Shaun Harper, the HFPA’s hired diversity strategist,
abruptly resigned just a few weeks after joining the company.

His exit came a day after The Times reported that former eight-year-old HFPA President Phil Berk emailed members criticizing Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and comparing BLM to a hate group – which caused a firestorm among many members of the organization. Berk resigned the next day after both NBC and Dick Clark Productions called for his ouster.

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

The HFPA has asserted its commitment to reform and is working to reconnect with Hollywood, regularly announcing efforts to bring about changes in a variety of areas of governance and internal policies.

Last August, the vast majority of its 84 members voted in favor of a set of proposed charters aimed at revamping the organization, expanding membership with an emphasis on diversity, and restoring its credibility in the entertainment industry.

The vote was seen as a significant step in saving one of Hollywood’s most iconic awards shows from eventual extinction.

In January, the HFPA decided to hold the Globes at its longtime home, the Beverly Hilton, as Hollywood kept its distance.

There were no celebrities (at least aside from pre-recorded congratulations from Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who separately endorsed the group’s charitable giving), red carpet, audience, or marquee hosts on stage in the Beverly Hilton’s ballroom. The ceremony itself was neither televised nor livestreamed.

Few winners acknowledged their awards publicly. Additionally, few studios, networks, or streamers have included profits in their awards season marketing campaigns, as is customary.

In July, the association approved interim CEO Todd Boehly’s proposal to acquire the Globes and convert the group into a for-profit corporation. Under the plan, the HFPA would maintain its non-profit charitable branch separately;

Unlike Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members, HFPA members are now considered employees and are paid for disclosed assignments, receiving $75,000 each year. (The recently added international voters who are not classified as members will not be compensated.)

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

Still, many industry stakeholders say they have questions about the progress of reforms of the HFPA and the organization itself, and it’s unclear if talent will attend the awards ceremony if nominated.

“I have a lot of questions,” publicist Marcel Pariseau, who represents A-listers like Scarlett Johansson, recently told the Times. “That concerns me. I’m not sure if it affects the industry or not.”

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