Golden Globes tarnished by legal wrangling


dick clark productions (dcp) recently signed a new contract with NBC to keep the Golden Globes awards show on the Peacock Network for eight more years. But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which selects the winners, claims dcp is trying to steal the Golden Globes and has sued in federal court.

HFPA claims in the lawsuit that it notified dcp that their partnership, which dates back to 1983, would end after the 2011 show. Even so, the lawsuit claims that dcp “surreptitiously” signed the new agreement with NBC extending the network’s broadcast contract through 2018. The lawsuit seeks an injunction blocking any Golden Globes show from taking place without HFPA’s agreement, along with financial damages.

dcp sent this statement to RBR-TVBR: “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, knowing it has no case in a court of law, is attempting to try this case in the court of public opinion.  We are confident the case has no merit in either venue.  Our respective rights under the contract are clear.  The HFPA cannot unilaterally change the basis on which dcp and the HFPA have done business for almost three decades.”