After being off the air for a year, the Golden Globe Awards will be back on NBC in 2023, multiple high-level sources say about the plan. The Hollywood Reporter.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the controversial organization of non-US journalists and photographers behind the Golden Globes, came under heavy fire just before the 2021 ceremony when a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times revealed that the HFPA at the time included: zero black people among the then 87 members and had involved in unethical behavior and suspicious financial practices. The resulting uproar led numerous Hollywood constituencies, including a large contingent of Hollywood publicists, to boycott the HFPA (Tom Cruise even returned the three Globes he was awarded), prompting NBC to refuse to broadcast a Globes ceremony in 2022.
The network focuses on a Tuesday, January 10 broadcast. The Globes historically took place on a Sunday in January, but the first Sunday in January 2023 is New Year’s Day; the second is January 8, the last day of the NFL’s regular season, which conflicts with NBC Sunday Night Football; and the third is January 15, on which the Critics Choice Awards have already claimed their claim – hence the change to a Tuesday.
Representatives from NBC and the HFPA declined to comment on this story.
The Globes’ return to network TV is a win – however controversial – for Todd Boehlythe sports and entertainment tycoon who has served as interim CEO of the HFPA since October 2021, whose investment company, Eldridge Industries, bought the HFPA in July and took ownership of Dick Clark Productions, the longtime producer of the Globes, from MRC, Aug. Eldridge Industries also has a financial interest in Cain International, which an interest at the Beverly Hilton hotel, the location where the Globes are held, and in THRowned by Penske Media.
With the exception of last year, NBC has broadcast the Globes annually since 1996 and in 2018, through parent company NBCUniversal, pledged to pay the HFPA and DCP $60 million per year for the right to continue broadcasting the ceremony until 2026. But after that the LA Times exposé and widespread industry response, NBC said in a statement at the time: “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, changes of this magnitude take time and work, and we believe the HFPA will need time to to do well.”
The HFPA quickly began implementing major reforms — including banning members from accepting gifts and removing a cap on adding new members, allowing it to add 21 new members, six of whom were black — but about a quarter. of its own members voted against the changes, while a few others questioned the organization’s sincerity and resigned. In addition, none of the incumbent members were removed from the organization due to the implementation of what was advertised as stricter accreditation standards.
The HFPA has also misled many by going ahead with a 2022 Globes ceremony; finally, the January 9 meeting was in no way attended by any talent or broadcast. And in March, Sunshine Sachs, the HFPA’s longtime PR firm, shut down after leaving a D&I consultant and crisis PR consultant.
Eighteen months after the LA Times exposé, many in Hollywood still view the HFPA as ethically shady. Indeed, many eyebrows were raised when it was revealed that the acquisition of the HFPA by Eldridge Industries would not only transform the organization into a for-profit organization (while creating a separate non-profit organization for philanthropic efforts). ), but also that HFPA members will henceforth receive an annual salary of $75,000, and that a group of outside journalists who will be invited to cast Globes ballots (to increase the diversity of the voting pool) will be paid nothing.
Nevertheless, more than a few in the city, including a faction of the coalition of publicists that led the indictment of the HFPA in 2021, have softened their position and are looking to get back to business. One reason, to be sure: The Globes broadcast, which is usually the highest-rated awards show of the pre-Oscars movie awards season, is giving a financial boost to many of their Oscar-hopeful projects and people.
The HFPA has addressed this gap in recent weeks by forming an advisory committee composed of publicists sympathetic to the idea of a resumption of relations, while also sending the larger group of publicists a briefing summarizing the progress and intentions of the organization for the future, in which they said they have “answered the call for change” and “increased diversity, transparency and accountability”.
It remains to be seen who will be working with the HFPA – and appearing on the Globes – in the coming months.