The Golden Globes Return to NBC (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter

After a year’s absence, the Golden Globe Awards will return to NBC in 2023, according to multiple high-profile sources briefed on the plan. The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the beleaguered organization of non-American 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 at the time, the HFPA had no black people among its then 87 members and had engaged in unethical conduct and questionable financial practices. The resulting uproar led many Hollywood constituencies, including a large number of Hollywood publicists, to boycott the HFPA (Tom Cruise even returned the three Globes he had received), and prompted NBC to refuse to broadcast a Globes ceremony in 2022.

The network is focusing on a Tuesday, January 10 air date. The Globes have historically been held on a Sunday in January, but the first Sunday in January 2023 is New Year’s Day; the second is January 8, which is the last day of the NFL regular season, which conflicts with NBC Sunday Night Football; and the third is January 15, which the Critics Choice Awards have already staked their claim on – hence the move to a Tuesday.

Representatives for NBC and the HFPA declined to comment for this story.

The return of the Globes to network television marks a victory – albeit a controversial one – for Todd Boehlythe sports and entertainment mogul who has served as the HFPA’s interim CEO since October 2021, and 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 on August 5. Eldridge Industries also has an equity stake in Cain International, which owns an interest in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the venue that hosts the Globes, and in THRwhich is owned by Penske Media.

With the exception of last year, NBC has aired the Globes every year since 1996, and in 2018, through parent company NBCUniversal, pledged to pay the HFPA and DCP $60 million a year to have the right to continue broadcasting the ceremony until 2026. But after the Los Angeles Time presentation and widespread industry reaction, NBC said in a statement at the time, “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we believe the HFPA needs time to get it right.

The HFPA quickly began enacting major reforms – including banning members from accepting gifts and removing a cap on new member additions, which allowed it to add 21 new members, including six black – but about a quarter of its own members voted against. the changes, while a few others questioned the sincerity of the organization and resigned. Additionally, none of the titular members were eliminated from the organization by the implementation of what were announced as stricter accreditation standards.

The HFPA has also rubbed a lot the wrong way by moving forward with a 2022 Globes ceremony; ultimately, the January 9 rally was not attended by any talent or broadcast in any way. And in March, Sunshine Sachs, the HFPA’s longtime public relations firm, resigned, following a D&I adviser and a crisis public relations adviser.

Eighteen months after the Los Angeles Time exposed, many in Hollywood still view the HFPA as ethically dodgy. Indeed, many eyebrows were raised when it emerged that the acquisition of the HFPA by Eldridge Industries would not only convert the organization into a for-profit entity (while creating a separate non-profit entity for philanthropic efforts), but also that the HFPA members would now receive an annual salary of $75,000, and that a group of outside journalists who will be invited to vote for the Globes (to increase the diversity of the voting pool ) would receive nothing.

Still, more than a few in town, including a faction of the publicist coalition that led the charge against the HFPA in 2021, have softened their stance and want to get back to business as usual. One reason, of course: telecasting the Globes, which is usually the highest-rated awards show of film awards season before the Oscars, financially bolsters many of their Oscar-promising projects and people.

The HFPA has seized on this divide in recent weeks by forming an advisory board of publicists supportive of the idea of ​​renewed relations, while sending the broader group of publicists a briefing summarizing the organization’s progress and intentions. for the future, in which they said they had “answered the call for change” and “increased diversity, transparency and accountability”.

It remains to be seen who will work with the HFPA – and perform at the Globes – in the coming months.

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