Marc Graboff, who until recently was NBC’s president of West Coast business operations, testified Friday that he warned his bosses at the network that the price tag for the Golden Globes, which ended up being an average of $21.5 million per show, was too high. Graboff was testifying in the legal battle over who controls the TV rights for the Golden Globes between the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which owns the Globes, and Dick Clark Productions, the longtime producer of the awards show.
When it comes to getting a television deal done, the rule is that there are no rules. That was the takeaway from Day 3 of the legal battle over who controls the television rights to the Golden Globe Awards show. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and Dick Clark Productions — partners on the Golden Globes for almost 30 years — are fighting in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz will decide whether the awards show’s television rights will be controlled by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association or by Dick Clark Productions. The decision will alter the future of the glitzy gala and whether it will remain on NBC or, for the first time in 17 years, appear on another network.
On the TV side, awards were scattered across the landscape. While HBO and Showtime both notched three prizes, no one show was especially dominant. ABC’s Modern Family took comedy honors, while Showtime’s Homeland was deemed best drama, and PBS’s Downton Abbey took the prize for miniseries.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for January’s Golden Globe Awards this morning. The awards are fun as a show — I never miss them — but they’re erratic at best as a an actual award for quality. Still, the awards’ eccentricity means they sometimes throw some recognition to deserving surprise recipients, and the fact that they’re not voted on by TV-business professionals means they don’t feel obligated to throw broadcast networks a bone to give them a presence among cable nominees.
The request by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a trial to decide who owns the show’s broadcast rights during the first week of January is opposed by the show’s longtime producer, Dick Clark Productions.
NBC announced Friday that it would air the Jan. 15 show, ending any uncertainty caused by the delay last week of a trial aimed at settling the broadcast rights dispute.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trial to resolve a dispute over broadcast rights to the Golden Globe Awards has been delayed for at least a month. Opening statements in the struggle for one of Hollywood’s glitziest award shows had been scheduled to begin today in Los Angeles. Representatives for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and […]
Dick Clark Productions and the show’s organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are locked in a federal lawsuit over who owns broadcast rights to the glitzy awards show, which draws in millions of viewers each year. The HFPA sued the production company last year claiming that it sold the broadcast rights to the show through 2018 without proper permission.
Tuesday’s ruling follows the court’s denial Monday of a motion by Dick Clark Prods. to dismiss the breach of contract suit lodged by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Among the TV awards, Fox’s Glee was the most popular kid in class, winning for best comedy series and ensuring supporting acting statuettes for Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire took best drama and its star Steve Buscemi won best actor in a drama.
Just a few weeks before the Golden Globe ceremony, tension is soaring between Dick Clark Productions and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as the telecast producer’s contract is about to expire and a lawsuit stands between the parties and a new agreement.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s suit against Dick Clark Productions, which produces the Golden Globes show, and its parent company alleges trademark infringement and breach of contract.