The judge had to determine whether a 1993 agreement between the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions gave the production company the right to work on the Golden Globe Awards perpetually, provided it airs on NBC. U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz ruled it did.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz warned attorneys for the Globes’ organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and its longtime producers that he would declare a clear winner, which could result in the Globes being tangled up on appeal for another awards season.
Philip Berk, the current chairman and former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and a key witness in the organization’s legal battle against Dick Clark Productions over who controls the television rights to the Golden Globes said in court Thursday that he’s “never really been interested in contracts.”
A video of CBS chief Leslie Moonves giving his testimony in the trial over the broadcast rights to the Golden Globes between the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions, accompanied by a transcript, was made public Tuesday after it was filed late Monday. Moonves says in his video that he might have bid at least $25 million for the rights to the awards telecast, but that was only the opening of negotiations.
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.
Because the Golden Globes are held in January, the voters of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association get first crack at assessing new shows from the fall season. That often makes the results a bellwether.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced through Twitter on Wednesday that Gervais will take his third turn as Globes host on Jan. 15.
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.