Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Conflict? Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Owner Purchases Golden Globes, AMAs


It happened: Guggenheim Partners, which owns the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard has bought — with minority partners– Dick Clark Productions. That means trade magazines that are supposed to cover awards shows now own them–the Golden Globes and the American Music Awards, among others. I don’t know how this is going to work. Guggenheim’s partners are Peter Guber’s Mandalay and Mosaic Media — the latter is run by the former chief of Dick Clark Productions, Allen Shapiro. But it’s Guggenheim’s money. They also own the Los Angeles Dodgers. More to come, because this still has to be approved by federal regulatory agencies. It will be interesting to see if anyone in Hollywood puts in a formal objection. They sure should try.

PS Variety and various blogs are reporting the story, but so far Nikki Finke’s is just ignoring the whole thing. Hilarious. It’s like waiting for a volcano to explode.

One other thing: all these years, the members of Hollywood Foreign Press has been accused of not really being journalists. Maybe now their work will turn up in THR, Billboard, and Adweek. Or maybe not.

UPDATE: This is hilarious. Deadline just put up the story but excised all mention of Guggenheim owning the Hollywood Reporter or Billboard. Too bizarre.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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