Monday, May 20, 2024

Golden Globes’ Biggest Problem: Do-Nothing CEO With a High Six Figure Salary, Other Members Getting Rich


EXCLUSIVE Who is Gregory Goeckner? No one knows, but he makes $250,000 a year thanks to several steep salary increases as CEO of the Hollywood Foreign Press.

When Goecker first arrived at the HFPA in 2013 he received just $108,000. He’s had a 131% salary increase over five years. (The latest tax return is for 2014.)

I’ve talked to several HFPA members who have no idea what Goecker does. He’s not a journalist or movie reviewer. If he was supposed to guide the HFPA through their many legal machinations, he’s failed. Now when the Globes have been cancelled for 2022 by NBC and are in disarray, Goeckner’s name has not been heard.

But Goeckner isn’t the only one who benefits from the cascades of millions that come in from Dick Clark Productions and NBC, all tax free. In 2019, the Globes claimed salaries¬† of $3.4 million for their own people, up from $2.9 million in 2018.

Back in 2014, the Globes then president Theo Kingma made around $58,000. In 2019, president Meher Tetna earned $135,957. That’s a huge increase. Lorenzo Soria, now deceased, was paid $75K in 2019. Zoya Malinskaya, billed as “Financial officer,” took home $114K.

A source from the HFPA says, “It’s just a matter of time before the IRS takes a long look at all of this.”

What’s amazing is that with $3.4 million distributed among a few people no one in this group has been able to step up, take control, resolve the pending issues of racism and inclusivity, and rectify the situation. Instead, they’ve let it get so out of hand that there may not be a way for the HFPA to survive.

Roger Friedman
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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