Wednesday, May 29, 2024

How to Save the Golden Globes: Sell the Name to Penske Media (Variety, Hollywood Reporter) Which Already Owns Production Company


Here’s the simple solution to saving the Golden Globes: sell the name to Jay Penske.

The publisher of Variety and Deadline merged with MRC last September, the company that owns the Hollywood Reporter and Dick Clark Productions. DCP produces the Globes, so in a way, Penske already has a stake in the show. PMC and MRC formed an entity to handle TV awards shows like the Globes.

Penske could just buy the Globes name from the devalued Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Or buy the HFPA. With all the Penske publications, a new HFPA could be born with members who are real journalists. It could be a multicultural membership covering films just for the international markets.

Sound like a crazy idea? Hmmm….I’ve seen crazier things happen. Half the HFPA members could be excised in favor of real working journalists. And that would get rid of a lot of current HFPA members who are facing scrutiny on a lot of fronts.

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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