Friday, April 19, 2024

I Told You: The Golden Globes Return with 1 Year Contract at NBC, Members to Get $75K Salaries


I told you last week that the Golden Globes had made their deal with NBC to return January 10, 2023.

What was announced today is that it’s a one year deal. Apparently, NBC wants to see how this all goes following two years of scandal regarding membership, diversity, and finances.

The Globes are now owned by the same person who owns their production company, Dick Clark Productions, and the hotel they take place in, the Beverly Hilton. That’s Todd Boehly of Eldridge Industries, aka MRC Productions, and formerly Guggenheim Partners. Boehly is also partnered with Penske Media in ownership of the Hollywood Reporter.

Core members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — about 97 people — will be paid $75,000 salaries to watch films, meet the casts, and write stories about them. The new 103 non-members will not get the salaries but be allowed to vote on the films and TV shows.

Will it work? Everyone hopes so because the Globes are an important marketing tool for Hollywood studios. Most of the public doesn’t know what’s been going on and doesn’t care. But if the Globes can produce rational nominations and winners, plus put on a good TV show, all the hesitancy will be gone. Boehly aligning everything should make the whole process more cohesive.

The Globes will air on a Tuesday night, January 10th, five days before the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, January 15th. And this year will be a hot one with a lot great films and performances vying for prizes.

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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