Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Exclusive: Golden Globes Have No TV Deal 90 Days Out, NBC Still Not In, “No One Wants to Pay for It”


The Golden Globes will be given out in 90 days, on January 7. 2024.

And yet, there is still no deal for a TV broadcast. An insider tells me, “No one wants to pay for it.”

Until a couple of years ago, NBC had been paying millions in licensing fees to Dick Clark Productions and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

But then the HFPA scandal broke over lack of diversity in their ranks. It was revealed they had no Black members as Black Lives Matter percolated to the top of the news in other arenas.

The HFPA had many other scandals including financial ones which eventually led to the group’s demise. NBC suspended the Globes two years ago. Last year they broadcast the show on a one year contract. But the damage was done. The ratings were terrible.

Since then the HFPA has been disbanded. Penske MRC, the company that owns Variety. the Hollywood Reporter, and, and which had already purchased Dick Clark Productions, bought the Globes. Last week they discharged almost 20 members of the HFPA and replaced them with a dozen new members — four of whom already worked for Penske MRC — in an effort to strengthen legitimacy,

But this weekend I confirmed that even with all their good efforts, the company still hasn’t reached a deal to broadcast the January 7th show. “Whoever does it, the money is not there like it used to be,” said my source.

CBS and ABC are out of the running because of their own awards shows. My source insisted Fox would not be considered — or vice versa. That leaves returning to NBC, which will likely make a deal for a fraction of the old price.

There’s also a question of attendance by celebrities. The following week in Hollywood includes both the Critics Choice Awards on the CW network and the Emmys on Fox. Most actors — if the SAG strike is over– will more likely be in town for those shows rather than come in a week early for the Globes.

Meantime, the Globes have added two categories to this year’s presentation — best box office blockbuster– designed to honor “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer” — and Best Stand Up Comedian, which is apropos of nothing.

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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