Sunday, March 3, 2024

Scooped Here First: No NBC Deal for Golden Globes, Awards Show Headed to Streaming Says New Owner


I told you one week ago right here that the Golden Globes had no broadcast partner for their January 7, 2024 show. A source said, “No wants to pay for it.”

Now Todd Boehly of Eldridge Industries, owner of the Globes and Dick Clark Productions, part owner of the Hollywood Reporter, has confirmed this on CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”

He said today: “I doubt we’ll be on NBC. There’s a giant transition going on. Streaming is becoming part and parcel with where the world’s headed. The flexibility that we can do on a streaming environment is very different than what we can do on a broadcaster. I think we’re going to take advantage of that flexibility.”

After getting kicked off of CBS years ago, the Globes — then run by the Hollywood Foreign Press — moved to NBC. They were paid millions in licensing fees because they were the first awards show of the season and guaranteed big movie and TV stars.

But this site has long questioned who voted, and why, and what was going on with the HFPA finances. When Black Lives Matter became an issue four years ago, it was revealed that the group had no Black members. That, plus questions about the finances, sealed their fate. The HFPA has been disbanded, Boehly bought the name, discharged around 15 older members, and tried to shape things up.

But NBC — after taking a year off — returned in 2023 for one year to see what would happen. Ratings were the lowest, ending the long association.

If Boehly goes to YouTube, the Golden Globes will be very different. And since the much more credible Critics Choice Awards run a week later on the CW Network, that group will likely become more important to the studios.

At least Boehly can still do his show from the Beverly Hilton (despite last year’s host Jerrod Carmichael calling it “the hotel that killed Whitney Houston” on last year’s show). He’s the owner.

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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