NBCUniversal introduced Monday that it will not broadcast the 2022 Golden Globes, an abrupt blow to the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, the group that places on the movie and tv awards present. The affiliation depends on the cash the community pays for the rights to broadcast the ceremony, and NBC’s transfer throws the way forward for the present into doubt.
The group of roughly 86 journalists got here below intense scrutiny as investigations uncovered, amongst different issues, its lack of variety and its system of compensating members for his or her work on committees.
Final week the affiliation authorised adjustments that included growing its membership by 50 % over the subsequent yr and a half and hiring variety consultants.
However NBCUniversal mentioned in a press release: “We proceed to consider that the H.F.P.A. is dedicated to significant reform. Nevertheless, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we really feel strongly that the H.F.P.A. wants time to do it proper. As such, NBC is not going to air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the group executes on its plan, we’re hopeful we can be ready to air the present in January 2023.”
The assertion was essentially the most important in a collection of positions taken by film and tv studios and networks over the previous a number of days.
On Sunday, WarnerMedia, residence to Warner Bros. and HBO, despatched a letter to the president of the press affiliation expressing disappointment on the restricted nature of the reforms the H.F.P.A. had pledged to undertake. Consequently, WarnerMedia executives mentioned they might “proceed to chorus from direct engagement with the H.F.P.A., together with sanctioned press conferences and invites to cowl different business occasions with expertise” till adjustments are carried out. The New York Instances obtained a duplicate of the WarnerMedia letter on Monday.
Late final week, the co-chief government of Netflix despatched his personal missive to the members of the Hollywood Overseas Press Management Committee criticizing the scale and scope of reforms the group had proposed and saying his firm could be “stopping any actions along with your group till extra significant adjustments are made.” Amazon Studios additionally reportedly supplied a press release saying it will await motion from the group earlier than shifting ahead.
A large-ranging Los Angeles Instances article, printed on Feb. 21, discovered, amongst different issues, that the group had no Black members. A New York Instances article on Feb. 23 examined the group’s funds and located that in a single current yr, the tax-exempt nonprofit was sitting on about $55 million in money and paid greater than $3 million in salaries and different compensation to members and workers.
Throughout the Golden Globes telecast on Feb. 28, leaders of the group vowed to diversify their membership. On Thursday members voted to institute a set of reforms. However these steps weren’t sufficient to mollify studios like WarnerMedia.
“For a lot too lengthy, calls for for perks, particular favors and unprofessional requests have been made to our groups and to others throughout the business,” the letter from WarnerMedia executives mentioned. “We remorse that as an business, we now have complained, however largely tolerated this habits till now.”