NBC Says It Received’t Air the Golden Globes in 2022

NBC Says It Won’t Air the Golden Globes in 2022

2021-05-11 03:00:00

NBC stated it wouldn’t broadcast the Golden Globes subsequent 12 months, citing a scarcity of reform within the organizing physique behind the annual awards present. The Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, the group of worldwide journalists and critics that has bestowed the awards for the reason that Forties, has been criticized for a scarcity of range and issues about its nomination course of.

NBC’s transfer comes after viewership of the newest Globes ceremony sustained a 62% drop, a lot of which may very well be attributed to apathetic audiences through the Covid pandemic and a glitchy present that unfolded principally on-line. The community, which has an eight-year deal to air the Globes, starting with the 2019 ceremony, left the door open to a return of the telecast.

“We proceed to consider that the HFPA is dedicated to significant reform. Nevertheless, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we really feel strongly that the HFPA wants time to do it proper. As such, NBC won’t air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the group executes on its plan, we’re hopeful we might be able to air the present in January 2023,” NBC stated in a press release.

“Whatever the subsequent air date of the Golden Globes, implementing transformational adjustments as shortly—and as thoughtfully—as attainable stays the highest precedence for our group,” HFPA board members stated in a press release Monday. “We invite our companions within the trade to the desk to work with us on the systemic reform that’s lengthy overdue, each in our group in addition to throughout the trade at massive.” The group has an estimated 87 members.

NBC’s announcement comes amid boycotts of the HFPA by main studios, together with

Amazon

and

Netflix,

and WarnerMedia.

In a letter to the HFPA’s management committee reviewed by The Wall Road Journal, Netflix co-CEO

Ted Sarandos

wrote that the streaming firm could be “stopping any actions along with your group till extra significant adjustments are made.” Over questions of range and ethics, Mr. Sarandos wrote that the streamer and the expertise it really works with “can not ignore the HFPA’s collective failure to deal with these essential points with urgency and rigor.”

Scarlett Johansson on the 2020 Golden Globes ceremony. Ms. Johansson has spoken out in current days towards the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, the group beind the Golden Globes.



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Amazon studio head Jen Salke stated in a press release final week: “Now we have not been working with the HFPA since these points have been first raised, and like the remainder of the trade, we’re awaiting a honest and vital decision earlier than shifting ahead.”

The management of WarnerMedia, mum or dad of Warner Bros. and HBO, instructed the HFPA in a letter seen by The Wall Road Journal, “We don’t consider the plan goes far sufficient in addressing the breadth of our issues, nor does your timeline seize the fast want by which these points needs to be addressed. WarnerMedia Studios and Networks will proceed to chorus from direct engagement with the HFPA, together with sanctioned press conferences and invites to cowl different trade occasions with expertise, till these adjustments are carried out.”

The HFPA introduced a brand new set of adjustments to deal with its range and oversight, together with increasing its membership by 50% over the subsequent 18 months and making adjustments inside its government ranks. “We perceive that the laborious work begins now and we stay devoted to changing into a greater group and an instance of range, transparency, and accountability on this trade,” the HFPA posted on its web site final week.

The HFPA’s transfer to make adjustments got here after a February Los Angeles Occasions investigation raised questions on how the group operates and its funds and alleged that its members’ votes will be swayed by fancy junkets and entry to stars. The protection additionally criticized the HFPA’s lack of range.

In response to the Los Angeles Occasions, the HFPA stated, “None of those allegations has ever been confirmed in courtroom or in any investigation, [and they] merely repeat outdated tropes concerning the HFPA and mirror unconscious bias towards the HFPA’s numerous membership.”

Actors together with Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo have spoken out towards the group in current days.

NBC pays a median charge of about $60 million a 12 months for the Globes. By comparability the Oscars, awarded by the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences, are within the $100 million vary.

Write to Joe Flint at joe.flint@wsj.com

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