The Golden Globes broadcast owes the ratings success of its telecasts to this: the presence of stars, stars and more stars, and all the spontanity that goes with them. So I have to ask: without the actors, just who will be on stage — a bunch of studio moguls who are hardly household names? It’s absurd that an NBC spokesperson just told me, “We are prepared to move forward with the Golden Globe telecast on January 13th.” Even after SAG President Alan Rosenberg announced today there is “unanimous agreement” that the actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters. This includes the more than 70 actors nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Immediately, the striking writers issued a statement of gratitude. Their union also is keeping at arms length any side agreement with Globes producer Dick Clark Productions because, as everyone knows, the awards show is really nothing more than a black-tie worldwide marketing tool for studio and network product. So, as I’ve been saying over and over and over again, this bogus show put on by an ethically challenged group is totally screwed. HFPA president Jorge Camara tonight sure seems to acknowledge that:
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been placed in an extremely difficult position with the ongoing Writers Guild strike. We are making every effort to work out a solution that will permit the Golden Globes to take place with the creative community present to participate. We hope to announce a resolution to this unfortunate predicament on Monday.”
And another statement of disappointment from Dick Clark Productions:
“Dick Clark Productions has reached out to the WGA on numerous occasions, from the very beginning of the WGA strike, and offered to enter into an interim agreement similar to the agreement reached by Worldwide Pants on behalf of The Late Show with David Letterman for the Golden Globe Awards — as well as all of our other programs. We are disappointed that the WGA has refused to bargain with us in good faith. It is apparent that we are being treated differently from similarly situated production companies.”
Here’s the statement from SAG’s Alan Rosenberg:
“After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters. We applaud our members for this remarkable show of solidarity for striking Writers Guild of America writers.”
Immediately WGA Patric Verrone issued a statement of thanks:
“We are grateful to our brothers and sisters in SAG for their continued solidarity and support. The entire awards show season is being put in jeopardy by the intransigence of a few big media corporations. We urge the conglomerates to return to the bargaining table they abandoned and negotiate a fair and reasonable deal with writers to put this town back to work.”
Meanwhile, in an act of rather surprising partisanship for a group of flackeries, top Hollywood publicity firms sent this letter to NBC Universal topper Jeff Zucker:
“We represent a majority of the actors, writers and directors nominated for a 2008 Golden Globe Award, as well as many of those invited to appear as presenters on the January 13, 2008 broadcast. After much discussion with our clients, we have concluded the vast majority of the talent we represent are not comfortable crossing a picket line.
“Our clients are extremely grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and would love the opportunity to be recognized for their work, but will only do so in the event NBC/Dick Clark Productions reaches an interim agreement with the WGA for the Golden Globes.
BWR Public Relations
Bragman, Nyman, Cafarelli
Image Management Public Relations
Patricola Lust Public Relations
Rogers & Cowan
Nancy Seltzer & Associates, Inc.
Stan Rosenfield & Associates
True Public Relations
Wolf, Kasteler and Associates”
In his statement, SAG prez Rosenberg also clarified the actors union stand regarding late night TV:
“We have also been asked about our position regarding network talk shows. We urge our members to appear on the two programs that have independent agreements with the WGA, The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. However, actors who are asked to appear on the struck network talk shows will have to cross WGA picket lines, creating the same situation that has led to the consensus among actors to skip the Golden Globes.
“As I have said since this strike began on November 5th, we must stand united with our brothers and sisters at the WGA.”