HFPA Steps Up Fight To End Dick Clark Productions' Contract For Golden Globes

Last night, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association filed a motion for summary judgment in its Dick Clark Productions/Golden Globes case putting the awards show in even more limbo than before. So let me get this straight: the most bogus awards group in Hollywood is trying to declare a contract bogus for the most bogus awards show in Hollywood. Gotta love it.

So what does it all mean? An HFPA insider tells me that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association wants to be rid of DCP and free to hook up with another producer. One reason is that Dan Snyder (whose Red Zone owns DCP) “is no Dick Clark; he’s a greedy shark with no scruples,” the source says. Another is that DCP is up for sale, hence its desperation to hold onto the Globes, which is the only real asset it has, and there’s concern about the company’s future. Also, according to my insider, HFPA feels that NBC has low-balled them on fees “with DCP’s connivance” and so would like to see what the other networks might offer. Of course, what the HFPA is conveniently forgetting is that Dick Clark Productions rescued the HFPA’s Golden Globes awards show from near-death after not even cable wanted the scandal-plagued organization’s telecast anymore.

Below is a statement about the filing from the HFPA’s lead litigator, Linda J. Smith of O’Melveny & Myers:

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association filed a motion for summary judgment in federal court in Los Angeles yesterday, asking Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank to rule in its favor in its lawsuit against Dick Clark Productions, Inc. and Red Zone Capital over the Golden Globes awards show. DCP claims that a 1993 contract with the HFPA awarded it perpetual rights to produce and license the Globes for broadcast on any terms DCP wants so long as the Globes continue to be aired on NBC. The HFPA’s motion relies on a tape recording of the 1993 presentation DCP executives made when they asked the HFPA membership to approve that transaction, as well as admissions by DCP executives that they knew the HFPA could not enter into a contract the membership had not approved. A transcript of the recording shows that DCP asked only for options for eight Golden Globes shows (subsequently extended through 2011), not the self-renewing options DCP now claims to have received. This means that even if the HFPA president signed a contract that might be construed as perpetual (a conclusion unsupported by any fair reading of the contract), under settled principles of agency law the agreement is not enforceable against the HFPA. Because DCP’s rights ran out after last January’s Golden Globes show, the HFPA has asked the Judge to declare the contract and its relationship with DCP at an end.”

  1. Your “source” does dcp an injustice. They also have two of the biggest franchises in television – the American Music Awards and Dick Clark’s Rockin New Year’s Eve (both masterfully run by Larry Klein), the ACMs and they haves a hand in “So You Think You Can Dance.” Plus they have one of the richest libraries of pop music in the American Bandstand Archives. They are not just dependent on the Golden Globes and you are right, they pulled that show out of the gutter and made it appointment viewing.

    1. As anyone here in Washington will tell you, Snyder, who is running the once great Washington Redskins NFL francise into the ground is an unmitigated disaster. A preening schmo with absolutely no ability except to live high and turn gold to dross. Snyder is even in the middle of trying to sue the daylights out of a small, local “newspaper” to stem any of the wealth of criticism about his business practices and taking the once most lucrative football team in the NFL to last place.

      1. P.S.

        BEFORE they leap, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association should ask Snyder– aside from the Redskins debacle– how his “management” of the Great America Theme Parks worked out; AND, talk to Tom Cruise about how he and Snyder’s movie production “partnership” is doing?

    2. agree. DCP is far more than GG. Why else would Ryan Secrest be so desperate to emulate? Ol’ Dick kept most of his business on the down low, so that company has way more than anyone is really aware of. He just isn’t a flashy dumbass like trump or Simon Cowell. Definitely more from the Merv Griffin school of moguls.

  2. It’s too bad that Jeff Zucker is doing Katie Couric’s new show…Zucker and HFPA would be perfect together.

    An organization with no real credibility working with one of the most reviled television people ever.

    One can only hope…

  3. DCP owns the American Music Awards, and So You Think You Can Dance, and have the contract for the Academy of Country Music Awards (as well as . The Golden Globes may be a lucrative and prestigious contract (even though their “prestige” is highly questionable) and some added value, but I would think those other associations have some value as well and are not its only asset.

  4. Dick Clark is a classy human being and a television legend. I hope he wins big time. The Golden Globes should be so lucky to have he and his company producing.

  5. Good to see a non sports related site rip on Dan Snyder for something that isn’t even Redskins related. Way to go, yet again, Dan, the Devil of DC.

  6. Dick Clark is no longer involved with DCP. It is now owned by Dan Snyder, who also owns the Washington Redskins

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