Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is covering the trial for Deadline.
The most interesting testimony today in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lawsuit against Dick Clark Productions over rights to the Golden Globes broadcast didn’t take place in court. Instead transcripts from CBS chief Les Moonves’ deposition in the case illustrated how lucrative those rights could be if his network would be allowed to bid. And that’s the crux of HFPA’s suit against DCP. “Holy shit, we heard NBC’s only paying $17 million,” Moonves told lawyers for the HFPA in his deposition. “We offered $25M, probably willing to go to $30M. God they god (sic) a bad deal.” But Moonves never got to make a concrete offer, the deposition showed.
Judge A. Howard Matz this morning agreed to a recommendation from lawyers this morning that Moonves’ videotaped deposition will suffice instead of having him testify in person. Deadline has learned that portions of Moonves’ recorded deposition will be played in court later in the trial — possibly this week.
Former HFPA President Lorenzo Soria couldn’t remember much except that he and others were very pleased with DCP’s successful bid to return the Golden Globes to major network TV. “There was an overall sense of excitement on our side,” Soria told the court about the 1993 potential deal with NBC. “Going on national TV was seen as positive development.” Soria subsequently testified that it was his understanding in 2001 that DCP’s latest deal with NBC was for “10 years maximum” and was not subject to renewal. He based his recollection on statements by former DCP exec Fran La Maina and Dick Clark.
Testimony today in court had HFPA managing director Chantal Dinnage this morning detailing how chaotic the HFPA is — missed meeting minutes, incomplete transcripts, destroyed recordings, lost calendars, and disappearing board sign-in sheets.