Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is covering the trial for Deadline.
UPDATE, 11:50 AM: Berk just said on the stand that he “did not ask” Moonves to make him an offer for the Golden Globes in 2010. In an apparent contradiction to the CBS chief’s deposition — which Deadline showed you exclusively yesterday and which is being played in court today — Berk testified that “I told him [Moonves] point-blank that I was not at liberty to discuss any license fee.” During a July 2010 lunch meeting in L.A. — Moonves testified Berk asked for the sitdown, while Berk said it was held at Moonves’ request — Berk said the two had a wide-ranging “off-the-record” conversation and he asked Moonves “hypothetically” what the Golden Globes was worth to CBS. Berk said Moonves told him “$25 million-$30 million and a five-year deal.” Berk said he wasn’t allowed to talk with Moonves about the Dick Clark Productions-NBC agreement to broadcast the Globes or the confidentiality clauses in it; DCP and NBC were already in talks to renew their agreement at that time, a deal they finalized in November 2010. The HFPA official said he had been “flattered” by the lunch invite and accepted because “I had heard rumors that Fox and CBS were interested in acquiring the Golden Globes.” Berk said he “did not recall” further conversations with Moonves over CBS bidding on the Globes.
PREVIOUS, 11:36 AM: Former Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk said this morning that he’s “never really been interested in contracts” during his first full day of testimony in the trial over who owns TV rights to the Golden Globes. The HFPA’s contract with Golden Globes producer Dick Clark Productions is at the heart of the trial, now in its seventh day. Berk, currently chairman of the HFPA, called himself a “hands-on president” but not “obsessed with details,” a day after Deadline revealed in testimony by CBS president Les Moonves that Berk met with Moonves to discuss obtaining rights to the awards show, currently airing on NBC. Earlier in the day, Berk detailed some of the fractionalism in the HFPA upper ranks, a constant theme in the trial. He said he was “not on speaking terms” with then-association president Mirjana Van Blaricom during the time the HFPA, via DCP, entered into the agreement with NBC to broadcast the Globes.