Freelance writer Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions are still so far apart in the battle over who owns TV rights to the Golden Globes that they can’t even decide on how their case should be decided. On Friday, five weeks after the two-week non-jury trial concluded, the two sides submitted two very different “decision trees” to the court to aid Judge A. Howard Matz in making his ruling. The defense actually submitted two versions of its tree: One, like the one submitted by the HFPA (read that one here), has a fairly traditional point-by-point logic line (read it here). The other, an elaborate multi-colored “diagrammatic form,” reads more like a board game than a methodology to settle a multimillion-dollar case (see that one here and check out two of its head-spinning 14 pages below):
At the core of the case is a 1993 amendment to DCP’s contract with the HFPA. The production company says that amendment grants them rights in perpetuity to the Globes as long as it is broadcast on NBC, where the awards show has been televised since 1996. The HFPA says the amendment does not grant DCP those rights, and when DCP signed a $150 million deal with NBC in 2010 that keeps the Globes there until 2018, it took the production company to court.
A ruling in the case is not expected for some time.