Hollywood adds to its own demise. With award shows tanking and interest in celebs shrinking, Hollywood itself has had a hand in killing its own business model. Like it or not it is a business, but those working in it now hate each other and are shunning everyone. They attack their audience on social media and talk shows, yet want the public to consume their products. It just does not make sense. Award shows are PR events that generate interest in movies, TV shows and music. They have failed in doing that over the last 10 years, thus rendering themselves impotent. Their arrogance has wounded their own business. Sad. NBC dropping them for a year is laughable. But, considering the ratings, that is not a terrible business move. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has always been a payola of types organization that is well known. Making changes to that will be a good thing and it needs more voters that the current figure for sure. The professionalism of the journalists is at issue, too. Why does that not get more play? The way in which many journalists cover red carpet events can be downright embarrassing as I have been at many of them. Scarlett Johansson speaks about that. I am often shocked at what I see and hear. See here. She told Variety in a statement: “As an actor promoting a film, one is expected to participate in awards season by attending press conferences as well as awards shows. In the past, this has often meant facing sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment. It is the exact reason why I, for many years, refused to participate in their conferences,” Johansson said. “The HFPA is an organization that was legitimized by the likes of Harvey Weinstein to amass momentum for Academy recognition and the industry followed suit. Unless there is necessary fundamental reform within the organization, I believe it is time that we take a step back from the HFPA and focus on the importance and strength of unity within our unions and the industry as a whole.”
This is a key reason and a good one why it needs to change. She is spot on. But not airing it feels more like a way for NBC to get out of the contract for this lowly-rated awards show. The Golden Globes are billed as "the party of the year," when it comes to Hollywood. I have always said the Oscars are and have never taken the Globes too seriously.
But, what does this really mean?
* The event still goes on as of now.
* Does this mean the stars will not accept their nominations next year
* Will another network pick it up?
* Take a look back at how NBC advertised this show over the years. The hosts have lampooned it over the years.
* This is NOT the Oscars. To Hollywood, it is the anti-Oscars, to a certain extent.
Ironically, this is why it started - In 1943 the journalists, led by the correspondent for Britain's Daily Mail, formed the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association and conceived the motto “Unity Without Discrimination of Religion or Race.” It was an uphill struggle at first as the film industry had not yet realized the importance of foreign markets. At first, the members held informal gatherings in private homes. As the membership grew, HFPA meetings were held in larger quarters, with the association selecting the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel as the location for group functions.
HFPA, May 10, 2021
HFP Golden Globes Reform Plan 2021 Regardless of the next air date of the Golden Globes, implementing transformational changes as quickly - and as thoughtfully - as possible remains the top priority for our organization. We invite our partners in the industry to the table to work with us on the systemic reform that is long overdue, both in our organization as well as within the industry at large.
Our timeline below demonstrates our commitment to achieving these goals with extreme urgency:
HFPA – Reform Milestones
Week of May 3
- Members meet, consider, and overwhelmingly vote to approve and implement the Board’s plan for transformational change
- Board continues to meet with advocacy groups to develop initiatives to fulfill the HFPA’s commitment to add at least 20 new members by August 2021 and increase membership by 50% in 18 months
- Eradicating the new member one-year moratorium on voting; All new members will have all voting rights day 1.
- Board and members approve the hiring of Ropes & Gray to amend and restate Bylaws and other governing documents to implement the member-approved plan for transformational change
- Revise and approve new Code of conduct in consultation with Publicists and studios
- Continue outreach to potential new member candidates
- Publish Code of Conduct and establish Hotline for reporting of violations
- Engage independent third-party investigator to review and respond promptly to all Hotline claims
- Interview candidates and engage new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DEI”) consultant
- Identify and recruit independent, outside professionals and non-Board members and form Accountability/Oversight Board (“Advisory Board”) to oversee the HFPA Board in implementing the plan for transformational change
- Interview Executive Search Firms to commence the search for Chief DEI/HR Officer and identification of potential CEO/CFO and other executives to lead HFPA
- HFPA website to be continuously updated to show progress against plan and to list promised Member information (biographies, publications, affiliations, etc.)
- New DEI Consultant and other outside experts conduct mandatory member training for DEI and sexual harassment
- Board and Advisory Board continue work on the identification of applicants to fulfill the commitment to add at least 20 new members by August 2021
- Grants Officer and subcommittee of members continue work to increase support of internship, mentorship, and scholarship programs for students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in international journalism
- Identify and recruit independent, outside professionals for the new Credentials Committee, which will oversee the new membership application process and reaccreditation of current members based on same criteria as new members
- Continue review of committee structure/compensation
- First reading of Bylaw Amendments at General Membership Meeting (“GMM”)
- Focus groups with members, Advisory Board, and Ropes & Gray to review amendments to Bylaws and other governing documents
- Board assesses and evaluates recommendations of Executive Search Firm for new Executive Officer team
- Form new Credentials Committee
- All above workstreams on training, mentorship, and recruitment continue
- Second reading of Bylaw Amendments at GMM
- Ballots for voting on Bylaw Amendments mailed to members
- Implement new policies on Gifts, Travel, Conflicts of Interest, and Press Conferences
- Members vote on Bylaw Amendments by ballot
- Approved Bylaw Amendments become effective
- New Officer and Board elections under amended and restated Bylaws
- New membership process opens per new criteria enacted in amended and restated Bylaws
- All existing members required to meet the same standards as new members for reaccreditation of their membership
- The new member process continues
- Reaccreditation continues
- New members admitted to HFPA
- New Board elected, including independent members, in accordance with amended and restated Bylaws
- New CEO/CFO and other Executive Team approved and engaged to manage HFPA
- Existing Board and Officers resign upon the election of New Board and hiring of Executive Team