NBC cancels Golden Globes 2022 broadcast

Backlash at Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc over its membership leads to studios and network cutting ties.

NBC will not air the Golden Globes in 2022 following ongoing criticism about no black journalists amongst the Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. 87 members.

“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” NBC said in a statement. “However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”

Last week, the HFPA released a framework for reform that includes measures to increase the number of people of colour in its ranks. The plan, which was approved on Thursday, also includes new restrictions on gifts that the members could receive and payments for work on their committees.

Several major players had earlier revealed that they were boycotting the Globes and the HFPA until they could be assured that real change is coming.

Netflix announced it was “stopping any activities with [the HFPA] until more meaningful changes are made” and noted “Netflix and many of the talent and creators we work with cannot ignore the HFPA’s collective failure to address these crucial issues with urgency and rigor.”

Amazon announced it was cutting off the HFPA until changes were made. “We have not been working with the HFPA since these issues were first raised, and like the rest of the industry, we are awaiting a sincere and significant resolution before moving forward,” Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke said in a statement. Then WarnerMedia joined the boycott. A group of 100 publicity firms also said they would “continue to refrain from any HFPA sanctioned events” until more meaningful reform was made.

This means the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will now have to decide how or if it will move forward next year without its broadcast partner, or more swiftly enact changes demanded by industry leaders regarding membership and processes.

Variety reports it will now be up to lawyers to determine the status of the relationship between NBC, Dick Clark Prods. and the HFPA going forward. In 2018, NBC signed a new broadcast license deal with the HFPA to air the Globes at $60 million, believed to be triple the previous licensing fee.

In a statement the HFPA said, “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.” It gave a timeline to indicate how it would achieve its goals.  

7 Responses

  1. What year did Richard Wilkins become a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association?

    The only complete list online that I can find is from 2015 –
    and the only ones representing Australia then were:
    Philip Berk
    Jenny Cooney-Carrillo
    Theo Kingma
    Michele Manelis

  2. HFPA’s membership is determined by who the tabloid media from other countries send to Hollywood to report on celebrity gossip, red carpets and movie release PR. From Australia that would be Richard Wilkinson. The whole point is it doesn’t represent LA PR companies, and they don’t like that.

  3. Given how badly the Oscars rated, NBC have done themselves a favour. No one really cares about these awards and their stars spouting their opinions any more. Ricky Gervais was right, accept your award and ………

    1. The irony is many of these celebs believe the awards are not being watched coz they have woke issues and demand change like them in regards to diversity and virtue signalling, when in fact the tide is turning against woke pushing celebs! Enough is enough! The term eating ur own fits well with the radical left and the rest of us with logic and common-sense saw this coming long ago!

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