HFPA bans freebies
Gifts, promotional materials and travel banned in an effort to revamp Golden Globes.
Following ongoing criticism of the Golden Globe awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has now banned members from accepting promotional materials or other gifts from studios, publicists, actors, directors or others associated with motion pictures and television programs.
“The HFPA remains dedicated to the transformational change it outlined in its May reform plan and timeline. Yesterday, the organization put several more key pieces in place to move forward with reform,” it said in a statement.
“HFPA membership approved the draft bylaws for a final vote with no amendments, demonstrating its continued commitment to foundational change. Official ballots will now go out via mail to the membership, with a final vote tally in early August.
“The HFPA also approved new gift, travel and conflict of interest policies. Under these new policies, HFPA members shall not be permitted to accept promotional materials or other gifts from studios, publicists, actors, directors or others associated with motion pictures and television programs.
“With these updates, our members have completed virtually all of the reforms agreed upon in May — including establishing a functioning hotline (with grievances to be investigated by an outside group), approving a new code of conduct, and bringing on trusted DEI advisors.”