The 2022 Golden Globes were canceled by NBC back in May due to the chaos at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Now the long-term future of the ailing organization and its boozy awards ceremony could continue to be in doubt.
The owner of longtime Globes producer Dick Clark Productions today turned the reform-needy HFPA into a potentially radical change proposal that the group under 90 journalists may not want to ignore.
Although Eldridge Industries does not have a mandate and is subject to a vote, rather it is the HFPA member, Eldridge Industries essentially wants the HFPA to strategically split into a real company and maintain its current not-for-profit status in the hope of a near-complete redesign of the Unit.
The goal would be to streamline HFPA’s finances and compensation for its members, as well as openly address issues of inclusion within the group, which currently lacks a single black member.
Details of the fine print in the proposal that Eldridge chief Todd Boehly put to the majority of HFPA members in a Zoom call today are sleight of hand. The end result, however, appears to be building the internally struggling group from the end result and thoroughly ensuring significant corporate governance and best practices.
The changes Boehly made are based in part on the reforms HFPA leaders have launched in recent months as they have come under heavy criticism and talent sanctions from Hollywood publicists and studios, I hear. Eldridge’s proposal also seeks to add at least 50 more members to the HFPA so that its ranks are more representative.
“Eldridge strongly supports the proposed reforms of the HFPA that address a general lack of diversity – including currently no black membership – and other important issues raised by the entertainment community and others,” an Eldridge spokesman said in a statement tonight.
“While we recognize that this is ultimately a decision to become an HFPA member, we look forward to investing the time and resources to ensure that key reforms – prioritizing inclusion, transparency and governance – are implemented to make sense Creating change and long-term, sustainable success, ”she added.
Jesse Collins, currently planning the show run and EP for this year’s DCP co-produced American Music Awards in November, has consulted with Eldridge. The Grammys co-executive producer could play a crucial role in whatever form the Golden Globes emerged from this present-day shambles.
HFPA officials did not respond to requests for comment on Eldridge’s proposal when contacted by. One mitigating factor is that the proposal was made orally in today’s Zoom appeal and few have seen anything in writing so far, sources say.
However, with political groups already resisting, and with resignations increasing in the course of voting on reform in the HFPA this month, Eldridge’s proposal certainly has critics, to say the least.
“It’s a total no-runner,” one HFPA member said tonight. “We are not being dictated to,” said another member, emphasizing that internally driven efforts to clean up the HFPAS law are already struggling to gain momentum. Eldridge’s plan is seen as an outside move that will create “resentment rather than reform”.
Today’s proposal from Eldridge follows a tumultuous meeting between HFPA leaders and members and dozen of high-profile public relations teams over the past week.
Months after the top-level flacks no longer allowed their customers to contact the HFPA due to the general misconduct and the highlighted diversity deficiencies of the group, the long-planned sitting quickly went south, I hear, without one Side heard or felt heard.
NOTE – PMC’s parent company has a relationship with Eldridge Industries through its media joint venture, PMRC.