Hollywood Foreign Press Presented With Golden Globes Reform Plan

LOS ANGELES — For months, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the troubled nonprofit group behind the big-money Golden Globe Awards, has been wrestling with how one can reform itself following an outcry over monetary, moral and variety lapses and NBC’s cancellation of subsequent 12 months’s Globes telecast.

Part of the problem: Swaths of the leisure trade — and some H.F.P.A. members, two of whom stop in protest in current weeks — have deemed the “transformational” modifications proposed by the group’s board as inadequate. A specific level of rivalry has been inclusion; the group presently has about 80 members, none of whom are Black.

On Wednesday, an expanded reform plan was introduced to the group’s members for consideration.

Todd Boehly, the chairman of Eldridge Industries, a holding group with property that embody Dick Clark Productions, the decades-long producer of the Golden Globes, introduced the advanced plan over Zoom. Its core elements contain the speedy addition of 50 journalist voters to the present group of about 80, with an emphasis on range; the creation of a by-product, for-profit Golden Globes firm in partnership with Eldridge that will be ruled by a 15-member board; and more durable and extra clear necessities for reaccreditation as an H.F.P.A. member, which have to be finished yearly.

Jesse Collins, a producer whose awards-show credit embody the Academy Awards, BET Awards and the Grammys, and who will produce the subsequent American Music Awards, a Dick Clark manufacturing, has agreed to work with Eldridge to advance H.F.P.A. reform. “This is an exciting opportunity to be part of real change,” Mr. Collins mentioned in an electronic mail.

Eldridge has gotten concerned as a result of the Golden Globes characterize tens of tens of millions of dollars in income for Dick Clark Productions. Eldridge desires to set the Golden Globes up for long-term stability and even progress — presumably by increasing abroad to provide native variations of the present or maybe turning the flagship ceremony right into a multiday occasion. If the group strikes rapidly sufficient (an extended shot contemplating its current infighting), Eldridge even believes the 2022 Golden Globes could possibly be salvaged.

“While we recognize that this is ultimately an H.F.P.A. membership decision, we look forward to investing time and resources to ensure that essential reforms — prioritizing inclusion, transparency, and governance — are implemented, creating meaningful change and long term, sustained success,” Eldridge mentioned in an announcement.

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The H.F.P.A. is predicted to vote later this summer season on varied reform proposals. The group requires a majority two-thirds vote to vary its bylaws.

In the meantime, these in Hollywood who’re pressuring the H.F.P.A. to reform — stars, publicists, filmmakers, present creators — will undoubtedly scrutinize the high quality print on Eldridge’s proposal and weigh in. It is unclear, as an illustration, how the voter-expansion plan will likely be obtained.

Eldridge’s suggestion of 50 extra voters could be a 63 p.c enhance. But these voters wouldn’t change into members, at the very least not instantly. That means they’d not obtain the identical monetary compensation as the present members, who would change into staff, with rolling phrases, of the brand new for-profit firm, and have obligations that embody producing content material that can be utilized to advertise the Globes. (A nonprofit H.F.P.A. arm would live on as effectively, with obligations that embody charitable giving; the group says it has given method $45 million over the past 28 years. On Wednesday, Mr. Boehly proposed that the charitable entity broaden its mission, together with by endowing journalism chairs at a number of traditionally Black faculties and universities.)

The overseas press affiliation has been beneath hearth since February, when a wide-ranging Los Angeles Times article discovered, amongst different issues, that the group had no Black members, had greater than $50 million in money available on the finish of October, and paid giant sums to members for serving on committees. Since then, the newspaper has continued to scrutinize the group, publishing greater than 40 articles about its issues and the latest Globes ceremony.

During the Globes telecast on Feb. 28, members of the overseas press affiliation vowed to diversify the group. A set of modifications had been introduced in early May. They included rising the group’s membership by 50 p.c over the subsequent 12 months and a half and hiring range consultants (these initially employed to do the job stop beneath protest). They additionally mentioned they deliberate to rent a search agency to hunt potential candidates to run the group, and had retained a regulation agency to assist implement the reforms.

But Hollywood — lengthy prepared to show a blind eye to the group’s problematic internal workings — pushed again. Netflix declared that it might not work with the group except extra modifications had been made. Amazon and WarnerMedia mentioned the identical. Scarlett Johansson mentioned in an announcement that the group’s information conferences “bordered on sexual harassment,” and Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globe trophies. A gaggle of greater than 100 publicity corporations that serve the leisure trade vowed a boycott.

All of that, and the data that the scores for February’s present dropped precipitously, prompted NBC to cancel the group’s 2022 awards present.

“We continue to believe that the H.F.P.A. is committed to meaningful reform,” the community mentioned on the time. “However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the H.F.P.A. needs time to do it right.”