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NBCUniversal announced Monday that the 2022 Golden Globes will not air, a sudden blow to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that hosts the film and television awards show. The association depends on the money the network is paying for the rights to broadcast the ceremony, and NBC’s move casts the show’s future in doubt.
The group of around 86 journalists was scrutinized when the investigation revealed, among other things, the lack of diversity and the system of compensation for members for their work on committees.
Last week the association approved changes that included increasing its membership by 50 percent over the next year and a half and hiring diversity advisors.
However, NBCUniversal said in a statement: “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, changing this magnitude will take time and effort, and we strongly believe that it will take time for the HFPA to get it right. As a result, NBC will not be broadcasting the 2022 Golden Globes. Provided the organization goes ahead with its plan, we’re confident we can air the show in January 2023. “
The statement was the most significant in a series of positions film and television studios and networks have taken in recent days.
On Sunday, WarnerMedia, home of Warner Bros. and HBO, sent a letter to the press association president expressing disappointment with the limited nature of the reforms the HFPA had committed to. As a result, WarnerMedia executives said they would “continue not to interact directly with the HFPA, including sanctioned press conferences and invitations to treat other industry events with talent” until changes are implemented. The New York Times received a copy of the WarnerMedia letter on Monday.
Late last week, Netflix’s co-chief executive sent his own letter to members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Leadership Committee criticizing the size and scope of the reforms proposed by the group and saying his company would “do all of its activities with your organization adjust until More meaningful changes are made. “Amazon Studios also reportedly issued a statement saying the group would wait for action before proceeding.
A far-reaching article in the Los Angeles Times published on February 21 found, among other things, that the group had no black members. A February 23 article in the New York Times examined the group’s finances and found that the tax-exempt nonprofit sat on about $ 55 million in cash and more than $ 3 million in salaries and others in one past year Payed remuneration to members and employees.
During the Golden Globes broadcast on February 28, the group’s leaders vowed to diversify their membership. On Thursday, members voted in favor of a number of reforms. However, those steps weren’t enough to reassure studios like WarnerMedia.
“For far too long our teams and others in the industry have been asking for perks, special favors and unprofessional requests,” said the letter from WarnerMedia executives. “We regret that we have complained as an industry, but have largely tolerated this behavior so far.”