NBC just announced it won’t broadcast the HFPA’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 2022.
The network’s decision comes after an array of top-flight film and TV companies, including Netflix, Amazon and WarnerMedia, distanced themselves from the HFPA and the Globes in the last several days.
The 87-member HFPA has been immersed in issues ranging from preferential treatment sought by its members to lack of racial representation in its ranks, which included no Black members.
HFPA’s problems have been an open secret for years among Hollywood insiders, even as entertainment companies elevated the stature of the Globes as a major awards event and a harbinger of the Oscars.
According to Variety Tom Cruise today returned his three Globes for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire. That follows criticism of the group by other prominent A-listers, including Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo.
NBC said in the statement it wants to give the HFPA time to resolve its problems,
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform.
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.”
Netflix shared its decision to pull back in a letter Thursday from CEO Ted Sarandos to HFPA leadership, concluding the organization’s reform measures won’t do enough to resolve problems.
“We’re stopping any activities with your organization until more meaningful changes are made.
We know that you have many well-intentioned members who want real change – and that all of us have more work to do to create an equitable and inclusive industry. But 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.”
In a letter Sunday to HFPA President Ali Sar, executives at WarnerMedia, which includes HBO, Warner Bros. film and TV studios, TNT and TBS, said the company
“will continue to refrain from direct engagement with the HFPA, including sanctioned press conferences and invitations to cover other industry events with talent,” until stronger changes are implemented.
As it called for the HFPA to be more inclusive in its membership ranks, the letter also noted that WarnerMedia has had difficulty securing press conferences for Black performers and creators, whose work
“has often then gone unrecognized in your nomination and awards process.”
It also cited press conferences
“where our talent were asked racially insensitive, sexist and homophobic questions,” along with “demands for perks, special favors and unprofessional requests” from HFPA members.
It asked the organization to adopt a code of conduct,
“that includes zero tolerance for unwanted physical contact of all talent and staff.”
The Globes are the main source of income for the HFPA – Variety reported in 2018 that NBC was paying $60 million per year for broadcast rights in an eight-year pact that runs through 2026 – and it also occupies a major spot in Hollywood’s annual awards season, setting the table with nominees and winners leading up to the Oscars.
It’s unlikely the Globes can move to another broadcast outlet under the terms of NBC’s contract.