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NBC loses exclusive broadcast of Golden Globes (NBC - Dick Clark Prods fight over money)
LA Times ^ | 1/12/08 | Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Posted on 01/11/2008 11:03:43 PM PST by BurbankKarl

NBC's efforts to salvage its Golden Globes exclusive fell apart Friday when the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced that it would allow all media outlets to carry live coverage of Sunday's news conference announcing the winners.

The move by the association, which hands out the accolades, came after a financial dispute between NBC and Dick Clark Productions Inc., the company contracted to produce the original Golden Globes telecast.

The decision means that the Writers Guild of America will not picket the event, opening the door to possible appearances by actors and directors.

But it may be too late to restore any glamour to the ceremony, which has gone through a dizzying series of incarnations in recent weeks resulting from the politics of the writers strike.

Once the kickoff to the awards season, this year's show has been reduced to a half-hour news conference.

NBC was originally slated to be the exclusive broadcaster of the news conference, with Nancy O'Dell and Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood" as hosts.

But after signing off on that format, Hollywood Foreign Press President Jorge Camara said Friday that the group would allow other television outlets to carry it live as well.

The abrupt turn was triggered by a demand by Dick Clark Productions for NBC to pay what it called a "nominal license fee" for its coverage Sunday, which includes a two-hour "Dateline" special on the Globes nominees.

"NBC wanted to have an exclusive three-hour broadcast special disguised as a news conference that would bar all other media," Dick Clark Productions said in a statement.

NBC executives refused, saying it was inappropriate.

The network, which said the company had demanded a license fee "north of seven figures," added that it was considering legal action to address a possible breach of contract by the production company.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: goldenglobes; hollywood; nbc; wga

1 posted on 01/11/2008 11:03:47 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

I dont see the problem here...

Back during the early days of the Oscars, conferences like these WERE the Oscars. No more 3 hours of BS presentations...just get to the point of WHO WON. That’s what the nominees are after in the first place.

back then, you just picked up your trophy, say your speech in 10 minutes then paint the town red.

2 posted on 01/11/2008 11:17:40 PM PST by max americana
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To: BurbankKarl

Hopefully they will put it on tv on a weekend I wont be home when it comes on.

On the other hand, if they pre empt my hunting and bass fishing shows on the weekend Im gonna be hella pissed.

I can’t really ever remember watching the GG program.

3 posted on 01/11/2008 11:24:39 PM PST by Armedanddangerous (Chuin, Master of Sinanju (emeritus))
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To: BurbankKarl

I was looking forward to the whining hollyweirdos.

4 posted on 01/11/2008 11:25:51 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: BurbankKarl
Well, it's a start. One less onanism extravaganza for the NY/LA/Hollywood Axis.

Doubtless they'll whistle up a substitute at some point.

The appropriate line describing my view of watching or attending this (and other) utterly narcissistic ''award shows'' was uttered by (NOT his obituary, btw) William Claude Dunkenfeld, specifically:

''On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia.''

5 posted on 01/11/2008 11:26:38 PM PST by SAJ
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To: Armedanddangerous

In all these years....I haven’t watched the Golden Globes ever....and have no reason to. Most of the people I work with....don’t watch it. The only thing I can think that folks who read the National Enquirer or People magazine....probably are the ones who watch. Even if you invited me to some evening party there with the winners after the show....I can’t say that I’d have any interest. I’d rather spend an evening with a bunch Korean War vets at the VFW, with a couple of beers.

6 posted on 01/11/2008 11:28:13 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: BurbankKarl

Who won?

More like Who Cares?

7 posted on 01/11/2008 11:46:15 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Lawyer Jay Grodner stands accused of keying a Marine's car because he hates the military.)
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To: BurbankKarl

This seems like a natural sequence of events. Since now it is just an announcement, and NBC is handling it by their news division, it should be just treated as a press conference open to all other news organizations. It sucks to be NBC.

8 posted on 01/12/2008 2:28:49 AM PST by chopperman
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Golden Globes now a media free-for-all
By Steven Zeitchik and Nellie Andreeva

Jan 12, 2008

UPDATED 6:40 p.m. PT Jan. 11

Now it’s war.

The battle between NBC and the HFPA/Dick Clark Prods. reached fever pitch Friday as wrangling over Golden Globes money and creative control led the HFPA to pull NBC’s broadcast exclusivity and turned the backstory into a drama as bloody as any of the films nominated for best drama.

The Globes press conference is now a network-neutral broadcast that NBC will not host or produce and instead serve as, at most, one of several broadcasters.

But that result only hints at the intensity of Friday’s drama, which undoes a fragile repackaging of the show earlier in the week and serve as a messy coda to several days of recriminations. It also sets the stage for a potential lawsuit between Dick Clark Prods. and NBC over show costs.

On Monday, even as the WGA said it would still picket the Beverly Hilton, NBC retooled the Globes as an NBC News event, with the possible presence of “Access Hollywood,” “Today” and other NBC personalities.

But sources said the HFPA and Dick Clark Prods., with whom the network has a contract, was incensed with what it perceived as a loss of creative control. It sought more influence over who would appear on the program.

At the same time, a dispute brewed between Dick Clark and NBC over clips to be delivered for a “Dateline” show. Sources say the network had agreed to pick up all of Dick Clark’s preproduction costs for the show, an amount estimated at $1.25 million, in exchange for the clips. But Dick Clark said it was entitled to a separate fee for the graphics package as part of the three-hour block it was offering the network. The clips were never delivered and a check was never cut.

The dispute over the clips, however, was just a prelude to Friday’s fireworks. That’s when Dick Clark and the HFPA, still upset over creative control, asked for a fee — either below $1 million or at $1 million, depending on which side is estimating it — that NBC would pay for airing exclusively a Globes-branded telecast. (NBC normally pays about $5 million to air the Globes.)

Dick Clark acknowledged the fee request in a statement that read, in part, “NBC wanted to have an exclusive three-hour broadcast special disguised as a news conference that would bar all other media, and yet was unwilling to pay a nominal license fee.”

NBC declined comment, but sources said the network was fuming over what it considered an unfair and unexpected request and an amount that it believed was more than nominal.

At the heart of the dispute was the nature of the quasi-press conference. NBC has claimed that it shouldn’t be required to pay money for a live news event. The HFPA and Dick Clark, meanwhile, said that a press conference was a Globes-branded event that also excluded other broadcast networks and as such should command a fee.

At that point, the network declined to pay, tensions boiled over, and by Friday afternoon the HFPA decided to go to what amounts to its nuclear option: removing NBC’s involvement. (With the shelving of the original Globes ceremony, the group may have the legal right to do so.)

That reportedly angered NBC further, and while sources said it hasn’t gone so far to sever its contract to telecast the Globes for the coming years, it is contemplating a lawsuit for what it says is millions of dollars in show-preparation costs.

All the sniping means that the Globes will go from a news conference produced and controlled by NBC to an HFPA-driven event that will be open to any network that wants to cover it.

Presenting at the conference will be a slew of anchors of entertainment newsmagazines, including Brooke Anderson of “Showbiz Tonight,” Dayna Devon of “Extra,” Mary Hart of “Entertainment Tonight,” Jim Moret of “Inside Edition,” Giuliana Rancic of “E! News Daily” and Lara Spencer of “The Insider,” the HFPA announced late Friday. Notably missing are the hosts of NBC’s “Access Hollywood,” who had inadvertently become a bone of contention between NBC and HFPA.

ABC, CBS and Fox on Friday said they won’t preempt their Sunday programming to cover the news conference. TV Guide Network, which already was planning to air in-studio preshows and postshows anchored by Chris Harrison and Maria Sansone, confirmed that it’s planning to air the conference without commercials. Correspondents presumably will offer comments on the winners during the breaks.

E! also is setting up cameras in the room to broadcast the one-hour announcement in an E! News presentation with Ryan Seacrest. E! also is planning to stream the event on its Web site.

Los Angeles’ KNBC is expected to air the show live at 6 p.m. PT.

NBC is still in the picture with a two-hour “Dateline” preshow. But it won’t include Golden Globes clips owned by Dick Clark; it will center on a series of celebrity interviews as well as clips obtained from other sources.

Friday’s public battle continued what had been weeks of drama and a chasm between parties that began to grow increasingly wide. The HFPA had for weeks been pushing NBC to walk away so a picket could be lifted and stars could attend. But NBC had resisted, saying that contractually it had the right to force a postponement because the show couldn’t go on as planned and urging the HFPA to allow that postponement.

The result was the so-called compromise, now imploded, that appeared to make neither side happy: an NBC News-driven telecast that was on schedule, scaled down and would include no stars.

Kimberly Nordyke in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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9 posted on 01/12/2008 2:57:14 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

January 12, 2008
A Day of Confusion at Golden Globes

The fight over the Golden Globes on Sunday night has left the once glamorous awards show in a confusing state: a news conference announcing the winners will still be broadcast on NBC, but not exclusively; the striking writers will not picket the event as threatened but it is unclear how many nominees or other celebrities will show up.

The event, which usually ends in teary speeches and lavish parties, could end up in court instead.

The changes came amid a financial fight among NBC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions, the production company responsible for the telecast. After meetings on Friday, the press association decided to produce the event on its own and announced that no restrictions would be placed on media coverage of the awards.

NBC will still televise the event, which is set to take place Sunday at 6 p.m. Pacific time at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Two cable channels that normally cover only the red carpet arrivals — the TV Guide Network and E! — said they would also telecast the announcement of the award winners.

In a statement, Dick Clark Productions said NBC was unwilling to pay a license fee for a “broadcast special disguised as a news conference.” NBC said it would “pursue all of its legal options” against Dick Clark Productions. An NBC executive with knowledge of the deal said the license fee was well into seven figures.


10 posted on 01/12/2008 3:01:04 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

Awards Season, and the Swag Goes to ... Few

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Hollywood writers’ strike has claimed many casualties in the past few weeks, including this Sunday’s Golden Globes award ceremony, an important precursor to the Oscars. And now it threatens another beloved Tinseltown institution: the swag bag.

In addition to statuettes and red-carpet exposure, celebrities at the movie industry’s big award shows get their choice of free luxury items donated by companies looking to promote their products. Stacks of eyelash-strengthening serum, pearl necklaces and expensive Croton watches sat on tables in the penthouse of the Thompson Hotel on Thursday, ready to be ravished by freebie-seeking celebrities.

Typically one of Hollywood’s most abundant species, none had arrived by 11 a.m. That worried Gavin B. Keilly, the organizer of one so-called “gift suite” still scheduled for Sunday’s awards. The Globes were scaled back to a press conference after nominees promised not to cross the picket lines of a broadcast ceremony. Had the strike also frightened the A-list away from the gift suites?


11 posted on 01/12/2008 3:04:22 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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12 posted on 01/12/2008 3:32:32 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: BurbankKarl
The network, which said the company had demanded a license fee "north of seven figures," added that it was considering legal action to address a possible breach of contract by the production company.

Bring on the lawyers!

13 posted on 01/12/2008 9:48:51 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: abb

Great cartoon!

14 posted on 01/12/2008 9:49:51 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: max americana

I think it is interesting that NBC wouldnt allow the ceremony to go with stars, just with no broadcast.

What you have now if a fight between NBC, the producers, the event organizers, the writers guild and the Screen Actors Guild. I dont think there is a snowball’s chance in hell the Oscars will take place either now.

In essence, you are seeing a sea change in the entertainment industry...first with the cancellation of pilot season, then the awards ceremonies, the service companies that are closing daily in town. Tinseltown is in for an ugly year.

15 posted on 01/12/2008 11:42:38 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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