NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The Hollywood Foreign Press
Assn. and NBC engaged in eleventh-hour sessions Sunday to try
to save the boycott-stricken Golden Globes, with NBC appearing
to be seriously considering pulling the telecast as a result of
the Hollywood writers strike.
The HFPA, whose 100-odd members organize the ceremony, is
pushing NBC to pull the plug on the broadcast because that will
prompt the Writers Guild of America to lift its pickets and
enable stars to attend the January 13 event. On Friday, the
Screen Actors Guild said its members would not cross picket
lines to attend.
NBC and its chief Jeff Zucker had through the weekend
maintained that it will broadcast the event. But one person
with knowledge of the situation described NBC as trying to find
"a middle ground," potentially including a scaled-back event or
a postponement. As of late Sunday, NBC was said to be close to
yielding to the HFPA's request for the Globes to be taken off
Were a postponement agreed upon, the Globes would likely
have to occur before Oscar nominations are announced on January
22, which buy only a week or two, a very small amount of time
for an interim agreement or larger strike resolution to take
place. The Beverly Hilton may also not be available for the
following Sunday, January 20.
It's unclear how much contractual wiggle room NBC would
have if it sought a postponement that the HFPA didn't want.
NBC is expected to make a final decision Monday on whether
to air the broadcast, which is produced and co-owned by Dick
As of Sunday night, Dick Clark Prods. was readying for
preproduction in the way it would for any awards broadcast
that's one week away. It's unclear what its involvement would
be if the Globes were to go on without a telecast.
The weekend conferrals between the HFPA and NBC come after
a Friday in which the guilds essentially shut the door on star
attendance for an NBC-aired show.
With NBC continuing to say it will broadcast the event, SAG
said that conversations with members had resulted in the
collective decision not to cross the picket line.
"After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees
and their representatives over the past several weeks, there
appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not
cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as
acceptors or presenters," SAG president Alan Rosenberg said.
Also on Friday, a number of prominent talent-publicity
firms, including BWR, 42 West and Stanley Rosenfield, announced
that their clients would be no-shows.
"After much discussion by our clients, we have concluded
unanimously that the actors we represent will not cross the
picket line out of respect for the WGA membership. Our clients
are extremely grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press and would
love the opportunity to be recognized for their work but will
only do so in the event that NBC and Dick Clark Productions
reach an interim agreement with the WGA for the Golden Globes,"
the group said.
Meanwhile, Dick Clark Prods, which has said that it has
offered terms to the WGA similar to those that Worldwide Pants
negotiated, also jumped into the fray. It released a statement
saying that it "has reached out to the WGA on numerous
occasions, from the very beginning of the WGA strike, and
offered to enter into an interim agreement similar to the
agreement reached by Worldwide Pants" and was "disappointed
that the WGA has refused to bargain with us in good faith." It
also noted that it was not a member of the Alliance of Motion
Picture and Television and Producers, the studios' bargaining