The HFPA’s been flying under Hollywood’s media radar lately, but the NY Post just put it back in the headlines.
The Post’s analysis of why the Golden Globes might return suggests profit motives for some publicists & agents. The paper says “an awards campaigner for a top streaming platform” points out: “I do make a bonus if our project wins. If the Globes go by the wayside, I could be out thirty grand a year.”
The Post adds that “finances are the main factor driving the Globes possible return” and quotes “a talent agency pro” as saying: “For our purposes, it would help to have them back on the air. If your client wins, they get press, more money, we make more money, and the project makes more money. It sets you up for Oscar and Emmy’s attention.”
Looking back at what led NBC to put the Globes on hiatus last year, the paper says besides diversity issues, “The HFPA was accused of shady payments to members that could run afoul of the IRS. Past president Philip Berk was accused of racism and sexual assault. And celebrity publicists complained of shoddy behavior at actor junkets.”
NBC needs to act soon if it wants to air the 2023 Globes. As an “awards coordinator” tells the Post: “To get stars in a room and nomination dates set up, a date would have to be announced by late September at the latest.”