New tack centers on Van Blaricom's authority to sign 1993 rights deal

The legal tangle over rights to the Golden Globes telecast has taken a new turn.

At the center of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s suit against longtime producer Dick Clark Prods. is a 1993 rights agreement containing a clause that appears to give DCP options to produce the show in perpetuity as long as it secures broadcast commitments from NBC.

But on Monday, the HFPA filed a motion for summary judgment — a quick ruling from the court in lieu of a jury trial — that argues that its president back then, Mirjana Van Blaricom, lacked the authority to sign the 1993 agreement.

In its own motion, DCP says the language of the contract is clear, and that HFPA officials have long understood its intent.

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