Just wanted to catch up on some items that slipped through the blogging cracks …
— Last week, a federal court ruling enabled the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. to immediately appeal an earlier decision that sided with Dick Clark Prods. over rights to the Golden Globes, Ted Johnson of Variety reported.
… U.S. District Judge Howard Matz said he would enter his judgment from the first phase of the case. He ruled in April that DCP had the rights to produce the Globes as long as the company landed a broadcast deal with NBC. But that was only the first phase of the litigation, and without his procedural move, called an “entry of judgment,” the HFPA would have had to wait until the second part of the case was finished before the org could appeal.
The second phase has to do with a series of issues including accounting, digital rights and pre-show rights that are not considered central to the litigation, as opposed to the question of whether DCP essentially had rights to the telecast potentially in perpetuity.
Matz said he would put that second part of the case on hold while HFPA pursues the appeal, something that may save the press org substantial legal fees. …
— The annual HFPA luncheon announcing its new officers and directors, as well as the presentation of grants to nonprofit entertainment related organizations and scholarship programs, will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
— The process of choosing Emmy winners is detailed at Gold Derby, serving as a reminder that acting and series winners are not evaluated based on their entire seasons, but on episode submissions.
— Oscar-nominated pics “The Descendants” and “Hugo,” along with “The Conspirator” and “Shame,” were named finalists in the feature-film category for the 38th annual Humanitas Prizes, to be handed out Sept. 14. TV nominees included “Blue Bloods,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Parenthood” and “Rescue Me” in hourlong and “The Big C,” “The Middle” and “Modern Family” in halfhour. More details can be found here.
— At the Saturn Awards, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Super 8” led the way with three feature film honors from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror films, which celebrated its 40th annual kudofest. More details from David Cohen of Variety.
— The seventh annual Hollywood Post Alliance Awards, honoring the achievements of post-production talent, have been set for Nov. 1.