Org intends to file later today

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is seeking to appeal a federal judge’s ruling in favor of Dick Clark Prods. over the rights to the Golden Globes, but there’s a new dispute over the timing of when that should happen.

U.S. District Judge Howard Matz ruled last month that Dick Clark Prods. is entitled to potentially unlimited options to produce the Golden Globes as long as it lands a broadcast deal with NBC. But Matz’s ruling was only the first phase of the case, with a further dispute over DCP’s accounting, digital rights, pre-show rights and other issues yet to be resolved.

In a filing with the court on Monday, the HFPA said it would like to put the second phase on hold and instead pursue an appeal, arguing that it would “streamline and minimize further proceedings.” The HFPA also “will be required to incur significant expense to litigate” the second phase, something that will be “obviated if the appeal is successful.” They also argue that if the appeal is pursued after the second phase, “it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the appeal to be concluded prior to the 2014 Golden Globes Award Show.” They also suggested that an immediate appeal “will advance the possiblity of settlement of this case,” something that Matz urged the parties to do just days before the initial trial concluded in February.

But DCP objects to putting a stay on the second phase, calling it “inappropriate.” They noted that the HFPA’s claims that DCP underpaid or took too hefty expenses for production costs would “need to be resolved” irrespective of the outcome of the appeal. They said that “both sides would benefit from the clarity that a prompt judicial decision will provide.”

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