HFPA, Dick Clark court date set

Sides will square off in non-jury trial a week after Globes ceremony

A little more than a week after the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and Dick Clark Prods. present the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 15, they are scheduled to face off in court.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Howard Matz set Jan. 24 as the new start date for the trial over the rights to the kudocast. The HFPA claims that Dick Clark Prods. signed a long-term broadcast agreement with NBC without its consent. DCP claims that none is needed under the terms of its contract with the org.

The trial was to begin in September, potentially giving enough time for a judgment before the 2012 ceremony, but Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank withdrew for health reasons. Instead, the HFPA and Dick Clark Prods. came to an agreement for the production of the next ceremony, with the status of future years in doubt.

The non-jury trial is expected to last about two weeks. To streamline the process, Matz will allow each side to present their witness’ testimony in written form, but still cross-examined in person.