×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

HFPA Settles Golden Globes Lawsuit With Dick Clark Prods.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has reached a settlement with Dick Clark Prods. after nearly four years of litigation over the rights to the Golden Globe Awards.

The exact terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Both sides had been awaiting word from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the HFPA had been seeking to overturn a lower court ruling in favor of DCP.

NBC has the rights to the Golden Globes through 2018, in an agreement the Dick Clark Prods. reached with the Peacock in 2010.

But the HFPA challenged Dick Clark Prods.’ contractual authority to do so, and filed suit against its longtime producer in 2010. Dick Clark Prods. contended that it could continue producing the show as long as it reached a broadcast deal with NBC, under a clause of a 1993 agreement that seemingly gave DCP rights to produce the show in perpetuity.

Under the terms of the settlement, the HFPA now will have a level of approval over network rights, and there also will be some finality to its agreement with DCP, sources said.

The agreement with NBC for the rights to the show through 2018 will remain in place, but the decision opens up the possibility of another network landing the show after that. The Peacock will still have the right of first negotiation, but otherwise the show can be shopped, sources said. NBC is paying an average of $21.5 million a year for the rights, but during the trial it was revealed that CBS was willing to pay $25 million or even up to $30 million for the rights.

Peter Guber, chairman of DCP, and Allen Shapiro, its CEO, said in a statement, “We regret that the relationship between Dick Clark Prods. and the HFPA deteriorated to the point that litigation ensued, but our focus now if on the future.”

A spokesman for the HFPA said the members “look forward to working together to continue to maximize opportunities for the Golden Globes and expand the brand with unique and exciting entertainment experiences.” The HFPA’s president, Theo Kingma, said, “We also look forward to a successful and amicable relationship, ensuring that the Golden Globe Awards will remain Hollywood’s celebration of the year.”

A motion for dismissal was filed on Monday morning with the 9th Circuit, with both sides agreeing to carry attorneys’ costs.

A 2012 trial over the rights to the show saw a parade of HFPA officials and Dick Clark Prods. executives testify to what had dissolved into a strained relationship between the press association and its producer. Much of the testimony centered on the nature of a 1993 agreement reached after Dick Clark Prods. landed a deal with NBC to return the ceremony to broadcast TV for the first time in more than a decade.

But U.S. District Judge Howard Matz delivered a decisive ruling in favor of Dick Clark Prods., concluding that the “plain meaning and extrinsic evidence” supported the producer’s interpretation of the 1993 agreement. Its parent company, Red Zone Capital, controlled by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, sold DCP to Guggenheim Partners in September 2012, but the litigation continued. The HFPA appealed the case to the 9th Circuit, which held oral arguments before a three judge panel in June, but no decision was issued.

 

More TV

  • Mergers and Deals Placeholder

    Tegna to Buy 11 TV Stations From Nexstar for $740 Million

    Tegna has set a deal with Nexstar to buy 11 TV stations — mostly Fox and ABC affiliates — serving eight markets for $740 million. The sale is contingent on Nexstar closing its $4.1 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, which will make Nexstar the nation’s largest TV station owner by far. Nexstar projects the Tribune [...]

  • EMMA APPLETON as FEEF SYMONDS

    'Traitors' Producer 42 Hires Literary Manager Eugenie Furniss

    Eugenie Furniss is joining London- and Los Angeles-based management and production company 42 as literary manager, it was announced Wednesday. The company’s slate include movie “Ironbark,” a Cold War thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and TV series “Traitors,” a spy thriller coming to Netflix in the U.S. at the end of the month. Furniss joins 42 [...]

  • Disney Fox Takeover Placeholder

    Fox Corp. Pays Disney Sale Dividend, Sets May 9 Investor Meeting

    Fox Corp. has handed over an $8.5 billion check to help Disney offset tax costs related to the 21st Century Fox acquisition. As spelled out in the Disney-21st Century Fox merger agreement, the Murdoch clan’s newly established Fox Corp. was on the hook to pay a special dividend to 21st Century Fox on the latter’s [...]

  • Stranger Things

    Netflix Drops 'Stranger Things' Season 3 Trailer (Watch)

    The “Stranger Things” kids are done playing board games in the basement. From the new trailer for season three, which Netflix just dropped, and The Who song “Baba O’Riley” blasting throughout, it would appear that the gang of Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Dustin and co. are about to experience their “teenage wasteland.” The trailer opens with [...]

  • Tim Roth Series ‘Tin Star’ Gets

    Tim Roth Series ‘Tin Star’ Gets Third and Final Season on Sky

    Tim Roth will star in a third and final season of “Tin Star,” the Sky original drama. Like earlier seasons, it will play on Amazon outside the U.K. Genevieve O’Reilly and Abigail Lawrie also return in the final chapter of the story, which is produced by Endemol Shine’s Kudos alongside Gaumont U.K. Rowan Joffe created [...]

  • Little Mix Star Jesy Nelson Making

    Little Mix's Jesy Nelson Making BBC Documentary About Mental Health and Body Image

    Little Mix star Jesy Nelson is making a one-off documentary for the BBC in which she will explore issues surrounding body shaming and mental health in the age of social media. “Jesy Nelson: My Story” will launch on the BBC’s youth-skewed online channel BBC Three and then play on BBC One. Girl band Little Mix [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content