Trying to get a deal similar to Lettermans, a bunch of news broke today that seems like the tides might be turning for the sure-to-be-picketed Golden Globes, now less than two weeks away.
First Tom O’Neil said:
I’m hearing multiple reports from diverse sources that the Writers Guild of America, NBC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions are close to striking a deal that will permit the Golden Globes telecast to proceed on Jan. 13 without picketing. Thus, celebs may attend and the bubbly may flow, after all. More details to come soon . . . .
Up until now HFPA made it clear that it plans to proceed with the ceremony and nix the telecast, forfeiting its $5 million license fee, if the threat of WGA picketing continued. That way the guild would have nothing to picket.
A slew of pieces followed bringing to light similar suggestions.
But a statement from the WGA certainly seems less positive:
“Dick Clark Productions is a struck company. As previously announced, the Writers Guild will be picketing the Golden Globe Awards.
The WGA has great respect and admiration for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but we are engaged in a crucial struggle that will protect our income and intellectual property rights for generations to come. We will continue to do everything in our power to bring industry negotiations to a fair conclusion. In the meantime, we are grateful for the ongoing support of the Hollywood talent community.”
This has been quite the war of words. First, NBC said the show would go on no matter what even though the Globes said they would not telecast a picketed event. Then the Globes say they are negotiating, while the WGA say that they adamantly stand by their picketin’ plan.
Its looking more and more like 2008 will go Globeless. Which kinda makes me sad inside. Not for any good reason other than I have traditionally gotten drunk watching them with my roommates for many years running, usually managing a few bucks from an alcohol-influenced “call ’em as they happen” pool, and arguably have more fun than Oscar night… Work it out!