Netflix cut the HFPA off after malpractice issues, but the HFPA wants them back.
After a series of allegations against the Hollywood Foreign Press, Netflix decided to do so Disconnect from the group last Thursday.
In recent years there have been allegations of sexism, harassment and discrimination within the HFPA ranks. The details piled up, culminating in recent bombings on the organisation’s lack of diversity, and Netflix moved away from the group of critics last week.
“Like many in our industry, we waited for today’s announcement in the hope that you would recognize the breadth of problems the HFPA is facing and provide a clear roadmap for change,” wrote Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO of Netflix, on Thursday in a letter to the HFPA Leadership Committee.
Netflix said until the HFPA properly deals with diversity and inclusion, they don’t want to work with them. The HFPA has reached out to Netflix again and sent an open letter asking them to come back.
HFPA President Ali Sar sent the letter to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.
You can continue reading the entire letter The wrapbut the most important aspect is this quote: “We would love to meet you and your team so we can review the very specific actions that are already in the works. An open dialogue would help address these concerns as soon as possible as possible as possible. ”
They also promise a diversity improvement plan, saying, “In our plan, we are committed to growing at least 50% in 50 months, not 36 months, and reevaluating the size of our members after the first 18 months.” Expand our staff and you can take on more members. We are also committed to expanding our professional staff. ”
These are all nice words, but they are nothing new. Netflix has already looked into the HFPA’s plan and didn’t think it was good enough. I’m not sure what a letter will do to convince Sarandos. It seems like just one seismic change will go a long way in improving their standing.
We covered the idea that 100 companies have already asked HFPA for reform, but until we see the results, not the promises, I think the HFPA will continue to suffer. There was more backlash today: NBC canceled the awards broadcast for the next year and actor Tom Cruise returned his three awards.
We will keep an eye on this as it develops.