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HFPA promises new effort to curb Hollywood criticism of Golden Globes group – Deadline

In a bid to overcome a self-imposed reform fidgetcube set in March and a firestorm in Tinseltown, the board of directors of the beleaguered Hollywood Foreign Press Association today released a self-created plan to perhaps revise the Golden Globes Organizing Group, made up of 86 members.

First caveat: no one has been hired yet and nothing really happens until all members ratify it.

However, with the help of Boston-based law firm Ropes & Gray, the HFPA again promises to bring “black journalists and other racially diverse journalists into our organization,” which currently lacks a single. black member.

They also engage a lot more.

In addition to adding 20 new members over the next year and increasing the total membership by 50% over the next two years, the HFPA is also looking for a Diversity Officer, ‘equity and inclusion and a self-proclaimed oversight board to help with organizational reform. In addition, the suddenly ambitious 78-year-old outfit will change the way money changes hands internally, hold members accountable, limit board terms and recruit “professional leadership staff, including, but without limitation, a Managing Director, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Director of Human Resources and Chief Financial Officer. “

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“We know that the past few months have presented many challenges for our members, and we appreciate all the time and effort you have invested in this process so far,” said an unsigned letter from the Board of Directors of HFPA to group members, describing the changes they are proposing. “We want to be clear – these outlined changes are just the first steps on the long journey ahead. We also know that at this existential moment for our association, change is difficult and sometimes frightening.

“The board of directors, as well as our external partners, unreservedly approve this reimagining of our organization,” continues the group’s correspondence on ethical questions. “We have to meet that moment, knowing that if we come together to support we can become a better organization and, with hard work, an example of diversity, transparency and accountability in the industry for others to follow, all as our founders almost imagined. 80 years ago.

READ THE FULL HFPA BOARD LETTER HERE

Today’s announcement is not the first promise of new leadership by the HFPA. In fact, it’s not even the first such statement this year.

As fury grew over some of Hollywood’s top talent, a goofy brass trio from the group took to the stage at the Semi-Virtual Globes swearing they would make up for the lack of black members and more, if we just trusted them. . Then, in early March, the Sunshine Sachs replaced HFPA released a lengthy social media statement unveiling the hiring of Dr. Shaun Harper, executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, as “Strategic Diversity Advisor for Women. next five years ”and more.

Two months ago, the HFPA claimed it would have something to show by May 6, which is part of why it made today’s decision.

Neither effort has gained momentum and stumbled repeatedly, although some powerful partners are clearly hoping things will get better this time around.

NBC, owned by Comcast, which pays the HFPA around $ 60 million a year to broadcast influential Globes, and ceremonial producers Dick Clark Productions, who fought a successful legal battle with the HFPA several years ago, both today offered their support for the so-called reimagining – after what I hear, weeks have tried to push the group’s head out of the sand amid internal strife and public disgrace:

“The plan proposed by HFPA is an encouraging step in the right direction,” an NBCUniversal spokesperson told Deadline this afternoon in the first of a series of obviously coordinated responses. “He describes the extensive reforms that are essential to our continuing relationship, and we appreciate the commitment he shows by the association’s leadership,” added NBCU. “The rapid adoption by the organization and meaningful execution of the plan in its entirety is essential for the Golden Globes to stay on NBC.”

“We are encouraged by the detailed and thorough nature of the plan unveiled today by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” dcp added. “We hope members will commit to this and the actions needed to build a transparent and inclusive future, which have a huge impact on the organization and the art they honor.

Still, with what follows, it will take a steep climb for the HFPA to return to Tinseltown’s good graces. In just the past few months, the island organization has been rocked by revelations about the lack of black members, offensive and deaf emails from a former president, and the resignation last month of their high-profile diversity consultant and short duration. and Judy Smith, the miraculous repairer who inspired Scandal.

Assuming the extremely well paid HFPAs know the difference between their Claret and their Beaujolais, the international assembly seems to have a knack for leaving a bad taste in the mouths of others. From NBC and dcp to TimesUp, most of Hollywood’s biggest PR gurus, Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya and Oscar nominee Leslie Odom Jr, to name a few of late, the HFPA almost stubbornly bit the hands that literally feed them.

Now, if you’re wondering when this new HFPA might emerge, you’ll have to wait until at least July. It is then that the second of the 2021 general meetings of the group is scheduled. Changing the HFPA statutes, which is both a legal and an administrative process, requires at least 2/3 of current members to agree to the changes. The proposals will be formally presented at the June meeting and then again a month later. It is only after that that the ballot will take place.

The way this vote goes is a roll of the dice, but the current board says it will resign en masse if the proposed changes fail… so there you go.

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