NBC today announced that the Golden Globes won’t air on network in 2022 after HFPA reform fails. The network made a statement to Deadline who reads:
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is engaged in meaningful reform. However, a change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we are convinced that the HFPA needs time to get it right. As such, NBC will not be airing the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes its plan, we hope we will be able to air the show in January 2023. “
The site also reported that Tom Cruise delivered the three Golden Globes he won back from the HFPA in support of outrage.
NBC’s decision comes days after Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson called out the HFPA for its lack of diversity and enabling aggressors in the industry. “Honestly, as a recent Golden Globe winner, I cannot feel proud or happy to have received this award. It’s discouraging. To see the HFPA, which has grown in importance and has benefited greatly from its involvement with filmmakers and actors, resist the change demanded of them from many groups that have been most deprived of their rights by their culture of secrecy and exclusion, ”Ruffalo said.
Johansson also called for a step back from the HFPA, saying it was an organization that had been “legitimized by Harvey Weinstein to give impetus to the recognition of the Academy.” She added: “In the past, this has often meant dealing with sexist questions and remarks from some HFPA members who bordered on sexual harassment. This is the exact reason why I refused to attend their conferences for many years.
The HFPA has yet to release a statement on NBC’s decision not to broadcast the ceremony next year.
UPDATE, MAY 10, 2:40 p.m .: The LA Times got a letter sent to HFPA president Ali Sar by WarnerMedia, urging the HFPA to address the lack of black members and do better than its proposed 18-month schedule of adding 50% more black members.
As an organization, WarnerMedia is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion as moral and business imperatives, and we strive to be a force for good in our communities. As an industry, along with other production companies, studios, networks, guilds, unions and talent creation agencies, we all have a responsibility to ensure that our workforce, content and creative partners reflect the diversity of our society and the world around us. This also extends to the organizations with which we do business.
While we welcome HFPA members’ endorsement of the Transition Plan for Radical Reform, we do not believe the plan goes far enough to address the breath of our concerns, and your timeline fails to capture the immediate need. whereby these problems must be solved. WarnerMedia Studios and Networks will continue to refrain from direct engagement with the HFPA, including sanctioned press conferences and invitations to cover other industry events with talent, until these changes are put. implemented. This includes working with HBO, HBO Max, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Warner Bros. Television, TNT and TBS.
The work to ensure equity and inclusion is never done and we must all work together to achieve it. We understand the challenges that lie ahead as we work to diversify our own management and employee levels. However, we call on you to act with greater urgency. The currently planned 18-month timeline covers the 2023 Golden Globes, meaning the same voting body will impact the next two nomination and voting cycles. The HFPA has less than 90 journalists. A lasting and meaningful change in your membership goals could be achieved in less than 18 months. The HFPA cannot accurately reflect the best of our industry until your membership grows to further reflect the social, cultural and ethnic diversity that exists in the stories we tell and the creators we work with.
We are also asking for a strong commitment to meaningful change in talent press conferences. We’re well aware that we’ve had a much harder time pushing for press conferences for a number of black artists and creators, which is unmistakably worthy content. This same work often went unrecognized in your nomination and award process. In addition, our teams have undergone press conferences where our talents have been asked questions insensitive to racism, sexist and homophobic. For too long, requests for perks, special favors and unprofessional requests have been made to our teams and others in the industry. We regret that as an industry we have complained, but we have largely tolerated this behavior so far.
Our talent and staff deserve a professional environment while doing their job of promoting our series and films. Therefore, we would also like to see the HFPA implement a specific and enforced code of conduct that includes zero tolerance for unwanted physical contact of all talent and staff. We recognize that this conduct is not representative of your full membership, but we need assurance that there will be timely and achievable next steps to discipline members who exhibit inappropriate behavior.
These questions deserve urgency, and the timeline you have proposed so far does not inspire confidence that significant changes will occur before two more voting seasons are affected. We welcome a discussion to address these issues with you and look forward to your response.
Ann Sarnoff, President and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks
Casey Bloys, Content Director, HBO and HBO Max
Toby Emmerich, président, Warner Bros. Pictures Group
Channing Dungey, président, Warner Bros. Television Group
Brett Weitz, Director General, TBS, TNT and truTV
Johanna Fuentes, Head of Communication Mondiale, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks
Christy Haubegger, Director of Inclusion, WarnerMedia