Later on Friday, Amazon confirmed a similar split in the organization behind the Golden Globe Awards.
The HFPA has come under fire in recent months when it was revealed that the organization lacked a single black member and was accused of somewhat unprofessional behavior and accepting gifts from competing productions.
On Thursday, the HFPA voted to make a handful of changes to the organization, including the appointment of a head of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as new members, presumably focused on diversity. .
However, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos was not thrilled with the changes and sent the HFPA a letter demanding more action be taken.
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“Like many in our industry, we await today’s announcement in the hope that you will recognize the scale of the issues the HFPA faces and provide a clear roadmap for change,” reads. one in the letter, according to Deadline.
Sarandos admitted the new changes were “a first step,” but said he didn’t think they would ultimately solve “the systemic challenges of diversity and inclusion, or the lack of clear standards on how your members should function ”.
“So we are stopping all activity with your organization until more significant changes are made,” Sarandos said. “We know you have many well-meaning members who want real change – and we all still have work to do to create a fair and inclusive industry. “
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He concluded, “But Netflix and many of the talent and creators we work with cannot ignore the HFPA’s collective failure to address these critical issues with urgency and rigor. “
In a separate statement on Friday, Amazon Studios director Jennifer Salke communicated the company’s position.
“We haven’t worked with the HFPA since these issues were first raised,” Salke said, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “and like the rest of the industry, we are waiting for a sincere and meaningful resolution before to move forward. “
Some of the people who responded on social media included filmmaker Ava DuVernay and TV producer Shonda Rhimes.
“Thanks to @Netflix for being the first to take a stand,” DuVernay wrote.
“Once again, Netflix is showing how this can and should be done,” Rhimes wrote.
HFPA chairman Ali Sar released a statement in reaction to Netflix’s position, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“We would love to meet you and your team so that we can review the very specific actions that are already underway,” Sar wrote in part, according to the outlet. “An open dialogue would help ensure that we address these concerns as quickly as possible. “
The HFPA is a notoriously exclusive group of journalists who judge films for the Golden Globes each year. It is well documented that many qualified applicants have been turned down over the years.
Netflix has become a major player at the Golden Globes, having garnered 42 nominations and six wins in the past season. They tripled any other distributor’s wins that night.
The outlet reports that Netflix hopes to see the HFPA create a set of clearly defined and written goals and rules to address these issues, as well as include diversity in its mission statement. The streamer also urged the organization to step up the pace of its goals, adding more members well ahead of the year-end goal.
Representatives for Netflix and the HFPA did not immediately respond to Fox Business’s request for comment.
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Netflix and Amazon aren’t the only organizations to have stung the HFPA. As of Friday morning, 100 PR firms from around the world had announced their intention to “continue to refrain from any HFPA sanctioned events, including press conferences, unless and until these matters are clarified in detail with a firm commitment to a schedule that respects the Reality threat of the 2022 season, ”according to Deadline.