Golden Globes scrapped for "press conference"

Tue Jan 8, 2008 12:43am EST
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Striking Hollywood writers scored twin victories on Monday by forcing Golden Globe Award sponsors to cancel their traditional star-studded telecast and by reaching a deal to put writers back to work at Tom Cruise's film company.

Facing a likely boycott by Globe nominees and presenters reluctant to cross picket lines, organizers of the January 13 event said they will scrap the usual gala ceremony in favor of an hourlong "press conference" to be carried live by NBC News.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) previously refused to grant a special waiver permitting the Globes show to go on with union writers, as the WGA allowed for Monday night's lower-profile Critics Choice Awards airing on cable channel VH1.

Cancellation of the annual three-hour-plus Golden Globes show, sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, marks the latest casualty of the nine-week-old strike by about 10,500 WGA members against the major film and TV studios.

The strike already has brought production to a halt on all scripted prime-time TV series and derailed several high-profile movie projects, idling thousands of behind-the-camera workers in the worst labor clash to hit Hollywood in two decades.

Negotiations to end the walkout collapsed last month with the two sides deadlocked over how writers should be paid for work distributed over the Internet.

No new talks are scheduled, and the strike has cast a growing shadow over Hollywood's annual awards season, throwing even the fate of the Oscars, the film industry's highest honors each winter, into doubt.


<p>The red carpet is seen before the start of the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills in this January 15, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files</p>