Golden Globes backers plan open news conference

Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:05pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sponsors of Hollywood's Golden Globe Awards said on Friday they will take control from TV network NBC of a weekend news conference announcing winners of the coveted film and TV honors, which will open the live broadcast to other media.

The announcement of the open media event by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sparked a response from striking film and TV writers assuring the HFPA they would not picket it.

The Golden Globe Awards are one of Hollywood's glitziest TV awards shows reaching more than 20 million viewers, and they are a key indicator of what movies may compete for February's Oscars, the world's top movie honors.

But this year's Golden Globes ceremony, which was planned for January 13, had been canceled in favor of a news conference on the same day because of the strike by members of the Writers Guild of America.

The WGA, which represents some 10,500 film and TV writers, had threatened to picket the Golden Globes ceremony. Many actors had said they would refuse to cross picket lines.

As a result, the HFPA canceled its ceremony in favor of the news conference but NBC, which owned the right to broadcast the ceremony, said it would be the only TV network to air it live.

By Thursday, the network had not revealed the format of the one-hour conference except to say it would be preceded by a taped two-hour "Dateline NBC" special on the Golden Globes hosted by Matt Lauer of NBC's weekday morning show "Today."


<p>Jorge Camara, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, speaks prior to the nominations announcement for the 2008 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California December 13, 2007. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>