Hollywood Foreign Press outlines Golden Globes reform plan
Eldridge’s suggestion of 50 more voters would be a 63% increase. But those voters would not become members, at least not immediately. This means that they would not have the same financial opportunities as current members, who would become employees, with rolling terms, of the new for-profit company and have responsibilities that include producing content that can be used to promote the Globes.
(A nonprofit HFPA arm would also continue to exist, with responsibilities that include charitable donations; the organization says it has donated $45 million over the past 28 years. On Wednesday, Boehly said proposed that the charitable entity expand its mission, including endowing journalism chairs at one or more historically black colleges and universities.)
The foreign press association has been under fire from critics since February, when a wide range of the Los Angeles Times article revealed, among other things, that the group had no black members, had more than $50 million in cash at the end of October and paid large sums to members for their participation on committees. The newspaper continued to scrutinize the organization, publishing more than 40 articles about its problems and the last Globes ceremony.
During the television broadcast of the Globes on February 28, members of the foreign press association vowed to diversify the group. A series of changes were announced in early May. They included increasing the number of band members by 50% over the next year and a half and hiring diversity consultants (those originally hired to do the job quit under protest). The association also said it plans to hire a search firm to research potential candidates to lead the group and has retained the services of a law firm to help carry out the changes.
But Hollywood — long willing to turn a blind eye to the band’s problematic inner workings — pushed back. Netflix said it would not work with the organization unless additional changes were made. Amazon and WarnerMedia said the same thing. Scarlett Johansson said in a statement that the organization’s press conferences “border on sexual harassment”, and Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globe trophies. A group of more than 100 advertising companies that serve the entertainment industry have vowed a boycott.
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” the network said at the time. “However, a change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we believe the HFPA needs time to get it right.”