12:08pm PT by Michael O'Connell
NBC and HFPA Sign 8-Year Deal for Golden Globes
Just in time for another awards show, NBC has finally firmed up its anticipated Golden Globes deal with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The broadcast home of the film and TV awards for over two decades will keep the show for another eight years, starting with the 2019 telecast.
"We look forward to airing the Golden Globe Awards on NBC for the next eight years at least," NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said Friday in a statement. "We’ve been the proud home of the Globes since 1996, and over those decades we’re honored to have been part of its transformation into Hollywood’s most joyous awards ceremony. And this year will be no different."
Negotiations between NBC and the HFPA, similar to many awards contracts these days, took a bit longer than expected. The HFPA announced its 2019 awards calendar earlier in the summer without the deal in place. But the pair, alongside producers Dick Clark Productions, were largely expected to continue the current relationship.
"The members of the HFPA are delighted to continue our long association with NBC," added HFPA president Meher Tatna. "We are looking forward to celebrating our 24th show together on Jan. 6."
The three-hour telecast, which truly kicks off awards season, will, once again, air from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with nominations set for a Dec. 6 reveal.
Despite ratings declines, the Golden Globes do remain a huge draw — thanks in no small part to the intimate mingling of film and television stars. The most recent telecast netted a 5.0 rating in adults 18-49 and drew 19 million viewers overall — not too shabby.
NBC is set to air the 2018 Emmys on Monday. Those awards also start a new eight-year deal in 2019, one that sees them rotating between the Big Four networks again.
Dick Clark Productions is owned by Valence Media, which is also the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter.