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On the heels of the news that Netflix is “stopping any activities” with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globe Awards, “until more meaningful changes are made” to the group’s demographics and ethics rules, details of which have rocked the industry since they emerged in a Feb. 21 Los Angeles Times exposé, another big streamer is publicly espousing the same stance.
“We have not been working with the HFPA since these issues were first raised, and like the rest of the industry, we are awaiting a sincere and significant resolution before moving forward,” Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke said in a statement on Friday night.
It remains to be seen where the standoff will go from here. The HFPA’s full membership passed sweeping reforms on Monday, which were endorsed by the organization’s broadcasting partners for the Globes telecast, NBC and Dick Clark Productions. Then letters were released from Time’s Up and the PR firms, indicating that the reforms are not enough to prevent them from continuing their boycott of HFPA events. Then NBC issued another statement, doubling-down on its position: “We believe that the plan presented charts a course for meaningful reform at the HFPA. We remain committed to encouraging the plan’s prompt implementation through productive conversations so that the HFPA can emerge a better and more inclusive organization.”
But without the participation of studios and talent, there wouldn’t be much of a telecast to speak of.
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