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With the trial over the Golden Globe Awards rights delayed, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions and NBC have made a one-year deal to broadcast the event on Jan. 15, 2012.
Separately, a new judge was appointed Thursday to take over the trial, and to make the ultimate decision as there will be no jury. The new person overseeing the trial is a senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Judge A. Howard Matz. A native of Brooklyn, he attended Harvard law school and was appointed to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton in 1998.
On Friday, sources close to the HFPA were denying reports in the L.A. Times and elsewhere that a settlement may be close. These sources say there is no settlement, and it is unlikely one will be reached before a trial. That trial is now expected to begin in the first half of October and take about two weeks.
The one-year agreement reached between the three parties gives all sides breathing room and will allow NBC to begin selling advertising for the both the awards show and the pre-show, as well as moving forward on production efforts related to the show.
The Golden Globes have become an important TV event, drawing some 17 million viewers last year, as well as a key stop on the awards circuit in the build up to the Academy Awards.
Nominations for this years Globes will be announced Dec. 15 by the HFPA.
As has been shown in the build up to the trial over the rights, they are also important to the HFPA and Dick Clark as a major source of revenue. The license fee for the 2012 show was not revealed. It may be an extension of the existing deal which pays around $14 million (split equally by HFPA and Dick Clark after production costs and expenses), or it could be based on the new deal NBC had negotiated with Dick Clark, w which would put the rights fee at over $18 million.
The key issue in the case remains an interpretation of past contracts. Dick Clark claims they have rights to the Globes as long as they can make a deal to keep them on NBC while the HFPA says the contract is up and there is no such thing as perpetual rights.
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