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The coalition of more than 100 entertainment PR firms that formed to demand a major overhaul of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the annual Golden Globe Awards, has issued a statement reacting to NBC’s decision to not broadcast the awards in 2022 (“We applaud NBC’s decision”) and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s new timeline for enacting reforms (“We look forward to supporting the HFPA in this effort”).
The full letter appears below.
Our coalition of over one hundred publicity agencies, collectively representing the vast majority of artists in the entertainment industry, came together in early March to demand the Hollywood Foreign Press Association eradicate its longstanding discriminatory and exclusionary ethos and pervasive practice of discriminatory behavior, unprofessionalism, ethical impropriety and alleged financial corruption.
We applaud NBC’s decision to cancel the 2022 Golden Globes, allowing the HFPA the time it needs to thoughtfully reform its management, culture and practices. The depth and scope of change necessary requires time and sustained focus. We must ensure the organization’s revision of its most fundamental governance, ethics and methodology reflects the worthy ideals on which the organization was originally founded. We look forward to a transparent process that encourages and introduces diverse and inclusive new leadership and membership. We envision a culture and process that welcomes and celebrates our colleagues and the global journalists who bring such credit to our industry.
We thank Time’s Up, Color of Change, GLAAD and the outstanding artists, activists, thought leaders and media visionaries who advocate vocally and powerfully for full representation and equity.
We look forward to supporting the HFPA in this effort and to continuing to examine ways in which we can reimagine our own workplaces and the entire Hollywood ecosystem as a safer, fully representative and equitable community where all art — and all artists — thrive in meaningful contribution to our culture and society.
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