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Oscars Golden Globes Drama Continues!

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Last we heard about the Golden Globes drama between Dick Clark Productions (DCP) and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), we were reassured that the Globes would continue to air, one way or another.

That's comforting to know, especially because a U.S. District Court judge ruled yesterday that the HFPA's lawsuit against DCP can move forward.

As we mentioned before, the HFPA filed a lawsuit against DCP last November for negotiating "a new contract with NBC without consulting the HFPA leadership first."

Here's what HFPA president Philip Berk had to say, after being given the O-K to proceed with their lawsuit:

"We are thrilled that the federal judge ruled in our favor that our lawsuit, claiming that DCP has no right to the Golden Globe Awards beyond 2011, has merit. We will continue the fight to reclaim all of our rights."

More from HFPA's lead litigator Linda J. Smith:

"We are delighted that the judge agreed with us and refused to accept the argument by Dick Clark Productions and Red Zone that they have any clear claim to control the broadcast rights to any future Golden Globe Awards show. Now that their attempt to evade responsibility for their bad-faith conduct has been rejected, we look forward to presenting our evidence at trial."

Sounds like things are looking up for the HFPA. Hopefully this doesn't get TOO ugly!


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Golden Globes Dramz!

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golden globes drama between hfpa and dcp

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is NOT happy with Dick Clark Productions.

The association is suing Dick Clark Productions, claiming that DCP signed an agreement with NBC to broadcast the Golden Globes without getting their consent first.

According to the suit, the HFPA is accusing Dick Clark Productions and their parent company of trademark infringement and breach of contract.

Why is this such a problem for the HFPA? The group claims that the broadcast rights to the Globes were sold "well below market rates."

The HFPA also seems to think that Dick Clark Productions are misrepresenting themselves as owners of digital right to the Globes.

Dramarama, Dick Clark Prods!

Here's what DCP had to say about the HFPA's allegations:

"Our respective rights under the contract are clear. The HFPA cannot unilaterally change the basis on which DCP and the HFPA have done business for almost three decades."

Here's what the HFPA have said in their lawsuit:

"[Dick Clark Productions'] bad-faith conduct creates uncertainty about the broadcast rights for the Golden Globe Awards show and severely compromises HFPA's ability to exploit its property."

We certainly hope that this doesn't affect the upcoming Golden Globe Awards show.

Guess we'll see how this plays out!

Do U think Dick Clark Productions is in the wrong here?

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