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!