LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, owner of the Golden Globes, is in talks about a deal to let the award show proceed as planned on Jan. 13 despite the Hollywood writers’ strike.
The HFPA issued a statement Wednesday saying that it began discussions on Saturday with the Writers Guild of America to enter into an interim agreement similar to that which permitted Writers Guild members to go back to work writing for “The Late Show With David Letterman.”
“We hope and expect the WGA will agree to the same terms and ultimately permit the Golden Globe Awards to be broadcast as scheduled, without picket lines, on Sunday, Jan. 13,” said HFPA president Jorge Camara.
He pointed out that the Globes are not owned by NBC, which broadcasts the awards, thus averting issues facing other television shows that are owned by networks.
The Globes, which are set to be shown live on TV, would suffer a huge blow if there were no red carpet or broadcast of the gala. Designers and fashion companies also would lose major marketing opportunities if photographs and broadcast images of their wares were unavailable.
There has been talk in the entertainment industry of making the Globes a “private event” so that celebrities would feel comfortable attending, meaning the arrivals red carpet could be scrapped and media banned from the dinner in favor of stars going from their limos directly into a reporter-free Beverly Hilton ballroom, thus avoiding picketers and journalists. That could still be an option if the HFPA fails to come to an agreement with the WGA.
But so far, fashion folk in Hollywood seem to be operating like last year, busily readying samples for stylists and planning events around the weekend to capitalize on celebrity attendance and buzz.
Van Cleef & Arpels plans to present its new high jewelry collection at a cocktail party in its Beverly Hills boutique on the Thursday before the Globes; the next day, Coach will host an event to unveil its latest collaboration with Missy Davenport, and that night, Jimmy Choo plans to celebrate its new Rodeo Drive boutique. The night before the Globes, The Art of Elysium and Vogue will hold a fashion show and benefit dinner hosted by Balthazar and Rosetta Getty.
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While none of these events are billing themselves as pre-Globes parties, they no doubt are hoping to capitalize on the heightened media attention of the week and snag celebrities otherwise in town to attend or present at the awards.