Eldridge’s suggestion of 50 more voters would represent a 63 percent increase. But those voters would not become members, at least not immediately. This means that they would not benefit from the same financial opportunities as the current members, who would become employees, with continuing tenures, of the new for-profit company and would have responsibilities including the production of content that can be used to promote the Globes. .
(A nonprofit HFPA arm would also continue to exist, with responsibilities that include charitable giving; the organization says it has donated $ 45 million over the past 28 years. On Wednesday, Mr. Boehly said proposed that the charity expand its mission, including endowing journalism chairs at one or more historically black colleges and universities.)
The Foreign Press Association has been under fire since February, when a high-profile Los Angeles Times article revealed, among other things, that the group had no black members, had more than 50 million dollars in cash at the end of October and paid large sums to members for serving on committees. The newspaper continued to scrutinize the organization, publishing more than 40 articles on its issues and the latest Globes.
During the Globes telecast on February 28, members of the foreign press association pledged to diversify the group. A series of changes were announced in early May. They included increasing the number of group members by 50 percent over the next year and a half and hiring diversity consultants (those originally hired to do the job resigned in protest). The association also said it plans to hire a search firm to seek out potential candidates to lead the group and that it has retained a law firm to help make the changes.
But Hollywood – long willing to turn a blind eye to the group’s problematic inner workings – has backed down. Netflix has said it will not be working with the organization unless further changes are made. Amazon and WarnerMedia have said the same. Scarlett Johansson said in a statement that the organization’s press conferences “bordered on sexual harassment,” and Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globe trophies. A group of more than 100 advertising agencies that serve the entertainment industry have vowed a boycott.
All of that, and the knowledge that ratings for the February show fell sharply, prompted NBC to cancel the 2022 show.
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is engaged in meaningful reform,” the network said at the time. “However, a change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we are convinced that the HFPA needs time to get it right.”