Dick Clark Prods., the independent production company
that produces the Golden Globes, said late Friday that it has tried for
weeks to make an interim deal with the WGA that’s similar in scope to
what Worldwide Pants hammered out for The Late Show With David
Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson — but the WGA
denied its request.
“We are disappointed that the WGA has refused to
bargain with us in good faith,” said Dick Clark spokesman Terry Fahn. “It is apparent that we are being treated differently from similarly
situated production companies. Dick Clark Prods. is an independent
production company that is not a member of the Alliance of Motion
Picture and Television Producers and which has not authorized the AMPTP
to represent it in the the 2007 WGA negotiations. We support the WGA in
their efforts on behalf of writers and hope that they will reconsider
their position with regard to negotiating an interim agreement with us.”
An interim deal would have allowed Dick Clark to
produce the awards show without the threat of picketing by the WGA,
which, in turn, would have made actors feel comfortable attending the
kudofest. Instead, the WGA continues to maintain that it will protest
the Jan. 13 show, and the Screen Actors Guild announced Friday that none of the nominees will attend the show. Surprisingly, NBC maintains
the telecast will go on, though the network is offering no details on how the ceremony will look. Will agents accept awards? Will Rumer Willis — a.k.a. Miss Golden Globe — serve as emcee?
The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press
Association on Friday said he’ll make an announcement Monday about the
status of the ceremony. There has been rampant speculation that the
organization may want to hold a private, non-televised affair, but it
has a contractual obligation with Dick Clark Prods. to deliver a show
to NBC. The Globes and NBC could take CBS’s lead with the People’s
Choice Awards (set to air Jan. 8) and produce a taped, news
magazine-type show announcing the winners. Because it was not a live
ceremony, CBS was able to wrangle some — but not all — of the winners for
the special telecast, according to one network insider.
It seems unlikely, however, that NBC would want to go
that route because a taped show would be a huge departure from what the
Globes has become for NBC — a lively, unpredictable, and Champagne-soaked affair that performs well in the ratings.