The dispute stems from the sale of the award show’s broadcasting rights to NBC through 2018 by DCP and its owners. HFPA claims the company and its partners did so without the proper permission, as they only held the rights to produce through 2011. In addition, HFPA claims the rights were sold for much less than they were worth.
On Monday, a federal judge did not grant DCP’s motion to dismiss the case. The trial begins Sept. 6.
Update: Dick Clark Productions issued the following statement to EW. “The only question yesterday was whether the Court should take the unusual step of ending the case without considering either side’s evidence because, even if all of HFPA’s allegations were accepted as true, as a motion to dismiss requires, HFPA would still not be entitled to any relief. That is what the Court has done with respect to one issue in granting our motion to dismiss the HFPA’s breach of fiduciary duty claim, and we are gratified by that. It is usual for a judge to allow a case to proceed to the evidence phase, and that is what the Court did with the balance of this case. Contrary to the HFPA statement, however, the Court’s ruling does not speak to the merits of the lawsuit. We remain confident that, when the Court considers the evidence from both sides, our view of the contract will prevail and our right to produce the Golden Globes will be affirmed.”