Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
Dick Clark: As Powerful in Death as He Was in Life
While it's not going to do America's oldest (and deadest) teenager much good, a judge ruled that Dick Clark Productions (DCP) does indeed own the broadcast rights to the Golden Globes Awards.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the not-for-profit group behind The Globes, filed suit against DCP and its parent company, Red Zone Capital Partners II, in November 2010, claiming that DCP had negotiated a new contract with NBC before consulting with the HFPA.
The HFPA argued that DCP had no right to negotiate a new deal before shopping the popular awards show to other networks. DCP fought back saying the company did not need the HFPA's permission. They cited an amendment in its contract that allows DCP to retain the rights to the Golden Globes broadcast each time it strikes a new deal with NBC.
Judge Howard A. Matz ruled in favor of DCP on Monday, saying, "Defendants are entitled to a judicial declaration that the 1993 Amendment grants DCP the option to extend its rights to produce and distribute the Golden Globe Awards show beyond 2005 for 'any extensions, renewals, substitutions or modifications of the NBC Agreement,' with or without HFPA's approval."
He added, "Because the plain meaning and the intrinsic evidence support DCP's interpretation of the 1993 Amendment, DCP's counterclaim for declaratory relief is granted and HFPA's claim for declaratory relief is denied."
On the heels of their victory, DCP issued the following statement: "We are pleased the court affirmed our contract and look forward to working with the HFPA and NBC to nurture and expand the Golden Globes franchise for years to come."
To borrow from Leo G. Carroll in North by Northwest, DCP, HFPA, NBC, we're all in the same alphabet soup.
In a related story, Ricky Gervaise recently announced he will not host the 2013 telecast, but he says that every year.
Related: Dig a Hole: Dick Clark.