Tuesday, May 1, 2012
United States District Court Judge Howard Matz has ruled that a contract signed in the early 1980s between Dick Clark Productions and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association guarantees that DCP has the right to broadcast the Golden Globes show as long as the show appears on NBC. The HFPA had wanted to offer the rights to broadcast the show to another network which offered a more lucrative deal. In his opinion, Judge Matz noted that the contract was clear, or should have been after the parties completed discovery, and the matter "should not have required a trial." A link to his ruling is available here. More coverage from the Hollywood Reporter here.