LOS ANGELES – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is hoping last-minute negotiations with the Writers Guild of America will allow the Golden Globes to go on.
Jorge Camara, president of the HFPA, said in a statement Wednesday that the organization is negotiating with the writers guild to reach an interim agreement that will permit the Golden Globe Awards to be broadcast as scheduled, without picket lines, on Jan. 13.
The journalists' group, which presents the annual awards show, is seeking an agreement similar to the one reached Friday by Worldwide Pants, David Letterman's production company. It allows guild members to write for "The Late Show With David Letterman," despite the ongoing writers strike, which began Nov. 5. Letterman's show was to return to the air Wednesday night.
"The process established by the WGA permits writers to get back to work, grants the WGA the rights it is seeking on behalf of all writers, and allows certain shows to move forward," Camara's statement continued.
"'The Late Show with David Letterman' and the 'Golden Globe Awards' are similar in structure and are administered in the same way" because each is produced by an independent company and neither is owned by the networks that broadcast them, Camara said.
The Writers Guild of America would not confirm or deny Wednesday that negotiations were under way with the HFPA.
"Dick Clark Productions is a struck company. As previously announced, the Writers Guild will be picketing the Golden Globe Awards," the Guild said in a statement. "The WGA has great respect and admiration for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but we are engaged in a crucial struggle that will protect our income and intellectual property rights for generations to come
"We will continue to do everything in our power to bring industry negotiations to a fair conclusion. In the meantime, we are grateful for the ongoing support of the Hollywood talent community."
NBC, which is set to broadcast the Golden Globe Awards, had no comment Wednesday.
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