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Golden Globes promises to add at least 13% Black members to its board by next ceremony



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The percentage target matches the Black share of the U.S. population. 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globes, has made a pledge on Monday to add at least 13% Black members by next year, following an outcry of the organization’s lack of diversity. 

The announcement comes just as a group of Hollywood publicists sent a letter advising clients to avoid HFPA events until the group outlined a plan to change its representation. After the lack of Black membership was revealed, the HFPA was quick to point out that the majority of the group is women and that 35% of the members come from non-European countries. 

According to a statement from the organization, the HFPA board is committed to “making necessary changes within our organization and in our industry as a whole.”

“We also acknowledge that we should have done more, and sooner (…) As a demonstration of our commitment, the board has unanimously approved a plan to increase membership to a minimum of 100 members this year, with a requirement that at least 13 percent of the membership be Black journalists.” 

The Los Angeles Times revealed in a story on Feb. 21 that the group has no Black members. In addition to this year’s race controversy, the Golden Globes caught backlash when it was revealed that voters were wined and dined, so to speak, by productions eligible for awards. But despite the numerous controversies the organization has faced, it has always been able to bounce back. 

Here’s the letter from the PR firms addressed to the Golden Globes

Greg Goecker, COO & General Counsel

Ali Sar, President

Meher Tatna, Board Chair

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

As publicists we collectively represent the vast majority of artists in the entertainment industry. We call on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to swiftly manifest profound and lasting change to eradicate the longstanding exclusionary ethos and pervasive practice of discriminatory behavior, unprofessionalism, ethical impropriety and alleged financial corruption endemic to the HFPA, funded by Dick Clark Productions, MRC, NBCUniversal and Comcast.

In the last decade our industry has faced a seismic reckoning and begun to address its failure to reflect and honor the diversity of our community, yet we have witnessed no acceptance of responsibility, accountability or action from the HFPA, even as systemic inequity and egregious behavior are allowed to continue. We collectively and unequivocally agree that transformative change in your organization and its historical practices is essential and entirely achievable. We want to be part of the solution.

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To reflect how urgent and necessary we feel this work is, we cannot advocate for our clients to participate in HFPA events or interviews as we await your explicit plans and timeline for transformational change.

While we stand ready to support your good faith efforts, please know that anything less than transparent, meaningful change that respects and honors the diversity and dignity of our clients, their colleagues and our global audience will result in immediate and irreparable damage to the relationship between our agencies, our clients and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and those who sanction the institutional inequity and insular culture that currently define it.

The eyes of the industry and those who support it are watching.


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