Golden Globes faces more fallout over lack of Black voters - Los Angeles Times
Feb 28, 2021 2 mins, 14 secs
On the eve of Sunday’s Golden Globes telecast, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

Following a Times investigation that raised fresh questions about the HFPA and the makeup of its membership, several industry figures and organizations including directors Ava DuVernay and J.J.

In an email sent Friday to the entire membership and addressed to the HFPA COO and General Counsel Gregory Goeckner, one member, Dierk Sindermann, challenged statements made by former HFPA President Theo Kingma in an interview with The Times.

Kingma said he was working to address the absence of Black members in the voting body.

A tiny group full of quirky characters — and no Black members.

Who really gives out the Golden Globes.

A tiny group full of quirky characters — and no Black members.

The organization said the perception that many members are not serious journalists is “outdated and unfair” and that it is committed to addressing the lack of Black members.

In his email, Sindermann, who represents Austria, Germany and Switzerland in the voting body, expressed surprise that Kingma had spoken out, saying, “Maybe I misunderstood you as the HFPA counsel but to my recollection you urged members not to comment publicly on internal affairs.

Golden Globes voters in tumult: Members accuse Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

Golden Globes voters in tumult: Members accuse Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

A Times investigation finds that the nonprofit HFPA regularly issues substantial payments to its members in ways that some experts say could skirt IRS guidelines.

“We are fully committed to ensuring our membership is reflective of the communities around the world who love film, TV and the artists inspiring and educating them,” an HFPA representative said in an earlier statement to The Times

“We understand that we need to bring in Black members, as well as members from other underrepresented backgrounds, and we will immediately work to implement an action plan to achieve these goals as soon as possible.”

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Stacy Perman is an enterprise staff writer for Company Town covering the business of the film industry at the Los Angeles Times

Time’s Up slams lack of Black voters for Golden Globes, calls for reforms

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