No Picket Lines for Revamped Golden Globes

Foreign Press Takes Show Away From Dick Clark Productions, Gets WGA Blessing

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LOS ANGELES ( -- The Hollywood Foreign Press Association today announced that instead of the usual televised drunken cavalcade of film and TV stars tottering down the red carpet on NBC, it will take complete control of its 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards Announcements from Dick Clark Productions.

The press association instead will host a press conference open to all media to announce the winners.

"In light of this change to the program, the WGA gave the HFPA our assurances that there would be no picket of their press conference on Sunday," assured a news release issued by the WGA late this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers also said today they would enter into formal contract negotiations, scheduled to begin tomorrow at the alliance's headquarters in Encino, Calif.

In a statement released today by the producers, both the directors and producers "have agreed that neither organization will comment to the press regarding negotiations until negotiations have concluded."

That's in pointedly sharp contrast to the tit-for-tat, dueling news releases that have become the hallmark of the producers' spat with the WGA: Despite individual interim agreements being struck with David Letterman's TV production company Worldwide Pants, as well as with indie film outfits such as United Artists and Weinstein Co., no talks appear on tap anytime soon between the WGA and AMPTP. Yet daily press releases are issued by both sides, each accusing the other of creating havoc.
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