• Re: Netflix's Ted Sarandos To HFPA: "We're Stopping Any Activities With Your Organization Until You Add Niggers"

    From BeamMeUpScotty@NOT-SURE@idiocracy.gov to alt.gossip.celebrities,alt.politics.media,alt.politics.obama,alt.journalism,alt.fan.rush-limbaugh on Sun May 9 14:42:57 2021
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    On 5/9/21 12:17 AM, hamilton wrote:
    EXCLUSIVE: (UPDATED WITH HFPA RESPONSE) As the beleaguered
    Hollywood Foreign Press Association pledges to reform itself,
    Netflix has declared that its will not be working with the
    Golden Globes group until it gets its act together, to put it
    mildly.

    “Like many in our industry, we’ve been waiting for today’s announcement in the hope that you would acknowledge the breadth
    of issues facing the HFPA and provide a clear roadmap for
    change,” the streamer’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos wrote in a letter
    Thursday to the HFPA’s Leadership Committee that Deadline has
    obtained.

    The correspondence from the top exec came on May 6 after around
    75 of the insular HFPA’s 86 members voted for an inclusion and
    overhaul proposal the group’s board put forth at the beginning
    of this week. The HFPA has been scrambling since it was revealed
    just before February 28’s semi-virtual Golden Globes that the
    freewheeling group had zero Black members. Amid a series of
    stumbles and critiques since, the HFPA saw racially offensive
    remarks from a former president and newly minted Diversity and
    Inclusion advisor Dr. Shaun Harper and fixer supreme/Scandal
    inspiration Judy Smith both resign in frustration last month.

    In that context and under pressure from Comcast-owned NBC, which
    televises the Globes, the HFPA was hoping this week would be
    when things started to turn around. They may have been a bit too
    optimistic.

    “Today’s vote is an important first step,” Sarandos noted in Thursday’s letter to HFPA brass. “However, we don’t believe
    these proposed new policies — particularly around the size and
    speed of membership growth — will tackle the HFPA’s systemic
    diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear
    standards for how your members should operate.

    “So we’re stopping any activities with your organization until
    more meaningful changes are made.”

    “We know that you have many well-intentioned members who want
    real change — and that all of us have more work to do to create
    an equitable and inclusive industry,” Sarandos added in
    conclusion. “But Netflix and many of the talent and creators we
    work with cannot ignore the HFPA’s collective failure to address
    these crucial issues with urgency and rigor.”

    While calibrated and parsed, Sarandos’ letter putting the HFPA
    on notice and turning off the journo-run nonprofit’s tap to one
    of the biggest sources of talent and content has to hit where it
    hurts.

    Or, let’s translate that into raw math for the annual Globes
    ceremony, which NBC pays $60 million a year to air: Netflix
    dominated this year’s Golden Globes nominations among studios
    and streamers with 42 overall and came away with six wins — four
    for its drama series The Crown, along with wins for The Queen’s
    Gambit and Chadwick Boseman’s performance in Ma Rainey’s Black
    Bottom. That total was triple the wins from any other
    distributor at the HFPA’s 78th annual event.

    Netflix declined to comment when contacted by Deadline about
    Sarandos’ letter, or other discussions with the HFPA.

    The HFPA did respond (eventually), in their own way.

    “We hear your concerns about the changes our association needs
    to make and want to assure you that we are working diligently on
    all of them,” current HFPA president Ali Sar wrote to Sarandos
    later Friday. “We would love to meet with you and your team so
    we can review the very specific actions that are already in the
    works,” he added. “An open dialogue would help to ensure that we
    are addressing these concerns as quickly as possible.” Sar then
    went on to challenge several of Sarandos and Netflix’s claims
    about the state of the organization and its reforms – Read the
    full HFPA response below.

    In other conversations over the past few days and in an addendum
    to Sarandos’ letter, Netflix has advocated that the HFPA adopted
    a definable set of awards-season rules and a clear and immediate
    code of ethics, I hear. Unlike the current nonplussed attitude
    the HFPA takes, with press conferences closely connected to
    Globes nominations, gifts, member selfies, and other grifter-ish
    methods, the streamer has suggested something similar to what
    AMPAS and the TV Academy do. Such a written-down playbook of
    sorts could begin to wash off the taint the HFPA has in terms of transparency and governance.

    Accordingly, Netflix has also recommended that diversity and
    inclusion be part of the 78-year-old group’s mission statement
    as part of a commitment to the process of an HFPA that looks
    more like Hollywood. To enlarge that aim practically, the
    streamer has urged the HFPA to think bigger and faster.
    Specifically, Netflix believes the group’s plan to add 20 new
    members by the end of the year and fatten up its total
    membership by 50% is too little too late. Oddly, according to
    correspondence we have seen, Netflix refer to the process
    occurring over three years, while the HFPA has said it will take
    no longer than 18 months. Nonetheless, streamer co-run by Reed
    Hastings feels the HFPA should grow to more than 300 members to
    truly enact change and inclusion, and that the timing should be
    in a matter of months, not over a year, sources close to the
    talks tell me.

    Once again, the clock is ticking for the HFPA.

    Earlier today 100 global PR firms said publicly that they would
    “continue to refrain from any HFPA sanctioned events, including
    press conferences, unless and until these issues are illuminated
    in detail with a firm commitment to a timeline that respects the
    looming 2022 season reality.”

    Now Netflix is taking the speak-softly-and-carry-a-big- stick
    approach, to paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt – and that may carry
    all the weight in the world, finally.

    So, with Time’s Up, top flacks and the National Association of
    Black Journalists all already expressing their displeasure with
    the HFPA and its attempt at reform, and NBC putting the pressure
    on behind the scenes, who will be next to stand up now that
    Netflix has added its voice to the chorus?

    Have they noticed that the Congressional Black Caucus has no White
    Males....?





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