NBC Loses Golden Globes Exclusive

With network out, stars may show up at press conference
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2008 12:39 PM CST
At the entrance to an empty motorcourt that is usually being prepared as a red-carpet arrival area this time of year, a reporter and videographer do a stand-up report as preparations for a greatly scaled-down...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – NBC lost exclusive rights to the Golden Globes yesterday, unwilling to pay a licensing fee for a show that’s been reduced to a press conference by the writers' strike. The conference will now be covered on several channels, including CNN and E!, and won’t be picketed by the Writer’s Guild—meaning stars may actually show up, the LA Times reports.

Dick Clark Productions had demanded a “nominal license fee,” but according to NBC, the “nominal” fee was “north of seven figures.” NBC is threatening to sue for breach of contract. The network had planned to broadcast the conference following a two-hour Dateline special, which DCP saw as “an exclusive three-hour broadcast special disguised as a news conference.”