Dick Clark Productions Inc. won a trial against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which had alleged that the producer couldn’t license broadcasts of the Golden Globes.
U.S. District Judge Howard Matz in Los Angeles, who presided over a trial without a jury, said yesterday that Dick Clark Productions has the right under the agreement with the association to license the award show to NBC only, so long as NBC commits to broadcast the show.
The judge said in an 89-page ruling that there was one overriding feature in the relationship between Dick Clark Productions and the association that helped explain why the producer had such sweeping rights to the show.
“That feature is simply this,” Matz said. The “Hollywood Foreign Press Association suffered from the absence of sound, business-like practices.”
The association, which has organized the show since 1944, sued Dick Clark Productions in 2010 and accused the producer of trademark infringement and breach of contract, among other claims. The association sought a court order blocking a licensing agreement between Dick Clark Productions, now owned by the private-equity firm Red Zone Capital Management Co., and the NBC network.
“We are pleased the court affirmed our contract and look forward to working with the HFPA and NBC to nurture and expand the Golden Globes franchise for years to come,” Mark Shapiro, chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, said in a statement.
Daniel Petrocelli, a lawyer for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, didn’t immediately return a call to his office after regular business hours seeking comment on the ruling.
The case is Hollywood Foreign Press Association v. Red Zone Capital Partners, 10-08833, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles.)