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Open Letter from Hollywood Publicists to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Open Letter from Hollywood Publicists to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

This evening Hollywood publicists have spoken up about the lack of diversity and inclusive environment of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The non-profit organization of journalists who report on entertainment and vote on nominees and winners of the Golden Globes every year.

Below includes an email from a number of agencies to HFPA about their conduct that has led to investigations of the organization.

March 15, 2021 

Greg Goecker, COO & General Counsel 

Ali Sar, President 

Meher Tatna, Board Chair 

Hollywood Foreign Press Association 

646 N. Robertson Blvd 

West Hollywood, CA 90069 

Via email 

As publicists we collectively represent the vast majority of artists in the entertainment industry.  

We call on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to swiftly manifest profound and lasting change to eradicate the longstanding exclusionary ethos and pervasive practice of discriminatory behavior, unprofessionalism, ethical impropriety, and alleged financial corruption endemic to the HFPA, funded by Dick Clark Productions, MRC,  NBCUniversal and Comcast.  

In the last decade our industry has faced a seismic reckoning and begun to address its failure to reflect and honor  the diversity of our community, yet we have witnessed no acceptance of responsibility, accountability or action  from the HFPA, even as systemic inequity and egregious behavior are allowed to continue. We collectively and  unequivocally agree that transformative change in your organization and its historical practices is essential and  entirely achievable. We want to be part of the solution. 

To reflect how urgent and necessary we feel this work is, we cannot advocate for our clients to participate in  HFPA events or interviews as we await your explicit plans and timeline for transformational change.  

While we stand ready to support your good faith efforts, please know that anything less than transparent,  meaningful change that respects and honors the diversity and dignity of our clients, their colleagues and our  global audience will result in immediate and irreparable damage to the relationship between our agencies, our  clients and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and those who sanction the institutional inequity and insular  culture that currently define it. 

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Advantage PR 

Agence Contact 

align Public Relations 

American Entertainment  Marketing (AEM) 

Anderson Group Public  Relations 


Ascend Public Relations Group BazanPR 

Bespoke Publicity 

Carol Marshall Public Relations 

Cassandra Butcher PR &  Marketing 

Cinematic Red PR 

CLD Communications 

Core PR Group 



Detail PR 

E2W Collective 

Elzer & Associates 

Flash Forward Publicity 

Forefront Media 

Full Coverage Communications 

Guttman Associates Public  Relations 

Heidi Schaeffer Public Relations Herring PR 

Hive Collective 



Image Management PR 


Independent Public Relations Indie PR 

Integrated PR 


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Jill Fritzo Public Relations Jonas PR 


Joy Fehily Management +  Consulting 

Katrina Wan PR 

Katz Public Relations 

Kovert Creative 


LSG Public Relations  

Luna Entertainment 

Main Stage Public Relations Marleah Leslie & Associates  Marque PR 

McClure & Associates Public  Relations 

Meghan Prophet Public  Relations 


MPRM Communications MRC Publicity and Marketing Nancy Seltzer & Associates Narrative 


Patricola Public Relations Paula Woods Consultants Persona PR 

Personal PR 

Pinnacle Public Relations Platform Public Relations PMG-Platform Media Group Polaris PR 

Portrait PR 

PR Machine 


PRStudio USA 

Presse Public Relations Principal Communications  Group 

Prism Media Group 

Prosper PR 

Public Eye Communications Rebel PR 

Red Sea Entertainment Relevant 

Rogers & Cowan/PMK Rosenfield Media Group 

Rowe PR 

Schure Media Group 

Sechel PR 

Shelter PR 

Slash Agency 

Slate PR 

Strategic Heights Media Strategic Public Relations SYStrategies & PR 


Tencer & Associates 

The Chamber Group 

The Collins Jackson Agency The Initiative Group 

The Lede Company 

The Oriel Company 

The Samonte Group 

True Public Relations TS Collective 

VanIden Public Relations Viewpoint 

Vision PR 

Wolf Kasteler 


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