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
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.
The eyes of the industry and those who support it are watching.
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American Entertainment Marketing (AEM)
Anderson Group Public Relations
Ascend Public Relations Group BazanPR
Carol Marshall Public Relations
Cassandra Butcher PR & Marketing
Cinematic Red PR
Core PR Group
Elzer & Associates
Flash Forward Publicity
Full Coverage Communications
Guttman Associates Public Relations
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Image Management PR
Independent Public Relations Indie PR
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Joy Fehily Management + Consulting
Katrina Wan PR
Katz Public Relations
LSG Public Relations
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McClure & Associates Public Relations
Meghan Prophet Public Relations
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Patricola Public Relations Paula Woods Consultants Persona PR
Pinnacle Public Relations Platform Public Relations PMG-Platform Media Group Polaris PR
Presse Public Relations Principal Communications Group
Prism Media Group
Public Eye Communications Rebel PR
Red Sea Entertainment Relevant
Rogers & Cowan/PMK Rosenfield Media Group
Schure Media Group
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Tencer & Associates
The Chamber Group
The Collins Jackson Agency The Initiative Group
The Lede Company
The Oriel Company
The Samonte Group
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