O’Melveny’s Petrocelli Quoted in Law360 About Ongoing Golden Globes Broadcast Rights Dispute

August 03, 2011

The Aug. 2, 2011, Law360 article, “HFPA, Producer Spar Over Golden Globes Airing Rights,” updates an ongoing case between the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and Dick Clark Productions about the rights to broadcast the Golden Globe Awards. O’Melveny & Myers LLP, which represents the HFPA, recently asked US District Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank to grant summary judgment in the breach of contract and trademark infringement suit. Attorneys for Dick Clark Productions Inc. followed suit and also asked for summary judgment, according to the article.



O’Melveny’s Century City partner Daniel Petrocelli argued in the article that Dick Clark Productions could not grant broadcast rights of the Golden Globe Awards without approval by the HFPA’s membership. Lawyers for Dick Clark Productions said a small clause in a 1993 agreement grants them perpetuity rights to Golden Globes broadcasts, which Petrocelli said doesn’t clearly stipulate that Dick Clark Productions could negotiate broadcast deals with a network. “If you had been able to secure something so valuable, [the clause] would last five pages,” Petrocelli said in the article.