Q: Who runs the HFPA?
Dr. Aida: A president, vice-president, executive secretary, treasurer and board of directors are elected from among the members each year. The general membership meets monthly and has the final say on all decisions. The HFPA also has four full-time employees, who are not members.
CultureM: How is the HFPA funded?
Dr. Aida: The HFPA receives substantial licensing fees for the network broadcasting rights to the Golden Globe Awards and from associated activities such as Golden Globe Awards pre-shows.
CultureM: Apart from running the Association, how is this money used?
Dr. Aida: The HFPA has an annual grants program that distributes sums among various entertainment-related non-profits and to entertainment-related scholarships at major educational institutions. In 2010, the HFPA gave grants totaling a record $1,541,000, bringing their overall donations to more than $12 million.
Each year HFPA members interview more than 400 actors, directors, writers and producers, as well as reporting from film sets and seeing more than 300 films. Members also attend film festivals in other countries in order to seek out interesting and innovative foreign language films and establish cultural bonds with directors, actors, jurors and fellow journalists around the world.
Membership meetings are held monthly and the officers and directors are elected annually. A maximum of five journalists are admitted to the organization each year. All members are accredited by the Motion Picture Association of America.
As the international box office has dramatically expanded in recent years, so the Globes’ prestige has increased. The awards now have the distinction of being one of the three most-watched award shows on television.
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In a letter to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Catherine Berclaz writes:
“I wanted to send you a quick update on Pablove Shutterbugs Photography Program along with some photos from our LA and NY classes. This year with the help of your $5,000 grant we had 42 students graduate from our photography program for pediatric cancer patients. Our students are patients from CHLA, Cedars-Sinai and NYU Langone Medical Center. Each child received a camera kit which was theirs to keep and also completed our 8 week course.
The program was a huge success and we have received interest from many of our students to continue learning about photography. We already have patients on our waiting list in New York and Los Angeles to attend our 2012 Pablove Shutterbugs Program because of the success of the program. We will be expanding our program to more than double our students in 2012 in both cities.
I want to thank you for your support of Pablove Shutterbugs and enabling us to teach these eager students to develop their creative voice through the art of photography.”Read More »
For the first time the TV network Vh1 India will air the Golden Globe awards show in the world’s second most populated country.
The 69th Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 15 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. It will be broadcasted in over 160 countries and seen by an estimated half a billion people around the globe.
Vh1 India channel head Ferzad Palia confirmed: “The Golden Globe Awards are one of the world’s most watched events”.
And he explained his network’s commitment to quality TV: “Keeping up our tradition of showcasing the best in international entertainment, it is an honour for Vh1 India to play home to this iconic property”.
The HFPA recently played host to one of India’s superstars, Shah Rukh Khan (left) who enthused about India’s flourishing movie industry and its increasing interest in being a player in the international film and TV market.
HFPA member Meher Tatna who is one of the journalists representing India considers India a movie loving society “which produces many more films than Hollywood. Indians are a truly enthusiastic film audience“ .
Added Vh1’s Ferzad Palia: “India can look forward to tons of excitement as we build up to show day.”
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Three times Golden Globe nominee Ken Russell has died. He was 84.
The film director whose most memorable films were Tommy, Women In Love and The Devils died in a hospital on Sunday the director’s son, Alex Russell said.
His widow Elize Tribble said she was ‘devastated’ by her husband’s death, which had been ‘completely unexpected’.
She said: ‘It is with great sadness that I can confirm that Ken Russell passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday afternoon.
‘It was completely unexpected, as he was doing what he loved.
‘He had recently agreed to direct the feature film Alice In Wonderland The Musical and he was working on the script and casting of that.
‘He also had just completed an article for The Times on a review of the re-release of his film The Devils, so he was keeping himself very busy’.
Music played a central role in much of his work including The Music Lovers, and Tommy and Lisztomania.
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After a decade making movies in London, Paris and Rome, Woody Allen is ready to come home.
The Golden Globe-winning filmmaker told members of the Hollywood Foreign Press at an informal reception in New York that his next movie will be in the USA.
He did not see a two-part documentary on his life which was screened by PBS over two nights because, he said, he preferred to watch a football game one night and he was playing his clarinet at the Carlyle Hotel the next.
The 75-year-old Allen has been nominated for a Golden Globe 11 times and won for his screenplay for Purple Rose of Cairo.
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