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From Daily Variety, September 23:
O’Reilly: HFPA chief dedicated to empowerment
Women’s Impact Report 2011: Aida Takla O’Reilly
Aida Takla O’Reilly, the newly elected president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., leads an organization that has long been a ground-breaker for female leadership, with seven previous women presidents, including a stint by O’Reilly from 1994-96.
Not only has the HFPA been run by women, its approximately 90-strong membership continues to give voice to female members while reflecting its global nature. “We represent a diversity of cultures,” says O’Reilly, who is Egyptian-born and fluent in Arabic and French.
A lifelong film fan and student of film history, O’Reilly is not immune to the effects of negative stereotypes conveyed by Hollywood. As a Cal State professor, she proudly recalls developing curriculum that examined minority images in cinema.
As prexy, O’Reilly says she plans an “administrative makeover” by getting more members “empowered and involved in governance,” while helping focus more attention on what she describes as a “three-dimensional organization of journalism, philanthropy and the Golden Globes.”
The org’s influence is tremendous, given the importance of the Globes to the studios and networks. The kudocast rivals the Oscars in its star wattage, and attracted 17 million viewers the last two years. In this regard, O’Reilly cites the HFPA’s decades-long mission to “growing American culture (around) the world” via promoting films and television.
Long-seen as a colorful assortment of multinational journos by its supporters, while also assailed by critics with charges of clubbiness, questionable tastes and voting methodology, O’Reilly’s tenure will require all her skills and decades of HFPA expertise. There’s an ongoing legal battle with Dick Clark Prods. over broadcast-rights issues related to the HFPA’s Globes kudocast, as well as an unresolved legal dispute with a former publicist who has charged the org with compromised business practices. Then there’s Ricky Gervais.
O’Reilly brushes off the controversies like lint off a Chanel suit, choosing instead to accentuate the positive. “It’s counterproductive to focus on negativity; it hampers you and slows you down,” she says. She sees her own role in leading the organization as focused on tone and intentions: “I want to reach out and let the world know we are hard-working people, not frivolous.”
Title: President of the HFPA
Role model: Her parents for instilling in O’Reilly the importance of education.
Career mantra: “To empower my students not what to think but teach them how to think.”
Leisure pursuits: “I swim every day.”
Philanthropic passion: “Funding inner-city educational programs for those with the most economic need.”
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – September 12, 2011 -The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and producer dick clark productions (dcp) bring “The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards” live on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Next year’s show will again air live on NBC coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m. (PT) and 8-11 p.m. (ET) from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
In addition, dick clark productions will produce the live pre-show and the main show along with the HFPA.
Prior to the awards show, NBC will broadcast the live pre-show featuring full coverage of the red-carpet arrivals from 4-5 p.m. (PT) and 7-8 p.m.
Nominations for “The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards” will be announced at 8 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, December 15.
Produced by dick clark productions in association with the HFPA, The Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 160 countries worldwide and are one of the few awards ceremonies to include both motion picture and television achievements. The 2011 “Golden Globe Awards” earned the event’s biggest overall audience (17.003 million) since 2007.
Dr. Aida Takla O’Reilly is President Of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Orly Adelson, president of dick clark productions and Barry Adelman will executive-produce the special. Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production.
Following is a summation of dates and deadline preceding the broadcast:
Friday, October 28, 2011 Final date for press conferences for
Friday, November 4, 2011 Deadline for submission of Golden Globe
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Cecil B. DeMille Award Announcement
Thursday, December 1, 2011 Deadline for nomination ballots to be
mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Final screening date for Motion Pictures
Thursday, December 8, 2011 Final date for Motion Picture press
Monday, December 12, 2011 Deadline for receipt of nomination
ballots by Ernst & Young
Thursday, December 15, 2011 Announcement of nominations for “The
69th Annual Golden Globe Awards”
Friday, December 16, 2011 Deadline for receipt of media credential
Monday, December 26, 2011 Final ballots mailed to all HFPA members
Friday, December 30, 2011 Deadline for receipt of publicist
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Deadline for receipt of final ballots by
Ernst & Young
Sunday, January 15, 2012 The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards
Timetable is also available online at www.hfpa.org/timetable.
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Gary Oldman introduced his newest film, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to a delegation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Venice Film Festival.
The British actor portrays George Smiley, the lead character in John Le Carre’s 1974 cold war bestseller of the same title, a role previously played by Alec Guiness in a 1979 TV mini series.
” If somebody offers you the role of Hamlet you try to achieve the task without being intimidated by the great performances before you” Oldman explained to the HFPA members about his challenge to step into Alec Guiness’s giant footsteps. “And I saw this role exactly like that.“.
He added enthusiastically: “The most rewarding response to me was how John Le Carre – who is a youthful 80 now – reacted when he saw the film. He was elated.”
Marco Müller, festival director since 2004, welcomed the HFPA delegation to the Lido of Venice.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a Focus Film feature, was one of nine world premieres seen by HFPA members. Among them: George Clooney’s„The Ides of March, which opened the festival, Abel Ferrara’s 4:44 Last Day on Earth, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and Cristina Comencini’s Quando La Notte.
Madonna was also there to unveil her second directoral effort, W.E.
MOSTRA Internazionale D’Arte Cinematografica, the official name of the festival, was founded 1932 and is considered the oldest film festival in the world.
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Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank, who was to hear the case, is ill and the trial has been transferred to another judge.
The HFPA claims DCP and its parent company Red Zone surreptitiously renegotiated its television contract with NBC without its consent or authorization. Consequently it says the agreement is invalid.
For its part, DCP contends that its contract stipulates that it could negotiate the television rights to the Golden Globes.Read More »
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) awarded CSUN’s 2011-12 senior film project students with a $50,000 grant for the 16th consecutive year.
“It’s a huge help,” said Jaclyn Moore, film production major. “I don’t know what we would do without it. It would be a struggle.”
In addition to the grant, each student involved in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts’ (CTVA) senior film project must raise at least $1,500 themselves.
“Fundraising is difficult enough as it is to get people to give you money just so you can go off and make a movie,” Moore said.
There are about 30 to 35 members working on a project. Through various fundraisers and having jobs on the side, earning the required $1,500 can be a struggle for students.
With film budgets ranging from $30,000 to $50,000, the grant awarded Aug. 4 at the Beverly Hills Hotel provides a more than helpful amount of money to their budget.
“Help is an understatement,” said Beneyam Wolde-Yohannes, film production major. “Most of us film students are broke, so the money is really important to make our films the best they could be.”
The film major is different from other majors on campus, for which money is not usually needed to complete a project, Wolde-Yohannes said.
Less senior film projects would’ve been possible had the money not been given to them this year, Moore said. That could also result in students not getting the opportunity to try out the position they want to go into professionally, she added.
The HFPA has been awarding grants to universities and other film programs for 17 years, and for all but the first year CSUN has won grants from the organization.
“They’re happy with the kind of work that we’re doing,” said Nate Thomas, a CTVA professor and the head of the film option at the university.
Thomas applies and writes a grant proposal to the HFPA in order for CSUN to win the award. At the end of every school year, he writes an end of the year grant report to the organization, showing proof that the program has met its goals.
“I’ve watched this program grow and flourish and I’ve watched our students be considered in the company of the other major film schools,” he said.
During the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike, Thomas was fearful that grant money would not be awarded that year. Much to his surprise, the organization granted money to film schools from their reserve accounts.
HFPA recognized that the money is more important now because of the budget crisis, Thomas said.
“Many of our students are working class, and that’s a constituency that’s in need of help,” he said. “Because making films are expensive. We make real motion pictures here.”
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The Hollywood Foreign Press accuses Dick Clark Productions of secretly squeezing it out of its own awards show as one of TV’s messiest, nastiest battles heads to trial.
As the 2010 golden Globe Awards kicked into high gear, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had reason to smile. Despite persistent rain showers outside the Beverly Hilton, the red carpet at the HFPA’s annual film and television awards show again was packed with international media and entertainment elite: The Blind Side star Sandra Bullock mingled with Avatar director James Cameron and the cast of Mad Men. The Globes telecast would draw 250 million viewers worldwide and become that week’s highest-rated entertainment program on U.S. television, continuing a streak of stunning success for the event thrown by a ragtag group of foreign journalists
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Congratulations to HFPA member Gabrielle Donnelly, whose acclaimed novel, THE LITTLE WOMEN LETTERS, a modern take on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved LITTLE WOMEN, which was published in America last June by the Touchstone division of Simon & Schuster, is now available in Italian.
LETTERE SEGRETE DI JO, translated by Stefania de Franco, was published by Giunti on July 27 and has been garnering favorable reviews on a variety of Italian book blogs. Diario Di Pensieri Persi said: “Over the whole story, Jo March’s letters are scattered like so many little stars to be admired on a dark night…. The letters seem really to have been written by Jo March; Gabrielle Donnelly is excellent at re-creating the literary style of Alcott’s heroine, and for the parts of the story that take place in the twenty-first century, she uses a natural evolution of the same style, just as crisp and lively, but more appropriate to the modern world.”
Another blogger has added, more simply, “I want this book soooo bad!”
Gabrielle Donnelly was born in London and has been a member of the HFPA since 1985. When not writing novels she is a freelance journalist contributing to British publications Hello!, The Daily Mail, Woman’s Weekly, Candis, and Saga.Read More »
The Hollywood Foreign Press Grants and Installation Lunch was widely covered by news organizations, magazines and television stations across the country who devoted much space and airtime to the celebrity-studded affair.
More than $1.5 million was given away by the association to various film-related charities and organisations, including $350,000 to the Film Foundation, which was accepted by Leonardo DiCaprio for the preservation and restoration of classic films.
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s lawsuit against Dick Clark Productions will go to trial this month.
The HFPA sued DCP last November, claiming that the production company improperly negotiated a new contract with NBC to air the awards.
A contract between the HFPA and Dick Clark Productions expires after the 2011 telecast. But Dick Clark Productions—-owned by Red Zone Capital, a private equity firm headed by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder –signed a new contract with NBC to air the Globes for seven more years. DCP contends that because of the NBC deal, the contract with HFPA is automatically renewed.
In a written statement HFPA President Aida Takla-O’Reilly said, “We look forward to proceeding to trial and vindicating our rights.”