Saturday, January 05, 2008

Hollywood publicists say clients won't cross Globes picket line

Earlier, NBC asserted that the Golden Globes show would go on. As it grew later on Friday, questions continued to mount about what that show could possibly be if no one shows up for the ceremony.

Most recently, a consortium of the most powerful publicity agencies -- the ones that represent the bulk of the Globe nominees -- sent a letter to Jeff Zucker, the chief executive of NBC Universal, saying that the "vast majority" of their clients would not cross the picket line. (Zucker oversees NBC, which broadcasts the Globes.)

The consortium released the letter to the press, and here it is, in full:

Dear Jeff,

We represent a majority of the actors, writers and directors nominated for a 2008 Golden Globe Award, as well as many of those invited to appear as presenters on the January 13, 2008 broadcast. After much discussion with our clients, we have concluded the vast majority of the talent we represent are not comfortable crossing a picket line.

Our clients are extremely grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and would love the opportunity to be recognized for their work, but will only do so in the event NBC/Dick Clark Productions reaches an interim agreement with the WGA for the Golden Globes.


42 West

BWR Public Relations

Bragman, Nyman, Cafarelli


Image Management Public Relations

Patricola Lust Public Relations


Rogers & Cowan

Nancy Seltzer & Associates, Inc.

Stan Rosenfield & Associates

True Public Relations

Wolf, Kasteler and Associates

For now, the Globes are still scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 13.