On Sunday, WarnerMedia, home of Warner Bros. and HBO, sent a letter to the press association president expressing disappointment at the limited nature of the reforms to which the HFPA had committed. As a result, WarnerMedia executives said they would “continue not to contact the HFPA directly, including sanctioned press conferences and invitations to treat other industry events with talent” until changes are implemented. The New York Times received a copy of the WarnerMedia letter on Monday.
Late last week, Netflix’s co-chief executive sent his own letter to members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Leadership Committee criticizing the size and scope of the reforms proposed by the group and saying his company would “do all activities with your organization up.” adjust then significant changes will be made. “
Jennifer Salke, director of Amazon Studios, also released a statement Monday: “We have not worked with the HFPA since we first discussed these issues and, like the rest of the industry, we are waiting for a sincere and important resolution to move forward. “
A far-reaching article in the Los Angeles Times published on February 21 found, among other things, that the group had no black members, had more than $ 50 million in cash at the end of October, and paid members large sums of money for work in committees. A February 23 article in the New York Times examined the finances of the group, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, and reported that it had paid its members and employees more than $ 3 million in salaries and other allowances and that it had a tax return this showed had paid $ 1.3 million in travel expenses for a year.
During the Golden Globes broadcast on February 28, the group’s leaders vowed to diversify their membership. On Thursday, members voted to launch a series of reforms, which the group’s president, Ali Sar, said: “We reaffirm our commitment to change.” Officials said they had already compiled a list of diversity counselors and planned to increase membership by more than 50 percent over the next 18 months. They also said they wanted to hire a search firm to find potential candidates to lead the group and had hired a law firm to help implement the reforms.
However, these steps were not enough to reassure some studios like WarnerMedia, which argued, for example, that a “permanent and meaningful change to your membership goals” could be achieved faster than the 18-month deadline set by the association.