NS Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the NAACP are working together to fight for greater diversity, equity and inclusion for the global entertainment industry, following sharp criticism of exclusionary practices by the HFPA, which Golden Globe Film and TV Awards.
The collaboration, called the “Reimagine Coalition,” is billed as a five-year partnership that aims to increase diverse representation across the industry and create meaningful job opportunities for Hollywood workers and journalists of color.
NS HFPA, made up of Los Angeles-based journalists from foreign outlets, has been surrounded by controversy over issues in favor of the preferential treatment sought by its members and the lack of racial representation in its ranks, including There Are No Black Members, According to a Los Angeles Times Investigation This Year.
NBC has broadcast the Globes since 1996, but backed out 2022 Celebrations, which is no longer employed.
after six months of fasting “transformative” change, HFPA expands its 87-member ranks with the most diverse and largest class Last week in its 78-year history. The HFPA increased its membership by 20% with 21 new members, all from under-represented groups.
HFPA President Helen Hohen says the partnership with the NAACP extends beyond its ongoing reforms.
“We are asking now as an industry to come together and really fix the problem…and we can all work together,” Hohen says.
Months of negotiations led to declarations – and commitments – between the groups.
Kyle Bowser, senior vice president of the NAACP’s Hollywood Bureau, said he knew the partnership was right “almost immediately.”
“The African-American experience is constantly one of choosing between what is wrong versus what is necessary,” Bowser says. “While there were several advocacy groups that were rightly pointing out shortcomings in the HFPA business model, once we talked about using their commitment to transforming the entire industry as inspiration to consider reform When I started, there was no panic.”
The organizations will help support and place jobs in scholarships, fellowships, internships and mentorship programs for people seeking careers in the journalism and entertainment industry.
“This is the most important aspect of our effort, not so much to create opportunities for people to be trained and prepared, but to make sure there is something for them to do once they are trained and prepared,” Bowser says. .
Organizations hope to recruit networks, studios and union guilds to help bring opportunities to underrepresented people. They expect them to live up to the task, and know that the industry is closely watching the HFPA’s reform efforts.
“His story probably mirrors many of the stories in our industry,” Bowser says. “We want to ask people to look within themselves and look for opportunities to improve themselves, and perhaps use the HFPA experience as a template.”
The HFPA says it’s in favor of black films and . It also hopes to build relationships with the Nigerian film industry and African diaspora cinema, and to uplift cinema from diverse groups around the world through film festivals.
Both groups know that change cannot happen immediately.
“What we are trying to do now is broaden the scope of how stories are told, whose stories are told, who is telling them, and how they are delivered,” Bowser says. “So hopefully what we can achieve in the next five years will be worthwhile. I don’t know if it will completely change what has happened in the last 100 years. But we certainly intend to make a dent.” keep.”
Hoehne is looking forward to the partnership over the past five years, “because we’re looking at it as a really long-term one.”
The NAACP also hopes that working with the HFPA will give credibility to its own Image Awards, which celebrates Entertainers and Athletes of Color .
“This partnership between our associations helps people to at least imagine that we are peers and that we should be treated as such,” he says.
Contribution: Brian Alexander, USA Today