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Tim Gray, a widely known and respected entertainment journalist who has worked at Variety for the past 42 years, most recently as its svp features, is leaving the trade publication to become the evp of the Golden Globes organization (“the Golden Globes” for short) and oversee its new membership board of directors, the organization announced Wednesday.
Back in June, the Golden Globes replaced the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as the backers of the annual Golden Globe Awards following the acquisition of all the HFPA’s assets, rights and properties by Dick Clark Productions and Eldridge. (DCP and The Hollywood Reporter share the same ownership.)
Gray’s hiring appears to be part of an effort on the part of the new ownership to restore industry confidence in the Golden Globe Awards, the standing of which was not helped in recent years by questionable ethical and financial conduct on the part of the HFPA.
The Golden Globes organization further revealed on Wednesday that the new membership board of directors that Gray will oversee, in his capacity as EVP, will be composed of nine people — five independent entertainment or media professionals appointed to the board, four elected from within the Golden Globe Association membership — and will be tasked with selecting, ratifying and accrediting journalists as voting members for the 81st Golden Globe Awards.
The new membership board of directors’ four members from the Golden Globe Association’s membership will be Helen Hoehne, a German journalist who is now the Golden Globes president, having previously served as president of the HFPA, of which she was a member since 2004, and who will be the board’s president as well; Gerardo Prat, an Argentine-American journalist who became an HFPA member in 2021; Elisabeth Sereda, an Austrian journalist who became an HFPA member in 1994; and Barbaros Tapan, a Turkish journalist who became an HFPA member in 2016.
In addition to Gray, the other appointed independent entertainment or media professionals who will serve on the board will be Judy Lung, the Toronto International Film Festival’s VP public relations & communications; Neil Phillips, a former professional basketball player who is now a speaker and entrepreneur; Javier Porta Fouz, the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema’s artistic director; and one more person to be named in the near future.
“We are proud of how the Golden Globes has evolved over the past two years and where the organization is headed,” Hoehne said in a statement. “With its unique international footprint and global perspective on the entertainment world, this esteemed and trusted board truly sets the Golden Globes apart as an organization intent on recognizing achievements in film and television with superior credibility and integrity.”
Added Gray, “I spent 42 years of my life at Variety, so it would take a special job opportunity to get me to leave. This is definitely it. Major changes are already underway at the Golden Globes and I think people in Hollywood, and around the world, will be pleased when they see integrity restored while the sense of fun remains. I’m impressed with each person on the board — their experience, reputation, and their high standards.”
The Golden Globes also reiterated its plans to host its 81st Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, at 5pm PST. No broadcasting partner has been announced yet, but it appears the show will go on whether it is nationally televised or not, as it has been for decades. A full Globes timetable was also released and appears below.
|Monday, October 2, 2023
|Submission website opens for 2024 Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entries
|Monday, November 6, 2023
|Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms
|Monday, November 20, 2023
|Deadline for Television nomination ballots to be sent to all voters
|Monday, November 27, 2023
|Deadline for receipt of Television nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 5:00 p.m. PST
|Tuesday, November 28, 2023
|Deadline for Motion Picture nomination ballots to be sent to all voters
|Tuesday, December 5, 2023
|Final screening date for Motion Pictures; Final date for Golden Globes voters to attend non-exclusive, all-access Motion Picture press conferences
|Wednesday, December 6, 2023
|Deadline for the receipt of Motion Picture nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 5:00 p.m. PST
|Monday, December 11, 2023 at 5:00 a.m. PST
|Announcement of nominations for the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards
|Friday, December 15, 2023
|Final ballots sent to all voters
|Wednesday, January 3, 2024
|Deadline for the receipt of final ballots by Ernst & Young at 5:00 p.m. PST
|Sunday, January 7, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. PST
|Presentation of the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards