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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, creator and owner of the Golden Globe Awards, has filed a lawsuit against Dick Clark Productions, accusing the company of breach of contract, Deadline.com reports.
In the lawsuit, the HFPA writes that Dick Clark Productions — a partner on the Golden Globes telecasts for the last 20 years — secretly signed a six-year extension with NBC to air the awards without consulting the HFPA. Under the current contract between Dick Clark Productions and the HFPA, the production company receives 50 percent of the profits from the telecast. The contract expires after the 68th annual Golden Globes on Jan. 16, and the two companies do not have a new deal in place.
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The suit also accuses Dick Clark Productions of "attempting to assume complete control over the rights" of the Golden Globes. It seeks an unspecified amount for damages, as well as an injunction against Dick Clark Productions from using the Golden Globes trademarks for anything not related to the upcoming show.
In response to the suit, Dick Clark Productions released a statement saying, "the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., knowing it has no case in a court of law, is attempting to try this case in the court of public opinion. We are confident the case has no merit in either venue."
An email to NBC was not immediately returned.