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Trial opening this week will determine broadcast future and fortunes of Golden Globe Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) ' A trial to decide the broadcast rights of the Golden Globe Awards is set to start after a judge and attorneys resolved last-minute issues concerning witnesses and exhibits.
U.S District Judge A. Howard Matz urged attorneys for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and longtime Globes producers dick clark productions to streamline the case, which could take more than two weeks to be heard after it begins on Tuesday.
The trial will feature testimony from current and former HFPA members, experts and production executives, as well as Dick Clark, who no longer owns the company that bears his name.
At issue is whether producers had the right to negotiate a $150 million deal in 2010 keeping the glitzy awards gala on NBC through 2018.
The press association contends the deal is improper and should be voided.