HFPA Rejected Press Conferences for Black-Led Projects Like ‘Bridgerton,’ Insiders Say (Exclusive)

Beatrice Verhoeven and Sharon Waxman
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globes, denied requests to hold press conferences for three major projects with Black-led casts in recent years, including “Bridgerton,” “Girls Trip” and “Queen & Slim,” individuals close to the projects told TheWrap. All three projects submitted requests through their studio or streaming distributor to hold press conferences with the 87-member organization and were turned down for lack of interest or other reasons, according to individuals close to each project. None wound up receiving a single Globe nomination. A spokesperson for the HFPA, which on Monday promised to have at least 13% Black members by the end of 2021 in the wake of a growing backlash over its lack of diversity, declined to comment for this story. But an individual close to the group said the HFPA held a press conference for “Bridgerton” after the show’s premiere, scheduled one for “Queen & Slim” that the studio canceled and did not hold a press conference for “Girls Trip” because of travel conflicts. Press conferences with HFPA members are important elements in raising awareness of movies and TV shows among the clubby group of foreign journalists who vote for the annual Golden Globe...

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