Golden Globes group adds new members as they work to diversify

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 (Reuters) – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Friday that it has added 21 new members as part of its efforts to diversify the ranks of the organization that awards the Golden Globes for film and television.

The additions bring the total number of HFPA members to 105. Of the new members, nearly half are women and six are black, according to an HFPA statement.

A Los Angeles Times survey published in February found that the group had no blacks among its 87 members. The newspaper also raised long-standing ethical questions about the close relationship between the HFPA and movie studios that may influence the choice of nominees and Golden Globe winners.

The ensuing uproar prompted broadcaster NBC to cancel its 2022 Golden Globes broadcast.

The HFPA has promised a series of reforms, including diversifying its membership lists and banning members from accepting gifts. With the new members, 18 of the total identify as Asian, 12 as Latino and nine as Middle Eastern.

The group plans to further expand its membership in 2022 and hopes to relaunch the awards ceremony in 2023.

Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Alex Richardson

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