October 16, 2021

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HFPA has announced 21 new members

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Golden Globes has announced its new members to join their organization, marking the largest category in their history.

Among the 21 new members, their demographic breakdown is as follows:

  • 48% identified as women
  • 29% marked as black
  • 24% marked as Asian
  • 29% marked as Latinx
  • 19% marked as Middle East / North African

As a result of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s publicity efforts, 21 journalists have increased their current membership by 20%. The organization expects to add a similar size group in 2022.

“We are thrilled to welcome these new members into our family,” said HFPA President Helen Hoen. “We are creating a new organization that is not focused on meeting quotas, but on its core diversity and inclusion.”

“As a committee, we are proud of this first class that we have invited to join the Reconstruction HFPA. They are a team of respected journalists from around the world who will bring a variety of unique perspectives to the organization, ”said Travel Anderson, a member of the Credentials Committee.

Members of the 2021 HFPA class are:

  • Rafi Bogosian, Al Arabiya
  • Kelly Carter, ESPN (Global)
  • David Caspi, Israel Hayom
  • Young Chavez, ABS-CBN
  • Andres Correa Guaterasma, El Universal
  • Earl Gibson III, Associated Press
  • Eun Sion Ha, Kofik
  • Hamdi Hawaida, El Akhbar
  • Itsuko Hirai, Movie Walker Press
  • KJ Matthews, DW-TV
  • Juan Navarro, Televisa
  • Johnio Carlos Vieira Nazareth, Sinapop
  • Ruben Peralta-Rigaud, Sensine
  • Gerardo Pratt, ¡Hola! Television
  • Kimberly Reyes, Film Ireland
  • Maiko Saad, TN TV
  • Asel Sherniyazova, AKIpress News Agency
  • Gabriel Silva Lamboglia, El Pass
  • Miriam Sprizer, L Official Brazil
  • Mario Pacheco Sojakli, El Universal
  • Yuko Ishikawa, Cinema Today

New members can immediately vote in the Golden Globe, vote in future board elections, and work on committees. New members will have the right to vote for 10 years. Also, at the end of each member election, the HFPA will publish its membership name, country representation and diversity demographics.

After scandals and scrutiny revealed that none of its membership members were (at the time) black, the group began reforming in April after this year’s show was canceled by NBC. After introducing a number of new policies, including a ban on gifts and paid travel, a new code of conduct, and the requirement for each member to complete DEI training (which all members have not yet completed), the company hopes it will signal to critics that it is on the road to liberation.

Since April, HFPA has installed the following: a new president (German journalist Helen Hoen), a new board of directors, including three outside non-members, a 12-member director and a five-member certification committee, and an advisory board.

HFPA is expected to announce a new CEO in the coming weeks, including plans to hire a new CEO, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversification Officer.

In May, the 5-member HFPA announced a timeline that would reform the organization. In July, the HFPA approved proposed new rules to reform the organization, recruit more diverse and inclusive members, and address issues of ethics and accountability around the organization.

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