Investor and philanthropist Todd Bohley has been appointed interim CEO of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He will lead the organization as it works to increase the diversity of its membership and take consistent action to reform its controversial practices.
Boheli already has a relationship with HFPA and has a unique insight into the organization, through the ownership of private equity firm Eldridge, owned by MRC and Dick Clark Prods, the producer of Halif’s popular Golden Globe Awards. He also served as chairman of the MRC.
The HFPA has been embroiled in controversy since a report in the Los Angeles Times was published earlier this year, highlighting the group’s moral weakness and the lack of a black journalist among its 87 members, prompting broadcaster NBC to cancel the 2022 Globes show.
Over the past few months, HFPA has implemented major changes to its structure and regulations. On Friday, the group announced that it was adding 21 new members, the largest number of additions in its history. Forty-eight percent of the new members are women, 2% are black, 2% are Asian, 2% are Latino, and 1% are Middle Eastern or North African.
In his interim role at HFPA, Boyle will continue to oversee reform as he helps identify and recruit candidates for a permanent CEO. Boheli hopes to remain in his temporary position for up to six months. Eldridge Dick Clark of Boheli bought Prods. When HFPA Globes was in a lawsuit with the production company over the rights to supervise the telecast, which eventually ended in a settlement. Boyle has earned the respect of many HFPA members for his experience and his work in resolving cases.
“Todd Boyle is already a HFPA partner who has consistently supported reform and encouraged change from the beginning. As a result-oriented entrepreneur with a proven track record of success, his guidance as interim CEO will help make meaningful changes and achieve greater diversity and inclusion.” HFPA President Helen Hoen said in a statement. “As an entrepreneur, investor and deep-rooted social worker in the Los Angeles community, he will be an ideal partner and leader for HFPA as he completes our search for a permanent CEO.”
Boyle also owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Sparks.
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