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Emmy-winning producing duo Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner of White Cherry Entertainment (WCE) will serve as executive producing showrunners for the 81st Golden Globe Awards, with Weiss also set to direct the live show on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.
Weiss has won 14 Primetime Emmys – 12 for executive producing and/or directing the Tony Awards, the other two for directing the Oscars. Kirshner has won nine Primetime Emmys, all for his work on the Tonys.
“We look forward to raising the bar for the awards season right out of the gate!” Weiss and Kirshner said in a statement.
“We’re so thrilled to have Glenn and Ricky helm this year’s Golden Globe Awards,” said Jay Penske, CEO, chairman and founder, Penske Media, and CEO of Dick Clark Productions. “Their vision, creativity, unparalleled track record and masterful skillsets make them ideal partners as we endeavor to create our most vibrant and memorable show yet.”
“With an incomparable body of work in live event production that spans decades, Glenn and Ricky bring with them an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Golden Globes,” said Helen Hoehne, longtime president of the Golden Globes. “Their professionalism and innovation are revered throughout the industry, and we look forward to seeing their creative vision come to life on Jan. 7.”
Weiss and Kirshner formed boutique production company WCE in 1999 and have since produced dozens of live television specials. In addition to the Tonys and the Oscars, their credits include The Primetime Emmy Awards, Super Bowl Halftime Shows, Kennedy Center Honors, and presidential inaugurations. Weiss has a longtime alliance with Dick Clark Productions serving as director for the Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards and Dick Clark’s New Year Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.
Golden Globe nominations are set to be announced on Monday, Dec. 11. No host has been announced for the Jan. 7, 2024 ceremony. Comedian Jerrod Carmichael hosted the 2023 show, which was held at the Globes’ usual venue, The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., and carried on NBC. The Golden Globes are expected to reveal their distribution partner, and a full list of their new voting body, by Oct. 2.
Dick Clark Productions (DCP) and its partners will plan, host and produce the annual Golden Globe Awards, which are one of the few awards ceremonies to include achievements in both motion pictures and television. The awards date to 1944.
DCP and Eldridge acquired all the Golden Globes’ assets, rights, and properties from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) on June 12. The transaction resulted in the wind-down of the HFPA and its membership. The proceeds from the transaction, plus the existing resources of the HFPA, transitioned into a newly formed Golden Globe Foundation which continues the legacy of the HFPA’s history of entertainment-related charitable giving.
Over the last three decades, the licensing fees from the Golden Globe Awards have enabled donations of more than $55 million to entertainment-related charities including scholarship programs, film restoration projects and humanitarian efforts. This funding has also supported diverse programs in partnership with advocacy groups aimed at promoting greater access in Hollywood for underserved communities.
The Golden Globe Awards timetable was announced last month. Here it is:
81st Annual Golden Globe Awards timetable
- Monday, Oct. 2: Submission website opens for 2024 Golden Globe motion picture and television entries
- Monday, Nov. 6: Deadline for submission of Golden Globe motion picture and television entry forms
- Monday, Nov. 20: Deadline for television nomination ballots to be sent to all voters
- Monday, Nov. 27: Deadline for receipt of television nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 5:00 p.m. PT
- Tuesday, Nov. 28: Deadline for motion picture nomination ballots to be sent to all voters
- Tuesday, Dec. 5: Final screening date for motion pictures; Final date for Golden Globes voters to attend non-exclusive, all-access motion picture press conferences
- Wednesday, Dec. 6: Deadline for the receipt of motion picture nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 5:00 p.m. PT
- Monday, Dec. 11: Announcement of nominations for the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards AT 5:00 a.m. PT
- Friday, Dec. 15: Final ballots sent to all voters
- Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024: Deadline for the receipt of final ballots by Ernst & Young at 5:00 p.m. PT
- Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024: Presentation of the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards at 5 p.m. PT
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