CBS chief Leslie Moonves, in testimony presented via videotape, says "that he might have bid at least $25 million for the rights to the [Golden Globes] awards telecast, but that was only the opening of negotiations," reports Alex Ben Block in The Hollywood Reporter.
The article continues: "[Dick Clark Production (DCP)] lawyers have objected to the Moonves testimony claiming it is not relevant. Sources close to DCP point out the average broadcast fee of just over $21 million a show it negotiated with NBC for the telecast only, and does not include a pre-show, a post-show or digital rights, so the ultimate package would be more in any case."
The court case pits DCP against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). In his article, Block says this is the issue of the trial: "Did the HFPA really vote in 2001 to extend its deal with DCP and NBC for 10 years? If it did, say the lawyers for DCP, then the group did not need to vote in 2010 when it extended its contract once again with NBC."
The article adds, "Daniel Petrocelli, the lead attorney for the HFPA, along with attorney Linda Smith, continued to seek to prove that the press group had exercised its right as owner of the Golden Globes to approve any new contracts; and that it never intended to make a deal with DCP in perpetuity as long as the show remained on NBC."
The L.A.-based trial, five days old already, continues today, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.