Ernst & Young's Global Media & Entertainment Industry Center Carries on Tradition of Overseeing Golden Globes Balloting Process for 37th Year

Entertainment industry looks to Ernst & Young LLP to help safeguard some of Hollywood's best-kept secrets

Jan 13, 2010, 11:13 ET from Ernst & Young LLP

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The winners of the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards will remain a secret until they are revealed January 17 to millions of viewers around the world thanks primarily to the efforts of Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, advisory services and strategic growth markets.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has relied on Ernst & Young for the past 37 years to conduct the ballot tabulation process of the Golden Globes with security, integrity and reliability.

The 67th annual Golden Globe Awards will be telecast live on NBC on Sunday, January 17, 2010, 5:00 p.m. PST/8:00 p.m. EST from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

"Ernst & Young is responsible for the accuracy of the results, safeguarding those results and maintaining the integrity of the process itself," said Andy Sale, Ernst & Young LLP, lead partner conducting the work for the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.  "We are extremely pleased to have been part of this iconic Hollywood event for almost four decades."

Some additional facts about the Golden Globes voting, balloting and tabulation process:

  • Winners are known only to three senior Ernst & Young executives in advance of the telecast;
  • Ernst & Young is also responsible for qualifying voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, confirming that their credentials are current and meet the standards set forth by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association;
  • Ernst & Young controls the entire voting, process beginning with the nomination ballots, and maintains control of the ballots until the telecast is over;
  • Results are triple-checked to eliminate any margin of error; and
  • Winner envelopes are assembled by Ernst & Young and are maintained exclusively under Ernst & Young's control until they are handed directly to each celebrity presenter moments before they appear on-stage.

"Ernst & Young's role with the Golden Globes is an example of our tradition of working with Hollywood leaders to provide high-quality services that enable media and entertainment companies to manage their businesses effectively and drive industry progress," said John Nendick, Ernst & Young LLP, Global Media and Entertainment Leader.  

About Ernst & Young's Global Media & Entertainment Center

Whether it's the traditional press and broadcast media, or the multitude of digital media, audiences now have more choice than ever before. For media and entertainment companies, integration and adaptability are becoming critical success factors.  Ernst & Young's Global Media & Entertainment Center brings together a worldwide team of professionals to help our clients achieve their potential -- a team with deep technical experience in providing assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.  The Center works to anticipate market trends, identify the implications and develop points of view on relevant industry issues.  Ultimately it enables us to help our clients meet their goals and compete more effectively.  It's how Ernst & Young makes a difference.

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