CBS CEO Leslie Moonves
CBS CEO Leslie Moonves is taking a look at Dick Clark Productions. (Bloomberg)
CBS is going after Dick Clark Productions and the Golden Globes. Earlier this year, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said he was willing to shell out more for the TV rights to the Golden Globes than NBC paid when it renewed its deal to keep the awards show through 2018.
Now he may get his chance.

CBS has emerged as the latest suitor for Dick Clark Productions (DCP), which holds the television rights to the Golden Globes as part of its partnership with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the owner of the Globes. Other DCP properties include "So You Think You Can Dance," the American Music Awards and "New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest."

The rights to the Golden Globes is DCP's biggest asset. It's also its biggest headache. DCP's partnership with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on the Globes is about as stable as Kristen Stewart's love life.

In April, Dick Clark Productions beat back in federal court the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s efforts to get back the TV rights to the Globes. However, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is appealing the judge's decision.

During the trial, Moonves testified that he was interested in getting the Globes for CBS and was willing to pay an average fee of $25 million. Under NBC's deal for the Globes, the license fee averages out to about $21.5 million. CBS declined to comment on its interest in DCP, which was first reported by Reuters. However, two people close to the situation confirmed the company is taking a look.

If CBS were to land DCP, it's first task would be to undo the terms of the production company's rather bizarre agreement with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. The terms of the pact between the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and DCP call for the production company to maintain the rights to the Golden Globes in perpetuity as long as the program is under contract to NBC.