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FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2009 file photo, celebrities arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. A trial is scheduled to begin in a Los Angeles federal court on Tuesday to determine whether the Globes' organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, or its longtime producers have rights to negotiate broadcast deals.

LOS ANGELES — The executive who negotiated a deal that brought the Golden Globe Awards to NBC in the early 1990s says he never felt obligated to tell its organizers they were signing away rights that could keep the show on the network indefinitely.

Former dick clark productions President Francis La Maina testified after the trial began Tuesday that it was up to the association's then-president to explain that element of the deal to the membership of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The NBC deal was brought to the group in 1993, a decade after it had been bumped from network television because of scandal.

The company used the 1993 deal to support a $150 million contract extension it negotiated in 2010. The HFPA contends that deal is invalid.