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Los Angeles Mayor and Film Czar Ramp Up the Battle Over CBS's 'Late Show' Deadline

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his film czar Ken Ziffren called CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves on Tuesday to pitch the idea of moving the network's “Late Show” to the West Coast, reports Dominic Patten at Deadline.com.

The call comes after Moonves spoke with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is urging the network to keep the program in the Big Apple.

“Garcetti has said from the day he took office last year that encouraging and expanding production in L.A. a top priority for his administration,” Patten writes. “To that end, the mayor late last week also starting talking to pols up in Sacramento, who are trying to expand the state’s current $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program, about whether there’s a way to sweeten the pot for 'Late Show' like what New York did last year to snag ‘The Tonight Show’ back after 40-plus years in Burbank.”

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