With David Letterman’s decision to retire from CBS's “Late Show” in 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is making a bid for the show to move to the West Coast. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Garcetti is trying to convince the network to bring the show to L.A., and has begun promoting the city's ability to offer assistance and financial incentives to CBS.
Garcetti has been actively trying to stem production departures from Los Angeles that have taken place as other cities and states have offered incentives. New York City lured NBC's “Tonight Show” from Burbank when Jay Leno stepped down, with the show receiving a 30% tax credit that was said to save NBC more than $20 million annually.
“I have made the entertainment industry a key priority for my administration,” Garcetti wrote in a letter to CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves. “It's a critical component to our city's economy and identity. I created the Mayor's Office of Motion Picture and Television Production, and under the leadership of Ken Ziffren, we are aggressively seeking to encourage more production here in Los Angeles by cutting red tape, lending proactive assistance, and by furthering public policy to compete with the financial incentives offered by other states.”