Letterman Enters Deal With Writers

Dec 28, 2007  •  Post A Comment

David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants has made a deal with the striking Writers Guild of America that will let writers on the show return to work Wednesday. The WGA waiver also covers Craig Ferguson’s talk show, which is produced by Worldwide Pants.
According to multiple reports including the New York Times, the deal was viable because Mr. Letterman, rather than a network, owns rights to his series. Network ownership of shows is hampering efforts by hosts such as Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien to bring writers back to their shows as they prepare for new episodes.
The Letterman deal will ease labor protests leading up to tapings, which could attract stars who do not want to cross picket lines to make appearances.
Talks with the late-night host’s company were believed to be at an impasse, but sources said the WGA believed a deal with Letterman would pressure the networks to cave as the seven-week strike drags on with no end in sight.
(Editor: Baumann)


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