Here's a rumor that David Letterman may sign a separate deal with the WGA
. If his production company, Worldwide Pants, signs a deal with the WGA, giving them what they're asking for, then WGA writers can go back to work on his show. That also pulls the rug out from under the AMPTP, since Jon Stewart will follow suit. Once the WGA starts going back to work on a show by show basis, no one wants to be the network with no new content because you're waiting for Nick Counter to start negotiating in earnest.
And I don't think Letterman's network will want to refuse to air his show even if they feel he gave away the store to his writers. It's just too popular.
Let's say a prayer that this is really happening.
Labels: guild, strike
Fingers crossed. When do the WGA hear if this really does go through?
I walked the picket line last week during the WGA Diversity day. Seems like everyone is in good spirits. I'm a bit dismayed by Craig Mazin and his undercutting of the WGA in the media. I have no problem with dissent, but when you've joined a union and have gone on strike, you have to speak (at least in public) with one voice. I think the divide and conquer strat with Letterman will pay big dividends.
Jon Stewart needs to get back on air. He's got elections to cover! :P
I never realized how powerful Letterman is, now. The best thing that ever happened to him was not getting the tonight show gig. Worldwide Pants (his production company) is a powerhouse. I read how much they (and Letterman) are paying out during the strike. Not only staff salaries, but rent for the Ed Sullivan Theater and lots of other expenses. He's certainly hurt a lot more by this strike than possibly anyone. I love that he's screwing CBS so much they had to release a statement saying they had nothing to do with the proposed deal.
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