Letterman Makes Deal with Writers

David Letterman’s the last of the late night hosts to announce his return to the air. Unlike everybody else, however, he will be coming back with his writers. Bloomberg reports that David Letterman’s World Wide Pants, the production company behind The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, has reached an agreement with striking writers that will allow him to resume his show next Wednesday with writers intact.

Letterman’s company agreed to the same proposals that the WGA was prepared to present before talks broke down and the strike began, the WGA said. Since Letterman’s neither streamed online (at least not widely) nor on DVD, I’m not real clear what they really got out of this negotiation, however, with the exception that it’s good PR for the guild and may push some others to act to attempt to resolve the strike. There is some concern that, while this may be a big positive for the guild, there is also the risk that it may divide the members as well.

Unlike most shows, which saw layoffs, Letterman began paying his staff out of pocket shortly after the strike started.

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