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NEW YORK -- Worldwide Pants and the WGA have forged an agreement that will return CBS' Late Show With David Letterman and "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" to the air with their writing staffs.
The deal, completed late Friday, was possible after the media companies' departure from the bargaining table as the WGA shifted its strategy toward making separate interim agreements with individual companies. Unlike other late-night shows on other networks, Worldwide Pants owns both shows.
"Worldwide Pants has always been a writer-friendly company, and from the beginning we never had any real trouble with what the writers were asking," Worldwide Pants CEO Rob Burnett said Friday.
"We were able to give them pretty much what they wanted."
That meant that Worldwide Pants agreed to pay its writers for use of their work on the Internet under the same proposal the guild has suggested, 3% based on the applicable minimum payment per 100,000 hits. CBS owns the rights to new media for The Late Show and The Late Late Show, but Worldwide Pants agreed to pick up those costs that CBS would pay under a new Minimum Basic Agreement until an overall agreement has been reached.
"The bottom line is that as a signatory of the Writers Guild, Worldwide Pants is responsible for paying writers' residuals on everything," Burnett said. CBS said in a separate statement that the network controls the Internet exploitation rights for both programs "and will comply with any eventual negotiated agreement between the AMPTP and the WGA."
WGA East president Michael Winship told The Hollywood Reporter during the weekend that Worldwide Pants agreed to the full Minimum Basic Agreement, including new-media proposals that the AMPTP had been unwilling to approve. »
Tom Snyder, who hosted TV's first late-late-night network talk show, has died. He was 71.
Snyder died Sunday in San Francisco of leukemia complications, his longtime producer and friend Mike Horowicz told the Associated Press on Monday. He had been diagnosed with leukemia in April 2005.
Snyder hosted NBC's Tomorrow show from 1973-82, in the time slot following The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His catch phrase for the show was: "Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air." Snyder smoked throughout his show, the cigarette cloud swirling around him during interviews.
With his percussive laugh and opinionated bent, the silver-haired Snyder defied the bland, middle-of-the-road persona of hosts and anchors. His manner bemused or annoyed late-night TV viewers through three decades.
As a talk show host, Snyder was known for his off-beat monologues and carefree discussion with the crew while on the air. His eclectic array of interviewees included John Lennon, Ayn Rand, Johnny Rotten and, via hookup, Charles Manson.
"He was one of the best interviewers of his time, a truly gifted conversationalist who was at ease with any guest and topic," CBS said Monday. "He created a talk show that was simply about talking and listening. He spoke to his viewers, and they, in turn, felt as if they knew him personally."
"With his passing, television has lost a true broadcaster who always respected the medium and the audience it serves," the network said.
2 items from 2007
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