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Letterman reps to meet with striking writers

Striking writers plan to meet Friday with David Letterman's representatives as they try to reach a deal that may make "Late Show" the only late-night show on air with writing staff.
David Letterman
David Letterman's production company will attempt to strike its own deal with the leaders of the striking television writers when the two sides bargain on Friday.Jeffrey R Staab / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Leaders of striking television writers plan to meet Friday with David Letterman's production company in an attempt to reach a separate deal that could make the "Late Show" the only late-night TV program on the air with a writing staff.

The union's announcement last week that it would negotiate separately with production companies was seen as an indication that writers would work out something with Worldwide Pants, the Letterman-owned company that produces his show and Craig Ferguson's CBS talker.

It has not worked out that way, a sign that some in the Writer's Guild may be having second thoughts. Meanwhile, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel have all said they would resume their programs on Jan. 2 without their writing staffs.

Letterman is also aiming for a Jan. 2 return, but is aiming to be the only late-night host working with writers.

"With the WGA now embracing a strategy of offering interim agreements to individual companies, it is inconceivable to us that there is any producing entity more deserving than Worldwide Pants, which has been and continues to be a staunch supporter of the Writer's Guild and its positions," said Rob Burnett, the company's president, in a statement announcing Friday's meeting.