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CHAPTER SEVEN:
DAVE'S LUCKY CHARM - MIKE OVITZ

David Letterman had to hire another Manager. Rollins was a fine Manager, but Letterman had to find someone that would be able to sort out this whole fiasco with the Tonight Show.

Ovitz was already famous for his high powered Hollywood deals throughout the entertainment industry. His "claim to fame" so to speak, was to provide Hollywood Producer's and Director's with an entire Film or Television Show staff. This type of deal made the Producer's/Director's life a lot easier - and won Ovitz a good reputation in Hollywood.

Ovitz was employed by the William Morris Agency before he continued on his career as an agent for CAA - another high-powered Hollywood Agency. Soon, Ovitz opened his own Agency.

Now his firm enjoyed a good reputation among the Hollywood crowd. Ovitz's most famous Hollywood deal was a merger between Sony and Columbia Pictures (worth several Billion dollars).

Peter Lassally and David Letterman were convinced that Michael Ovitz was their man! They met with Ovitz in his prestigious - upscale office building located in Beverly Hills, California.

Michael was impressed with David's work. This says a lot about Dave. Ovitz had handled all of the top Hollywood names in the business. He was particular about who he represented.

Michael wanted Dave to "shop around". Ok, now don't get excited! I didn't say sleep around - I said shop around! Ha -Ha! (A really cheap shot at a joke - I confess!)

Michael said that - before he was through with Dave - all of the Networks would realize what Michael Ovitz already knew. David Letterman - because of his brilliant comic abilities - was the true King of Late Night Television. Peter Lassally would climb the corporate ladder with Dave. Ovitz must have really believed in Dave - or he would have had a hard time representing him.

David was impressed and he began to trust Michael Ovitz. Michael Ovitz had the job! And now NBC's negotiations over the Tonight Show were about to sizzle!

 

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