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CHAPTER EIGHT:
MAJOR BROADCAST NETWORKS FIGHT FOR DAVE!

Michael Ovitz, Dave's new Agent, suggested that Dave should "shop his show around to the entire television industry. He was positive that Dave was very valuable to the entertainment industry. He knew that a lot of Networks would love to employ David Letterman.

To accomplish this, Ovitz would have to free Dave from his NBC contract. THERE WAS ONLY ONE SMALL CATCH! NBC had the right to match offers for up to 17 months after Dave decided to shop elsewhere.

The approach that Mike took was of utter brilliance. He told other Networks to start making offers and to start wining and dining Dave! Mike, needless to say, was not pleased with the contract problems.

Mike Ovitz set up a meeting - in which the "Networks Fight For Dave"- would take place. CBS and ABC heard about the meetings over the grapevine". They tried to jump the gun and called Dave with offers before the meeting took place.

NBC started to hear about the offers through the same "grapevine". NOW NBC WAS ALERT AND READY TO FIGHT FOR DAVE AS WELL!

 

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