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CHAPTER NINE:
DAVE'S FEELIN' GOOD - BABY!

By JUNE 1992, David Letterman's life had been turned upside down. Just a few weeks ago, David had been fighting NBC for the Tonight Show. Now NBC was fighting for Dave.

Mike Ovitz had performed miracles. It was Dave's turn to call the shots, and Dave was FEELIN' GOOD -BABY!

The time of the official meetings to compete for Dave was here. First in line to compete would be CBS. Dave was so admired by CBS, that the big guy himself, Howard Stringer, the President of CBS, did all of the wining and dining.

Mike Ovitz had skirted AROUND the NBC contract negotiation problems - by telling the companies that they could only speak with Dave about why their company was a good place to work.

Howard Stringer came prepared with his list as follows:

CBS HAD BETTER AFFILIATES
CBS HAD BETTER PROGRAMMING
CBS WAS MORE PRESTIGIOUS
CBS WAS NOT SYNDICATED
"NIGHTLINE" (ABC) IS TOUGH COMPETITION
CBS would guarantee Dave and 11:30 spot

In short, they loved Dave, and were salivating at the chance of having a huge late night talk show like Dave's on their network.

Dave was impressed, but he wanted to see what the other networks had to offer before he made any decisions. It seems as though Arsenio Hall was not the only savvy businessman in the Late Night Entertainment Business. It LOOKS like Dave was an intelligent negotiator - as well. And now Dave was still FEELIN' GOOD - with only one official offer in.

 

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