Pants, writers meet; no deal reached

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A meeting between David Letterman's production company and striking writers did not result in a deal to return two U.S. late-night TV shows to the airwaves.

Letterman's Worldwide Pants produces "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."


Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have all announced plans to go back to work next month even if their writers are still on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Carson Daly's show resumed production earlier this month.

Letterman's company has been trying to negotiate an interim agreement independent of the producers group, so its shows can resume with writers, The Hollywood Reporter said.

"Representatives from Worldwide Pants and the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East met today," said a statement posted on the Writers Guild of America Web site Friday. "A lively exchange of information took place. The WGAW and WGAE will not comment further."


"We had a substantive discussion today with the WGA and look forward to continuing these talks next week," Worldwide Pants president and CEO Rob Burnett said Friday.

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