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This "blog" or "webblog" or "internetwebblog" or "interwebblognetwebblog" will feature the thoughts and observations of Late Show writers Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel, Bill Scheft, Steve Young, Matt Roberts, Tom Ruprecht, Jeremy Weiner, Lee Ellenberg, Joe Grossman and Bob Borden regarding the current writers strike.

There is a lot at stake with this strike and these are serious issues. The Late Show writers are on the picket lines every day they are scheduled. We are not making light of this situation. One way to get people to pay attention to the strike and its issues is through humor.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

The rumors are true!!
I'm sure everyone has heard by now- the story is already out there. Wherever I go people ask me about it- so we thought we might as well put it up here. This should dispel any rumors...

-Eric Stangel

'Late Show with David Letterman' Purchases SSL C200 Console

Mar 28, 2008 2:15 PM

The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS purchased a Solid State Logic C296 Digital Production Console, which represents the company's largest C200 Series console. The new console will handle all of the music production requirements for the show and will be installed in the Ed Sullivan Theater this summer, replacing the SSL analog SL 4000 G Series console that has served the show for 15 years.

“With our new format of shooting in HD and mixing in 5.1 surround, the clear choice for a new console was the SSL C296,” says Harvey Goldberg, who has been the Late Show's music mixer for the last eight years. “Another reason why we purchased the console was that it delivers the resources necessary for us to mix different music acts during the show, or if not multiple acts, the different songs performed by one act. Working on an analog console isn’t the fastest way to switch between different kinds of set-ups. When we start working with the C296, switching between set-ups will be a push of a button.”

The 96-fader frame console suits Goldberg’s work style. According to Goldberg, where many other manufacturers have made the leap to digital by redesigning how a console operates, Goldberg prefers the ergonomic consistency of SSL consoles.

“SSL has always presented consoles with an industry-standard work surface familiar to the top engineers in the world, and the C200 Series carries on that tradition,” Goldberg explains. “Right now, I am training on the C200 and I have developed a plan to take advantage of its power. I will use 40 of the input channels right off the top for Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra. The average guest band comes in using between 30 and 40 inputs. Perhaps a rock band will only take up 24. Sometimes we are talking about shooting two or three shows in a day and that represents a lot of setup. The advantage of the C200 is that I can work in the traditional analog mode of one channel strip per instrument or vocal, but when I need to see a channel at the other end of the board, I can push a button and it is in front of me. This feature will make mixing easier, better, faster.

“The most important feature of all is, of course, the sound of the console," Goldberg continues. "SSL has built their great sound into the C200. Having the power to recall setups, mix in surround, flip-flop fader banks and the like may improve workflow, but the C200 offers a sound that is comfortable with any type of music. This gives me a strong sonic foundation for any style of music and from there I can use the fantastic EQ and dynamics on the console to further shape the best sound for each group.

“Keep in mind that the variety of music that goes on this show is wider than any other show on TV,” Goldberg concludes. “For instance, we can do John Fogerty on Monday, the Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday, Snoop Dogg on Wednesday, Dolly Parton on Thursday and then the Foo Fighters on Friday. That’s how dramatically different the music can be. It really goes from one end of the spectrum to the other. We are anxiously awaiting the installation of the C200.”

For more information visit www.solid-state-logic.com andwww.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow.
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7:56 pm edt

Friday, March 14, 2008



After three days of very productive negotiations, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and Emperor’s Club V.I.P have come to terms on a new, three-year contract.

The agreement between the AMPTP and Emperors Club V.I.P. establishes an important precedent: prostitutes will now receive a percentage of profits generated from online streaming of illicit sex acts. The agreement demonstrates beyond any doubt that our industry's producers are willing and able to work with the purveyors of flesh to establish fair and flexible rules for this emerging marketplace.

-Jeremy Weiner [ with additional reporting by Eliot Spitzer]

10:41 am edt

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A Comedy Writer Gives Thanks
by Steve Young
It would have been very frustrating to still be on strike when this Eliot Spitzer story hit.  It's not quite Dick Cheney shooting an old guy in the face, but it's close.  Thanks, Governor!   
9:39 am edt

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Toldja! LateShowWritersOnStrike.com has learned that the popular late night show scribblers have voted to approve Bob Borden's engagment to Cara (Last name withheld). The secret ballots were tallied by Late Show Strike Captain Bill Scheft early Tuesday morning at the Crowne Plaza in Midtown Manhattan. A chest-puffing 90 percent of the writers registered a full-throated "Yes!" to their beloved colleague's engagement. There was one abstention. Joe?

4:46 pm est

Monday, March 3, 2008


Sorry ladies, Late Show with David Letterman writer and former mailroom boy Bob Borden is off the market. According to tipsters in the Sedona, Arizona area Bob asked the lovely Cara (last name withheld) to marry him and she said yes.


(Bob seen here with Joe Grossman)

No date has been announced.


(Cara Last Name Withheld seen here without Joe Grossman)

Congratulations Bob. Must Be Nice! 

11:56 am est

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A message from Late Show writer Bill Scheft....

This letter originally was posted on the late show newsgroup and the late show website.

I am the union rep for the show, and felt compelled to bring you up to date on the writers strike. Our guys have been so much better represented on the picket line than all the other NY shows. I am really proud of them.

Quickly, lest you think we are a bunch of spoiled brats just looking for a raise, the big issue, money from original content shown on the Internet and other new media, is our way of replacing the money we are losing over the disappearing residuals. Residuals are not a bonus. They are the way writers live when they are between jobs. The standard writers contact is up for renewal every 13 weeks. You can have a five- year contract, but they can let you go every 13 weeks without paying you any more as long as they give you a month's notice. That is the deal we all enter into. There are 12,000 writers in the guild. You need to make $30,000 a year in guild earnings to keep your health insurance. Last year, 6000 didn't reach that figure. Half.

I have been lucky enough to have a job for 16 years. That simply does not happen. So this is what we are fighting for. Believe me, we would love to be in the office, writing fun facts, actives with Rupert, illegally doctoring footage or downloading porn, but this is the frontline fight for all the other union contracts that come after us. The late night writers are the first ones affected by a strike, and the ONLY ones who will never recoup the money we lose because we do 10 times as many new shows per year as any drama or sitcom. But we go out in support of our fellow union members and pray this thing ends soon.

One more thing. To a man, all of the writers are deeply concerned about the collateral damage if we stay out too long. We think of the 150 people who work at the Late Show whose fight this is not and believe they will be taken care of. They are all embarrassingly supportive of us. No one any more so than Dave. It is quite humbling.

Sorry to be so serious, but this is serious business. I wanted to write you people because this site has loyally and relentlessly followed the show since we came to CBS. I felt you were owed as much of an explanation as anyone outside the negotiation room can give.

Feel free to ask any questions and I will try to respond. Thanks.

Bill Scheft 


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