Last week, we spoke with Conan O’Brien’s high-profile attorneys: Patricia Glaser of Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro and Leigh Brecheen of Beverly Hills entertainment boutique Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman and Goodman.
Brecheen is O’Brien’s contracts lawyer and Glaser is the attorney O’Brien brought in when NBC informed him that it wanted to change his Tonight Show to The Next Day Show.
When the Conan-NBC showdown was happening, the media were critical of the contract that Conan had, in large part because there was reportedly no timeslot language. Though subsequently, it’s been suggested by people who have seen the contract that this is untrue, and that timeslot language was in the contract.
The New York Post wrote:
The decision to let O’Brien walk apparently came down to who was cheaper to let go.
Leno has an ironclad, “brilliantly written” agreement that guarantees his production company a staggering $150 million if NBC Universal axes his flailing primetime show, an insider said.
That led us to praise Leno’s contract and its creator Ken Ziffren of Ziffren Brittenham, and to question the strength of O’Brien’s contract.
On Friday, Glaser and Brecheen called to set the record straight…