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Conan’s Counsel Erred… But How Badly?

A number of commentators, including Business Insider, have cast aspersions upon Conan O’Brien’s legal counsel in the wake of assertions that O’Brien’s “Tonight Show” contract does not specify the time slot at which the “Tonight Show” must appear. If true, this omission would considerably weaken O’Brien’s negotiating position as he fights NBC’s efforts to bump him from the “Tonight Show”’s long-standing 11:35 PM time slot (the Daily Beast claims Conan’s departure from NBC is a done deal but as of late Thursday night other sources have not confirmed). Gawker lays the blame at the feet of O’Brien’s agent Ari Emanuel, claiming a few quality hours with a popular 1990s TV industry tell-all would have clued Emanuel in to potential time slot treachery by NBC.

Admittedly, it is the job of deal counsel to foresee and avoid problems such as these and to prevent clients from incurring the costs of resolving them. But is Conan really up the creek on the time slot issue?

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