Portfolio.com clarified its report on Jon Stewart paying Daily Show and ColbertReport writers as they strike.
Writes Jeff Bercovici:
UPDATE, 2:20 P.M.: Confusion: Jon Stewart’s rep just called back to deny the information above. I checked back with my source, who set me straight on a few details: Stewart is not paying writers out of his own pocket, but through Busboy, his production company. And it’s not just writers who are getting their salaries covered but all the shows’ employees. "He’s hoping that it wraps up amicably and quickly, and over the course of that time he wants to look out for his employees," he says.
But when I ran this by Stewart’s rep, he emailed back, "While I hesitate to knock down every rumor that comes up, the assertion that Jon and/or Busboy Productions will be paying for the staff is false and we have no further comment beyond this at this time."
I’m pretty sure there’s some truthiness here (sorry), but it may take some more digging to determine exactly what the situation is.
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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