His current deal, that he signed in 2021, is thought to run through 2026, giving him at least another two years. Fallon, who earlier this year celebrated his tenth anniversary, recently said that he wanted to break Johnny Carson’s record on The Tonight Show. Carson did 30 years.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

David Lawenda Is Latest Ad-Sales Veteran To Exit Paramount

David Lawenda, the chief digital advertising officer at Paramount Global, is leaving the company after a long stint. Lawenda, who has over the course of his career helped launch the UPN broadcast network and the Spike cable outlet, is expected to stay with the company through September to assist in a transition.

The lack of qualifying shows, which is due largely to production slowdowns caused by the pandemic and by last year’s actors and writers strikes, is likely to result in more than a dozen fewer acting nominations this year, with most of the acting categories losing nominees.

Broadcasters Hit Over-the-Air HDR Household Milestone

America’s broadcasters are launching new interactive services and enhanced picture and sound quality with NextGen TV, now that three-quarters of households have access to NextGen TV signals both from broadcast […]

Netflix has been reaching out to broadcasters in hopes of one of them producing the NFL games it agreed to stream on Christmas Day, according to people familiar with the matter. Netflix has been in touch with the broadcasters that currently air NFL games, including Disney’s ESPN, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Paramount Global’s CBS Sports, according to the people.

AI & THE MEDIA

Yahoo’s Rolls Out Revamped AI-Powered News App

Artifact, the news app startup from Instagram’s cofounders, was purchased by Yahoo earlier this year. The web giant then used some of Artifact’s AI smarts to supercharge its own mobile news app.

Oracle Shuts Down Its Ad Business

Software technology giant Oracle announced during its quarterly earnings call this week that it has decided to shutter its advertising business. During the call, Oracle CEO Safra Catz said the decision was made during the past three months.

Bonnie Hammer Is Calling Bullshit

The NBCUniversal vice chair and, now, bestselling author, gets real about her triumphs and failures, and why the current industry panic is probably overblown.

Nielsen Says It Is Interoperable With LiveRamp For Data-Driven Ads

Nielsen said its Big Data-Plus-Panel data set is now interoperable with LiveRamp, enabling media planners to connect first party and third-party data with NIelsen’s audience data within the Nielsen One campaign planning product.

The company boasted big-name interviews, an Emmy-winning TV show, a buzzy music and ideas festival and impressive numbers to show prospective investors — until it imploded in 2021 amid doubts about its audience size, viability and basic integrity. Those doubts are now at the center of a federal criminal trial. Founder Carlos Watson and Ozy are fighting charges of conspiracy to commit fraud.

Colorado Local News Is At A ‘Crossroads,’ New Report Finds

Funding for Colorado newsrooms isn’t secure, burnout and shortages are affecting staff, and keeping up with journalistic best practices while maintaining quality is a struggle. That’s the assessment from a report called “State of News: Colorado” by the Colorado News Collaborative, better known as COLab, with contributions from the Colorado Press Association and Colorado Media Project, which underwrites this newsletter.

COMMENTARY

The Future Of U.S. Local Television

Bill Harvey: It’s hard to sell local. Even before digital came along, advertisers who put 40% of their TV dollars into spot in the 60s started to put in less and less and some advertisers disappeared from spot, going all-national. Staying the course means accepting that all of the air is going out of the balloon and local TV advertising will become less attractive over time, with lower revenues, able to pay only lower salaries than in the past, and harder and harder to make commissions if you’re a rep or part of an internal sales team. We don’t have to let this happen. Local TV (and national for that matter) can actually return to its former glory. Here's how.

Foul ball! That’s what the Media and Democracy Project shouted more or less yesterday in calling out baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies for backing the Murdoch media empire in the battle over the FCC license renewal of WTXF Philadelphia. It wasn’t just the Phillies. News Corp., owner of WTXF and Fox News Channel, also corralled the NHL Flyers and the NBA 76ers to put in a nice word for the station as a force for good in the local community.

HBO Could Use A Hit. Enter The Dragons

The network has hit an unusually fallow period. Executives hope House of the Dragon, which returns Sunday, could be the start of a new winning streak.

Big East men’s and women’s college basketball is on the verge of adding new television partners as NBC Sports and TNT Sports are expected to join Fox Sports in presenting games beginning in the 2025-26 season, according to sources briefed on the negotiations. (Jacquelin Martin/AP)

Emmys Update Submission Rules Ahead Of Voting

Ahead of the Emmy nomination voting on Thursday, the Television Academy has revised its Emmy rules regarding submissions and nominee numbers. This update will significantly impact the scripted variety category, which includes Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Saturday Night Live.

A financial forecast, a conversation with media buying agency leaders and sessions about how local media will harness streaming, AI and NextGen TV to boost their businesses will headline a TVNewsCheck conference set to take place on Oct. 9 at NAB Show New York. To earn a discount on registration, please “get on the list” to be notified when registration opens on July 23.

TVN Webinar: Virtual Sets, AR And The News

Leaders from Televisa Univision, WCVB, KPIX and Ross will discuss the upshots of adopting virtual sets and AR into their news production and the challenges they’ve navigated along the way in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on June 27 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

TVN Webinar: News, Sports And Remote Production In 2024

Technology leaders from NBC Regional Sports Networks, Sinclair, Gray Television, Hearst Television, Fox Television Stations and Vizrt discuss the benefits and challenges of remote production in an IP environment in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch webinar on July 16 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

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