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ESPN Introduces New Campaign: That’s Gonna Be On SportsCenter 

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New brand campaign leans into SportsCenter’s influence on sports culture

ESPN is unveiling a new campaign, That’s Gonna be on SportsCenter, focused on its flagship program. The campaign launches on Monday, September 10, and highlights a phrase that became part of the sports lexicon years ago, as the show became embedded into the fabric of sports culture. That’s Gonna be on SportsCenter is a reminder and celebration that there are moments in sports, and then there are SportsCenter moments.

Droga5 is the creative agency, and led the concept, creative development and direction for the multiplatform campaign.

“Whether it’s a memorable play or an infamous fumble, making it to highlight status on SportsCenter is a badge of honor,” said Wanda Young, SVP of Marketing and Consumer Engagement, ESPN. “That’s Gonna be on SportsCenter is an aspirational phrase uttered by athletes and fans alike, and we’re shining a light on its significance with this campaign.”

Added Norby Williamson, EVP and Executive Editor, Studio Production, “Fans have a personal connection with SportsCenter, regardless of where they engage with the show. The context and personality we provide around a highlight is a key differentiator, and this campaign illustrates the fact that it’s not truly a highlight unless it has made it on SportsCenter.”

That’s Gonna Be on SportsCenter is a multi-dimensional campaign that will come to life and engage fans across the ESPN platform. In the initial television spot, “Reflection,” a football player lamenting a botched play is visited by an other-worldly Kenny Mayne, who lets him know that the moment is definitely going to be on SportsCenter. Unfortunately for the player, it will be a part of the Not Top 10 segment, where highlights are celebrated for their infamy, rather than achievement.

Coming this Fall, ESPN’s game producers will begin flagging SportsCenter-worthy moments in real time. During live game action, That’s Gonna Be on SportsCenter graphics will appear when Top 10 or Not Top 10 moments occur, serving as a natural extension of the campaign.

Fans will have an opportunity to get in on the action as well with themed GIFs with the campaign expression, which will be loaded into the GIPHY library. From there, fans can identify their own SportsCenter highlights and share them across social media.

“We wanted to reaffirm why SportsCenter is the go-to destination for all the highlights, lowlights, and everything in between that exists in the world of the SportsCenter audience. At the end — and beginning — of the day, SportsCenter serves as the ultimate curator that sees and breaks down everything that unfolds in sports, and those highlights are paramount to that experience,” said Brandon Pierce, Group Creative Director, Droga5.

SportsCenter has been ESPN’s signature news and information brand since the launch of the network, inventing the genre and setting the standard for serving sports fans. SportsCenter has evolved into a multiplatform presence and millions of fans connect with SportsCenter on a daily basis via television, the ESPN App and on social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and more.

That’s Gonna be on SportsCenter will complement the existing This is SportsCenter campaign, which launched in 1995 and includes a library of more than 400 spots.

 

That’s Gonna Be On SportsCenter :: Integrated Credits List

 

ClientESPN – SportsCenter

CampaignThat’s Gonna Be On SportsCenter

TitleReflection :30, :15

Launch DateSeptember 10, 2018

 

AgencyDroga5 NY

Creative Chairman — David Droga

Chief Creative Officer — Neil Heymann

Group Creative Director — Brandon Pierce

Art Director — David Spradlin

Copywriter — Evan Barkoff

Design Director — Mark Yoon

Designer — Erin Wilson

Senior Project Manager — Laura Rothman

Chief Creation Officer — Sally-Ann Dale

Director of Film Production — Jesse Brihn

Executive Producer, Film — Tricia Lentini Himot

Associate Producer, Film — Holly Schussler

Director of Business Affairs — Jocelyn Howard

Senior Business Affairs Manager — Kiki Powell

Producer, Print — Rose Mahan

Global Chief Strategy Officer — Jonny Bauer

Co-Head of Strategy — Harry Román-Torres

Strategy Director — Kevin DeStefan

Senior Strategist — Newman Granger

Communications Strategy Director — Michael Pignone

Communications Strategist — Emily Langham

Data Strategist — Joshua Gordon

Group Account Director — Shane Chastang

Account Director — Marissa Guerra

Account Manager — Tori Tessalone

Associate Account Manager — Melissa Pasternak

Legal Counsel — Sarah Fox

Associate Legal Counsel — Zachary Werner

 

ClientESPN

President, Global Marketing & Sales — Edward Erhardt

SVP, Marketing & Consumer Engagement — Wanda Young

SVP, Marketing & Brand Solutions  — Sean Hanrahan

Sr. Director Marketing Strategy — Samira Zebian

Director Marketing Strategy — Curtis Friends

Associate Marketing Manager — Amanda Marcotullio

Sr. Director Original Content & Brand Intelligence — Edwin Roman

VP of Communications — Amy Phillips

Associate Director Media — Kimberly Hoang

Sr. Creative Director — Christopher McClure

Associate Design Director — Alex Zartman

 

Production CompanyArts & Sciences 

Director — Mike Warzin

DOP — Ryley Brown

Managing Director — Marc Marrie

Head of Production — Ashley Rabin

Line Producer — Eric Matthew Sedorovitz

Production Supervisor — Bailey Reeves

 

EditorialExile Edit 

Editor — Katie Turinski

Assistant Editor — Ling Chua

Executive Producer — Sasha Hirschfield

Head of Production — Evyn Bruce

Sr. VFX Producer — Gwynne Evans Reid

Flame/VFX Artist — Dino Tsaousis

 

TelecineCompany 3

Senior Colorist — Sofie Borup

Producer — Alexandra Lubrano

 

SoundDesignWave Studios

Sound Designer — Aaron Reynolds

Executive Producer — Vicky Ferraro

 

Sound MixingHeard City

Mixer — Philip Loeb

Executive Producer — Gloria Pitagorsky