NBC Olympics and Fandango Launch Multi-Month Celebration of Original Programming Featuring Dozens of Athletes Sharing the Movies That Inspired Their Olympic Journeys
LOS ANGELES – (May 25, 2016) – NBC Olympics, preparing to broadcast thousands of hours of coverage from this summer’s upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Fandango, the nation’s leading digital destination for all things movies, are joining forces for the first time on Fandango’s “I Love Movies: Rio Olympic Edition” digital video series, premiering today. The debut kicks off a multi-month Olympic celebration of original programming on Fandango, leading up to NBC’s broadcast of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 5, from Rio.
The first three episodes of the series, available for viewing now on Fandango Movieclips on YouTube and Fandango.com, feature Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers, all of whom share their love of movies and the cherished film moments that have impacted their lives as athletes.
Over the next several months, NBC Olympics and Fandango plan to release multiple episodes with dozens of athletes from gymnastics, track and field, diving, basketball, rugby and Paralympic events, who will share their favorite, most inspiring movies including “The Blind Side,” “Miracle,” “Race,” “Bend It Like Beckham,” “Gladiator,” “Star Wars,” and many others. Interviews for “I Love Movies” are conducted by Cal Fussman, New York Times bestselling author and writer-at-large for Esquire Magazine.
“The biggest stars this summer will be the Olympians going for the gold in Rio, and the special edition of our ‘I Love Movies’ series will reveal the movies that have inspired them on their Olympic journey,” says Sandro Corsaro, Fandango Chief Creative Officer. “We are very excited to partner for the first time with our sister company NBC Olympics to help celebrate their upcoming expansive coverage from Rio.”
Fandango’s “I Love Movies” showcases cultural influencers across globe, sharing personal stories and introducing fans to the movies that have touched their lives. Previous episodes have featured NBA All-Star Dwight Howard, Olympic figure skater Tara Lipinski, Grammy Award winners Reba McEntire and Brad Paisley, skateboarding icon and X Games gold medalist Tony Hawk, five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, rock legend Slash, Rapper-producer Soulja Boy, author John Green, and many others.
About NBC Olympics
A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. The 2012 London Olympics were watched by 217 million Americans across the networks of NBCUniversal, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history.
Fandango is the ultimate digital network for all things movies, serving consumers with best-in-class movie information, ticketing to more than 27,000 screens, movie trailers and original video content for movie discovery, and home entertainment. Its portfolio reaches more than 63 million unique visitors per month, according to comScore, with over 100 million app downloads, and includes popular movie properties Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes and the Tomatometer™ rating, and Fandango Movieclips, the No. 1 movie trailers and content channel on YouTube. Its new premium on demand video service, FandangoNOW offers new release and catalog movies and next-day TV shows on a wide variety of connected, over-the-top (OTT) and mobile devices. Also part of the Fandango family is Brazil’s leading online ticketer, Ingresso.com. Movie fans can find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango, Twitter @Fandango, and many other social platforms.