Award-Winning Composer Brian Tyler Creates New Music for ESPN’s NFL Studio Shows


Award-Winning Composer Brian Tyler Creates New Music for ESPN’s NFL Studio Shows

Music Debuts September 7 on Kickoff Edition of Sunday NFL Countdown

Brian Tyler, who has composed the original score for a string of Hollywood blockbusters and was named the Film Composer of the Year at the 2014 Cue Awards, has created new theme music for ESPN’s NFL studio shows. The music, which coincides with the unveiling of ESPN’s new 9,000-square foot NFL studios, will debut on the season-opening edition of ESPN’s three-hour Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show on September 7 (10 a.m. ET).

Tyler has composed four original scores for ESPN – show-specific scores for three of the network’s signature NFL programs: Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live and NFL Insiders, as well as a general “NFL Gridiron” theme. The music will be used within the respective shows and others, coming in and out of commercial breaks, in teases and as background music during highlight packages.

Tyler’s work represents the first new original score for ESPN’s NFL shows since 1997.

“We wanted a theme that was distinctive and that emphasized the heroic nature of football. These are constant themes in Brian’s work, particularly the music he has scored for Iron Man 3 and other Marvel films,” said Claude Mitchell, Coordinating Director, ESPN Music. “Brian is someone we’ve been using as a reference for a while, so it was particularly exciting to have the opportunity to work with him on this project.”

Tyler is a composer and conductor of over 60 films and numerous television series.  His recent credits include Marvel films Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Tyler most recently wrote the music for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Into the Storm and The Expendables 3, and was Emmy nominated for his work on the TV series Sleepy Hollow. He also scored Eagle Eye for producer Steven Spielberg, and the box office hits Fast Five and Fast & Furious. He was nominated for a 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award and was inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2010.

“As a life-long football fan, composing the NFL theme for ESPN was a dream come true for me. The first music ensembles of the ancients would rally the troops into battle so what better way to continue this tradition than composing music for the battle on the gridiron.  I really wanted to bring to life the real life drama and athletic power that the NFL represents,” said Brian Tyler.




Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s pro football PR, including Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows. Other programs I work on include ESPN soccer, Around the Horn and PTI.