From Celine to Shania: ESPN Releases New ‘Ready for Playoffs’ Creative for the 2020 NFL Postseason

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From Celine to Shania: ESPN Releases New ‘Ready for Playoffs’ Creative for the 2020 NFL Postseason

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ESPN has released its latest creative promoting the 2020 postseason of the NFL on ESPN. “Ready for Playoffs” captures the unpredictability of this season and the long and winding road to the playoffs. ESPN once again worked with agency Arts & Letters Creative Co. to capture that sentiment, this time through the classic 90’s song from Shania Twain, “You’re Still the One.” The creative is currently running across ESPN platforms ahead of NFL Wild Card weekend on Jan. 9-10.

“The response from fans and the sports community to our ‘Ready for Football’ season kickoff creative featuring Celine was overwhelming.  We’re taking a similar approach to reflect fans’ emotions heading into the playoffs,” said Laura Gentile, SVP of Marketing & Social Media, ESPN. “This time we dusted off another classic 90’s love song, now featuring Shania Twain, to capture the joy, appreciation, and relief making it through an NFL season full of incredible ups and downs.”

“This has been a football season unlike any other and, for fans and their teams, just making it to the playoffs is reason enough to celebrate,” said Charles Hodges, founder and executive creative director, Arts & Letters Creative Co.We thought a lot about the best way to do it and it really came down to a simple question: if we kicked the most anticipated NFL season ever off with Celine, who could create the perfect moment to begin the magic that is the postseason? Turns out it was another artist that we also all know by their first name: Shania.”

“Ready for Playoffs” follows the success of ESPN’s “Ready for Football” creative featuring the classic Celine Dion ballad, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” that kicked off the highly-anticipated 2020 season. It extends ESPN’s year-round NFL strategy to connect with fans on their emotional journeys and once again features ESPN talent, NFL fans, players and coaches joined by characters from across the Disney universe, all set to another 90’s classic.


Laura Gentile SVP, ESPN Marketing & Social Media
Emeka Ofodile VP, ESPN Sports Marketing
Curtis Friends Senior Director, ESPN Sports Marketing
David Dessau Manager, ESPN Sports Marketing
Lauren Gorajek Manager, ESPN Sports Marketing
Carly Rotatori Coordinator, ESPN Sports Marketing
Michelle Bella VP, ESPN Sports Marketing
Victoria Aiello Associate Manager, ESPN Sports Marketing
Charles Hodges Founder, Executive Creative Director
Molly Jamison Creative Director
Scott Hayes Creative
Tanner McColl Creative
Dixon Muller Creative
Letitia Jacobs Director of Production
Keith Jamerson Executive Producer
Griffin Morrow Producer
Rich Weinstein Managing Director
Theo Abel Group Business Director
Martin Madriaga Business Manager
Andy Grayson Director of Strategy
Zach Wootton Strategy Director
Lenora Cushing Director of Business Affairs
Jennifer Kmetzsch Business Affairs Assistant
Cam DiNunzio Music Supervisor
Matt Doe Editor
Whitney Green Executive Producer
Libbie Crane Senior Producer
Ryan Dunstan Assistant Producer
Matthew West Colorist
Macy West Producer
AUDIO MIX: Overcoast Music + Sound
Matt Whitworth Audio Mixer
J.L. Hodges Producer


Kristie Adler

Kristie is Director of Communications. She graduated from Penn State University and is based in New York City.
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