The network known for airing “This Is Us” hopes to harness the power of “This Is Me.”
The hit song, sung by Keala Settle and used in the soundtrack to the movie “The Greatest Showman,” will be used by NBC Olympics leading up to and during the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, NBC Olympics and Atlantic Records announced today. The track was co-produced and written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
The song will be featured in promotional spots to run across NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable, digital, social, and radio platforms, including during NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl LII this Sunday. The song will also be used by NBC Olympics’ production at strategic times during its 2,400 hours of PyeongChang programming, including within NBC’s primetime coverage on Friday, February 9, the night of the Opening Ceremony.
“The song’s messages of celebrating diversity and individual uniqueness couldn’t be more well suited for the themes and spirit of what the Olympics stand for,” said Kevin Weaver, Atlantic Records President, West Coast, in a statement. “It’s an honor for all of us involved with The Greatest Showman to have had the song chosen to be connected to NBC’s coverage of the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.”
“With less than a week until the start of The Winter Olympics, ‘This Is Me’ is the perfect song to connect viewers with Olympic athletes on a human level,” said Jenny Storms, CMO, NBC Sports Group, in a statement. “Beginning with a powerful spot that will be seen by the massive Super Bowl audience and continuing up to and throughout the Games, this inspiring song perfectly complements the stories we’re telling about the athletes’ journeys from ordinary to extraordinary.”
The 20th Century Fox film, “The Greatest Showman,” has grossed $270 million worldwide and is inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum. The movie is directed by Michael Gracey, with songs co-produced and written by Pasek and Paul, co-produced by Greg Wells and executive produced by Alex Lacamoire. The movie stars Hugh Jackman with Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron, and Rebecca Ferguson.