Prime Video Teams Up With Composer Pinar Toprak to Create Original Score and Theme Music for Thursday Night Football
Toprak becomes the first woman to compose the original theme music for an
NFL media package
Prime Video’s TNF anthem will be the first new NFL broadcast theme in 16 years
NEW YORK—July 19, 2022—Woven deep within the fabric of American sports culture are the iconic NFL anthems that accompany the broadcasts watched by millions of fans every week. Today, Prime Video announced that accomplished composer Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel, Fortnite) has been commissioned to create an all-new original score and theme music for the streamer’s exclusive coverage of Thursday Night Football.
The TNF anthem, recorded over two days this month at the historic Ocean Way studio in Nashville with Toprak conducting a 70-piece orchestra, will be the first new theme music for a rights holder of an NFL package since the famed John Williams composed “Wide Receiver” for NBC Sports in 2006. Toprak also becomes the first woman to compose the original theme music for an NFL media package.
Toprak collaborated closely with the TNF production team—including Jared Stacy, Prime Video’s director of Global Live Sports Production, and Fred Gaudelli, executive producer of Thursday Night Football on Prime Video—to create a pulsating and uplifting score. The music will set the stage for the streamer’s exclusive wraparound coverage, accompany the in-game broadcast, and elevate the viewing experience each Thursday night throughout the season.
“It has been a tremendous honor and pleasure to be a part of Thursday Night Football, working alongside the inspiring teams at Prime Video,” said Toprak. “Our goal was to create a memorable theme that is both current and timeless. We leaned on the big brass and muscular energy of legacy scores, in combination with unique, lyrical moments, to achieve a feeling of heart and soul. I could not be more excited to share this new anthem with the world, and hope it will connect with fans and players alike as we make TNF history.”
“Pinar is a remarkable talent at the top of her craft, and a joy to work with. We believe she has delivered an epic and timeless theme that will elevate our presentation and become synonymous with TNF on Prime Video for years to come,” said Marie Donoghue, Prime Video’s VP, Global Sports Video.
“I’ve been lucky to be involved with multiple NFL theme-music projects, and this was the most intelligent and collaborative approach that I’ve ever been a part of,” said Gaudelli. “Pinar was outstanding from the start, gave thoughtful consideration to our feedback along the way, and composed a score that features intensity, drama, and a ‘hummable hook’ that gets inside and stays with you.”
Grammy-winning audio engineer Alan Meyerson will mix and master the final score.
The complete score and its title will be introduced prior to Prime Video’s inaugural preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans on Thursday, August 25.
Toprak is an Emmy-nominated composer, conductor, and performer and is the recipient of an ASCAP Shirley Walker Award and three International Film Music Critics Association Awards for Best Original Score. She has an unmatched gift for creating iconic thematic scores for all genres, including her work on Captain Marvel and Fortnite, as she became the first woman to score both a film and video game with gross revenues of over $1 billion and $5 billion, respectively.
Toprak brings her fresh perspective and unique vision to a diversity of others musical projects. Aside from Thursday Night Football, she has composed and produced the soundtrack for Disney theme parks, including the new Epcot theme, wrote and produced music for Christina Aguilera’s 2019 Xperience live show in Las Vegas, and conducted Billie Eilish's performance of “No Time To Die” at the 2022 Oscars ceremony.
Kicking off September 15, Prime Video will become the first streaming service to air a season-long exclusive national broadcast package with the NFL. The 11-year deal includes 15 regular-season games and one preseason game per year, with Prime Video also delivering new pregame, halftime, and postgame shows as well as fan-favorite interactive features like X-Ray and Next Gen Stats powered by AWS. Viewers can stream from the web at amazon.com or by using the Prime Video app, which is available on smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, game consoles, and connected TVs. Each Thursday Night Football game will also stream live on Twitch and will be available on over-the-air TV stations in the two home markets of the competing teams. For all the latest information regarding TNF on Prime Video, visit amazon.com/TNF and follow NFL on Prime on Twitter. To join Prime or start a free 30-day trial, visit amazon.com/prime.
Thursday Night Football Schedule:
Pregame Coverage Begins at 7 p.m. EDT. Kickoff Time 8:15 p.m. EDT.
Week 2 - Sept. 15: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO)
Week 3 - Sept. 22: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH)
Week 4 - Sept. 29: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals (Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH)
Week 5 - Oct. 6: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, CO)
Week 6 - Oct. 13: Washington Commanders at Chicago Bears (Soldier Field, Chicago, IL)
Week 7 - Oct. 20: New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals (State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ)
Week 8 - Oct. 27: Baltimore Ravens at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL)
Week 9 - Nov. 3: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans (NRG Stadium, Houston, TX)
Week 10 - Nov. 10: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers (Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC)
Week 11 - Nov. 17: Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers (Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI)
Week 13 - Dec. 1: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA)
Week 14 - Dec. 8: Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Rams (SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA)
Week 15 - Dec. 15: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (Lumen Field, Seattle, WA)
Week 16 - Dec. 22: Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets (MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ)
Week 17 - Dec. 29: Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans (Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN)
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