Olympic Channel Brings Olympic Spirit to Snapchat


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Comprehensive Deal includes Content, Distribution and Creative Tools That Engage Youth with Olympic Movement All Year Round

 MADRID – In support of its objective to engage new audiences and younger generations with the Olympic Movement, the Olympic Channel today announced an agreement with Snap Inc. to reach millions of Snapchatters worldwide.

The multi-year agreement provides Snap with Olympic Channel original programming for Shows on Snapchat’s Discover page and assets for creative tools. In addition, Snapchat will produce Our Stories featuring archival footage provided by the Olympic Channel team, in collaboration with Olympic rights-holding broadcasters during the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Beginning Tuesday, 30 January, Snapchatters can watch the worldwide premiere of the new Olympic Channel original series Far From Home on Snapchat’s Discover page. The multi-part series features unlikely Olympic hopefuls who face financial, political and cultural hurdles as they attempt to qualify for PyeongChang 2018. Following the daily rollout of four episodes produced exclusively for Snapchat in both English and Spanish, the full Far From Home series will debut on the Olympic Channel global digital platform on 5 February.

The Olympic Channel will also work with Snapchat on creative tools that feature Olympic-themed Lenses, Filters and Stickers including for PyeongChang 2018. Starting 9 February, Snapchatters worldwide will be able to use Face Lenses featuring the Olympic Channel and PyeongChang 2018 logos, and Stickers featuring Soohorang, the official mascot for the Olympic Winter Games.

“As the Olympic Channel continues to evolve, we are dedicated to creating more personalised experiences for our viewers as we continue to expand our global footprint,” said Mark Parkman, General Manager of the IOC’s global Olympic Channel. “We’re excited to begin this new collaboration with Snapchat which will allow us to capitalise on its unique distribution platform and creative tools through bespoke, youth-oriented content that reaches our common target audiences.”

“We could not be more excited to collaborate with the Olympic Channel to bring exclusive content from one of the most well-known brands in all of sports to Snapchatters worldwide,” said Ben Schwerin, Snap’s Vice President of Partnerships. “Alongside the Olympic Channel, we hope to inspire our community with the spirit of the Olympic Movement this February and well into the future.”

Future plans that the Olympic Channel and Snap will endeavour to collaborate on include activations outside Games time as well as the upcoming Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games which features young athletes aged 15-18.

The Olympic Channel is a global media destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.

Snapchat has 178 million daily active users worldwide, with Snapchatters visiting the app more than 25 times a day for an average of 30 minutes. More than 3.5 billion Snaps are created with Snap’s cameras each day and over 10 billion videos are watched on Snapchat every day.

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About the Olympic Channel

The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 11 languages. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com.

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Editor’s Note

Creative tools on Snapchat are being distributed in the United States with the consent of the USOC.