Creative & Tech

HBO Gives Fans the Chance to Appear On Air in the ‘Ballers’ Title Sequence

July 19, 2016

This past Sunday, HBO celebrated the Season Two premiere of Ballers by giving fans a chance to be featured in the show’s popular opening title sequenceBallers cast member Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson kicked off the campaign with an video encouraging fans to share their own workout video with hashtag #BallersIntroContest. The social activation is running on Twitter and Instagram, and will culminate in a special, fan-created intro to air on HBO in August.

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* Dope contest alert * Ballers stand up! If you ball so hard.. PROVE IT! Post a video of you training like a beast (15-30 seconds long) with the HASHTAG #BallersIntroContest and if we choose it – your training vid will be part of our #ballers intro this season! It's a dope contest for the fans and our way to say THANK YOU for loving the show. We're all fired up about. I WANT TO SEE YOU IN OUR #ballers INTRO on HBO! LINK IN MY BIO for information and details. And if you post your vid before our #ballers premiere TONIGHT we have a lil' extra something special for ya. Get after it and above all else.. BALL SO HARD. #BallersIntroContest #ballers TONIGHT 10pm on @HBO. For legal purposes I have to post this part too —> NO PURCH NEC. 50 US&DC, 18+/age majority. Void where prohib. Ends 7/24/16. Rules:

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The current opening credits for Ballers features lo-fi training footage cut in with aerial shots of Miami set to Lil Wayne’s 2010 hit “Right Above It.” Using social listening, HBO and 360i observed that fans of the show were crazy for the intro, often tweeting how it “gasses [them] up” or “gets [them] hyped every time”. The campaign was conceived to tap into this passion and engage with fans organically in order to inspire user generated content.

Within the first 24 hours, the campaign drew in over 5,000 entries and 9,300 mentions of the contest hashtag. Both #Ballers and #BallersIntroContest helped generate 978 million total impressions, a 90% increase from Season One’s premiere day. Johnson’s kickoff video alone garnered over one million views.

The team spread the word on all of the show’s social channels and tapped the biggest Ballers advocates to ensure they were aware of the opportunity. Since not all the videos will make the final cut, HBO and 360i rewarded participants by responding to them directly with personalized mini intro videos all day Sunday and will continue to do so throughout the week. So far, submissions have run the gamut from weightlifting, to boxing, to American Ninja Warriors in wedding dresses, to the truly inspiring, with entries from veteransamputees, and recent transplant survivors.

Johnson and the cast spent much of the premiere evening RTing and commenting on their favorite ones. Select submissions will be featured on the campaign’s custom microsite,

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This will be the first time any television series – premium or otherwise – has broadcast a user generated title sequence featuring its fans live on air. Don’t miss the chance to appear on air – the contest is open through the second episode of Ballers on Sunday, July 24!