The Washington Post will have its first 60-second spot in the Super Bowl, and Tom Hanks will voice it.
The ad showcasing the work of journalists will air in the fourth quarter, just before the two-minute warning. It was pulled together in less than a week, said Fred Ryan, publisher and CEO of The Washington Post, in a statement.
“The Super Bowl is a remarkable moment to recognize the courage and commitment of journalists around the world that is so essential to our democracy,” Ryan said.
The spot was produced with partners Mark Woollen and Associates.
“With the murder last year of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the ongoing detention of freelancer Austin Tice and the injustice of Jason Rezaian’s 544 days in an Iranian prison, this is an issue that is close to many of us,” Ryan said, later adding, “We feel that this is the right moment, at the right venue, to present this important message to the large audience of Americans and international viewers that watch the Super Bowl.”