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Official announcement of the team behind Eurovision 2018

An official announcement has been made regarding the core and creative teams working on the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

The Announcement

Back in September, ESCXTRA reported the first bit of news regarding the production of Eurovision 2018. has now made an announcement introducing the team members that will work to bring the contest to life in May.
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There is very much an international flavour to the team.  Over 12 countries are represented amongst the staff, and 70% are from the host nation of Portugal. In total, 700 people will work at the contest, with 400 of that number made up of volunteers.

The Core Team

    • Executive Producer – João Nuno Nogueira (Ultimately responsible for the entire show and executive contact within RTP and the EBU as well as the project’s leader)
    • Deputy Executive Producer / TV Producer – Paulo Resende (Leads the project production team)
    • Deputy Executive Producer / Show Producer – Carla Bugalho (Head of Delegation for Portugal in Vienna 2015 and Kyiv 2017. Responsible for the television event and all the content of the shows)
    • Head of Events and Logistics – Maria Ferreira (Responsible for the events around the Eurovision Song Contest as well as all issues related to logistics)
    • Heads of Production – Ola Melzig and Tobias Åberg (Ola was Head of Production in Kyiv 2017, he has been involved in Eurovision since 2000. Tobias was Head of Production in Stockholm 2016). Both are responsible for the technical structure and implementation of the contest and the shows.
    • Line Producer – Luís Filipe Vieira (Responsible for budget management)
    • Head of Security – Alexandre Coimbra (Intendant of PSP, Public Security Police)
    • Head of Accreditation – José Pinto da Fonseca (International Production Team at RTP)
    • Commercial Manager – Cristina Viegas (Head of Commercial department at RTP)
    • Head of Marketing and Communication – Marina Ramos (Head of Marketing and Communication at RTP. Responsible for Communication and Marketing of the event)
    • Head of Press – Ana Loureiro (Media Partnerships at RTP. Responsible for Press)

The Creative Team

    • Creative Manager – Gonçalo Madaíl (Deputy Head of Programs at RTP and responsible for national selection Festival da Canção)
    • Art Director – Nicolau Tudela (Art Director at RTP)
    • Set Designer – Florian Wieder (Designed the stage for Dusseldorf 2011, Baku 2012, Vienna 2015 and Kyiv 2017)
    • Lighting Designer – Jerry Appelt (Responsible for light design in Düsseldorf 2011, Baku 2012 and Kyiv 2017)
    • Senior Multicamera Director – Troels Lund (Multicamera director in Kyiv 2017)
    • Multicamera Directors – Paula Macedo and Pedro Miguel Martins (Multicamera directors at RTP)
    • Contest Producer – Christer Björkman (Show Producer for Malmö 2013, Contest Producer for Stockholm 2016 and Kyiv 2017. Producer of Melodifestivalen, Sweden’s national selection)
    • Viewing Room Director – Mattias Carlsson (Viewing Room Manager for Stockholm 2016)
    • Stage Directors – Marvin Dietmann and Martin Kagemark (Stage directors for Kyiv 2017)
    • Script Supervisor – Nuno Galopim (Creative Team at RTP

A Message From the Executive Producer

Alongside the announcement came this message from João Nuno Nogueira, the show’s Executive Producer:
…as long as we have winds and oceans, we shall not stop. Once upon a time, the Portuguese Navigators discovered the World. Now it is time for the World to discover Portugal. The gateway remains very much the same, then as now, Lisbon, where it all happens in the coming month of May. On behalf of the city of Lisbon, of RTP, and, on the behalf of the EUROVSION SONG CONTEST 2018 production team, allow me to welcome all Broadcasters, the Navigators of a new modernity

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to read up on our interview with Eurovision’s Head of Production, Ola Melzig!

Matt Baker

As a writer with the Eurovision disposition it was only inevitable that I should find myself merging these two interests. If it wasn't Sonia singing "Better the Devil You Know" that got me hooked on Eurovision, then it was the Gina G banger "Just a Little Bit". The 90's is where it all started for me, who knows where I'll end up!

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