Eurovision 2020

Four Core Team members for Eurovision 2020 announced

As the host city bid nears its conclusion next month, has revealed that Dutch public broadcasters: AVROTROS, NOS and NPO have selected four Core Team producers to oversee the upcoming production and organising of the events for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in The Netherlands.

Meet the Core Team

Next month the host city for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be announced. Therefore the Core Team overseeing the running and organising of the TV production and events projects has been revealed. Two Executive Producers and two Deputy Executive Producers – Inge van de Weerd, Sietse Bakker, Emilie Sickinghe and Jessica Stam have been appointed to the roles by AVROTROS, NOS and NPO. They will co-ordinate between the broadcasters and the EBU to ensure The Netherlands hosts a well organised contest next May.

Inge van de Weerd

As the Executive Producer TV, Inge van de Weerd’s role will be the project lead of managing the team involved in creating the broadcast of the 2020 contest. She is responsible for the entire show and is the main contact between the host broadcaster and the EBU. Since 1995 Inge has been part of the NOS broadcasting network. During this time she has worked on coverage of Dutch parliamentary elections, Prince’s Day and the Royal Wedding of Willem-Alexander and Maxima. She also has past Eurovision experience. Between 2007-2009 she was the Head of Delegation for The Netherlands.

We have a lot of experience at NOS on large live TV productions, but this event is exceptional. It’s going to be an amazing challenge bringing professionals from public broadcasting and the creative industry together to show what we have to offer in The Netherlands.

Inge van de Weerd

Sietse Bakker

Many will know Sietse Bakker from his time working for the Eurovision Song Contest as the Online Manager and Communication Manager. More recently Sietse spent six years, until the 2016 Contest as the Event Supervisor for the EBU. For two years, which also included the Dutch hosting of the Junior Eurovision Contest 2012, Sietse worked as the Executive Supervisor of Junior Eurovision. Now he is appointed to the role of Executive Producer Event. This will include overseeing the management of all the events that surround the host city during the two week Eurovision period.

We want to create a Eurovision Song Contest that surprises Europe in a positive way, something that everyone in The Netherlands can identify themselves with and be proud of. We have set the bar high, but there is so much talent and creativity in The Netherlands that I am confident that it is possible. The ambition of this team to really make something special out of this, together with the chosen host city or region, is great!

Sietse Bakker

Emilie Sickinghe

Since 2006 Emilie Sickinghe has been an important member of the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS. Over the years Emilie has worked as a Producer of numerous music shows. Providing valuable cultural TV content to the audiences of The Netherlands on behalf of AVROTROS. Furthermore Emilie has been a familiar face in the Eurovision world. Since 2010 she has been in the role of the Head of Delegation for the Dutch broadcaster. During this decade she has overseen The Netherlands become a Eurovision powerhouse. With second place in 2014 and of course Duncan Laurence’s victory in May. At the winner’s press conference Jon Ola Sand handed Emilie a folder detailing guidelines for the hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest. Now Emilie will join the Core Team as a Deputy Executive Producer.

Jessica Stam

For many years Jessica has worked in a freelance role for NOS Events. This has provided her with vast experience in producing content for large scale events. Such as concerts, events and memorials of important national significance to The Netherlands. This has included a range of productions from National Veterans Day, the National Remembrance of MH17, the Koningsvaart and 3FM Serious Request. As well as this, Jessica has also worked as Executive Producer for the 538 Koningsdag and the Songfestival Sing Along festivals. Thus good preparation for the upcoming hosting of the 2020 contest. Now she joins the team as Deputy Executive Producer.

The EBU will announce more team members over the coming months. As details are finalised for the host city, venue and production budget. Of course also the eagerly anticipated dates of the contest!

Are you happy with the Core Team? Are you looking forward to Eurovision 2020? Let us know in the comments and on social media @ESCXTRA

Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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