Where else besides a Eurovision event would two men in suits flank an Austrian drag queen? We don’t know. But we do know that the suits and the bearded lady will be seeing a lot of each other in the coming year.
Yesterday Austria’s national broadcaster announced its core team for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Dr Alexander Wrabetz (pictured, right), Director General of ORF, is confident that the Austrians have what it takes to deliver an amazing show.
We are in the fortunate position to have a high number of personalities with major experience in hosting big TV events, who predominantly have also worked on the topic of the Eurovision Song Contest before. I am convinced that ORF, with this top team and together with the top partners at the EBU as well as further public and private partners from Austria, will make the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest a high-class event from the heart of Europe.
ORF’s Eurovision 2015 Core Team
The Head of Entertainment at ORF is Edgar Böhm (pictured, left). He will be the Executive Producer of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, therefore leading the project at ORF and representing the host broadcaster at the EBU.
Stefan Zechner will be the Producer of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Martin Szerencsi has been appointed to be the Legal Advisor.
Claudio Bortoli will once again be the technical manager. He previously worked as technical manager for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
Roman Horacek will be the Head of Press of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. He’ll be a familiar face for members of the Eurovision press corps. If you sent an interview request to Conchita, it likely passed through Roman.
An event manager, who will be responsible for logistics, hospitality, and security, is yet to be appointed.
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest at the EBU, says:
With this team, ORF laid a professional foundation for the organisation of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. We are looking forward to working with them for the year to come.
ORF and the EBU will hold a second meeting in Geneva next week.
Photo: Milenko Badzic (ORF)