Dutch broadcasters NPO, AVROTROS and NOS have announced four new key team members for Eurovision 2020.
The Dutch public broadcasters have named two Executive Producers and two Deputy Executive Producers.
- Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer Event
- Inge van de Weerd, Executive Producer Show
- Emilie Sickinghe, Deputy Executive Producer Event
- Jessica Stam, Deputy Executive Producer Show
The fantastic four will each play a key role in the organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in the Netherlands.
Bakker is the best known figure to Eurofans.
He is a contest veteran, with past credits in communication and supervisor roles for the EBU. On top of Executive Producer duties, he’ll also serve as point of contact for the EBU and NPO.
Bakker says, “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!”
The other Executive Producer, Inge van de Weerd, is also an ESC veteran. She served as the Netherlands’ Head of Delegation for three years between 2007-2009 and has past experience in live TV events, including the Dutch Royal Wedding in 2002.
Emilie Sickinghe has been Dutch Head of Delegation since 2010 and Jessica Stam has past credits on large TV projects. Sickinghe says winning the contest in 2019 and hosting in 2020 is a once in a lifetime experience.
Production work will begin in the coming weeks. An announcement on the host city is expected in August.
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