Eurovision 2020: These are the four members of the Executive Producers team
The three Dutch broadcasters responsible for Eurovision 2020, have made public the 4 individuals that will form the team of Executive Producers for the forthcoming contest.
NPO, AVROTROS, NOS, have revealed the persons that will make up the core team, which will consist of two Executive producers and two Deputy Executive producers. Namely , four people will form the team: Sietse Bakker ( Executive Producer Event), Inge van de Weerd (Executive Producer Show), Emilie Sickinghe (Deputy Executive Producer Event), and Jessica Stam (Deputy Executive Producer Show).
About the core team members
Sietse Bakker was for several years the Online Manager and Communication Manager of the Eurovision Song Contest. For six years he served for EBU as the Contest’s Event Supervisor. Bakker was also the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for two years, in 2011 and in 2012 when the contest was hosted in Amsterdam .
Commenting his new assignment he stated:
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!
Inge van de Weerd has been working at NOS since 1995 and for more than 10 years worked as Executive Producer on NOS for many major productions such as for Prince’s Day, parliamentary elections, and National Commemorations. She was the Dutch Head of Delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest for the years 2007-2009.
Regarding the task she says:
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.
Emilie Sickinghe has worked at AVROTROS since 2006 as a Producer/compiler of various music programms, and since 2010 as the Dutch Head of Delegation for the Eurovision Song Contest. Emilie sees winning the Eurovision Song Contest and the associated organisation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest as a once in a lifetime experience.
Jessica Stam has been working as a freelancer for NOS Events for many years which included large and special projects such as 3FM Serious Request, the Koningsvaart, the National Remembrance of MH17, National Veterans Day, Alpe d’HuZes and Prinsjesdag. She was also Executive Producer for 538 Koningsdag (Breda), the Songfestival Sing Along in the Ziggodome (for SBS / Sanoma) and various other concerts & productions. Her life motto is ‘do what your heart is going to sing‘ which fits well with the project ahead of her.
The core team of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will focus on the production start-up in the following weeks, as the host city bid process is fully underway and the final decision will be announced in August.