Nearly two weeks since the announcement that Liverpool will host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC has revealed the Senior Production Team for next year’s contest.
Some Familiar faces on the production team
First to be revealed is Martin Green CBE, who has been appointed as the ‘Managing Director’ for Eurovision 2023, and will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Eurovision 2023. Upon his appointment, he had the following to say:
‘I am thrilled to have been asked to lead the delivery of Eurovision 2023 for the BBC. As a lifelong fan of the contest, it’s a dream come true. I’m looking forward to working with the brilliant team at the BBC, in Liverpool and the EBU and of course colleagues from Ukraine; I speak for us all when I say we’ll do you proud.’
Martin Green has a vast experience in mahor global events, including being the Chief Creative Officer for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, as well as Unboxed 2022. In addition, Martin was also the CEO of Jull UK City of Culture 2017, as well as the Head of Ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Katie Phillips, the BBC’s Director for Unscripted have mentioned the following upon Martin’s appointment
‘Martin is an inspirational leader whose skills and passion for Eurovision will be a winning combination and make him the perfect ambassador for the BBC.
His impressive track record in delivering major events speaks for itself. He is brilliant at bringing people together and will galvanise our partners to increase the value to licence fee payers as well as the wider economic benefits of hosting the event in the UK. Martin, and the highly experienced team we’ve announced today, will ensure 2023 is the most exciting, creative and innovative Eurovision ever.’
As we have previously reported Rachel Ashown will be the ‘Lead Commissioner’ for Eurovision 2023, her role will involve working with BBC Studios, on the ovberall look and tone of the show, as well as commissioning other programs that will run on the BBC. Rachel Ashdown has beeen the commissioner of the BBC’s Eurovision coverage since 2018, and has been on the Eurovision Reference Group in 2019-2021.
Andrew Cartmell has been appointed the ‘Executive Producer’ if Eurovision 2023, and will mainly taking overall responsibility for the Semi-Finals and Grand Final. Andrew Camtrell has over a decade experience being an Execurtive Producer for BBC Studios, Done & Dusted, and Hungry Bear Media. In addition, he was the UK’s Head of Delegation for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
Lee Smithurst has been appointed as the ‘Head of Show’ for Eurovision 2023, where he will be responsible for the Editorial content and the creative lead for the Semi-Finals and the Grand Final. Lee was the UK’s Assistant Head of Delegation for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, and will be the Executive Producer and Head of Delegation for the UK’s participation in the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Yerevan. Lee Smithurst’s creduts include the UK’s version of ‘I Can See Your Voice’, ‘Kylie Minogue’s Secret Night’ and ‘Soccer Aid’.
Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen will be returning to Eurovision 2023 as ‘Head of Contest’, a role he undertook at the 2021 & 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam and Turin respectively. Twan’s tole incolves working with the respective delegation of the participating countries on the creative and stage ambition of the participating countries.
Lastly, we have James O’ Brien who joins BBC Studios as ‘Executive in Charge of Production’, who will oversee the technical delivery of the live shows, as well as the broadcasts, as wekk as other elements within the venue precinct.. His credits include the MTV Europe Music Awards, the 2012 London Olyumpics as well as thr 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Eurovision Song Contest 2023
After Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, it was revealed that Ukraine will not host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. The hosting duties were then passed to the runners-up; the United Kingdom. Liverpool will host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on the 9th, 11th, and 13th of May 2023. The contest will take place at the M&S Arena.
To find out more about the host city, check out Rory’s video tour below.
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News Source: UA:PBC
Photo Credit: EBU/Corinne Cumming