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BBC announce senior production team for Eurovision Song Contest 2023

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As host broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, the BBC has announced its senior team to broadcast the Contest in Liverpool.

Martin Green ECB has been appointed Chief Executive who will lead the team responsible for overseeing all aspects of Eurovision 2023:

“I am delighted to have been asked to lead the delivery of Eurovision 2023 for the BBC. As a long time fan of the competition it is a dream come true. I look forward to working with the brilliant team from the BBC, Liverpool and the EBU and of course with Ukrainian colleagues; I speak for all of us when I say we will make you proud.

Martin will lead a team to create, plan and deliver this large-scale, complex and special event. As Host Broadcaster, the BBC will work in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union, Liverpool as Host City and other external partners to bring the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 to an audience of over one hundred million. around the world, involving thousands of people, hundreds of delegates and several acts.

Green has over twenty years of experience in major global events, most recently he was the creative director of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (where he hosted the opening and closing ceremonies as well as an important cultural program), and Chief Creative Officer of Unboxed 2022. Prior to this, Martin was CEO of Hull, city of culture in the United Kingdom 2017, a groundbreaking, world-class arts festival that has reinvigorated the city; as well as Chief of Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Kate Phillips, director of Unscripted at the BBC says:

“Martin is an inspirational leader whose skills and passion for Eurovision will be a winning combination and make him the perfect BBC ambassador.

His impressive track record in organizing major events speaks for itself. He is brilliant at bringing people together and will galvanize our partners to increase value for license fee payers as well as the wider economic benefits of hosting the event in the UK. Martin and the highly experienced team we announced today will ensure that 2023 is the most exciting, creative and innovative Eurovision ever.

Rachel Ashdown has been confirmed as the BBC’s lead commissioner on Eurovision 2023. She will work with BBC Studios, who will produce the three live shows (the two semi-finals and the grand final), on the overall look and tone of the show and is responsible for commissioning other programs to be broadcast across the BBC and working with independent production companies on their delivery.

This will include the draw and other shows based on the Eurovision Song Contest in the weeks leading up to the event.

Rachel has curated all Eurovision Song Contest coverage on the BBC since 2018 and she later joined the Reference Group (the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, for the 2019-2021 editions).

Leading the BBC Studios team is André Cartmell – appointed executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, and taking overall responsibility for the semi-finals and grand final.

Andrew has over a decade of experience as an executive producer delivering large scale entertainment and live events for BBC Studios, Done & Dusted and Hungry Bear Media. He was the head of the UK delegation in Turin earlier this year.

Past credits include Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, Children in Need & Sport Relief.

Lee Smithurst joins the BBC Studios team as Head of Show for Eurovision 2023. As Head of Show, he will be responsible for editorial content and take the creative direction of the three live broadcasts. Lee was Deputy Head of Delegation for the UK in Turin this year, and will serve as Executive Producer and Head of Delegation for the UK at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Yerevan, Armenia in December. Lee’s recent credits include I can see your voice, Kylie Minogue’s secret night and soccer aid.

Making a very welcome return is Twan van de Nieuwenhuijzen, who was reappointed as contest manager, a role he successfully fulfilled at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 and 2022 in Rotterdam and Turin. Twan will have specific responsibility for working with national delegations to realize the creative and stage ambitions of their artists. Twan is a very experienced television producer in the Netherlands and has been an editor for many programs and live events.

To finish, James O’Brien joined BBC Studios as head of production. James comes to Eurovision with extensive experience working on large-scale events such as MTV Europe Music Awardsthe London 2012 Olympics and this year commonwealth games. James will oversee a team responsible for the technical delivery of live broadcasts and the Eurovision broadcast, as well as all other elements within the venue.

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