Eurovision 2020: NPO unveils the Core Team

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The 2020 Eurovision host broadcasters (NPO, AVROTROS, NOS) have unveiled the ESC 2020 Core Team members today.

The 2020 ESC Core Team (photo credit: NPO/ Michel Schnater)

The 2020 Eurovision body has appointed a total of four CORE Team members consisting of two Executive Producers and two Deputy Executive Producers:

  • Sietse Bakker ( Executive Producer Event)
  • Inge van de Weerd will be (Executive Producer Show)
  • Emilie Sickinghe (Deputy Executive Producer Event)
  • Jessica Stam (Deputy Executive Producer Show)

Sietse 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!

Inge van de Weerd 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.

About Sietse Bakker

Sietse Bakker – ESC Executive Producer Event (photo credit: NPO/Michel Schnater)

Sietse Bakker is the father and founder of ESCToday which he founded in 1999 and worked as the managing director until 2006.

Bakker has worked for many years as Online Manager and Communication Manager for the Eurovision Song Contest, and spent six years as the Contest’s Event Supervisor for the EBU.

Sietse was also the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for two years, when the 10th edition of the event was held in Amsterdam in 2012.

About Inge va de Weerd

Inge van de Weer- ESC 2020 Executive Producer Show (photo credit: NPO/Michel Schnater)

Inge van de Weerd has been working at NOS since 1995 and for more than 10 years has been Executive Producer on NOS productions for Prince’s Day, parliamentary elections, and National Commemorations. She was also involved in major national events such as the Royal Wedding of Willem-Alexander and Maxima, and promotions for Giro555. From 2007 to 2009, she was Head of Delegation for the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest

About Emilie Sikinghe

Emilie Sikinghe -ESC 2020 Deputy Exeuctive Producer Event (photo credit: NPO/ Michel Schnater)

Emilie Sickinghe has worked at AVROTROS since 2006 as a Producer/compiler of various music programmes, 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.

About Jessica Stam

Jessica Stam – ESC 2020 Deputy Executive Producer Show (photo credit: NPO/ Michel Schnater)

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 2020 ESC Core Team will focus on the production start up of the competition and will play a key role in selecting the 2020 Eurovision host city. The 2020 ESC Host City is expected to be unveiled in August.

The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be co-produced by three Dutch public broadcasters AVROTROS, NOS and NPO in liason with the EBU.

The dates of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest are yet to be confirmed and unveiled.