Liverpool 2023 – members of the creative production team revealed

BBC, UA:PBC and EBU have revealed more details about the team which will be behind the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 which is set to take place on 9th, 11th and 13th of May 2023 in Liverpool.

The shows will be produced by BBC Studios Entertainment & Music, who has been behind Strictly Come DancingGlastonbury, Later…with Jools and many others. 

The team members which are announced today include:

  • Multi Camera DirectorsNikki Parsons, Richard Valentine and Ollie Bartlett
  • Lead Creative DirectorDan Shipton
  • Music DirectorKojo Samuel
  • Set DesignerJulio Himede
  • Head of SoundRobert Edwards
  • Lighting DesignerTim Routledge

Who will be working alongside their Ukrainian counterparts at UA:PBC:

  • Oksana Skybinska (Ukrainian Eurovision Head of Delegation);
  • Tetiana Semenova (Executive Producer of programmes and events in Ukraine) and
  • German Nenov (Creative Director and Music Video Director)

In October the members of the lead production team were announced and those are:

  • Executive ProducerAndrew Cartmell
  • Executive in Charge of ProductionJames O’Brien
  • Head of ShowLee Smithurst
  • Head of ContestTwan Van De Nieuwenhuijzen, who will be HoC for the third year in a row after delivering both the contests of 2021 and 2022 in Rotterdam and Turin. While the entire project will be lead by the BBC’s Managing director Martin Green CBE and lead commisioner of BBC, Rachel Ashdown.

As previously mentioned the Semi-Finals and Grand Final will be directed by an expert Multi Camera Directors trio Nikki Parsons, Richard Valentine and Ollie Bartlett. All of them have experience directing major events for the BBC and more. The lead director of the Grand Final will be Nikki Parsons whose resume includes Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing on Ice, So You Think You Can Dance US, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards US, The Hip Hop Nutcracker (Disney +), and The MTV Asia Awards as well as being one of the BBC’s directors for the coverage of both Queen Elizabeth II’s and the Duke of Edinburgh’s funerals. BAFTA and Royal Television Society award winning Multi Camera director, Richard Valentine has been in charge of Concert for UkraineGlobal Citizen LondonOne Love ManchesterAriana Grande at the BBCHarry Styles at the BBCThe Sound of Music LiveThe Royal Variety PerformanceThe Olympic Torch Concert and Live 8 while Ollie Bartlett’s recent work includes GlastonburyA Secret Night with Kylie MinogueSoccer AidThe Big Night of MusicalsThe National Lottery’s New Year’s Eve Big BashDance Monsters (Netflix) and The GRM Awards as well as being one of the directors on the coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Lead Creative Director of Eurovision 2023 and the one to oversee different elements such as interval acts and the Flag parade will be Dan Shipton. He was the creative director for both Sam Ryder’s Eurovision 2022 performance and Freya Skye’s performance at Junior Eurovision 2022. In addition to that, Dan’s work includes Little Mix: The Confetti TourWestlife: The Wildest Dreams Tour, Ava Max (European promotional campaign including EMAs performance), and Jurassic World Live Tour. He will be working closely with German Nenov, who was appointed by UA:PBC.

Music Director of Eurovision 2023 will be Kojo Samuel. He was the Music Executive of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony and he worked with many artists including Stormzy, Rita Ora, Jess Glynne, Rudimental and Ella Henderson. Eurovision 2023 Set Designer, Julio Himede has worked on 64th Annual Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards (2018-2021) , MTV EMAs (2016-2021), Disney’s Beauty and The Beast: A 30th Celebration as well as the American Song Contest.

BAFTA winning – sound designer, Robert Edwards will be the Head of Sound at Eurovision 2023. He is no stranger to the show as Edwards has previously been the Sound Supervisor at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. His rich experience includes working on Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Tokyo and Beijing as well as being part of the Host Broadcaster Team for the recent World Cup Coverage in Qatar. His other works include: The Masked Singer UKBritain’s Got Talent and X Factor.

Another BAFTA award winner who got appointed to the role of the Lighting Designer is Tim Routledge. He is known for his work on live events and concerts such as Spice Girls – Spice World – UK Stadium Tour and Beyonce’s “Formation” World Tour, while some of his other works include X Factor, Concert for Ukraine and  2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

A total of 37 countries will be competing at the M&S Arena in Liverpool on 9th, 11th, and 13th of May 2023 for a chance to win the 67th edition of Eurovision Song Contest.

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