The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is back on track following a one‐year hiatus due to the Covid Pandemic. Heading up a brand new technical and production team is respected, Netherlands based, Erwin Rintjema, who takes on the much coveted position as ESC’s Head of Production. An industry respected production manager, Rintjema was selected by ESC host broadcaster for his experience, knowledge, and proven ability to smoothly deliver international, large scale, televised events. He is supported by a carefully curated team comprising the most sought after Dutch technical production talent, as he explains: “Key members of the technical management team include Gijs Vos as Broadcast Manager and Stefan Hoohenkerk as Show Manager. In addition, several of our key Heads of Departments came from official technical supplier to Eurovision, Netherlands based, Sightline Productions. They include Marcel Vellekoop as CAD Manager; Christiaan van Oudenallen as Technical Producer for Other Halls (Delegation Bubble, Press Centre etc.), Jaap Bouma as Operations Manager and Jeroen Veenman as Technical Producer, Main Hall + Contest. Returning in May, the technically ambitious, 65th internatiional Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast globally from Rotterdam’s Ahoy arena. Not only that but Rintjema and his team’s remit extends way beyond the walls of the main auditorium and into the surrounding halls of the Ahoy. Green rooms, press rooms, host booths etc. All demand a combination of broadcast technology, lighting, video, sound, set, communications, rigging, motion, special FX, power, infrastructure and more. While it takes an experienced, well co‐ordinated and multi‐skilled team to successfully meet the Eurovision brief in normal circumstances, in 2021 an extra layer of complexity came into play when the whole Rotterdam Ahoy site had to be kept Covid free.
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