The two highly experienced script writers will work closely with show producer Stuart Barlow to set the tone for the three live shows, which are expected to reach a combined audience of some 200 million people.
Earlier it was announced that the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko.
Alex Worrall is the former head of development for Granada New York, where he created and directed the hit MTV US dating show Room Raiders. Following that he became the head of development for MTV UK & International.
"It’s a great creative challenge. My job is to help the hosts look slick, smart and be funny to millions of people. Global LOLs are the hardest LOLs to get! Globally we need Eurovision. I think it’s important that there’s a platform for the worlds citizens to come together, compete and have fun. I’m really proud to be a part of that," Worrall said.
After dabbling in stand up comedy and performing at the Edinburgh Festival, Worrall turned to writing fulltime. He has written in multiple genres for major media brands, including the BBC, Channel 4, E4, Radio 4, The Daily Mash, The European Music Awards and The Guardian. His film script Here Boy won prize funding from Creative England and went on to win the first prize in the 2016 PromaxBDA UK Short Film Festival. He has just finished a stint as executive producer for The Only Way Is Essex and is now writer and executive producer on a new drama pilot with Avalon Productions.
Tim Telling is also editor of The Daily Mash, the UK’s most popular original satire website. Besides developing Daily Mash formats for TV and radio, he has sitcom projects in development with Baby Cow, Avalon and Objective. He has appeared as a speaker at Hay Festival, Edinburgh Festival of Politics and on Radio 4. His TV and radio writing credits included 10 O’Clock Live (C4), Listen Against (R4) and A Different Breed (Sky One).
"It’s super cool to be involved with such a massive and well-loved show while also getting to experience a new country and culture. Entertainment doesn’t get any bigger than Eurovision… unless maybe in the distant future we will have Spacevision with different planets competing. I’d want to be part of that," Tim Telling said.
Formerly an award-winning stand-up comedian, Tim won the Son of Pitch pitching competition at the International Screenwriters’ Festival and was also awarded funding from Film London for his script The Yowie and the Magpie, which was nominated for the McLaren Animation Award.
The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 9, 11 and 13 May in Kyiv, Ukraine.