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DR brings star producer home for Eurovision

14 June 2013 at 14:00 CEST

The Senior Producer position for next year’s edition of Europe’s Favourite TV Show will be held by an experienced man. Per Zachariassen enters the role with 20 years of experience as a producer, director and TV developer, of which he has spent the past two years at Fremantle Media in the United States.

Senior producer of one of the world’s biggest TV shows

Per Zachariassen qualified as a TV director from Den Danske Filmskole (The Danish School of Film). Before he pulled up stakes and moved to the US he was involved in some of Denmark’s largest productions including both X-Factor and the show Talent. The Eurovision Song Contest is also not unfamiliar to Per as he has on a number of occasions been involved with the Danish national selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, and in 2009 he was part of the Danish delegation at the contest in Moscow.

“I am really looking forward to being part of the team behind the Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark. Eurovision is not just one of the world’s biggest TV shows; it is also one of the oldest living TV concepts and an integrated part of Europe’s TV history. I am proud to be able to put my mark on the show and gladly take on this huge challenge”, said Per Zachariassen who also went on to say, “I have for many years had a great partnership with DR and look forward to working with both Pernille Gaardbo and Jan Lagermand Lundme. I am sure that we, together with the rest of the team, will deliver a world class show”.

Tradition and revival

Jan Lagermand Lundme who is responsible for the show will work closely together with Per Zachariassen. Together they will take care of all the content including the participating songs and everything from the stage show and traditional postcards for the participating countries to graphics and interval entertainment during the voting etc.

“Producing one of the world’s largest TV shows requires some of the world’s best talent, and there is no doubt that Per Zachariassen is one of the best in the industry. Per has, in addition to his impressive amount experience in producing large entertainment shows, a rarely seen ability to combine the traditional with the creative. For a show like the Eurovision Song Contest, where a large part of the framework is set beforehand,  it is an invaluable skill to be able to see the possibilities within this framework instead of just the limitations”, says Jan Lagermand Lundme.

The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest is currently slated to take place on the 13th, 15th and 17th of May in Denmark.