Executive Producer appointed for Eurovision 2014

Executive Producer appointed for Eurovision 2014
Next year's Executive Producer, Pernille Gaardbo. Photo: DR
Copenhagen, Denmark -

Just three days after Denmark's victory at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, broadcaster DR has appointed the Executive Producer for next year's shows, which will take place in Denmark.

This will be 47 year old Pernille Gaardbo, who has been working at DR for 17 years - the last 12 years at the helm of DR Medieservice, which is DR's largest production department with 220 staff.

Experienced leader with technical insight

Pernille Gaardbo is a qualified TV producer and was orginally employed as a producer. Whilst in charge of DR Medieservice, she has had overarching responsibility for the organisation of the technical production for DR's biggest entertainment shows including the Danish national selection, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and X-Factor.

"By choosing Penille Gaardbo, we have a person who has all the necessary leadership skills, which are essential in order to run a project of this magnitude, and the techical insight for such a large TV-production, which the Eurovision Song Contest is", says DR's Director General Maria Rørbye Rønn".

The Ultimate Dream

Pernille Gaardbo is more than excited about her new role:

"To be able to organise the Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark means the realisation of the ultimate dream for someone with my background", she says.

"At DR we have never been more ready to take on such a task. We have systematically worked on optimising our production processes during the past few years so we are properly geared up to take on a production of this enormous size, which the Eurovision Song Contest is", she went on to say.

Two further key people in place

Also part of the team that is responsible for planning and producing the Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark in 2014 is Head of Entertainment Jan Lagermand Lundme and the Head of DR Event, Søren Therkelsen.

Both have extensive experience at DR producing entertainment shows including Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Jan Lagermand Lundme will be responsible for content whilst Søren Therkelsen will be responsible for partnership relations.

The dates for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest have premliminary been set for the 13th, 15th and 17th of May next year and while no host city and venue has been announced yet, the process has already started to look for a suitable venue.

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  • Posted on 25 May 2013 at 17:25
    I prefer Jon Ola Sand, sorry :·( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 May 2013 at 13:58
    I'm in, let's vote ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 May 2013 at 12:09
    How would it be, to involve every year a guest-country outside the Eurovision-area? Not necessary as participant, but it could be an "in-between-act" and at the same time the country could get voting-rights for that year (jury and telephone). The country could switch every year, and I would start with the biggest fan-community outside the Eurovision-area: Australia. It would make Eurovision more multifaceted and get more fans outside. What do you think about that idea? :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 May 2013 at 07:22
  • Posted on 23 May 2013 at 14:48
    We would love to see a live orchestra again at the next Eurovision! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2013 at 19:16
    She looks Pofessional, I wait for it! ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2013 at 19:13
    But I agree.. Bring the draw back. I'm tired of all the negativity! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2013 at 19:11
    Well well.. Over all I've read that most people are pleased with the way Sweden were running ESC this year. They even say that Sweden have set a new standard for the contest. Many people even consider Petra to be the best host ever and that they love the idea of standing places. But I guess you can't please everyone! Sweden did a great job this year. I enjoyed the shows much more than usual. Good luck Denmark! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2013 at 15:42
    Heuh ? European with a frozen heart ? I'm not in this category, merci !!!

    I've already wrote it down, somebody outside Europe will be fine, but be careful with that , some of the non-european country make part of the show, watch Israel !!!

    Let's give the Australian votes live on scream, what do you think about that ??? I'm curious about your appearance, Mr Demoon !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2013 at 15:38
    Heuh ?? Europeans with a frozen heart ? I'm not in this category, merci !!!

    I don't know if you are the best person to take the job, but why not give the Australian votes live on screen at the final...I'm curious about your appearance, ha ha ha

    And I'm definitely agree : somebody outside Europe, but there are some countries who are not in Europe and make part of this show, so...Israel for example. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2013 at 07:35
    Well, I think we have to take somebody who don't take part at all in the countries who are participating.

    China, India, or somebody else ?.
    Strange this favoritisme : I'm Hungarian, and when I saw the points arriving, I can tell you that nobody from the other countries who were historically ours, didn't give any points : No points from Ukraine, Austria, Slovakia...Romania

    So, let's get see what Denmark will do next year.
    2 hosts means, more money too...but they have the possibility to fitt it ! Chairs ??? The fans can't stay sit anyway, look at other concerts !!!
    Order runs, yeah right that's a prob, I agree
    For the rest Petra made it well, in her place I will be very stressed to stay there alone, if you make a mistake, you can't be saved by your partner next to you !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2013 at 01:22
    A host should do more than just interviews and collecting votes, they should be just as important as the contestants. ´
    I thought Petra Mede did a great job of hosting.

    That's what hosting should be about. Hosting is much more than just appearing at the beginning to say hello, then vanish to return at the end to collect votes. That's not what the job should be about report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2013 at 01:18
    What's all this about having two presenters?

    I thought having one presenter was a great idea. I hope they keep it that way.
    Because this way the presenter can become an integrated part of the contest and interact more with the show and the fans, instead of just being someone whose only job is to announce votes and walk in the green rom. Which all of the past hosts has done.

    A report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 May 2013 at 00:57
    please :
    1) bring back the running order draw (the most important)
    2) 2 presenters
    3) olympic opening parade was a bad idea
    4) please dont announce winner before all countries vote

    but the Running Order Draw is the most important. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 May 2013 at 21:57
    Yes it is very quick to point her out, but it's the right thing to do. It takes a long time to plan a Eurovision Song Contest with 3 shows and a lot of events and parties, especially for a small country like Denmark. Sweden did a FANTASTIC job this year, and it's going be very hard for my country to follow it.

    They have to take all that time to plan it all, so it can be as close to fantastic as it can get. I'm sure ESC 2014 win be great,
    I can't wait! :) report to the moderator