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Saturday, November 19 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
American Song Contest: Redesigned For The American Market

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In this session, producer Ola Melzig and creative director Cory FitzGerald will take the audiencethrough the rigors of fitting the 67-year-old Eurovision Song Contest format to work with a completely new set of rules in a United States broadcast network. They will walk throughwhat the show entails, how to pull off a live broadcastand how they achieved dozens of completely different looks for the stage. Get a glimpse into the challenges of broadcasting a live competition on TV in Hollywood and the differences and similarities between designing for live music and television.

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Christer Björkman

Co-Executive Producer, American Song Contest
Christer Björkman is a Swedish singer and television producer most commonly associated with The Eurovision Song Contest and Melodifestivalen.From 2002 to 2021 he served as a producer of Melodifestivalen, and became and important figure in The Eurovision Song Contest when he became... Read More →
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Cory FitzGerald

Partner, Silent House Studios
Cory FitzGerald is one of the most widely respected names in show lighting design. He caught the lighting bug at an early age, studied theatre lighting at NYU, and gained valuable experience both on and off Broadway, before establishing his hugely successful career in concert lighting... Read More →
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Ola Melzig

Executive Producer, American Song Contest
Ola Melzig is a producer, most commonly associated with the Eurovision Song Contest. He has also managed numerous high-profile televised productions including the Nobel Banquet, the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, and the closing... Read More →

Saturday November 19, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST