United and NEP join forces for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020
"The year 2020, and specifically the months of May and June, is already a very busy year with several major events at home and abroad in which both we and United are involved. We are enormously proud that we, as two Dutch companies, may capture this largest music event in this unique collaboration. Only the best technical solutions, equipment and the best crew will be used to meet the highest quality standard and to ensure that this will be a fantastic show," says Ralf van Vegten, Managing Director NEP.
René Delwel, CEO of United, adds: "In the Netherlands, there are a number of events, such as the Eleven Cities Tour, which are so unique that the national importance surpasses the competition between the two companies. We consider the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest to be at least as unique and also of great national importance. In organizing the Eurovision Song Contest, the largest European entertainment show, the Netherlands will place itself on the international map. Handling the live production allows us and NEP to play a crucial role in the entire process."
This year the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will take place in Rotterdam with 41 participating countries. The semi-finals will be held on Tuesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 14, with the final on Saturday, May 16, live from the Ahoy Arena. The organization of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in the Netherlands is a collaboration between NPO, NOS and AVROTROS, in co-production with the EBU.
NEP provides the expertise, the people and the next generation broadcast IT facilities to help its clients to develop and deliver the world’s biggest and best live broadcast events. Every day content creators, production companies, broadcasters and telcos rely on NEP’s managed services for OB, studio and centralized production, host broadcasting and playout to reach their global audiences. With integral post-production, visual effects and augmented reality services coupled with its low latency live streaming, CDN, VoD, digital media services, playout, media asset management and uplink communications NEP provides a unique breadth of managed services. NEP is one of the few broadcast and media services providers to own and operate both its own broadcast IT facilities and cloud native IT media infrastructure. With combined creative and IT expertise, NEP delivers services which transform the way global video entertainment is created, managed and distributed.
United, based in the Muziekpaviljoen at the Media Park in Hilversum, provides full service facility management for media and broadcast organizations. United is able to offer a broad and diverse range of services from its many departments. United is part of Euro Media Group (EMG).