This morning’s big news that Coronation Street producer Kate Oates is departing the soap has lead to a big shake up at Emmerdale as the current executive producer Iain MacLeod heads over to fill Kate’s role at Corrie.
It was announced earlier today that Emmerdale boss Iain would be heading to Corrie, leaving his role as producer up for grabs.
Emmerdale announced that it has appointed three new producers, which will be the start of a huge production restructure at the soap.
Former ITV drama commissioner Jane Hudson has now been appointed executive producer for the rural soap – taking overall charge of the how the show is run.
Meanwhile, Emmerdale’s current assistant producer Kate Brooks and series script producer Lara Shaw will now both share the role of producer.
They will both produce alternate blocks of episodes as well as generally overseeing the day-to-day running of the soap.
Iain is expected to start at Corrie in June, which is when Emmerdale’s three new producers will step into their roles.
Jane Hudson has revealed: “I’m delighted to be returning to my Yorkshire roots and becoming part of the nation’s much loved soap, Emmerdale.
“I can’t wait to be back around the story table working with the writers on ideas that will have our audience laughing, crying, suspecting and occasionally hiding behind a cushion.
“I want to continue to give our loyal audience the drama they love whilst also bringing new viewers to the Dales, because believe me, there really is no better place.”
Speaking of his departure from Emmerdale, Iain said: “Working on Emmerdale at a time when it’s enjoyed such success has been a total joy and I will miss the people and the place immensely – it’s a special show full of huge talent.
“Only Corrie could have tempted me away. It gave me my first job in TV as an assistant researcher many years ago and to be returning as producer is the fulfilment of a long-standing dream.
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“It’ll be like a reunion with an old friend and I look forward to continuing the amazing work already being done by everyone connected with the show.”
During his time on the soap Iain has covered some of the show’s biggest storylines to date including Ashley Thomas’s dementia, car pile-up on Hotten bypass and Ross Barton’s acid attack – as well as the White family’s car crash and the introduction of Joe Tate.
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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