Louise Berridge has
decided to step down as Executive Producer of EastEnders, it was announced
Mal Young, BBC Controller of Continuing Drama
Series, paid tribute to Louise.
He said: "This must be the toughest programme making
role on British TV. Louise has done a superb job, overseeing some of
the most talked about telly moments of the last three years.
"It's a relentless job, both as manager and lead
creative of over 200 hours of primetime drama, in a very public spotlight.
"There are not many people talented or resilient
enough to handle this job, and Louise has proved herself one of the
few. Without Louise, there'd be no Alfie Moon, no Dennis Rickman.
"At a time of all channels losing audience share,
she has helped EastEnders keep its share stable year on year.
"We're sorry to see her leave her current position,
but pleased that she's staying on in BBC Drama, as she will now be involved
in a major new drama project."
Louise Berridge said: "I've loved every minute
of my time on EastEnders, but felt it the right time to move on to new
challenges. Plus I could do with a holiday!
"It's been a privilege to lead BBC ONE's number
one show through the last two years, even when faced with the unexpected.
"We now have some very exciting plans in place
with forthcoming storylines, of which I'm very proud.
"I'll miss working with all the crew and cast,
but I know EastEnders will be in good hands, and continue to go from
strength to strength."
The new Executive Producer will be Kathleen Hutchison,
currently the Executive Producer of BBC ONE's highly successful Holby
Mal Young said: "Kathleen has all the right qualifications
to take on this job. She's a great leader, with an energy and passion
for popular drama, along with lots of exciting ideas to help keep the
viewers glued to BBC ONE's flagship show.
"She's played a huge part in the success of Holby
City, and I'm thrilled Kathleen will now be moving over to EastEnders."
Kathleen said: "This is my dream job. I'm a massive
popular drama fan having been hooked on EastEnders, Coronation Street
and Brookside at various times over the years.
"Soap reaches the hearts of the nation with iconic
characters and stories. I can't wait to get stuck in and create a few
more on EastEnders.
"I'm overjoyed to have been given this opportunity
- it's a great time to be taking the show forward into its 20th anniversary