Kate Harwood has been appointed as the new Executive
Producer for EastEnders by John Yorke, Controller, Continuing Drama
Her start date is not yet confirmed but is expected to be within the
next two weeks.
Kate is currently an Executive Producer in BBC Drama Serials reporting
to Laura Mackie, Head of Drama Series and Serials.
In her current role she has been responsible for programmes including
Crime And Punishment, Daniel Deronda, The Lost World and Final Demand.
Most recently she has been working on the forthcoming BBC ONE drama
Elizabeth, The Virgin Queen.
Previously, as a producer, she has worked on dramas including The Beggar
Bride, Close Relations, The Echo, David Copperfield, Man And Boy and
last year's Bafta winner, Charles II - The Power and The Passion.
John Yorke said: "I am delighted that Kate will be joining the team.
She has an excellent reputation across the industry, she understands
how to tell stories and how to engage the viewer, it is a real coup
for us to have her on board."
Laura Mackie added: "Kate is one of the most talented creative forces
in the drama community.
"Her passion for quality underpins everything she works on from
costume dramas like Charles II to cutting edge contemporary serials
like Holding On.
"She has consistently uncovered the very best new talent both
on and off screen and I know she will relish the challenge and opportunity
that EastEnders provides."
Kate said of her new job: "I am very excited by the challenge of taking
on a show as wonderful as EastEnders.
"I've been a fan for many years and can't wait to meet the cast
and to start working with the production team planning the show's future."