JOHN YORKE TO STEP DOWN AS EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT AS KATE OATES SIGNS WITH BBC AS NEW BBC STUDIOS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Kate Oates has signed with BBC Studios as the new Executive Producer of EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City.
Kate Oates said: "Working across EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City is an amazing opportunity for me to have creative input into three of the UK's leading dramas. I'm excited about meeting the teams and talent behind each show and can't wait to get stuck in and tell some unmissable stories."
Interim Executive Consultant for EastEnders - John Yorke - will be stepping down at the end of the year handing the reins over to Kate. John will be closely working with Kate until then to "assure a smooth transition" says Mark Linsey.
John Yorke's next role will be announced by the BBC in the coming weeks says their Chief Commercial Officer.
Mark Linsey, Chief Commercial Officer - BBC Studios, said: "Kate is a dynamic, passionate and creative storyteller and I couldn't be more thrilled that she's joining BBC Studios to work with our fantastic teams at EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty. At EastEnders, she will be taking the baton from John Yorke, who stepped in to run the show on a temporary basis in June 2017. I'd like to personally thank him for the great job he’s done during this interim period. John will continue to work together with Kate to ensure a smooth handover until the end of the year, and we will be announcing his next role with us in the coming weeks."
Kate's new colleagues at the BBC are delighted she's on-board.
Piers Wenger, Controller - BBC Drama, said: "Kate's track record for making continuing drama the nation’s most talked about TV is unrivalled and we are thrilled to welcome her dynamic creative leadership to EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty. Working closely with John Yorke in the coming months, we are particularly excited to see Kate unveil her plans for the residents of Albert Square. She's going to be brilliant."
As Casualty & Holby City have their respective Series Producers, Kate will primarily be focusing on the Walford drama but still overseeing proceedings inside Holby City Hospital.