Lorraine Newman steps down as executive producer of 'Eastenders'

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Eastenders' executive producer Lorraine Newman has announced that she will be stepping down from her role on the soap after 16 months as head honcho at the BBC1 serial drama.

Newman has been a part of the BBC soap for 23 years, beginning as a script secretary and eventually working her way up to the top job in 2012. Former series story producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins will be taking on the role of EP from Newman.

Speaking about her decision to leave, Lorraine commented: ''I have loved every moment of my time at EastEnders, but it is finally time to leave Walford. Over the past 23 years, I have been involved in some of the best moments on British television, from 'Who Shot Phil?', to 'You Ain't My Mother!', to the 25th live anniversary episode and in the past year, the Olympic Torch episode has also been a proud highlight.''

''Over the past year, I have also had the pleasure of planning and implementing the revival of many of the EastEnders clans who should always be at the heart of the show. I am confident that I am leaving the show in a stronger place and am sure that Dominic will continue to build upon this, taking the show to a new level.''

''I am delighted to be joining BBC Drama Production as an executive producer and look forward to the new opportunities and projects this will bring."

Kate Harwood, head of BBC Drama Production paid tribute to Lorraine, saying: ''I want to thank Lorraine very deeply on behalf of the BBC for the work she's done on EastEnders over many years. From the beginning her love of the programme and her attention to detail has been part of the warp and weft of life in Walford, and for seven years her work as series producer drove quality and provided great strength at the core of the show.''

''Since early 2012, Lorraine took on the job of executive producer and led from the front the team she knows so well, both to Bafta glory and Christmas ratings success. EastEnders will miss Lorraine very much indeed but I am delighted she is joining the Series and Serials side of In-House Drama as an executive producer."

Meanwhile, new executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins worked on the programme as story producer from 2006 until 2010 where he was responsible for creating the characters of Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell and Shirley Carter as well as devising a number of popular storylines such as Stacey's bipolar disorder and Archie's murder.
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