Neighbours executive producer Susan Bower has stepped down from her position after 4 years working at the show. Bower who has seen a number of major changes including the departure of show veteran Harold Bishop (Ian Smith) and its' Australian move to channel Eleven will be replaced by Richard Jasek.
Susan stands down from her post in December as she moves to the show's production company Fremantle Media Australia as part of the international business ventures team. She told The Herald Sun: ''It was a hard decision. I love Neighbours, it is a wonderful show and because of this I felt it was important that fresh eyes and brains take over to keep this Australian icon contemporary.''
''Having said that, I'm really excited about the new role and thank FremantleMedia for this wonderful opportunity." CEO for Fremantle Media, Ian Hogg added: ''In her time with Neighbours, Susan has overseen the most significant and comprehensive change in the history of the production. Susan has revolutionised the creative and production processes of the show and, most importantly, the culture of the production unit.''
''It is also during her tenure that Neighbours made a very successful transition from Ten to Eleven. Susan's passion and commitment have been inspiring, and I sincerely thank her for her dedication." Susan will be replaced by former City Homicide boss Richard Jasek whilst Alan Hardy will also be joining the show's crew as a producer.
Hogg said about new producer Hardy: ''Alan is a very hands-on producer with an incredibly strong script, casting and production sense. His early successes as script producer include The Sullivans, All The Rivers Run and The Henderson Kids. He has worked on a huge volume of Australian productions since and has most recently led the script team on Home and Away, City Homicide and Shortland Street. He will be a valuable addition to the Neighbours team."