EMMERDALE has launched its hunt for its new big boss.
The ITV soap has opened applications for a new Executive Producer to replace outgoing soap boss Jane Hudson.
Jane announced she was quitting the show last month and will leave later this year.
For her replacement ITV want an “inspirational” leader with a proven track record in soaps and someone who can take charge in a crisis including “taking into account individual’s mental health needs and the needs of the programmes and of ITV”.
The closing date for applications on the ITV Jobs website is later this month.
The executive producer helmed the show through its dramatic 50th Birthday last year and will depart after leading the show for almost 1000 episodes.
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Jane said: “I’ve had a wonderful time at Emmerdale and feel very lucky to have spent the last five years working alongside such a hardworking and talented team.
“I’m extremely proud of what we‘ve achieved both on and off screen, especially during the pandemic when we all pulled together to make sure we never went off air.
“As hard as it is to say goodbye to my fictional family of villagers, I can’t wait to have weekends back with my real family.
“But mostly, I can’t wait to be an Emmerdale viewer again and have no idea what’s coming next!”
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Huw Kennair-Jones, ITV Drama Commissioner, added: “Jane's tenure at Emmerdale has been exceptional.
“As well as consistently delivering brilliant stories brilliantly told, she oversaw Emmerdale being the first Soap to resume filming during the Covid 19 pandemic ensuring it kept on air, for which everyone at ITV will be eternally grateful.
“I’d personally like to thank her for everything she's done for the show over the last five years and wish her all the very best for the future”.
Managing Director for Continuing Drama, John Whiston, paid tribute to Jane’s work.
He said: “We all thank Jane for her unerring dedication to, and passion for, Emmerdale.
“During her time running the show it has gone from strength to strength, pushing the boundaries of continuing drama to another level with powerful storylines, breath-taking stunts and deeply affecting human drama.
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“She has also introduced compelling new characters and families, setting the programme up for even more success to come.
“Everyone who loves the show thanks her for what she has brought to Emmerdale over these five last years and for leaving the show in such good stead with inventive and gripping stories on the cards well into 2024’’.
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