Jane Hudson, the producer of Emmerdale, declared last year that she would be leaving the show after five years.
Iain MacLeod, the boss of Coronation Street, has been promoted to assume the same position on Emmerdale, another ITV soap opera. It coincides with Jane Hudson’s five-year resignation from her position. After leading Emmerdale storylines from 2015 to 2018, Iain MacLeod, the producer of Coronation Street since 2018, will now take on a new role on the channel’s second flagship soap opera. He will serve as Executive Producer for Continuing Drama, supervising both shows.
Some of the biggest storylines in Coronation Street have been attributed to Iain, including the abuse of Yasmeen Nazir (Shelly King) by the evil Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew) and the hate crime murder of Seb Franlin (Harry Visinoni).
He declared: “I am incredibly excited to be overseeing two shows that the entire country and I adore.”
“They hold such a central role in viewers’ lives and working with the immensely talented teams on either side of the Pennines to cement their position as the best soaps on the telly will be a massive thrill and a privilege.”
He went on to say: “I have been honing my skills in producer roles for the past decade and I am brimming with ideas for what the next chapter on each show will look like – I can’t wait to get started!”
Iain also had a great time working as a producer on Hollyoaks from 2014 to 2016.
From 2009 to 2013, he was Coronation Street’s story editor.
Prior to accepting the position on Coronation Street in 2018, he served as the series producer for Emmerdale from 2015 to 2018.
Jane Hudson made her resignation from Emmerdale’s head office known in August.
The soap opera has garnered an extraordinary amount of accolades over the past five years, including recent BAFTA and NTAs.
Hard-hitting, poignant tales like Faith Dingle’s (Sally Dexter) breast cancer and Marlon Dingle’s (Mark Charnock) stroke have also garnered it enormous critical acclaim.
Jane oversaw the program during the challenging Covid years, keeping it running when all other drama production in the UK came to an abrupt end.
“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,” Jane stated in a speech last year.
“What we’ve accomplished, on and off screen, makes me incredibly proud, especially how we came together during the pandemic to ensure that we never went without programming.
Even though it will be difficult to say goodbye to my made-up village family, I am eager to spend weekends with my actual family again.
“But mostly, I can’t wait to be an Emmerdale viewer again and have no idea what’s coming next!”