Neighbours is getting a new Executive Producer as Susan Bower resigns to take up new opportunities within FremantleMedia Australia.
Bower leaves after four years in the role, to depart in December.
She will be replaced by Richard Jasek, who took over the producing role on City Homicide following the exit of Maryanne Carroll. He has also been a director for City Homicide, McLeods Daughters, The Secret Life Of Us and Blue Heelers.
In a statement Ian Hogg FremantleMedia’s CEO said, “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.”
Bower’s new role will see her providing broad assistance for the FMA development team, as well as a regional interface role with WorldWide Drama (WWD) and support for Paul O’Hanlon, as FMA’s Asian divison looks to expand its drama slate.
Also joining Neighbours executive production team is Alan Hardy in the role of producer.
“Alan is a very hands-on producer with an incredibly strong script, casting and production sense,” said Hogg.
“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 lead the script team on Home & Away, City Homicide and Shortland Street. He will be a valuable addition to the Neighbours team.”