- Kathleen Hutchison
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Kathleen Hutchison is a British
television producer, whose credits include " Playing the Field", " Holby City" (of which she was the Series Producer, then Executive Producerfor many years) and "Casualty @ Holby City".
21 September 2004, Hutchison was appointed Executive Producer of the BBCtelevision soap opera " EastEnders", after the then Executive Producer, Louise Berridge, resigned following prolonged critical and public criticism of the show.
Hutchison had the overwhelming task of reversing the fortunes of the BBC's flagship soap. In previous months viewing figures had suffered when up against ITV1's "
Emmerdale".During her time at the soap Hutchison axed the unpopular Ferreira family as well as other unsuccessful characters such as Den Watts; she brought in Jake and Danny Moonand Johnny and Ruby Allen.
During her time at "EastEnders" Hutchison won Soap Storyline of the Year and brought the show’s ratings up to the 12 million mark, the highest for four years.In January 2005, Hutchison decided to leave the soap and commented:“I’ve enjoyed my brief time at "EastEnders" and wish the show the very best."
John Yorke, BBC Controller of Continuing Drama Series, took total control of the show himself and became acting Executive Producer for a short period, before appointing Kate Harwood.John Yorke said, “Kathleen has done a fantastic job of managing "EastEnders" during this period of change - I am very grateful to her for all her hard work and for leaving the show in such a strong position for us to build on.”
Hutchison moved from drama to comedy in 2005 setting up The Hutch Management, working with stand-up comedians and developing comedy projects for stage and television including a pilot sketch show for Feelgood Fiction starring Nathan Caton in January 2007 and a 30 minute narrative comedy "Standing-Up", written by Tommy Mack.
In February 2007, Hutchison joined television channel
Paramount Comedyas Head of New Comedy. Her remit is to develop and nurture new talent from the comedy circuit. She has already worked with names such as; Rob Rouse, We Are Klangand Jim Jeffries under the banner Shortcuts.
In summer 2007, Hutchison was a judge at the IF.Comeddies, formerly the Perrier prize at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2005/01_january/27/eastenders.shtml BBC confirms changes to production at "EastEnders"]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1597814/ Kathleen Hutchison] at the
Internet Movie Database
* [http://www.paramountcomedy.com/shortcuts Shortcuts at Paramount Comedy Website]
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