Newman's first major cast change was reintroduction of Sharon Watts in August 2012,which Newman revealed had been a year in the planning. Upon her return, Dean said that Newman was "very good at character insight". Ben Mitchell departed in the same month following the conclusion of the storyline of Heather Trott's murder storyline, with Newman confirming the departure of Anthony Moon soon afterwards. Newman later introduced Ava Hartman, the secret daughter of Cora Cross and Ava's son Dexter, Poppy Meadow Major departures under Newman’s tenure include Syed Masood, Christian Clarke in November 2012, Derek Branning killed off in the Christmas Day episode.
Newman has planned for a number of new characters and old ones to return to the show including: Danny Pennant, Lexi Pearce, Ava Hartman, Kirsty Branning,Dexter Hartman, Sam James, Carl White, Sadie Young, Peggy Mitchell, Ronnie Mitchell, Peter Beale, Cindy Williams, Carly Wicks and David Wicks.
On 29 July 2013 it was confirmed that Newman would leave the soap and Dominic Treadwell-Collins took her place as Executive Producer. Her last credited episode as Executive Producer was Episode 4758 (5 December 2013).
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