2007: The Directors and Writers Thread

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AMC

- Anthony Morina first listed as Director on February 26

- Megan McTavish last listed on Head Writer on May 1

- Fritz Brekeller first listed as Director on May 7

- Anthony Morina last listed as Director on June 4

- Jill Ackles first listed as Director on June 12

- James Harmon Brown first listed as Co-Head Writer on July 25

- Barbara Esensten first listed as Co-Head Writer on July 25

- Joe Cotugno first listed as Director on August 3

- Kate Hall first listed as Script Writer on August 16

- Amanda L. Beall last listed as Script Wwriter on September 11

- Karen Lewis last listed as Script Writer on October 17

- Michelle Patrick listed as Script Writer on October 26

- Michelle Patrick last listed as Associate Head Writer on November 1

- Sara A. Bibel first listed as Associate Head Writer on November 8

- Ron Renauld first listed as Script Writer on November 16

- Sara A. Bibel last listed as Associate Head Writer on December 12

- Kate Hall last listed as Script Writer on December 13

- Joanna Cohen last listed as Script Writer on December 19

- Ron Renauld last listed as Script Writer on December 21

- Courtney Bugler last listed as Script Writer on December 31

ATWT

- Bettina F. Bradbury last listed as Script Writer on January 7

- Mimi Leahey first listed as Script Writer on January 18

- Gary Sunshine back as Associate Head Writer in early March

- Judy Tate last listed as Associate Head Writer on March 26

- Judy Tate back listed as Script Writer on March 27

- David A. Levinson last listed as Script Writer on April 3

- David A. Levinson first listed as Associate Head Writer on April 4

- Judith Donato last listed as Script Writer on April 6

- Anna Fields first listed as Script Writer on April 26

- Anna Fields last listed as Script Writer on May 2

- Gary Sunshine last listed as Associate Head Writer on July 12

- Elizabeth Page last listed as Script Writer on July 17

- Jeanne Marie Ford first listed as Script Writer on July 30

- Ian Toporoff first listed as Director on August 7

- Peter Brash first listed as Script Writer on August 9

- Mimi Leahey last listed as Script Writer on August 10

- David A. Levinson back/last as Script Writer on August 14

- Anna Theresa Cascio last listed as Associate Head Writer on September 18

- Peter Brash first listed as Associate Head Writer on September 24

- Peter Brash last listed as Script Writer on October 4

- Judy Tate last listed as Script Writer on October 15

- Christopher Whitesell last listed as Co-Head Writer on October 17

- Jeanne Marie Ford last listed as Script Writer on October 18

- Cheryl Davis first listed as Script Writer on October 26

- Leslie Nipkow first listed as Script Writer on November 8

- Lisa Kohn first listed as Script Writer on November 16

B&B

- Joshua S. McCaffrey first listed as Script Writer on February 22

- John Chambers last lised as Script Writer on May 18

- Janice Ferri Esser first listed as Story Consultant on June 4

- Janice Ferri Esser first listed as Script Writer on June 5

- Adam Dusevoir last listed as Associate Producer on July 6

- Adam Dusevoir first listed as Coordinating Producer on July 9

- Kay Alden first listed as Associate Head Writer on August 6

- Joshua S. McCaffrey last listed as Script Writer on August 16

DAYS

- Jeanne Marie Ford last listed as Script Editor on January 4

- James Harmon Brown first listed as Script Editor on January 5

- Barbara Esesten first listed as Script Editorr on January 5

- Susan Kirshenbaum last listed as Script Writer on January 5

- Michael Slade last listed as Script Writer on January 5

- Bettina F. Bradbury first listed as Script Writer on January 16

- Tom Casiello first listed as Associate Head Writer on January 22

- Sofia Landon Geier last listed as Script Writer on January 26

- Jeanne Marie Ford back as Script Writer on January 29

- Hannah Shearer last listed as Associate Head Writer on February 16

- Peter Brash last listed as Associate Head Writer on March 1

- Bruce Neckles last listed as Script Writer on March 2

- Cydney Kelley back listed as Script Writer on March 22

- Judith Donato first listed as Script Writer on March 26

- Ryan Quan first listed as Writer’s Assistant on April 3

- Cydney Kelley last listed as Writer’s Assistant in early April

- Joe R. Stemmer last listed as Writer’s Assistant in Mid May

- Joe R. Stemmer first listed as Pre-Production Coordinator on May 15

- Jeanne Marie Ford last listed as Scrit Writer in late May

- Phil Sogard last listed as Director on June 25

- James Harmon Brown last listed as Script Editor on July 2

- Barbara Esesten last listed as Script Editor on July 2

- Richard Backus first listed as Script Editor on July 3

- Grant A. Johnson first listed as Director on July 26

- Jim Baffico last listed as Director on August 16

- Roy B. Steinberg last listed as Supervising Producer on August 29

- Stephen Wyman last listed as Co-Executive Producer on August 29

- Edward Scott first listed as Co-Executive Producer on August 30

- Kathryn Foster first listed as Director on September 5

- Fran F. Bascom last listed as Casting Director on September 5

- Marnie Saitta first listed as Casting Director on September 7

- Noel Maxam first listed as Producer on September 10

- Noel Maxam first listed as Director on September 21

- Meg Kelly last listed as Script Writer on September 28

- Roger W. Inman last listed as Director on October 15

- Renee Godelia back listed as Script Writer on October 15

- Beth Milstein last listed as Associate Head Writer on October 26

- Grant A. Johnson last listed as Director on November 6

- Judy Tate first listed as Associate Head Writer on November 12

- Phil Sogard back as Director on November 14

- Charlotte Gibson first listed as Associate Head Writer on November 20

GH

- Matthew Diamond last listed as Director on July 25

- Danielle Faraldo first listed as Director on August 3

- Phideaux Xavier first lised as Director on August 7

- Tracey Thomson last listed as Script Writer on December 18

- Susan Wald last listed as Script Writer on December 19

- Michele Val Jean last listed as Script Writer on December 21

- Mary Sue Price last listed as Script Writer on December 24

- Karen Harris last listed as Script Writer on December 26

GL

- Jill Lorie Hurst last listed as Associate Head Writer on June 7

- Jill Lorie Hurst first listed as Story Producer on June 11

- Brett Staneart last listed as Script Writer on June 26

- David Smilow last listed as Script Writer on July 23

- Penelope Koechl last listed as Script Writer on July 24

- Royal Miller last listed as Script Writer on July 26

- Christopher Cullen first listed as Producer on September 4

- Janet Morrison last listed as Digital Producer on November 16

- Janet Morrison first listed as Producer on November 19

- Zetna Fuentes first listed as Director on December 28

OLTL

- Aida Croal back as Script Writer on March 30

- Ron Carlivati last listed as Associate Head Writer on May 7

- Ron Carlivati first listed as Co-Head Writer on May 8

- Lisa Seidman last listed as Script Writer on May 18

- Mary Ryan first listed as Director on June 22

- Elizabeth Page first lised as Script Writer on August 31

- Dena Higley last listed as Head Writer on September 10

- Ron Carlivati last listed as Co-Head Writer on September 10

- Ron Carlivati first listed as Head Writer on Setepmber 11

- Leslie Nipkow last listed as Script Editor on October 3

- Carolyn Culliton first listed as Script Editor on October 4

- Leslie Nipkow last lisetd as Script Writer on October 25

- Veronica Sandbridge first listed as Script Writer on November 6

- Mark Christopher last listed as Script Writer on November 8

- Jeanne Marie Ford first listed as Script Writer on November 26

- Gary Tomlin first listed as Script Writer on December 10

- Anna Theresa Cascio first listed as Associate Head Writer on December 11

- Catharina Ledeboer first listed as Associate Head Writer on December 17

- Victor Gialanella last listed as Associate Head Writer on December 18

PSNS

- Denise L. Mark last listed as Coordinating Producer on September 7

- N. Gail Lawrence last listed as Associate Head Writer on September 7

- Peggy Schibi last listed as Script Editor on September 7

- Maralyn Thoma last listed as Script Writer on September 7

- Nancy Williams Watt last listed Script Writer on September 7

- Shawn Morrison first listed as Script Writer on September 17

- Shawn Morrison last listed as Script Writer on December 6

- Shawn Morrison first listed as Associate Head Writer on December 10

Y&R

- Chris Abbott back as Associate Head Writer on January 2

- Lynsey Dufour first listed as Associate Head Writer on January 5

- Marina Alburger first listed as Associate Head Writer on January 10

- Joshua S. McCaffrey last listed as Script Writer on January 10

- Janice Ferri Esser last listed as Associate Head Writer on January 22

- Lynsey Dufour promoted to full time Associate Head Writer on January 23

- Janice Ferri Esser back as Script Writer on February 5

- Chris Abbott last listed as Associate Head Writer on February 16

- Chris Abbott first listed as Script Writer on February 27

- Jill Ackles first listed as Director on March 20

- Chris Abbott last listed as Script Writer on March 22

- Neil Landau first listed as Associate Head Writer on March 27

- Benard Lechowick first listed as Creative Consultant on May 2

- Benard Lechowick first listed as Associate Head Writer on May 2

- Janice Ferri Esser last listed as Script Writer on May 4

- Neil Landau last listed as Associate Head Writer on May 9

- Mike Denney last listed as Director on May 9

- Benard Lechowick back as Script Writer on May 14

- Marina Alburger last listed as Associate Head Writer on May 22

- Marina Alburger first listed as Script Writer on May 28

- Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld first listed as Associate Head Writers on June 6

- Jenelle Lindsay first listed as Script Writer on June 7

- Sara A. Bibel back as Associate Head Writer on June 13

- Edward Scott last listed as Supervising Producer on June 15

- Anthony Morina first listed as Producer on June 18

- Sara A. Bibe last listed as Script Writer June 28

- Barbara Bloom first listed as Associate Head Writer on June 29

- Jenelle Lindsay last listed as Script Writer on July 10

- Sara A. Bibel last listed as Associate Head Writer on July 16

- Vincent Latham Lechowick first listed as Script Writer on July 24

- Phideaux Xavier first listed as Director on July 25

- Valerie Ahern & Christian McLaughlin first listed as Associate Head Writers on July 27

- Paula Cwikly last listed as Associate Head Writer on August 3

- Brett Staneart first listed as Associate Head Writer on August 22

- Marina Alburger last listed as Script Writer on September 6

- Noel Maxam last listed as Director on September 11

- Darin Goldberg and Shelley Meals first listed as Writers on September 19

- Susan Strickler first listed as Director on September 26

- Valerie Ahern & Christian McLaughlin last listed as Writers on November 29

- Marina Alburger back as Associate Head Writers on December 13

- Marina Alburger last listed as Writer on December 13

- Michael Montgomery last listed as Writer on December 17

- Sandra Weintraub last listed as Writer on December 19

- Bernard Lechowick last listed as Writers on December 19

- Darin Goldberg & Shelley Meals last listed as Writers on December 20

- Eric Friedwald & Linda Schreiber last listed as Writers on December 20

- Brett Staneart last listed as Writer on December 21

- Scott Hamner last listed as as Co-Head Writer on December 24

- Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld last listed as Writers on December 24

- James Stanley last listed as Writer on December 24

- Natalie Minardi Slater last listed as Writer on December 24

- Lynsey Dufour last listed as Writer on December 24

- Bernard Lechowick last listed as Creative Consultant on December 24

- Lynn Marie Latham last listed as Executive Producer and Head Writer on December 24

- Josh Griffith first listed as Head Writer on December 26

- Maria Arena Bell first listed as Co-Head Writer on December 26

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James Harmon Brown and Barbara Esensten,long despised by some GL fans were listed today as BDW's/Asscoiate HW's on Days of Our Lives.

They also wrote Loving/The City and were on OLTL. They were writer's on Dynasty,too

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James Harman Brown/Barbara Estensen are the new scriptwriters as of 1/5/07

OUT: Jean Grunwell

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Source?

They're former GL and PC headwriters, right?

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WRITING DUO JOINS STAFF

Long-time writing partners Barbara J. Esensten and James Harmon Brown have joined the writing staff of "Days of Our Lives" as associate head writers. Esensten and Brown have been collaborating together for many years, since they first met in 1983. At the time, Esensten was a radio reporter and Brown was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Their first writing assignment together was for two years at ABC's primetime soap "Dynasty." From 1992-1993, they wrote for "Guiding Light." From 1994-1997, they were head writers for "Loving", and when the show's format changed in 1995, they became co-creators of its spinoff, "The City." They then moved on to "Guiding Light" from 1997-2000 and "Port Charles" from 2000-2003. Most recently, they wrote for "One Life to Live" from 2004-2005. They've been nominated three times for Daytime Emmys, winning in 1993 for their work on "Guiding Light." Brown, 57, was born on April 20, 1949. Esensten was born on June 1, 1937. At 69, she is the senior member of the "Days" writing staff. In other news, writer Jeanne Marie Grunwell Ford has left the series.

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They were horrible at GL and Dynasty. I believe James H. Brown was also producer of Dallas during the dream season. :rolleyes: At OLTL they seemed to have gotten better. :lol:

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Alright, please GOD, someone clarify what "Associate Headwriters" means. Please? Is AH the new term for "scriptwriters?"

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Also, I heard that their stuff on PC was beyond suckage.

I've seen video interviews with them, and they act like they're half asleep, LoL. They were incredibly boring, vampire-like creatures.

Alot of their stuff on GL was very hit-and-miss, though their good stuff was VERY good. Then again, budgets were better than, production values were superior then...

We shall see what happens, I suppose.

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Alright, please GOD, someone clarify what "Associate Headwriters" means. Please? Is AH the new term for "scriptwriters?"

An associate helps out the head writer. Script writers write the daily script Kenny.

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Associates usually help the head writer, but they are primarily responsible for breakdown writing. It is a fancy way of saying breakdown writer.

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Why couldnt have Days picked up Jean Passanante. She worked with Hogan already. :P:lol:

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As long as they stick to breakdowns, things should be good. They have a lot of experience. Overall, I think DAYS has one of the finest writing staffs it has had in a while.

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Here's the current staff...Brash, Geier, Neckels, Slade and Kirshenbaum will be departing soon. So there will be some new dialogue writers hired in the near future.

Head Writer Hogan Sheffer

Co-Head Writer Meg Kelly

Associate Head Writers Beth Milstein, Peter Brash, Hannah Shearer, Frederick Johnson, Gordon Rayfield, Barbara J. Esensten, James Harmon Brown

Dialogue Writers Sofia Landon Geier, Bruce Neckels, Jodie Scholz, Michael Slade, Susan Kirshenbaum, Mike Cohen

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An associate helps out the head writer. Script writers write the daily script Kenny.

I know what scriptwriters do. I just remember hearing recently that their title had been changed.

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Here's the current staff...Brash, Geier, Neckels, Slade and Kirshenbaum will be departing soon. So there will be some new dialogue writers hired in the near future.

Head Writer Hogan Sheffer

Co-Head Writer Meg Kelly

Associate Head Writers Beth Milstein, Peter Brash, Hannah Shearer, Frederick Johnson, Gordon Rayfield, Barbara J. Esensten, James Harmon Brown

Dialogue Writers Sofia Landon Geier, Bruce Neckels, Jodie Scholz, Michael Slade, Susan Kirshenbaum, Mike Cohen

I've said forever now that Days needs an entire overhaul of the writing staff. Not just the headwriter, but the entire writing staff. Breakdowns and scripts were terrible... it was all just so disjointed and BEYOND bad. I can't believe they're actually ditching the entire staff! It's a risk, but one that needed to be taken.

The only exit I'm really sad about is Geier.

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