Favorite head writer and Executive producer
Favorite Headwriter and Executive Producer? In this case you cannot list the "gods of daytime" Irna Phillips, William J. Bell, Douglas Marland, Gloria Monty or Agnes Nixon.
So for me...
Best Headwriter: It's a tie between Sally Sussman Morina and Lorraine Broderick.
Let's start off with Sally. A veteran soap scribe she created both Generations on NBC and Spider Games for MTV (she executive produced both series as well), worked as an Associate Headwriter, Breakdown Writer and a Story Consultant for Y&R and Associate Head wrote and later Head wrote Days for several years and got her start on Another World as a Script Writer. Yet she is not my favorite in the EP category.
The reason why I love her is that this is a woman who knows daytime. For Generations she wrote a 700 page story-bible and as a series that lasted less then 2 years it received several Emmy nominations:
-Lead Actor for James Reynolds as Henry Marshall
-Younger Actor and Supporting Actor for Kristoff St. John as Adam Marshall
And acting nominations at that time was one way to know people take your own soap seriously.
Her template for a fully integrated soap helped to give Bill Bell the bright idea to bring on the Winters/Barber clans on Y&R. By the way Y&R inherited both Kristoff and Tonya Lee Williams from Generations. And later Vivica A Fox came on for a spell!
On Days she won the series Award' s it hadn't won in years due to her ability to write character-driven storyline and work with the actor's strengths.
She won the Writers Guild of America Award for Days in 1999 and got the series nominated for
Best Writing: 1998 & 1999
Eileen Davidson as Kristen Blake DiMera, Susan Banks Sister Mary Moira, Thomas, and Penelope. (Yes Reilly created all the extras roles accept for Penelope, but he left in 1997 and it was under Sally's reign that the writing became award worthy.)
Best Younger Actor for Jensen Ackles as Eric Brady
Best Younger Actress Christie Clark as Carrie Brady Reed
Might I add that on Y&R it was she who created the popular Phick Affair. Just sayin...
Now on to the other one. Lorriane-f'ing-Broderick.
All My Children: Head Writer, Co-Head Writer, Associate Head Writer, Script Writer / Breakdown Writer
Another World: Associate Head Writer
As the World Turns: Head Writer.
Days of our Lives: Head Writer.
Guiding Light:Co-Head-Writer & Associate Head Writer.
One Life to Live: Associate Head Writer & Co-Head Writer.
Port Charles: Associate Head Writer.
Her list of Awards are as follow:
AMC was always getting acting nominations and wins under her tenure as well as the other soaps she was on. So i will forgo that. But that show's you the power behind a woman who knows how to write the magic on the screen that we see when she helms a soap. She's been a hot commodity in the industry for decades and a character-driven storyline writing maven. Countless Emmy nominations and four wins for writing.
During her short-term return as a transition writer she made even the blandest of characters including the Liza recast work!
As for my favorite Executive Producer it is Ed Scott who during Scott’s tenure as executive producer of The Young & The Restless, the series received five Emmy Awards wins and 14 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Daytime Drama. The show also received under his tenure The People’s Choice Award, The TV Guide Reader’s Poll, and more NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Daytime Drama than any other American television series, primetime or daytime. So the man is excellent. And you see the wonders he has done for B&B.
Anyways those are mines. What's yours?