Jean Dadario Burke

Jean Dadario Burke is an American television soap opera producer and director, most notably of the daytime television show All My Children.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] During her career in daytime television, Burke won many Daytime Emmy Awards, primarily as executive producer for that show.[8][9][10] She is credited with saving many characters from the canceled soap opera Loving and transporting them to its sequel show, The City, by radically reworking the storyline, changing the setting to New York City, eliminating half of the cast, and bringing in the star Morgan Fairchild.[11][12] She was part of a team that ultimately took the characters of Loving away from a "stilted upper-middle-class" orientation.[13] She was instrumental in the careers of many daytime actors, including Josh Duhamel.[14]

Burke was born in The Bronx, and started her career as a production secretary on the show Search for Tomorrow.[11] She held numerous jobs in the soap opera industry, doing casting, directing, and writing,[11] and sometimes working on several shows concurrently. She was a casting assistant at All My Children, was promoted to technical director, then later to director and senior producer, and finally to executive producer from 1998 to 2003.[15] She was a director at Another World from 1988 to 1990. She was executive producer from 1995 to 1997 of the show The City. From 1994 to 1995, she was executive producer of the daytime show Loving.[16] She was a director and associate producer of Ryan's Hope from 1988-1989.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Role Show Result
2002 Daytime Emmy Award Drama series All My Children Nominated
2000 Daytime Emmy Award Drama Series All My Children Nominated
1999 Daytime Emmy Award Drama series All My Children Nominated
1998 Daytime Emmy Award Drama series All My Children Won
1987 Daytime Emmy Award Drama series All My Children Nominated
1985 Daytime Emmy Award Drama series All My Children Nominated
1984 Daytime Emmy Award Technical direction All My Children Nominated
1983 Daytime Emmy Award Technical direction All My Children Won
1982 Daytime Emmy Award Technical direction All My Children Won
1981 Daytime Emmy Award Technical direction All My Children Won

Sources for awards:[8][9][10][17]


  1. ^ Behrens, Web (29 April 2003). "Bianca gets it on". The Advocate. p. 58. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  2. ^ SARAH KERSHAW, February 22, 1997, The New York Times, 12 Characters in Search of a Soap Opera, Again, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "...Jean Dadario Burke, executive producer, said the soap needed more time..."
  3. ^ Lisa Leigh Parney and M.S. Mason, JULY 7, 2000, Christian Science Monitor, Selling Soaps: To keep the genre robust, soap-opera producers are focusing on teenagers., Retrieved August 16, 2015, "...Our ideas come from real life, says Jean Dadario Burke ... uncover some of the myths about AIDS... dispel them."..."
  4. ^ Veronica Byrd, October 15, 2001, Vol. 56 No. 16, People Magazine, Casting Coup: As Susan Lucci's Lesbian Daughter, Daytime Rookie Eden Riegel Breaks New Ground on All My Children, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "...At the end of her sophomore year she landed a job as a White House intern. Then executive producer Jean Dadario Burke gave her the part of Bianca, and she decided to drop out of school—at least for the moment. "..."
  5. ^ Michael Starr, December 6, 2001, New York Post, STARR REPORT, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "...“We are thrilled to welcome Montel to ‘All My Children,’ ” says show EP Jean Dadario Burke. “..."
  6. ^ Michael Starr, May 22, 2001, New York Post, STARR Report, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "...Knight also wants to thank “AMC” EP Jean Dadario Burke and head writer Jean Passanante for winning his Emmy...."
  7. ^ Dan J. Kroll, March 15, 2001, Soap Central News, Becca to be "phased out", Retrieved August 16, 2015, "...According to AMC executive producer, Jean Dadario Burke, Becca Tyree's days in Pine Valley are numbered. ..."
  8. ^ a b Awards and Winners, Jean Dadario Burke, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "....Jean Dadario Burke is an American television New York City-based soap opera producer and director..."
  9. ^ a b Richard Katz, MAY 18, 1998, Variety Magazine, Oprah, Rosey share Emmy, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "....“All My Children” — Francesca James, executive producer; Jean Dadario-Burke, senior producer; Heidi Adam, supervising producer; Ginger Smith, coordinating producer (ABC)..."
  10. ^ a b MARCH 11, 1999, Variety Staff, Variety Magazine, Daytime Emmy Nominees List 1 Archived 2013-06-28 at WebCite, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "..“All My Children” — Jean Dadario Burke, Francesca James, executive producers; Michael Laibson, senior producer; Heidi Adam, Ginger Smith, supervising producers (ABC)..."
  11. ^ a b c MICHAEL RIEDEL, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 31, 1996, , TOUGH LIFE IN THE CITY DEMANDING DIVAS AND ACTORS WHO SCREW UP .. TO SAY NOTHING OF GREEDY EXTRAS - HEY IT'S ALL IN A DAYS WORK!, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "...A 25-year veteran of daytime television, Burke has been charged by ABC television with snatching "The City," the network's low-rated soap opera, from oblivion. ..."
  12. ^ November 05, 1995, ROBERT RORKE, Los Angeles Times, 'The City' Is a Killer : MORGAN FAIRCHILD TAKES 'LOVING' FROM SMALL-TOWN CORINTH TO DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "...Jean Dadario Burke... get radical... elimination of half the cast... relocate the show to New York City..."
  13. ^ JOHN J. O'CONNOR, November 13, 1995, The New York Times, TELEVISION REVIEW;From Ashes of 'Loving', Retrieved August 16, 2015, "....The transformation of "Loving" ... Jean Dadario Burke, the executive producer, ... away from the stilted upper-middle-class living room image that still prevails today. .."
  14. ^ Alexis Tereszcuk, July 28, 2011, RadarOnline, Josh Duhamel: ‘All My Children Was The First Time I Ever Felt Accepted’, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "...amount of education that I got from that show ... I will always be grateful to people like ... Jean Dadario Burke.”..."
  15. ^ 06 August 2003, Linda Marshall-Smith, Soapdom Magazine, AMC's Jean Dadario Burke Out; Julie Hanan Carruthers IN, Retrieved August 16, 2015, "...Julie Hanan Carruthers has been named executive producer of ABC Daytime's popular drama, "All My Children," ... replaces outgoing executive producer Jean Dadario Burke...."
  16. ^ Rorke, Robert (5 November 1995). "'The City' Is a Killer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  17. ^ Offman, Craig (13 March 2002). "Daytime Emmy noms announced". Variety. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2015.

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Preceded by
JoAnn Emmerich
Executive Producer of Loving
December 1994 – November 10, 1995
Succeeded by
show canceled
Preceded by
Executive Producer of The City
November 13, 1995 – March 28, 1997
Succeeded by
show canceled
Preceded by
Francesca James
Executive Producer of All My Children
April 1998 – September 2003
Succeeded by
Julie Hanan Carruthers