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Joe Shelby "Josh" Griffith (born August 15)[citation needed] is an American soap opera writer and producer.

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Personal lifeEdit

Born on August 15, in the U.S. state of New York, Josh is the son of Joe (Rip) Griffith and Sue Estes Griffith, both teachers and artists.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

Griffith began his writing career on Santa Barbara in 1988 and continued writing for the show until 1991 when he moved over to One Life to Live, where he began as an associate head writer under Michael Malone before being promoted to co-head writer in early 1992.[1] Under his and Malone's tenure at One Life to Live, the show won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in 1994.[2] Griffith left the show in early 1995.

In 1997, Griffith was co-creator of the NBC Daytime soap opera Sunset Beach along with Robert Guza Jr.[3] The show ran for nearly three years before being cancelled in December 1999. In the spring of 2003, Griffith and Michael Malone returned to One Life to Live for a second stint as head writers, however they remained with the show for just a year. After leaving, Griffith became a script writer on CBS Daytime's As the World Turns under head writer Hogan Sheffer, who shortly afterwards stepped down as head writer. He would later return to the show briefly between 2009 and 2010.

In 2006, vice president of CBS Daytime, Barbara Bloom, brought Griffith over to The Young and the Restless as a creative consultant and breakdown writer under executive producer and head writer Lynn Marie Latham; within three months, he was promoted to co-executive producer to work alongside of Latham. Griffith assumed full executive producer duties after Latham was fired for abandoning her posts as executive producer and head writer to go on strike during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike. During the strike, he took over as head writer and to do this, he accepted Financial core status with the WGA.[4] In December 2007, Maria Arena Bell became his co-head writer.

In August 2008, Griffith was fired from his executive producer duties by Barbara Bloom and Steven Kent of Sony Pictures Television, leading to Bell becoming executive producer and head writer and later replacing him with Paul Rauch.[5] In 2009, Griffith briefly worked as a writer on General Hospital. In July 2012, it was announced that Griffith had been rehired on The Young and the Restless as the sole head writer following Bell's dismissal; he would work alongside new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps.[6] Episodes under their direction began airing on October 12, 2012.

In August 2013, speculation and reports indicated that Griffith had resigned as head writer, reportedly due to "creative differences" with Phelps.[7][8] Further speculation adds that Shelly Altman may take over as the new head writer, alongside Tracey Thomson or Jean Passanante may be brought aboard as a new co-head writer.[9][10] In February 2015, Griffith was hired as co-head writer of Days of Our Lives, alongside re-hired former head, Dena Higley. Griffith began his role as co-head scribe on February 16, 2015, with the material airing on August 19, 2015.[11][12]

In February 2016, it was reported that Griffith would be departing Days of Our Lives as co-head writer, with Ryan Quan serving as his replacement.[13] Griffith's last episode aired on September 2, 2016.[14]

In August 2018, it was reported that Griffith would be returning to The Young and the Restless this time as supervising producer.[15] Griffith's first episode as supervising producer aired on September 14, 2018.

In December 2018, Daytime Confidential reported that Griffith would once again act as The Young and the Restless's Head Writer following the departure of Mal Young.[16]

Positions heldEdit

As the World Turns (hired by Hogan Sheffer)

  • Script Writer: April 12, 2005 - June 29, 2006; December 14, 2009 - September 17, 2010

Days of Our Lives

  • Co-Head Writer: August 19, 2015 - September 2, 2016

General Hospital (hired by Brian Frons; fired by Robert Guza, Jr.)

  • Story Consultant: July 2009 - August 21, 2009
  • Breakdown Writer: August 7 & 17, 2009
  • Script Writer: August 21, 2009

One Life to Live

  • Associate Head Writer: 1991 - 1994, March 23, 2004 - September 28, 2004
  • Co-Head Writer: 1992 - September 1995, March 10, 2003 - March 21, 2004
  • Head Writer: February 3, 2003 - March 7, 2003

Santa Barbara

  • Breakdown Writer: 1988 - 1991
  • Script Writer: 1988 - 1991

Sunset Beach

The Young and the Restless (hired by Barbara Bloom)

  • Breakdown Writer: July 13, 2006 - October 2006
  • Creative Consultant: July 7, 2006 - September 2006
  • Co-Executive Producer: October 2006 - January 28, 2008; February 6, 2019 – present
  • Head writer: December 26, 2007 - April 21, 2008; October 12, 2012 – November 1, 2013; March 19, 2019 – present
  • Executive Producer: October 25, 2006 - October 2, 2008
  • Supervising Producer: September 14, 2018 - February 5, 2019

Writing historyEdit

Preceded by
Michael Malone
Head Writer of One Life to Live
(with Michael Malone)

January 1992 – September 1995
Succeeded by
Michael Malone
Preceded by
Lorraine Broderick
Christopher Whitesell
Head Writer of One Life to Live
(with Michael Malone: March 10, 2003 – March 22, 2004)

February 3, 2003 – March 22, 2004
Succeeded by
Michael Malone
Preceded by
Lynn Marie Latham
Scott Hamner
Head Writer of The Young and the Restless
(with Maria Arena Bell)
(with Scott Hamner: April 15–21, 2008)

December 26, 2007 – April 21, 2008
Succeeded by
Maria Arena Bell
Scott Hamner
Preceded by
Maria Arena Bell
Hogan Sheffer
Scott Hamner
Head Writer of The Young and the Restless
(with Maria Arena Bell: October 12–22, 2012)
(with Scott Hamner: October 12–November 2, 2012)
(with Hogan Sheffer: October 12, 2012 – February 1, 2013)
(with Tracey Thomson: December 7, 2012 – November 1, 2013)
(with Shelly Altman: March 18–November 1, 2013)

October 12, 2012 – November 1, 2013
Succeeded by
Shelly Altman
Tracey Thomson
Jean Passanante
Preceded by
Gary Tomlin
Christopher Whitesell
Head Writer of Days of Our Lives
(with Dena Higley)
(with Beth Milstein: February 22 – September 2, 2016)

August 19, 2015 – September 2, 2016
Succeeded by
Dena Higley
Ryan Quan
Preceded by
Mal Young
Head Writer of The Young and the Restless
(with Mal Young: March 19 – April 1, 2019)

March 19, 2019 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Executive producing tenureEdit

Preceded by
John F. Smith (no EP listed before he joined)
Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless
(with Lynn Marie Latham: October 25, 2006 – December 24, 2007)

October 25, 2006 – October 2, 2008
Succeeded by
Maria Arena Bell
Paul Rauch
Preceded by
Mal Young
Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless
(with Anthony Morina)

February 6, 2019 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1989 Daytime Emmy Award Best Writing Santa Barbara Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Best Writing Santa Barbara Won
1990 Daytime Emmy Award Best Writing Santa Barbara Nominated
Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial Santa Barbara Won
Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial Santa Barbara Nominated
1991 Daytime Emmy Award Best Writing Santa Barbara Won
Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial One Life to Live Nominated
Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial One Life to Live Won
Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial Santa Barbara Won
1992 Daytime Emmy Award Best Writing One Life to Live Nominated
Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial One Life to Live Nominated
1994 Daytime Emmy Award Best Writing One Life to Live Won
Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial One Life to Live Nominated
1995 Daytime Emmy Award Best Writing One Life to Live Nominated
1996 Daytime Emmy Award Best Writing One Life to Live Nominated
1997 Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial Sunset Beach Nominated
2003 Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial One Life to Live Nominated
2005 Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial As the World Turns Nominated
2006 Daytime Emmy Award Best Writing As the World Turns Nominated
Writers Guild of America Daytime Serial The Young and the Restless Won

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Josh Griffith: «The show was ahead of its time.»". July 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Emmy's Eye Is on CBS, With 17 Daytime Awards : Television: In the 21st annual presentation, 'Sesame Street' takes 7 honors and Winfrey is once again voted best talk-show host". Los Angeles Times. May 27, 1994. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Candace Young (August 28, 2018). "Josh Griffith Returns to Y&R As a Producer". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Dave McNary (April 18, 2008). "WGA reveals fi-core writers". Variety. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (August 21, 2008). "Y&R EP Griffith has not been fired -- or has he?". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "Jill Farren Phelps Named Executive Producer And Josh Griffith Named Head Writer Of "THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS," The Number One Daytime Drama". Market Watch. Cision. July 26, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Y&R Head Writer Out". Soap Opera Digest. Soapoperadigest.com. August 15, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  8. ^ Giddens, Jamey (August 15, 2013). "Rumor Report: Is Josh Griffith IN or OUT at The Young and the Restless?!". Daytime Confidential. Daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com. Archived from the original on August 18, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  9. ^ Eades, Chris (August 15, 2013). "Y&R Headwriter Out?". CBS Soaps In Depth. CBS.soapsindepth.com. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  10. ^ Giddens, Jamey (August 15, 2013). "Will Shelly Altman Assume Head Writer Duties at The Young and the Restless?". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Exclusive! Major Writer Switch at Days!". Soap Opera Digest. American Media. February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  12. ^ White-Nobles, Omar (February 9, 2015). "'Days of Our Lives' Fires Head Writers; Dena Higley and Josh Griffith to Take Over". TVSource Magazine. SoSource Media LLC. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "Exclusive! Behind the Scenes Change at Days". Soap Opera Digest. United States: soapoperadigest.com. American Media. February 18, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  14. ^ Ken Corday, Albert Alarr and Greg Meng (Executive producers); Josh Griffith, Dena Higley and Beth Milstein (Head writers); Noel Maxam (Director); Tyler Topits (Script writer) (September 2, 2016). Days of Our Lives. Season 51. Episode 12912. NBC.
  15. ^ Young, Candace (August 28, 2018). "Josh Griffith Returns to Y&R As a Producer". Soaps.com. SheKnows Media. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  16. ^ Bowe, Jillian (December 18, 2018). "BREAKING NEWS: Tony Morina and Josh Griffith to Helm The Young and the Restless". Daytime Confidential. Confidential Media, Inc. (SAY Media). Retrieved February 24, 2019.