Soapdom can now confirm that the rumors are true! It's a done deal. Emmy Award-winning writing team, David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski, are taking over the top writing slots at All My Children. In a true soaplike turn of events, Swajeski returns to her roots, having first started her career at All My Children alongside series creator, Agnes Nixon.
Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group announced January 21 that the writing team of David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski will join ABC's Emmy Award-winning daytime drama "All My Children" as co-head writers.
"David and Donna are the perfect team to bring new ideas to 'All My Children' while remaining true to its core by telling stories with a focus on the integrity of the show's history, its characters and families on the canvas," said Frons. "Having started her career at 'Children,' Donna worked firsthand with Agnes Nixon. She retains a true sense of the show's heart while continuing to keep relevant with today's environment."
Together Kreizman and Swajeski won the 2007 Daytime Emmy for best writing for "Guiding Light." The team also took home the 2004 WGA Award and Swajeski was also awarded the WGA Award in 2007, all for their work on "Guiding Light."
Which is all fine and good, but wasn't Guilding Light cancelled, all those awards for writing not with standing? Soapdom hopes that's not a foreshadowing of things to come for AMC, but we digress. Back to the story...
Kreizman began working on "Guiding Light" in 1996. In 1997 he joined that show's writing team, and was promoted to head writer with Swajeski for 2003-2008. Later he became co-head writer for "As the World Turns." (Another soap being cancelled this year. Uh oh!)
Swajeski began her career working on "All My Children." She worked firsthand on stories with the show's creator, Agnes Nixon, as Nixon crafted the show's legacy characters, including; Erica Kane, Brooke English, Angie and Jesse Hubbard. Swajeski then served as head writer for "Another World," from 1988-1992. In 1997-2001 she joined the writing team of "Guiding Light" as associate head writer. Later in 2001 she wrote for ABC's "Port Charles," until 2003, when she returned to "Guiding Light" as co-head writer with Kreizman, where she remained until 2008.
Oh and in case you forgot...
"All My Children" celebrated its 40th anniversary on January 5th, 2010. The program has successfully maintained its popularity and continues to be one of daytime's most compelling dramas. "All My Children" took home the 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series, the third time the show received this top honor, having also garnered the award in 1994 and 1992. In 2004 the show also received its third consecutive Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series Writing, its third Writers Guild Award and its fourth GLAAD Media Award in March 2007.
Created by Agnes Nixon, "All My Children" premiered on the ABC Television Network on January 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Julie Hanan Carruthers is executive producer with David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski as co-head writers. "All My Children" is produced Los Angeles and airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (1:00-2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
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