Soapdom.com has just learned that Christopher Dunn, Lloyd “Lucky” Gold and Jill Lorie Hurst have been appointed Headwriters of broadcast history’s longest running program, Guiding Light. It was announced today by the show’s Executive Producer Ellen Wheeler. Dunn, Gold and Lorie Hurst will join current Headwriter David Kreizman to create two new headwriting teams that will work together to bring their vision to the screen.
“I am thrilled about the new roles that David, Jill, Chris and Lucky will play on the headwriting teams at Guiding Light,” said Wheeler. “Since Guiding Light adopted its revolutionary new production model at the start of the year, we have made major changes to nearly every aspect of how we produce the show. I believe that appointing collaborative headwriting teams will help to expand the show’s vision and storytelling ability in this new model. Our new headwriting teams are made up of extraordinarily talented individuals who all respect the rich history of Guiding Light and are all very dedicated to mining that history for the future success of the show.”
For your info, here's a little background on the writers in question...
Kreizman joined Guiding Light in 1995 as a Production Intern and ultimate superkind. During his time with the show he has worked as a Production Coordinator, an Associate Producer and began writing scripts and breakdowns for the show in 1997. Kreizman became Headwriter in 2004. Kreizman lives in New Jersey with his wife Natasha, who he met working at Guiding Light, and their two children.
Dunn joined Guiding Light in 1999 and was Co-Headwriter from 2001 – 2002. He began his daytime career as a breakdown writer on Santa Barbara and has also worked on the writing teams of Sunset Beach and General Hospital. Dunn has been married to Catherine Sedwick for 17 years. The Dunns live in California with their 11 year-old daughter Emma. Looks like he might be telecommuting. Ain't cyberspace grand!
Gold began his writing career playwriting at Edward Albee’s summer workshop in Montauk. Gold’s plays have been produced at the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, the Seattle Rep and McCarter Theatre among others. He has written extensively for film and television including work on Marvin’s Room and Shakespeare in Love. Gold is co-creator of the PBS American Mystery Series, produced by Robert Redford and Rebecca Eaton. In daytime, he has written for One Life to Live, Another World and Guiding Light. He joined Guiding Light in 2001 and has been with the show ever since. Gold lives in New York City with his wife, daughters and their dog.
Jill Lorie Hurst joined Guiding Light in 1994 and spent her first five years as a writer’s assistant. During that time Lorie Hurst was partnered with then assistant producer David Kreizman to write a couple of sample scripts for the show. Jill decided to keep her assistant job and wrote part time, while David went on to write full-time. Shortly thereafter, Lorie Hurst was made a script editor, a job she’s held on and off depending on the needs of the writing team and executive producer. In May 2007 Lorie Hurst was named Story Producer when the writing team was reorganized. Lorie Hurst lives in New York City with her husband Tony Hurst, their dog Scout and cat Molly.
The question is whether spreading the wealth will equate to better or poorer storytelling for the soap. Granted, having more people responsible for creating long-term story could mean more creativity abounding as there are more heads to think up great stories. However, the reverse could also occur, when there are just too many cooks in the kitchen. Time will tell. Soapdom does wish Guiding Light the best with this new strategy and we hope that only amazing plotlines result.
Guiding Light, nominated this year for 14 Daytime Emmy Awards, tapes at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York, NY and on location in Peapack, New Jersey.
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