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Y&R Officially Names New Head Writers

As previously reported, Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante have taken over the writing reins at Y&R from Josh Griffith. In an official announcement today from Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, U.S. Programming at Sony Pictures Television, it was revealed that Tracey Thomson has been named Co-Head Writer. Here is the full release:

 

 

SHELLY ALTMAN AND JEAN PASSANANTE

NAMED HEAD WRITERS OF

"THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS," THE NUMBER ONE DAYTIME DRAMA

 

Tracey Thomson Promoted to Co-Head Writer

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 12, 2013) – Shelly Altman has been promoted to Head Writer and Jean Passanante has been named Head Writer for THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, daytime's number one drama.  Additionally, Tracey Thomson has been promoted to Co-Head Writer. The announcement was made today by Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, U.S. Programming at Sony Pictures Television.   

“Shelly has been an important part of the Y&R writing team since joining the show last year and Jean brings with her a wealth of daytime writing experience. We are excited to have these two talented daytime veterans leading our writing team at ‘Y&R,” said Kent.  “We are also thrilled to have Tracey take on a new role and we look forward to her creative input to the show.”

Altman has been a writer for THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS since 2012.  Previously, she served as a writer and co-head writer on several daytime dramas, including “Another World,” “One Life to Live,” and most recently, “General Hospital.”  Altman has been nominated for five Writers Guild Awards and six Emmy Awards. She won an Emmy for her work on “General Hospital” in 2008. 

Passanante has also written for several daytime dramas, including “Another World,” “All My Children,’ “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”  Passanante has been nominated for four Writers Guild Awards and has won four times for her work on “All My Children” (2001, 2002) and for her work on “As the World Turns” (2007, 2009). She has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards and has won four times for her work on “One Life to Live” (1994) and “As the World Turns” (2002, 2004 and 2005).

Thomson wrote for “General Hospital” from 2006 to 2008, for “All My Children” from 2008 to 2010 and she returned to “General Hospital” from 2010 to 2012.  She joined the writing team at THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in 2012.  Thomson has been nominated for two Writers Guild Awards and won for her work on “General Hospital” in 2012.  She has been nominated for four Emmy Awards.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS has been the number one rated daytime drama for more than 24 years and is in its 40th season.  The show is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television. 

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