EXECUTIVE PRODUCER BIOGRAPHY

KEN CORDAY

Kenneth Robert Corday was born on June 16, 1950 in New York. His parents, Ted and Betty, created "Days of Our Lives" in 1965. His father, Ted, died in July 1966 and mother Betty assumed control of the show. Corday graduated from the University of California in 1977, with a master's degree in music composition. He had planned on teaching music composition when Linda Line, then the "Days" music coordinator, asked him to write some music cues (instrumental background music) for the show. He wrote his first music cue for the character of Maggie, and ended up staying with the show ever since. He worked as a production assistant from 1977-1978, fetching coffee for the staff and answering fan mail. In 1979, he was named assistant producer and also took over as music composer for the series, a title he still holds. In 1981, Corday was promoted to producer, and also was named Chief Executive Officer of Corday Productions Inc. In May 1986, his mother Betty decided to semi-retire, and he was named executive producer, taking over day-to-day operations of the show. Betty held the title of executive producer along with her son until her death on November 17, 1987, at which point Ken assumed full control of the show. Corday has been nominated for 16 Daytime Emmys, eight as a producer, and eight as a music composer. He has won two Daytime Emmys for music, in 1990 and 1997. He married Sherry Williams on May 3, 1986. They have three children: Amanda Elizabeth (born 9/17/88), Kimberly Jane (born 3/27/92) and John Theodore (born 5/20/00).

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER BIOGRAPHIES


GREG MENG


Gregory D. Meng graduated as a music major from Oklahoma City University in 1979 and moved straight to Hollywood, California. Originally he had plans to become a piano teacher, but, in 1980, things changed and he began his career as a page for "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" at NBC in Burbank, California (where "Days" tapes), and later became manager of Television Business Affairs before joining Corday Productions in 1992. He was promoted to Senior Vice President & Executive in Charge of Production in 1998, a title he still holds today. He also was the author of the 45th anniversary "Days" photograph book. He became co-executive producer on September 6, 2011. Meng was born on November 15, 1955 in Hooker, Oklahoma. Tenure: January 1992-Present.



ALBERT ALARR

Albert Farrar Alarr has directed primetime episodes of "Home Improvement" and "Homeboys In Outer Space." Alarr has also directed "Port Charles", "General Hospital" and "All My Children." He joined the "Days" staff in March, 2003. He was nominated in 2006 for a Daytime Emmy. Alarr took on double duty as a "Days" producer on September 26, 2011. He was promoted to Co-Executive Producer on August 3, 2015. Alarr was born March 30, 1956. Tenure: March 13, 2003-Present.


HEAD WRITER BIOGRAPHIES


JOSH GRIFFITH

Josh Griffith began his first stint as head writer on "Days" in August 2015. He began his writing career with "Santa Barbara" from 1988-1991. He co-created "Sunset Beach" in 1997. Griffith has also written for "One Life to Live" (1991-1995, 2003-2004), "As the World Turns" (2005-2006, 2009-2010), "General Hospital" (2009, 2011), and "The Young and the Restless" (2006-2008, 2012-2013). He also served as a Co-Executive Producer on "The Young and the Restless" and was a Co-Executive Producer/Head Writer of "Hollywood Heights" in 2012. Griffith has won 5 Daytime Emmys (in 1989 and 1991 for "Santa Barbara", in 1994 for "One Life to Live" and in 2007 and 2014 for "The Young and the Restless"). He has received a total of 13 Daytime Emmy nominations. Griffith was born August 15, 1959 in New York. Tenure: August 19, 2015-Present.



DENA HIGLEY


Dena Higley began her third stint as the head writer of "Days" in August 2015. She first joined the "Days" staff in 1985 as a breakdown writer and stayed with the show for over 19 years until November 2004, including her first stint as head writer from March 2003-August 2003. From 2004-2007, she was the head writer of "One Life to Live." She returned to "Days" as head writer from April 2008-August 2011. Higley has won 2 Daytime Emmy Awards (in 2008 for "One Life to Live" and in 2012 for "Days). She has received eight Daytime Emmy nominations overall. Dena Anne Breshears Higley was born September 26, 1958 in Tulare, California. She is married to former "Days" writer Mark Christopher Higley. They have four children: Connor "CK" (1988), Jensen (1990), Helio (1994; adopted from Ethiopia), Adelle (1996; adopted from Vietnam). Tenure: September 1985-November 5, 2004; April 23, 2008-August 25, 2011; August 19, 2015-Present.

PRODUCER BIOGRAPHY




JANET SPELLMAN-DRUCKER

Janet Spellman-Drucker has been with "Days" since March 1984, when she first joined the show as a production associate. She became an Assistant to the Producers in August 1988; Associate Producer in December 1989; Coordinating Producer in October 1993; and Senior Coordinating Producer in November 1997. She assumed her current role, as Producer, on August 3, 2015. Janet Ellen Spellman was born September 3, 1960. She married Dave Drucker in 2011. Tenure: March 1984-Present.

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHIES

GRANT JOHNSON

Grant A. Johnson began his daytime career as a production coordinator on "Capitol." He then became a production assistant and associate director at "Santa Barbara", staying with the show through its finale in 1993. From 1997-1999, he worked on "Sunset Beach" as an editor and associate director, becoming a full-time director in 1998. Johnson then was a director at "Passions" from 2000-2003 and "General Hospital" in 2004. Johnson has been nominated for six Daytime Emmy Awards, winning twice (once in 1999 as an editor on "Sunset Beach" and once as a director in 2005 for "General Hospital"). Johnson is married to wife Christine. He was born on March 18, 1961. Tenure: July 26, 2007-Present.

NOEL MAXAM


Noel Roger Maxam has returned to "Days" as a director. He was previously with "Days" as a director from 2007-2011 and also worked as a Producer from 2007-2009, Supervising Producer from 2009-2011, and Co-Executive Producer from 2011-2012. Maxam also has been a director and producer at "The Young and the Restless" from 1997-2007 and 2011-2012. He has been nominated 10 times for a Daytime Emmy and won four of them (in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003). Maxam was born on September 26, 1967. Tenure: September 10, 2007-January 27, 2012; September 2015-Present.
 
SCOTT McKINSEY
 
Daytime Emmy winner Scott McKinsey has joined "Days" as a director. McKinsey has been directing soaps since the 1980's, and has directed "Search for Tomorrow", "Guiding Light", "Port Charles", "As the World Turns" and "General Hospital." Mark Scott McKinsey was born April 16, 1959. He is the son of soap actress Beverlee McKinsey. Tenure: September 1, 2015-Present.

PHIL SOGARD

Phillip Wayne Sogard directed "General Hospital" before joining "Days" as a guest director in 1992. He joined the "Days" staff full-time in mid-1993. He has been nominated for Daytime Emmys six times, in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2006. Sogard was born April 6, 1933, and, at age 79, is the oldest director on staff. Tenure: 1992-Present.

HERB STEIN

Herbert David Stein is the dean of the "Days" directors, having been with the show full-time since 1976 as a stage manager. He was promoted to associate director in 1978 and had his directorial debut with "Days" in 1982. He joined the directing staff full-time in January, 1983. In 1991, he won a Daytime Emmy for writing the "CBS Schoolbreak Special: American Eyes." He's been nominated for 11 Daytime Emmys while with "Days", in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2006. Stein also directs many theater productions in his spare time and is a professor at UCLA in California. He is married to wife Jessica. Tenure: 1976-Present (as director: January 12, 1983-Present).

STEVEN WILLIFORD

Steven Williford began his directing career in regional theater, and has directed over 40 regional plays. His daytime career began at "Guiding Light" from 2001-2002. He later went on to direct "As the World Turns" (2002-2004) and "All My Children" (2004-2011). He has been nominated for 3 Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on "All My Children." Jerry Steven Williford was born on September 22, 1956 in North Carolina. Tenure: March 2, 2012-Present.

WRITER BIOGRAPHIES

LORRAINE BRODERICK

Breakdown writer Lorraine Broderick Delehanty once taught English as a Second Language. She was also an associate dean and professor at Wesleyan University. She began her daytime career as a writer for "All My Children" from 1979-1991. She has also written for "Guiding Light" (1992-1993), "Another World" (1994-1995), "All My Children" (1995-1997), "As the World Turns" (1998-1999), "Port Charles" (2000-2001), "One Life to Live" (2001-2004), "Guiding Light" (2004-2005), "All My Children" (2010-2012). This is Broderick's second stint with "Days." She was the show's head writer, briefly, for 19 episodes from October 15, 1999-November 10, 1999. Broderick has been nominated for 15 Daytime Emmy Awards, winning six times (1985, 1988, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998). Broderick was born January 17, 1949 in Andover, Massachusetts and is married to Ronald Delehanty. Tenure: October 15, 1999-November 10, 1999; August 17, 2012-Present.

DAVID CHERRILL

David Cherrill (born Christopher David Colson) begins his second stint with "Days" as a staff writer. He started his career in the 1970s as an actor, most notably as Tom Hughes on "As the World Turns." He has been a writer since 1981, working on "As The World Turns" (1981, 1998-1999), "Search For Tomorrow" (1982-1983), "Another World" (1984-1989) and "One Life to Live" (1995-1997, 2001-2004). Cherrill has been nominated for 7 Daytime Emmys (1985, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002 and 2012), winning in 1994 and in 2012. He uses his wife's first name, Cherrill, as his last name. They have two daughters, Katherine and Emily. Cherrill was born on December 23, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. Tenure: December 26, 2008-June 29, 2011; March 28, 2013-Present.

CAROLYN CULLITON

Carolyn DeMoney Culliton began her soap career as secretary to soap opera executive Paul Rauch in 1983. Her first writing assignment was at "Guiding Light" from 1983-1984. She has also written for "Another World" (1984-1991, 1994-1995, 1998-1999), "All My Children" (1992-1993), "Guiding Light" (1995, 2002-2003), "Loving/The City" (1995-1997), "Port Charles" (1997), "General Hospital" (1997), "Sunset Beach" (1999), "As the World Turns" (1999-2002, 2004) and "One Life to Live" (2005-2010). Culliton has been nominated for 15 Daytime Emmys (twice in 1985, 1989, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012), winning four times (2001, 2002, 2008 and 2012). Culliton was born on September 14, 1948. She is married to fellow "Days" writer Richard Culliton. They have one daughter, Emily. Tenure: March 3, 2010-Present.

RICHARD CULLITON

Richard E. Culliton began his writing career at "Texas" in 1981. He has also written for "Guiding Light" (1983-1984, 1988-1990), "Another World" (1984-1986, 1997-1999), "Search For Tomorrow" (1986), "Santa Barbara" (1990-1991), "All My Children" (1991-1993, 2001-2002), "As the World Turns" (1995-1996, 2006-2008), "General Hospital" (1996-1997), "Port Charles" (1997), "Sunset Beach" (1999) and had brief stint at "Days of Our Lives" in both 1987 and 2001. Culliton has been nominated for 11 Daytime Emmys (1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2012), winning twice (1991 and 2012). Culliton was born on March 26, 1949. He is married to fellow "Days" writer Carolyn DeMoney. They have one daughter, Emily. Tenure: February 1987-March 1987, January 2001-August 2001; October 24, 2008-Present.

RICK DRAUGHON

Richard Lamar Draughon began his career as the assistant to the executive producers of "Party of Five" from 1994-1997. During this time, he began writing several scripts for "Loving" in 1994 and "Another World" in 1996. Draughon then went on to write for "Sunset Beach" from 1997-1999. From 2000-2001, he was the "Days" website producer, in charge of all the web content on the official site. Draughon was on the "Days" writing staff from 2002-2006, as the story continuity supervisor and a breakdown writer. He wrote briefly for "The Young and the Restless" in late 2006. In 2007, he created and wrote the Internet soap "Coastal Dreams." Draughon returned to "Days" in April 2008. He has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards (2011, 2012), winning once (2012). Draughon was born July 14, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Tenure: May 2000-November 16, 2006; April 30, 2008-Present.

CHRISTOPHER DUNN


Christopher Dunn has been named a breakdown writer at "Days of Our Lives." Dunn began his writing career at "General Hospital" in 1983. He has also written for "Santa Barbara" (1991-1993), "Sunset Beach" (1997-1999), "Guiding Light" (2000-2009) and "All My Children" (2009-2011). Dunn has been nominated for 7 Daytime Emmy Awards, winning twice (in 2007 and 2012). Christopher Charles Dunn, 53, was born on February 21, 1958. He has been married to soap opera director Catherine Sedwick since 1991. They have a 14-year old daughter, Emma. Tenure: June 14, 2011-Present.

JEANNE MARIE FORD

Jeanne Marie Grunwell Ford first worked on the "Days" staff from 1994-1996 as a writer's assistant. She became the show's continuity coordinator in 1999 and became a full time staff writer in 2000, leaving in May 2007. While away from "Days", Ford wrote for "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live." She returned to the show as a breakdown writer in 2008 and is currently a script writer. She has been nominated twice for Daytime Emmy Awards (2011, 2012), winning once (2012). Ford was born on April 26, 1971 in California. She is married to James Ford and now uses her married name professionally. Tenure: February 1994-February 1996; March 1999-April 27, 2007; October 24, 2008-Present.

FRAN MYERS

Script editor Frances L. Myers started her career as an actress, playing Peggy Fletcher on "Guiding Light" from 1965-1980. She began her career at "Another World" from 1983-1990. She later wrote for "One Life to Live" in 1992. From 1992-2004, Myers was a staff writer at "Days", returning to "One Life to Live" from 2005-2008, and then back to "Days" from 2008-2011. She has been Emmy-nominated 10 times and has won two Daytime Emmys (for "One Life to Live" in 2008 and for "Days" in 2012). Myers was born on September 15, 1950. She was married to actor/writer Roger Newman until his death in 2010. Her son, John Newman, is a former staff writer for "Days." Tenure: April 1992-March 2004; October 13, 2008-August 25, 2011; August 17, 2012-Present.

DANIELLE PAIGE

Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Dorothy Must Die and its upcoming sequel The Wicked Will Rise, has been added to the "Days" writing staff as a script writer. Paige previously spent a decade writing for "Guiding Light" from 1996-2006, where she received two Daytime Emmy nominations (2003, 2005).  Danielle Mignon Paige, 40, was born December 15, 1975. She is a graduate of Columbia University and lives in New York. Tenure: August 10, 2015-Present.

RYAN QUAN

Ryan Shigeru Quan graduated from UCLA in 1999 and started off his soap career by winning Procter & Gamble's writing contest for college students. Quan was the writers' assistant for "Passions" from 1999-2005 and served as the show's website coordinator from 2005-2007. He joined "Days" as the writers' assistant in 2007 and wrote his first trial script for the show in September 2008. He did double duty as both the writers' assistant and trial script writer from September 2009-December 2009, and later joined the writing staff full time from December 28, 2009-March 17, 2011, all the while continuing to also be the writers' assistant. In September 2011, he became a breakdown writer. He has been nominated twice for Daytime Emmy Awards (2011, 2012), winning once (2012). Quan was born on September 9, 1977 in California. Tenure: Writers' Assistant: April 3, 2007-Present. Staff Writer: December 28, 2009-March 17, 2011; September 1, 2011-Present.

DAVE RYAN

Breakdown writer David F. Ryan started his daytime career as a writer at "General Hospital" from 2009-2010. He also wrote for "All My Children" in 2011. He received his first Daytime Emmy nomination in 2012. Ryan is a graduate of Wesleyan University. Ryan, 47, was born on December 31, 1964. Tenure: August 17, 2012-Present.

MELISSA SALMONS

Script writer Melissa Lynne Salmons started her writing career for "Guiding Light" (1987-1991, 2004-2006). She has also written for "Another World" (1999), "The Young and the Restless" (2008-2009) and "One Life to Live" (2009-2012). She has also written for the animated MTV series "Liquid Television." Salmons has received 6 Daytime Emmy nominations, winning twice (1990, 2005). Salmons, 53, was born on October 1, 1958. Tenure: August 17, 2012-Present.


LISA SEIDMAN

Lisa P. Seidman has joined the "Days" writing staff as a breakdown writer. This is her third stint with "Days." Her first stint was as a dialogue writer from December 2002-February 2003. She then returned as a breakdown and dialogue writer from December 2008-August 2011. Seidman began her writing career for "Cagney & Lacey" in 1984 and has also written for "Scarecrow & Mrs. King" (1985), "Falcon Crest" (1987-1988), "Dallas" (1990-1991), "Dangerous Curves" (1992), "Knots Landing" (1992-1993), "Murder, She Wrote" (1994), "Silk Stalkings" (1996), "Sunset Beach" (1997-1999), "Guiding Light" (2002-2003), "One Life to Live" (2006-2007), "Hollywood Heights" (2012) and "The Young and the Restless" (2008, 2012-2014). Seidman has been nominated for 4 Daytime Emmys, winning two (for "Days" in 2012 and "The Young and the Restless" in 2014). From 2003-2006, she wrote three primetime historical serials for Russian television, as well as the Russian adaptation of "Ugly Betty." Seidman has also written two novels: "A Killer in the Ratings" and "Sinners and Lovers." She also teaches TV writing at USC. Seidman, 58, was born on April 27, 1957. Tenure: December 12, 2002-February 21, 2003; December 9, 2008-August 31, 2011; August 19, 2015-Present.