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 BIOGRAPHY




RON CARLIVATI

Ron Carlivati began his daytime career with "One Life to Live" as a writers' assistant in 1996. He worked his way up to head writer in 2007, a position he held until the show ended its ABC run in 2012. From 2012-2015, he was the head writer of "General Hospital." Carlivati has been nominated for 5 Daytime Emmy awards, winning once in 2008 for his work on "One Life to Live." Ronald David Carlivati, 48, was born November 25, 1968 in Rochester, New York. Tenure: July 19, 2017-Present.


STORY CONSULTANT BIOGRAPHIES



SHERI ANDERSON

Sheri Anderson, the former head writer of "Days of Our Lives" from 1982-1986 and 1992-1993, has returned to "Days of Our Lives", doing a brief stint as a script writer from March 2017-June 2017, and since July 19, 2017 as a Story Consultant. Anderson first joined "Days" as a staff writer from October 1975-September 1976. She returned to "Days" as a staff writer in October 1981 and was promoted to head writer on April 19, 1982, a position she held until November 10, 1986. "Days" brought Anderson back briefly from October 1988-February 1989 as a story consultant. From July 1990-March 1991, she was a staff writer. Her last stint with "Days" was as head writer from June 12, 1992-April 28, 1993. During her head writer stint at "Days" from 1982-1986, she was paired with Margaret DePriest, Thom Racina and Leah Laiman, and from 1992-1993, she shared the top credit with both Gene Palumbo and James E. Reilly, and was also the show's sole head writer from August-December 1992. Anderson was also the co-creator of two proposed "Days" spinoffs, "Keeping Up with the Jones'" (which would have followed the life of Calliope and Eugene) and "Manhattan Lives" (which would have followed Marlena's life in Manhattan). She has also written several "Days" novels: "A Secret in Salem" (2010) and "A Stirring From Salem" (2011). In addition to her work on "Days", Anderson has written for "General Hospital" (1979-1981), "Guiding Light" (1987-1988), "Another World" (1988), "Falcon Crest" (1989-1990) and "Santa Barbara" (1990). During her time away from daytime, she developed TV and film projects for Spelling Entertainment, NBC, Sony Interactive and Nelvana, and international projects with Bavaria Films (Germany), Spectak (Australia), and Franz Marx Films/MNET (South Africa). She is a six-time Daytime Emmy nominee, winning twice (in 1976 for her work on "Days" and in 1991 for her work on "Santa Barbara"). Anderson was born June 27, 1948 in Los Angeles, California. She is married to Paca Thomas. Tenure: October 1975-September 1976; October 1981-November 10, 1986; October 1988-February 1989; July 1990-March 1991; June 12, 1992-April 28, 1993; March 21, 2017-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 of Our Lives" on April 3, 2007 as the show's writers' assistant. He started doing double duty as a dialogue writer from September 2008-November 2008 and September 2009-March 2011. Quan did double duty as both a breakdown writer and writers' assistant from September 2011-September 2016, when he was promoted to head writer. On July 19, 2017, he began his current stint as Story Consultant. He won his first Daytime Emmy Award in 2012 and has been nominated a total of four times (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015). Quan was born on September 9, 1977 in Los Angeles, California. Tenure: April 3, 2007-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

SONIA BLANGIARDO

 
Sonia Blangiardo has previously directed at "As the World Turns" (2005-2010), "General Hospital" (2012-2013), "All My Children" (2013) and the web series "Winterthorne" (2015), and also was a producer on "All My Children", "As the World Turns", "One Life to Live" and the web series "Tainted Dreams."  She has been nominated for 4 Daytime Emmys, winning two (2002 for "One Life to Live" and 2007 for "As the World Turns.") Blangiardo was born April 18, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York. Tenure: October 14, 2015-Present

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.

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.

DAVID SHAUGHNESSY

David Shaughnessy is back as a director ar "Days of Our Lives", after first directing a few episodes in February 1990. He is the brother of Charles Shaughnessy (Shane Donovan) as well as the husband of former "Days" head writer Anne Schoettle. Shaughnessy directed a few episodes of "Days" in 1990. He was with the "The Young and the Restless" as a director/producer from 1991-2003 and "The Bold and the Beautiful" as a director from 2004-2016. Shaughnessy is a British born actor, producer and director. He trained for the stage in England at the famed Central School of Speech and Drama, where he was the youngest student ever accepted at age 16. After a stint in repertory companies, he joined the world famous Old Vic Theatre Company where he played many principal roles in classics at the Old Vic Theatre in London and on world tours. After many TV, film appearances and other theatre tours, he made his voice over debut in Jim Henson's cult classic, "Labyrinth," lending voices to Sir Didymus, the Mexican Hat and many other smaller roles. After Jim Henson put him in touch with agents in the US, he came over in 1986 and made California his home. After many appearances in TV shows such as Noble House, War & Remembrance, Newhart and others, he was offered the chance to direct for TV. After training at NBC, he directed episodes of Santa Barbara, Days of Our Lives, The Bold & The Beautiful, Trial by Jury, Tribes and two TV plays for A&E. It was after these that he was picked to produce and direct The Young & The Restless for CBS. Eventually he found himself as Executive Producer of the show and enjoyed a long association with the program. After leaving in 2003 and becoming a freelance director for The Bold & The Beautiful, he turned back to voice overs and theatre directing. More recently he has been back, directing the show he first trained on...Days of Our Lives. He has to date, directed over 600 hours of Network television and produced over 4000 hours, as well as enjoyed a busy voiceover career in animation, commercials, narration and particularly Video Games. Shaughnessy is a four-time Emmy winner. David Shaughnessy, 60, was born August 7, 1957. He and Schoettle have three daughters, Amy, Katie & Josie. Tenure: February 1990; November 7, 2017-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 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. Herbert David Stein was born August 8, 1945. Tenure: 1976-Present (as director: January 12, 1983-Present).

ANGELA TESSINARI

 
Angela Tessinari began her career as an associate director at "Guiding Light" from 1980-1991. She was also an assistant producer for "Search for Tomorrow." She later directed at "The City" (1995-1997), "All My Children" (1997-2011), "As the World Turns" (2008) and "The Young and the Restless" (2012-present). She has been nominated for 11 Daytine Emmys, winning once in 2003 for "All My Children." Angela M. Tessinari was born April 1, 1963. Tenure: October 23, 2015-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.

LISA CONNOR

Lisa Connor has returned to the "Days" writing staff as a script writer, after previously being with the show as a breakdown writer in 2012. Connor started her career as the Assistant Publicist for Universal Pictures from 1985-1986. She then began her daytime career as a Production Coordinator for "Guiding Light" in 1987-1990. She then became one of GL's Associate Directors from 1990-1994. GL then gave Connor her first shot at writing in 1994. From there, she was a writer for "One Life to Live" (1994-1996) and "As the World Turns" (1996-1999). From 1999-2002, she was a Supervising Producer for "All My Children." In 2002, she returned to writing and did stints at "All My Children" (2002-2005), "As The World Turns" (2005-2009), "The Young and the Restless" (2009-2010), "All My Children" (2010-2011), "General Hospital" (2011), and as co-head writer of the online version of "All My Children" in 2013. Connor has received 9 Daytime Emmy nominations, winning once in 1994 (as part of the directing team for "Guiding Light" in 1994). Lisa Kim Connor was born December 2, 1963. Tenure: May 22, 2012-August 13, 2012; September 26, 2016-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, and was promoted to co-head writer in September 2016. He returned to his role as a breakdown writer in July 2017. 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.


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 has worked as both that and a dialogue 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.

CYDNEY KELLEY


Cydney Kelley has returned to the "Days" writing staff as a script writer. Kelley started out as an actress, appearing as an extra in shows such as "Family Matters", "Party of Five", and "7th Heaven." She then became an intern at "Party of Five." Kelley began her "Days" career as a writers' assistant from October 1998-April 2002. She was also a script writer from April 2001-September 2003. Kelley returned to "Days" as a writers' assistant in July 2006 and again worked as a script writer from March 2007-August 2009. In recent years, Kelley worked as a writers' assistant on "The Game" (2011-2015), "Being Mary Jane" (2014) and "Zoe Ever After" (2016). Cydney Lee Kelley was born on March 11, 1974 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Tenure: October 1998-September 4, 2003; July 24, 2006-August 26, 2009; December 28, 2016-Present.

DAVID KREIZMAN


David Kreizman has joined the writing staff of "Days of Our Lives" as a script writer. Kreizman began his daytime career as an associate producer for "Guiding Light" from 1996-1998. He has previously written for "Guiding Light" (2000-2009), "As the World Turns" (2009-2010), "All My Children" (2010-2011) and "General Hospital" (2011-2012). From 2012-2013, he was the head writer for WWE wrestling. For the past several years, he has been a writer for AMC's website. He won a Daytime Emmy in 2007 for his work on "Guiding Light." Kreizman was born on July 11, 1974. Tenure: November 17, 2016-Present.

DAVID A. LEVINSON

David A. Levinson returns for his second stint as a "Days" script writer, after previously being with "Days" from 2011-2013. Levinson began his daytime career as an office production assistant at "Sunset Beach" in 1997. He was promoted to assistant to the executive producer in 1998, and to research & continuity supervisor in 1999. Levinson began his writing career at "One Life to Live" from 2001-2002. He later for "All My Children" from 2003-2004, "As the World Turns" from 2006-2010, and "The Young & the Restless" in 2013. He has been nominated for 5 Daytime Emmys (2002, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014), winning once (2012). Levinson was born on July 29, 1974 in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Tenure: September 6, 2011-April 3, 2013; July 5, 2017-Present.

REBECCA McCARTY

Rebecca McCarty has joined the "Days" writing staff as a script writer. After graduating UCLA, McCarty began her daytime career as a writers' assistant for "All My Children" from 1997-1999. She has written for "All My Children" (1999-2001, 2002-2007, 2008-2011), "As the World Turns" (2008), and "The Young and the Restless" (2015-2016). She has been nominated for 7 Daytime Emmys (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010). Rebecca Kay Taylor McCarty was born March 3, 1959. Tenure: July 25, 2017-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.

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 was born on December 31, 1964. Tenure: August 17, 2012-Present.

ELIZABETH SNYDER


Elizabeth F. Snyder returned to the "Days" writing staff as a breakdown writer in September 2016, after previously being with the show from July 2003-August 2003 and September 2011-August 2012. Snyder began her writing career at "General Hospital" from 1989-1993. She later wrote for "Another World" from 1995-1996, "Sunset Beach" from 1997-1998, "Port Charles" from 1998-2000, "The Bold and the Beautiful" from 2004-2010, and the online edition of "All My Children" in 2013. Snyder won her first Emmy in 2010 for her work on "The Bold and the Beautiful." Tenure: July 2003-August 2003; September 1, 2011-August 16, 2012; September 14, 2016-Present.