EXECUTIVE PRODUCER BIOGRAPHY
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
CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER BIOGRAPHIES
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 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.
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.
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. He won his first Daytime Emmy Award in 2012 and has been nominated a total of four times (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015). Quan, 38, was born on September 9, 1977 in Los Angeles, California. Tenure: April 3, 2007-Present.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 WILLIFORDSteven 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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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
John S. Newman was born
into a soap opera family. His parents are former "Guiding Light" actors Roger
Newman and Fran Myers. His mother is also a long-time "Days" staff writer.
Newman's previous stints at "Days" were from March 2003-November 2004 and
April 2008-December 2011. In his spare time, Newman is a musician. His debut
album as Johnnie Newman was "The Golden Coast." He was born on March 29, 1976 in
New York City, New York. Tenure: March 12, 2003-November 29, 2004; April
28, 2008-December 14, 2011; September 7, 2016-Present.
Tyler Topits joined "Days of Our Lives" as a writers' assistant in March 2010. He has been doing double duty as a writers' assistant and dialogue writer since May 2016. In several "inside jokes" over the past few years, "Days" named the disease that Caroline has (Topits Disease) after him. Topits was also mentioned as having played for the Dodgers in a fictional article about Paul Narita ("LA Dodgers right fielder Tyler Topits once swore the only pitcher in the league he actually dreaded facing was Narita.") In fact, per his Twitter account, Topits is a big Dodgers fan. Topits was born July 20, 1983. Tenure: March, 2010-Present.