Breaking news this morning has changes at the top of the writing teams of Prospect Park’s All My Children and One Life to Live. In a statement from the creator of the legendary shows, the one and only Agnes Nixon, who has been a consultant with Prospect Park on her shows, announced the new head writers for All My Children are Lisa Connor and Chip Hayes. While the new co-head writers of One Life to Live are Jessica Klein and Marin Gazzaniga.
Agnes related, “It is now my pleasure to announce that the future stories involving the lives of All My Children’s beloved characters are from now on in the capable hands of the co-head writers Lisa Connor and Chip Hayes, both of whom have a long and stellar history with our program.
Lisa Connor collaborated with me on the final draft of the All My Children Twenty – Fifth Anniversary Family Album. For two years she also served as a line producer of the program and was creatively involved in plotting and writing daily episodes since 2002.
In addition to his six years as a producer on Melrose Place, Chip Hayes in 2003, became a vital member of those devising the ongoing drama of All My Children. He remains in this crucial work through its incarnation on the internet.
I agree with Prospect Park’s decision to replace the head writing team for All My Children. However, I particularly want to thank Marlene McPherson and Elizabeth Snyder for their incredibly positive dedication to the show and their constant helpful attitude during many long hours of intense work. It is greatly appreciated.”
Meanwhile, Prospect Park said in a statement today, “We are excited for the opportunity to put the lives of our characters in the capable hands of the new writing staff. We appreciate their commitment to great storytelling that will build upon an already solid foundation for the residents of Llanview and Pine Valley.”
Changes to the writing staff include the appointment of Lisa Connors, currently the script editor of All My Children, and Chip Hayes, currently script writer of All My Children, to Co-Head Writers. Additionally, Jessica Klein and Marin Gazzaniga have been promoted to Co-Head Writers of One Life To Live. Jason Seidel will also join the writing staff of One Life To Live.
About the staffs below …
All My Children Co-Head Writers:
Lisa Connor (has won four Writers Guild Awards and a Daytime Emmy, has worked on shows including All My Children, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Young and The Restless, As The World Turns, One Life To Live and Guiding Light.) Chip Hayes (All My Children Writer, Melrose Place Producer, Writer and Director.)
All My Children Writers:
Rebecca Taylor (All My Children Script Writer) Suzanne V. Johnson (Executive on All My Children and One Life To Live, Head of Writer Development for ABC’s daytime dramas, and Emmy award winning creator and co-executive producer of the web series, “What If…”) Joanna Cohen (All My Children Script Writer, journalist for Sports Illustrated) Tara K. Walsh (Story Coordinator)
One Life To Live Co–Head Writers:
Jessica Klein (As The World Turns Head Writer, Beverly Hills, 90210 Executive Producer) Marin Gazzaniga (As The World Turns” and Arthur Writer; SO CLOSE Writer)
One Life To Live Writers:
Alex Douglas (USA Network’s Royal Pains Writer)
So what do you think of the news of the head writing changes at All My Children and One Life to Live? Happy about it? Do you think it will help the shows? Weigh-in!