Although already reported through the soap world, today it became official with an announcement from Sony Pictures Television. Shelly Altman has been promoted to Head Writer and Jean Passanante has been named Head Writer for The Young and the Restless. Additionally, Tracey Thomson has been promoted to Co-Head Writer. The announcement was made by Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, U.S. Programming at Sony Pictures Television.
Kent stated, “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. 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.
So now that it is official, how do you feel about Altman and Passanante, with Thompson creating the stories for the characters on the canvas in Genoa City? Do you think the show will become more like the Y&R you have longed for? Comment below!