Josh Griffith

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Joe Shelby "Josh" Griffith (born August 15) is an American soap opera writer and producer.

Personal Life[edit]

Born on August 15, in the U.S. state of New York, Joe Shelby "Josh" Griffith is the son of Joe (Rip) Griffith and Sue Estes Griffith, both teachers and artists.


Griffith began his writing career on Santa Barbara in 1988 and continued writing for the show until 1991 when he moved over to One Life to Live, where he began as an associate head writer under Michael Malone before being promoted to co-head writer in early 1992. Under his and Malone's tenure at One Life to Live, the show won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in 1994. Griffith left the show in early 1995.

In 1997, Griffith was co-creator of the NBC Daytime soap opera Sunset Beach along with Robert Guza, Jr. The show ran for two years before being cancelled in December 1999. In the spring of 2003, Griffith and Michael Malone returned to One Life to Live for a second stint as head writers, however they remained with the show for just a year. After leaving, Griffith became a script writer on CBS Daytime's As the World Turns under head writer Hogan Sheffer, who shortly afterwards stepped down as head writer. He would later return to the show briefly between 2009 and 2010.

In 2006, vice president of CBS Daytime, Barbara Bloom, brought Griffith over to The Young and the Restless as a creative consultant and breakdown writer under executive producer and head writer Lynn Marie Latham; within three months, he was promoted to co-executive producer to work alongside of Latham. Griffith assumed full executive producer duties after Latham was fired for abandoning her posts as executive producer and head writer to go on strike during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike. During the strike, he took over as head writer and to do this, he accepted Financial core status with the WGA.[citation needed] In December 2007, Maria Arena Bell became his co-head writer.

In August 2008, Griffith was fired from his executive producer duties by Barbara Bloom and Steven Kent of Sony Pictures Television, leading to Bell becoming executive producer and head writer and later replacing him with Paul Rauch.[1] In 2009, Griffith briefly worked as a writer on General Hospital. In July 2012, it was announced that Griffith had been rehired on The Young and the Restless as the sole head writer following Bell's dismissal; he would work alongside new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps.[2] Episodes under their direction began airing on October 12, 2012.

In August 2013, speculation and reports indicated that Griffith had resigned as head writer, reportedly due to "creative differences" with Phelps.[3][4] Further speculation adds that Shelly Altman may take over as the new head writer, alongside Tracey Thomson or Jean Passanante may be brought aboard as a new co-head writer.[5][6] In February 2015, Griffith was hired as co-head writer of Days of Our Lives, alongside re-hired former head, Dena Higley. Griffith begins his role as co-head scribe on February 16, 2015, with the material projected to begin airing in the summer of 2015.[7][8]

Positions held[edit]

As the World Turns (hired by Hogan Sheffer)

  • Script Writer: April 12, 2005 - June 29, 2006; December 14, 2009 - September 17, 2010

General Hospital (hired by Brian Frons; fired by Robert Guza, Jr.)

  • Story Consultant: July 2009 - August 21, 2009
  • Breakdown Writer: August 7 & 17, 2009
  • Script Writer: August 21, 2009

One Life to Live

  • Associate Head Writer: 1991 - 1994, March 23, 2004 - September 28, 2004
  • Co-Head Writer: 1992 - 1995, March 10, 2003 - March 21, 2004
  • Head Writer: February 3, 2003 - March 7, 2003

Santa Barbara

  • Breakdown Writer: 1988 - 1991
  • Script Writer: 1988 - 1991

Sunset Beach

The Young and the Restless (hired by Barbara Bloom)

  • Breakdown Writer: July 13, 2006 - October 2006
  • Creative Consultant: July 7, 2006 - September 2006
  • Co-Executive Producer: October 2006 - January 28, 2008
  • Head writer: December 26, 2007 - April 21, 2008; October 12, 2012 – November 1, 2013
  • Executive Producer: October 25, 2006 - October 2, 2008

Days of Our Lives Co-Head Writer with Dena Higley: Summer 2015

Writing history[edit]

Preceded by
Michael Malone
Head Writer of One Life to Live
(with Michael Malone)

January 1992 - February 1995
Succeeded by
Michael Malone
Preceded by
Lorraine Broderick
Christopher Whitesell (co-HW)
Head Writer of One Life to Live
(with Michael Malone: March 10, 2003-March 22, 2004)

February 3, 2003 - March 22, 2004
Succeeded by
Michael Malone
Preceded by
Lynn Marie Latham
Scott Hamner (co-HW)
Head Writer of The Young and the Restless
(with Maria Arena Bell)
(with Scott Hamner: April 15–21, 2008)

December 26, 2007 - April 21, 2008
Succeeded by
Maria Arena Bell
Scott Hamner
Preceded by
Maria Arena Bell
Hogan Sheffer
Scott Hamner
Head Writer of The Young and the Restless
(with Hogan Sheffer: October 12, 2012-February 1, 2013)
(with Tracey Thomson: December 7, 2012-November 1, 2013)
(with Shelly Altman: March 18-November 1, 2013)

October 12, 2012 - November 1, 2013
Succeeded by
Shelly Altman
Tracey Thomson
Jean Passanante

Executive Producing Tenure[edit]

Preceded by
John F. Smith (no EP listed before he joined)
Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless
(with Lynn Marie Latham: October 25, 2006 - December 24, 2007)

October 25, 2006 - October 2, 2008
Succeeded by
Maria Arena Bell
Paul Rauch

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards NOMINATIONS

  • (2006; Best Writing; ATWT)
  • (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996; Best Writing; OLTL)
  • (1989-1991; Best Writing; SB)


  • (1994; Best Writing; OLTL)
  • (1989 and 1991; Best Writing; SB)

Writers Guild of America Award

  • WGA NOMINATIONS: (2006 Season; Y&R); (2005 Season; ATWT); (1992, 1994, 2003 Season; OLTL); (1990 and 1991 Season; SB); (1997 Season; Sunset Beach)

WGA WINS: (1992 Season; OLTL); (1990 and 1991 Season; SB)

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ "Jill Farren Phelps Named Executive Producer And Josh Griffith Named Head Writer Of "THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS," The Number One Daytime Drama". Market Watch. 2012-07-26. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ SOD (August 15, 2013). "Y&R Head Writer Out". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Giddens, Jamey (August 15, 2013). "RUMOR REPORT: Is Josh Griffith IN or OUT at The Young and the Restless?!". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ Simms, Richard M. (August 15, 2013). "Y&R Headwriter Out?". Soaps It Depth#CBS Soaps In Depth ICBS Soaps In Depth. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ Giddens, Jamey (August 15, 2013). "Will Shelly Altman Assume Head Writer Duties at The Young and the Restless?". Daytime Confidential. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ SOD (February 9, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE! MAJOR WRITER SWITCH AT DAYS!". Soap Opera Digest (United States: American Media. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ White-Nobles, Omar (February 9, 2015). "‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’ FIRES HEAD WRITERS; DENA HIGLEY AND JOSH GRIFFITH TO TAKE OVER". TVSource Magazine. United States: SoSource Media LLC. Retrieved February 9, 2015.