Karen Harris (writer)

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Karen Harris is an American television writer for the ABC Daytime serial General Hospital.


During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, she chose not to accept Financial Core status.

She wrote television pilots for Spelling Television and Universal Pictures (1979-1987), and worked at Sony Pictures Television, Lorimar Television (1988–1989) and Columbia Pictures (1989–1990; A Peaceable Kingdom). While at Universal, Harris was a Writer-Producer-Supervising Producer-Executive Producer on The Incredible Hulk.

Reaction to Wolf's promotion: Karen Harris on her Facebook page: Oh, please. (lol) I have a new lease on life, Jami. But I walked the picket lines with a whole bunch of terrific writers. Garin Wolf quit the WGA so he could scab. This is his reward. I'm sad, because there are others there who are better writers and deserve it more.

WGA West[edit]

In September 2008, scribes elected eight new board members to the WGA West. Topping the list of winners were Army Wives writer Katherine Fugate, who received 647 votes. Also elected were John Bowman (629 votes), Howard Michael Gould (619 votes), David A. Goodman (552 votes), Karen Harris (544 votes), Mark Gunn (525 votes), Aaron Mendelsohn (498 votes) and Kathy Kiernan (463 votes). Bowman, Goodman, Gunn, Mendelsohn and Kiernan are incumbents. A total of 1,235 ballots were cast. Indie firm Pacific Election Services counted the votes.

Life in General[edit]

Life In General
Created by Karen Harris
Directed by Roy Steinberg
Starring JoBeth Williams, Brynn Thayer, Robert Desiderio, Arianne Zucker, Jordan Bridges, John Ingle, Rife Sibley, Lindze Letherman, Scott Clifton, Brian Rodda, Bruce Cervi
Country of origin United States
Producer(s) Karen Harris
Running time 10 minutes per episode
Original network Strike.TV
Original release October 28, 2008
External links

Life In General is a web series which debuted on October 28, 2008 on Strike.TV, an internet network created by Hollywood writers during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike.[1] Life In General is a scripted show set behind-the-scenes at the second longest running soap opera on TV. The companion piece is Greenville General, the soap opera on which they all work.

In the first episode entitled "Out of Control", Courtney is missing, Rod is screwing Maddie, Rachel just found out that her husband cheated on her, and Raymond may have suffered a fatal heart attack. And that's just behind the scenes.

Positions held[edit]

All My Children (hired by Brian Frons & Megan McTavish)

  • Script writer: February 4, 2004 – February 24, 2005

General Hospital

Adventure Inc.

Port Charles

  • Head writer: February–November 2000; June 2000 – November 2000 (with Barbara Bloom)
  • Script writer: 2002–2003
  • Associate head writer: December 2000–2001
  • Co-head writer: 2000 (with Jonathan Estrin) PhillyMag

Life In General/Greenville General (web series/pilot (Strike.TV)


  • Writer: 1994–1996

Studio 5-B

  • Co-executive producer/writer: 1989

Street Hawk

  • Writer: 1985

The Incredible Hulk

  • Writer/story editor/producer: 1979–1983

Other TV series: Jack London's Tales of the South Seas; Largo Winch

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Awards

  • Nominations: (1995–1997, 2008; Best Writing; General Hospital)
  • Wins: (1995; Best Writing; General Hospital)

Writers Guild of America Award

  • WGA wins: (1995, 1996, 1998; Best Daytime Serial; General Hospital) (shared with writer team)[2]
  • WGA nominations: (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998; Best Daytime Serial; General Hospital)
Preceded by
Claire Labine
Co-head writer of General Hospital
(with Robert Guza Jr.: March–October 1996)
(with Richard Culliton: October 1996–May 1997)

March 1996–May 1997
Succeeded by
Richard Culliton
Preceded by
Scott Hamner
head writer of Port Charles
(with Jonathon Estrin: January 2000–March 2000)
(with Barbara Bloom: May 2000–November 2000)

January 2000–November 2000
Succeeded by
James Harmon Brown
Barbara Esensten


  1. ^ "Strike.TV Launches Largest Web Network of Original Hollywood Shows" Hollywood Reporter, October 28, 2008, retrieved on November 1, 2008
  2. ^ "Writers Guild of America official site". Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. , retrieved on March 22, 2008

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