Shelly Altman & Jean Passanante New Y&R Co-Head Writers image

Co-head writers.

Updated September 12:

Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante have officially taken over the reins at "Y&R." Both have now been named officially as head writers. Additionally, Tracey Thomson was promoted to co-head writer, according to a CBS press release. Sony's Steve Kent said, "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.'" He added, "We are also thrilled to have Tracey take on a new role and we look forward to her creative input to the show."

Original article August 28:

Shelly Altman will be joined by Jean Passanante, who has written at "OLTL," "AMC," "AW," and "ATWT," in the past, to form the new head writing team at "Y&R," following Josh Griffith’s resignation. According to Soap Opera Digest, Altman had already been sharing the co-head writer position with Griffith prior to his leaving.

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