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


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Personal life

Born on August 15, in the U.S. state of New York, Josh 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 nearly three 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. In February 2015, Griffith was hired as co-head writer of Days of Our Lives, alongside re-hired former head, Dena Higley. Griffith began his role as co-head scribe on February 16, 2015, with the material airing on August 19, 2015. On February 18, 2016 Josh Griffith was fired as co-writer of Days of Our Lives due to fans dislike towards his material.

Positions held

As the World Turns (hired by Hogan Sheffer)

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

  • Co-Head Writer: August 19, 2015 - September 2, 2016
  • 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

  • Co-Creator: (with Robert Guza, Jr.) 1997
  • 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
  • Awards and nominations

    Daytime Emmy Awards NOMINATIONS

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

  • (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)


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