39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Announced - 'General Hospital' Wins Oustanding Drama Series Award

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June 23rd, 2012

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Broadcast Live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the HLN Network


Los Angeles, CA – June 23, 2012 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) tonight announced the winners of the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards in a sold-out gala for over 1,000 attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.


"What an exciting night for the Daytime television community," said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS.  "Daytime television is well and prospering as witnessed by this overwhelming turnout honoring the best that television can be.  Working with our production and broadcast partners, LocoDistro and the HLN Network, we've delivered an evening that truly honors the outstanding work that happens day in and day out across all the genres that make up the Daytime viewer experience."


HLN Showbiz Tonight host AJ Hammer and Showbiz Tonight correspondent Nischelle Turner hosted a pre-show, red carpet special featuring one-on-one interviews with the night's biggest stars.  Among the night's many celebrity presenters were Anderson Cooper, "Anderson", animal expert Jack Hanna, Rachael Ray, "The Rachael Ray Show", Caroll Spinney from "Sesame Street", the cast of "The Doctors," "The Bold and the Beautiful's" John McCook, Heather Tom, Crystal Chappell and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, "General Hospital's" Maurice Benard, Bradford Anderson, Finola Hughes, Sean Blakemore and Anthony Geary, "Days of Our Lives'" Kristian Alfonso, Matthew Ashford, Molly Burnett, Shelley Hennig and Peter Reckell, "One Life To Live's" Erika Slezak and Robert S. Woods, and "The Young and the Restless'" Elizabeth Hendrikson, Christel Khalil, Melissa Claire Egan and Darnell Williams.


One of the many highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Barbara Walters to Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of "The View" and the "Barbara Walters Specials."  In addition, there was a wonderful tribute to the Daytime Drama community past and present featuring Susan Lucci.


The Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2011 calendar year.


The 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

A breakdown of the awards by network, as compiled by the independent accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP, follows.


Off The Wall Gifts is the producer of the official Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards Talent Lounge and Gift Bag.  Definition 6 is the official post-production house for NATAS.


The official Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards Program with stories about our Lifetime Achievement winner Bill Geddie plus all nominees in all categories can be downloaded from our website: www.emmyonline.tv


A breakdown of Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Award winners by broadcast, cable and other entities follows:























About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering. Regional Emmy® Awards are given in 19 regions across the United States. NATAS also presents the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Global Media Awards™ which recognizes excellence in the world-wide intersection of digital entertainment and technology. Emmy® Awards given out for primetime programming are presented by our sister organization, the Academy of Television Arts & Science (ATAS). Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv


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For More Information:

Website: emmyonline.tv


Outstanding Drama Series

General Hospital                                                                     ABC


Jill Farren, Phelps, Executive Producer

Robert Guza, Consulting Producer

Mercer Barrows, Producer

Mary O'Leary, Producer

Michelle Henry, Producer

Outstanding Children's Animated Program

      Penguins of Madagascar                                              Nickelodeon


Mark McCorkle, Executive Producer

Bob Schooley, Executive Producer

Bret Haaland, Co-Executive Producer

Nick Filippi, Supervising Producer

Chris Neuhahn, Supervising Producer

Ant Ward, Supervising Producer

Andrew Huebner, Producer

Outstanding Culinary Program

      Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction                                   Food Network


Bobby Flay, Executive Producer

Kim Martin, Executive Producer

Frances Alswang, Co-Executive Producer

Lauren Thompson, Producer

Jill Gibbs, Producer

Stephanie Feder, Producer

Rebecca Bregman, Line Producer

 Outstanding Game/Audience Participation

      Jeopardy!                                                                   SYNDICATED



Harry Friedman, Executive Producer/Writer

Rocky Schmidt, Supervising Producer

Lisa Broffman, Supervising Producer

Deb Dittmann, Senior Producer

Bob Sofia, Coordinating Producer

Brett Schneider, Producer

Kevin McCarthy, Director

Steve D. Tamerius, Writer

Debbie Griffin, Writer

Jim Rhine, Writer

Mark Gaberman, Writer

John Duarte, Writer

Robert McClenaghan, Writer

Billy Wisse, Editorial Producer/Writer

Michele Loud, Editorial Supervisor/Writer



Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program


Last Shot with Judge Gunn                                          SYNDICATED



Peter Brennan, Executive Producer

Judge Mary Ann Gunn, Executive Producer, Host

George Jones, Executive Producer

Matt Battaglia, Executive Producer

Lisa Lew, Co-Executive Producer

Justin Page, Supervising Producer

Terry Powell, Supervising Producer

Yasmin Brennan, Senior Producer

Christian Gunn, Series Producer

Judson Touby, Series Producer


Scott Corburn, Line Producer/Coordinating Producer

Lance Herring, Producer

Travis Joiner, Producer

Lisa Dennis, Co-Host

Kim Weber, Co-Host

Michael McHenry, Co-Host

Mary Scheele, Co-Host

Shirl Page, Co-Host

Bobby McDonald, Co-Host

Outstanding Morning Program

Today Show                                                               NBC



Jim Bell, Executive Producer

Don Nash, Senior Broadcast Producer

Steve Thode, Senior Producer

Marc Victor, Senior Producer

Melissa Lonner, Senior Producer

Noah Kotch, Senior Producer

Tammy Filler, Senior Producer

Dionne Thomas, Senior Producer

Meaghan Rady, Senior Producer

Jennifer Hilton, Senior Producer

Audrey Kolina, Senior Producer

Matt Carluccio, Senior Producer

Krista Brunson, Supervising Producer

Christine Cataldi, Supervising Producer

Debbie Kosofsky, Supervising Producer

Joanne LaMarca, Supervising Producer

Robert Powell, Supervising Producer

Jamie Zozzaro, Supervising Producer

Mary Alice O'Rourke, Special Events Producer

Jaclyn Levin, Senior Publishing Producer

Richard Adams, Producer

Jacqueline Agnolet, Producer

Ernie Angstadt, Producer

Steve Ascher, Producer

Mike Austin, Producer

Amanda Avery, Producer

Roberto Bailey, Producer

Rupert Barker, Producer

Jayme Baron, Producer

Stephanie Becker, Producer

Chapman Bell, Producer

Allison Berger, Producer

Rich Bonnabeau, Producer

Katie Booker, Producer

Susan Bowser, Producer

Katharine Buckley, Producer

Kerry Byrnes, Producer

Jared Carullo, Producer

Claire Cashin, Producer

Laura Chicchetti, Producer

Sarah Clagett, Producer

Sabrina Clay, Producer

Brian Cohen, Producer

Durrell Dawson, Producer

Sigi De Vos, Producer

Rachel DeLima, Producer

Katie Distler, Producer

Colleen Dudgeon, Producer

Mary Ellen Duffy, Producer

Victoria Duncan, Producer

Melissa Dunlop, Producer

Tracy Elrod, Producer

Ada Famulari, Producer

Cecilia Fang, Producer

Rana Farhat, Producer

Rainy Farrell, Producer

Yael Federbush, Producer

Vivian Fel, Producer

Tammy Fine, Producer

Tony Freinberg, Producer

Liz Fulton, Producer

James Gaines, Producer

Feliciano Garcia, Producer

David Gelles, Producer

Emily Goldberg, Producer

Andrew Goldstein, Producer

Doug Gould, Producer

Matthew Greenfield, Producer

Erica Grody Levens, Producer

Lindsay Grubb, Producer

Julie Gurovitsch, Producer

Hillary Guy, Producer

Rebecca Halperin, Producer

Bill Hatfield, Producer

Brittany Haviland, Producer

Sarah Heidarpour, Producer

Jane Marie Hitch, Producer

Emil Gerard Jablonski, Producer                                                         .                                            (…continued)

Today Show  (continued)

Eric Jackson, Producer

Melanie Jackson, Producer

Alexandra Jones, Producer

Minah Kathuria, Producer

Evan Klupt, Producer

Megan Kopf, Producer

Marc Koslow, Producer

Rory Kress, Producer

Candace Kuo, Producer

Elizaveta Kvint, Producer

Angela LaGreca, Producer

Bruce Lamb, Producer

Michele Leone, Producer

Jennifer Long, Producer

Patricia Luchsinger, Producer

Antoinette Machiaverna, Producer

Paul Manson, Producer

Zoe Marcus, Producer

Carol Marquis, Producer

Amanda Marshall, Producer

Melea McCreary, Producer

Adam Miller, Producer

Lee Miller, Producer

Richard Minner, Producer

David Naggiar, Producer

Elizabeth Neumann, Producer

Donna Nicholls, Producer

Bridget Nurre, Producer

Jackie Olensky, Producer

Wesley Oliver, Producer

Kelly A. Paice, Producer

Molly Palmer, Producer

Max Paul, Producer

Chemene Pelzer, Producer

Sara Pines, Producer

Meredith Reis, Producer

Gil Reisfield, Producer

Erin Reynolds, Producer

Ric Romo, Producer

Vanessa Rowson, Producer

Alexis Rudolph, Producer




Colleen Sanvido, Producer

Dave Scheier, Producer

Brittany Schreiber, Producer

Robin Sherman, Producer

Rekha Shetty, Producer

Stephanie Siegel, Producer

Robin Sindler, Producer

Lindsay Sobel, Producer

Amy Stetson, Producer

Lauren Sugrue, Producer

James Thompson, Producer

Jennie Thompson, Producer

Karen Trosset, Producer

Donald Tsouhnikas, Producer

Curtis Vogel, Producer

Josh Weiner, Producer

Ian Wenger, Producer

Lea Whitener, Producer

Charisse Williams, Producer

Grace Yavana, Producer

Alicia Ybarbo, Producer

Kerri Zimmer, Producer

Matt Zimmerman, Producer

Mary Ann Zoellner, Producer

Ann Curry, Anchor

Natalie Morales, Anchor

Hoda Kotb, Anchor

Kathie Lee Gifford, Anchor

Matt Lauer, Anchor

Al Roker, Anchor

Meredith Vieira, Anchor

Jenna Wolfe, Correspondent

Amy Robach, Correspondent

Sara Haines, Correspondent

Lester Holt, Correspondent

Jamie Gangel, Correspondent

Jenna Bush Hager, Correspondent

Bob Dotson, Correspondent

Jeff Rossen, Correspondent

Kerry Sanders, Correspondent

Savannah Guthrie, Correspondent

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor




Outstanding New Approaches – Daytime Entertainment


      Take This Lollipop                                                       www.takethislollipop.com


Jason Zada, Executive Producer, Director

Brian Latt, Executive Producer

Oliver Fuselier, Executive Producer

Dustin Callif, Executive Producer

Jason Nickel, Developer



Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment


Live with Regis and Kelly                                                     SYNDICATED



Michael Gelman, Executive Producer

Regis Philbin, Executive Producer

David A. Mullen, Coordinating Producer

Delores Spruell Jackson, Producer

Cindy MacDonald, Producer

Mariann Sabol Nieves, Producer

Jan Schillay, Producer

Elyssa Shapiro, Producer

John Ogle, Producer

Deborah Koenig-Raptis, Producer

Joni Cohen Zlotowitz, Producer

Christine Composto, Producer

Scott Eason, Producer

Ann Marie Williams-Gray, Producer


Outstanding Talk Show Informative

      The Dr. Oz Show                                                          SYNDICATED



Mindy Borman, Executive Producer

Amy Chiaro, Co-Executive Producer

Laurie J. Rich, Senior Supervising Producer

Eric Beesemyer, Senior Supervising Producer

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Supervising Producer

Cali Alpert, Supervising Producer

Beryl Holness, Supervising Producer

Stacy Rader, Supervising Producer

Terence Noonan, Supervising Producer

Matthew J. Strauss, Supervising Producer

Susan Wagner, Supervising Producer

Michele Wasserman, Supervising Producer

Andrea Chessler, Producer

Cathy Daniel, Producer

Annie DiGregorio, Producer

Dan Durkin, Producer

Kirk Fernandes, Producer

John Filimon, Producer

Nicole Giambrone, Producer

Brooke Jacobsen, Producer

Lindsey Kotler, Producer

Allison Markowitz, Producer

Rosalyn Menon, Producer

Chris Molen, Producer

Cristin Moran, Producer

Margaret Pergler, Producer

Mimi Pizzi, Producer

Kari Pricher, Producer

Geoff Rosen, Producer

Carly Rosenberg, Producer

Marianne Schaberg, Producer

Stefanie Schwartz, Producer

Lisa Semel, Producer

Barbara Simon, Producer

Michelle Smawley, Producer

Christine Smith, Producer

Scott Starr, Producer

Laura Swalm, Producer

Greg Tufaro, Producer

Ann Varney, Producer

Jon Coniglio, Line Producer


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series


HEATHER TOM, as Katie Logan Spencer


The Bold and the Beautiful                                                  CBS


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series


ANTHONY GEARY, as Luke Spencer


General Hospital                                                                  ABC

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


NANCY LEE GRAHN, as Alexis Davis


General Hospital                                                                  ABC

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series




JONATHAN JACKSON, as Lucky Spencer


General Hospital                                                                  ABC



           Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series


CHRISTEL KHALIL, as Lily Winters


The Young and the Restless                                               CBS


Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series




Days of our Lives                                                                  NBC




Outstanding Game Show Host




Family Game Night                                                              THE HUB


Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host




Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee                      Food Network



Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series



Sesame Street                                                                      PBS




Outstanding Talk Show Host




Live with Regis and Kelly                                                    SYNDICATED

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team


General Hospital                                                                    ABC



William Ludel, Director

Scott McKinsey, Director

Owen Renfroe, Director

Phideaux Xavier, Director

RC Cates, Associate Director

Dave Macleod, Associate Director

Christine Magarian Ucar, Associate Director


Penny Pengra, Associate Director

Peter Fillmore, Associate Director

Denise Van Cleave, Associate Director

Craig McManus, Stage Manager

Crystal Craft, Stage Manager

Christine Cooper, Production Associate

Allison Reames, Production Associate

Andrea Compton, Production Associate


Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team


Days of Our Lives                                                                            NBC



David Cherrill, Writer

Carolyn Culliton, Writer

Richard Culliton, Writer

Rick Draughon, Writer

Christopher Dunn, Writer

Lacey Dyer, Writer

Jeanne Maries Ford, Writer

Dena Higley, Writer

Janet Iacobuzio, Writer

David A. Levinson, Writer

Michelle Poteet Lisanti, Writer

Marlene McPherson, Writer











  • Sean

    GO GENERAL HOSPITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AppleStinx

    If there was an award for “Outstanding Blonde Moment”, it belonged to Sandra Lee.

    I wonder if the stage was big enough for all those “Today” producers.

  • Kate Narvet

    Congratulations to General Hospital and its cast of fantastic actors. I have been a fan of that show for 40 years and counting. I hope ABC can learn to appreciate the soaps and the actors who have lent their talent to them for so many years. Take notice ABC. Congrats to Anthony Geary, Jonathan Jackson and Nancy Lee Grahn. <3

  • jaydawg

    Congratulations to all the GH cast and crew..


    Yay!!! Chandler Massey. You so deserved the win, Chad Duell is great too, but you’re absolutely the best!!!!!

  • Dontryl Alexander

    Thank GOD the Talk lost to Regis & Kelly!

  • Jamey

    GO GH!

  • Arlene

    Congrats to Days of our Lives writers & Chandler (Wil Horton)

  • Dimitrios

    Im glad HLN stepped up to put the awards on the air. But it wasnt that much better than last years show. There were so many mistakes and it wasnt entertaining.

  • LLL

    GO GH and Regis and Kelly. Everyone on the soap and talk show deserved to win.

  • James

    HLN had a nice produced show. Hopefully they air it again next year and make it even better.

    And now ABC’s Nashville has a FIVE TIME DAY TIME EMMY WINNER IN JONATHAN JACKSON!!!!!!! >_< he in primetime now, he gonna win Prime Time emmy now. Hide your emmy's, he taking them.

  • maria

    This win must be abc’s going away present for gh

  • teevee time

    Did anyone else despise that repetitive music loop that they used throughout the show? My God! One hour into it, I wanted to eat my gun…

  • Derrick

    Congrats Y&R, B&B and DAYS on their wins! DAYS winning Writing was shocking but deserved!!!!
    BIG Slap in the face last night for AMC and OLTL from what I’ve heard…………………

    Didn’t have HLN so I couldn’t get to see the Emmys BUT I’M KIND OF GLAD I DIDN’T SEE THE EMMYS!

  • Kelby

    Y&R did not deserve any awards. The writing is horrible. I do not even think the acting is as good as it use to be. But I think a lot of that has to do with the bad writing. How can these actors act out such sh.t scripts? Christal Khalil has gotten better as an actress over the years, but I do not think she is anything outstanding. I can not really comment on B&B and GH because I do not really pay much attention to them. DOOL I did not pay a whole lot of attention to this last year. I was pretty distant from the show for several months and came back when they rebooted it for the 50th time. Chandler Massey totally deserved an award. He has been fantastic! As for their writing I can not really comment. I was not watching much at all. I have no idea what was really being written. I heard a lot of negative things though. As for AMC, I was sad to see it go. It was one of my soaps, but it had been heading down the wrong path for a few years now. I only got to see the very end of the award show and did not look very good.

  • AlcoholicsAnonymous

    The amount of producers for the TODAY show is laughable. They don’t need that many at all. If NBC wanted to save money, start by laying off people, starting with the producers.

  • Jeff

    The emmys were better than the last 2 years, which isn’t say much, and that’s the best I could do. Let’s see: the annoying music they played constantly rather than shows’ theme songs, no clips, no real tribute to AMC/OLTL, La Lucci (who I normally love) gave a 5 minute speech about her and Erica Kane, like there wasn’t 2 shows full of characters and rich history that got cancelled then brought out another queen of daytime (who really is based on emmy wins) to say 10 words about her show and GL and ATWT?. Then Nancy Lee Grahn over Becky Herbst? Heather Tom over Debbie Morgan or Erika Slezak? Days of Lives Writing Team over any show but Y&R???? And, those weird black and white “thoughts by people we don’t know” was also unnecessary. How about cut out things like that, cut out awkward opening # with Oscar and Anderson and instead, show clips of the acting nominees and best dramas.

  • JoeyDavid.com

    It was one of the most boring awards ceremony I’ve seen, I thought it was going to put me into a coma. No wonder no other network didn’t pick it up besides HLN.

  • TimsDale4ever

    I used to LOVE the daytime emmy awards in the 70’s-80’s — that is, back when there was something actually “outstanding” on TV. Most if not all of daytime is merely watchable today so the emmy needs to be changed from “outstanding’ to “least horrible”. Case in point: for Y&R to be nominated for ANYTHING over the last year is beyond ridiculous. I had to laugh when Geary said that GH had 23 nods, well when you’re down to a handful of shows there’s less shows for the same number of awards to be handed out to, so I would think you WOULD have alot of nominatons. LOL, in 5 years when Y&R is the last remaining show, they will get all 100 nominations and some dumba$$ will boast about that accomplishment. ???

  • Erik Daniels

    The production lacked polish. The actors didn’t know how to come up or leave the stage, The one track music was atrocious, Lissa Rinna acting like a animatronic Barney doll, The Erica Kane tribute was bizarre since there was no video of a tribute, Oscar the grouch as the opening act? Really?, I can go on and on. Kim Coles was actually pleasant to watch I really think she could have hosted the entire show and done beautiful job keeping it together and entertaining.

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