Jill Lorie Hurst
Story Producer – Guiding
Jill was born and raised in the city of Detroit, the daughter of a CBS
soap fan mom and a dad who loved New York. She attended Detroit public schools
in the 60’s and 70’s, studied theatre at Wayne State University
and moved to New York in 1982 with no particular plan in place. She enjoyed
a ten year run as a waitress in the garment district, then took on a second
job at the reception desk at EUE Screen Gems, the studio where the soap
opera Guiding Light was being taped.
After a couple of years at the front desk (during which time she met her husband
Tony, then a stage manager – he used to push the button for the 4th floor “by
accident” to say hello), GL exec producer Jill Phelps pulled
her back to the production office where she toiled as a writers assistant for
five years. During that time Paul Rauch joined the show as EP and (with the
coaxing of some benevolent writers on the team) he partnered Jill with assistant
producer David Kreizman to write a couple of sample scripts for the show.
is everything and they were ready to write for air when the time came to replace
a staff writer. Jill, chicken that she is, kept her assistant job and wrote
part time, while smart (future head writer) Dave went home to write full time.
When David and Jill’s mentor Nancy Williams Watt decided to leave GL,
Jill was made script editor, a job she’s held on and off over the years
depending on the needs of the writing team and executive producer.
She has also worked as a GL breakdown writer on three separate occasions
and in May of 2007 was named Story Producer when the writing team was reorganized.
Jill has been nominated with the GL writing team for both Writers
Guild and Daytime Emmy Awards. In 2004, the GL team won the WGA Award
and in 2007 they had a great time running down the aisle to pick up their Daytime
Emmy. Jill lives in New York City with her husband Tony Hurst, an artist/photographer/carpenter,
their dog Scout and cat Molly.