LIFE IN GENERAL w/ Greenville General
Ah, the world of Daytime Drama
- CAST & CREW
- BEHIND THE SCENES
- PRODUCTION STILLS
- PRODUCTION NOTES
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Ah, the world of Daytime Drama -- 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.
LIFE IN GENERAL...
Is a look at the creative process, the politics of network television, the office romances, the backstabbing, lying, deceit and depravity that can only be found on and off the set of a soap opera. These actors, writers, producers and crew members eat, breathe, and sleep Greenville General, the 2nd longest running Daytime Drama on U.S. TV. It's a world as outrageous, compelling, energetic, chaotic, and heartbreaking as the show they put on the air five days a week, 52 weeks a year.
After you've watched LIFE IN GENERAL, stay tuned for GREENVILLE GENERAL and see what the fuss is all about
Writer Creator Executive Producer
Roy B. Steinberg was the Supervising Producer and a member of the Directing team at “Days of our Lives” for the past five years. Prior to that he produced and directed “Guiding Light” for a decade, with time in between producing “Forensic Files “ and “Medical Detectives” for Court TV, producing the indie “Lunch” with Tony Award winner Marianne Plunkett and Jay O. Sanders, as well as directing the pilot for “Scandalous Art” with Maury Povich at Bravo
Mr. Steinberg began his career as an actor and appeared on Broadway with Constance Cummings in “Wings”. He also performed with Christopher Walken in “Measure for Measure” and with William Hurt in Lanford Wilson’s “The Rimers of Eldritch”. He was a member of the famed Circle Repertory Company and also worked with writers at Theatre Matrix in New York. It was out of this work with story that he was invited to direct “Guiding Light” -- and quickly became a producer. He is known for his work with actors as well as writers and has coached some of the industry’s leading players.
Mr. Steinberg has four Daytime Emmy nominations and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
“Life In General” is not Mr. Steinberg’s first venture on the internet, as he co-created and Executive Produced (with Albert Alarr) a web series called “Loungitude.”
"Mary Kate Walton"
"Mary Kate Walton"
JoBeth Williams made her film debut as Dustin Hoffman's surprised overnight guest in Kramer vs. Kramer, and has made over twenty feature films since, including Poltergeist, Poltergeist II, The Big Chill, Switch, Stir Crazy, American Dreamer, Wyatt Earp, and Jungle to Jungle. Her television credits include two series, Payne with John Laroquette (half hour series) and the one hour CBS series John Grisham's The Client. Her many television movies range from Adam and Baby M, both earning her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, to My Name is Bill W. with James Woods and James Garner, and Eudora Welty's The Ponder Heart for Masterpiece Theatre and Alicia Silverstone's mom on the NBC series Miss Match. She has also lent her considerable talent to hit television series including Dexter, 24 and Criminal Minds.
She began her acting career in theatre at Trinity Repertory Theatre. In New York, she starred in Moonchildren, Lady House Blues, A Couple of White Chicks, and Gardenia by John Guare. In regional theatres she has starred in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the McCarter, Idiot's Delight with Stacy Keach at the Kennedy Center, Antony and Cleopatra at The Old Globe, and The Vagina Monologues in Los Angeles, and San Francisco, among many others. In 2003, she starred off-Broadway in the world-premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman's new play Last Dance. Recently, she appeared in Quality of Life for the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles.
Her directing career began with the short film starring Mercedes Ruehl and Annette O'Toole called On Hope, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Since then, she has directed a movie for Showtime, Frankie and Hazel, starring Joan Plowright, as well as an episode of Night Visions for Fox.
Miss Williams was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of Brown University. She is married to director John Pasquin, and is the proud mother of two sons.
"Rachel Carlton Day"
"Rachel Carlton Day"
Brynn Thayer has been working as an actor since 1977. Some of her favorite jobs include: working on the daytime drama, "One Life to Live" for eight years and acting in anything written by Karen Harris.
Robert started his career in radio and theatre in Boston. He met his wife, Judith Light, while working on the soap opera One Life to Live. Soon after, Robert went to Los Angeles to star in a television movie, Princess & the Cabbie, and a pilot written by David Chase called, Moonlight.
Robert and Judith subsequently moved to L.A where he starred in the first dramatic series for HBO, Maximum Security, which was produced by Ron Howard, and for which Robert was nominated as Best Actor for an Ace Award.
As well as starring in numerous Movies of the Week he has had featured roles in Oh God, You Devil and Gross Anatomy.
Robert also starred in the series Heart of the City, was a regular on Knots Landing, and appeared as the rival bar owner, Gary, on Cheers. Robert also played Jack Massarone on The Sopranos.
Arianne Zucker is a quintessential Southern California native. She was discovered at 16 years of age by a modeling scout from It Models. Her modeling career took her to such places as Paris, Japan, Australia, and New York. As Arianne's modeling career prospered, so did her interest in television. She appeared in several national commercials including for Mazda Miata and McDonald's.
Arianne first acquired her love for theater at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. She continued her studies at the highly reputable Howard Fine Studios where she has been a student now for many years. She co-starred in a film-noir spoof written for the stage by Frank Semerano and John Rustan called The Tangled Snarl / Murder Me Once, performed at The Fremont Center Theatre in South Pasadena. The show ran for seven consecutive months and received six awards at the ADA Awards (Artistic Director Achievement) including Best Ensemble Cast-Comedy. She got her first film role in a student film at AFI (American Film Institute) and, two months after shooting, auditioned for the role of Nicole Walker on the long running Soap Opera, Days of our Lives. Four months later, Arianne landed the part on Days and won the Soap Opera Digest Award in 2004 for Outstanding Villainess. Zucker has also worked on CSI Miami and in 2007 did a feature film called The Last Resort scheduled for release in 2008. Shortly after completing the pilot of Life in General for Strike.TV she returned to Days of Our Lives to reprise the role of Nicole Walker.
In addition to her acting, Arianne is also an active board member for a non-profit theater company called the Virtual Theatre Project. The company creates opportunities for actors, playwrights, directors, designers, technicians and students to express their talents in original play development and production. The company is known for its very successful play writing competition, The Pen is the Mighty Sword. Zucker believes in the idea that new talent and ideas need to be heard, and ultimately expressed, through the love and joy of writing. In addition, she devotes her time to several charities and other organizations, one of her favorites being the Make a Wish Foundation. Zucker also recently joined the USO Tour, traveling to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2004 in order to support our troops during the war effort.
Arianne Zucker currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
"Julian Rush" Associate Producer
Jordan Bridges is a graduate of Bard College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He has starred in a variety of productions in film, television, and theater. These include "Mona Lisa Smile" opposite Kirsten Dunst, "Conviction" for Dick Wolf, and "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" on Broadway
John Ingle has had the good fortune of having two careers. For 30 years (1955-85) John led the performing arts departments at first Hollywood High School, and then Beverly Hills High School. During those years he had the pleasure of working with many talented students who have gone on to successful acting careers. Among those he has proudly taught are Richard Dreyfuss, Nicolas Cage, Swoosie Kurtz, and Barbara Hershey...among others.
When Ingle retired from teaching, he was fortunate to move directly into his own acting career, which has served him well for the past 23 years. He started out in guest spots on some 43 television series as diverse as The Office, 30-something, Melrose Place, and Golden Girls, as well as features, commercials, and Movies of the Week. In 1993 Ingle took over the role of Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital. Except for a two year stint as Mickey Horton on Days of Our Lives, Ingle has remained happily ensconced as the Patriarch of Port Charles and plans to stay as long as they'll have him. His foray into the internet with Life in General might just signal a whole new career path for John.
In addition to his success as a teacher and an actor, John considers his finest achievement to be his nearly 54 year marriage to singer Grace-Lynn Martin, and their five daughters, and eleven grandchildren.
Rife, named after his grandfather, was raised on 36 acres of wilderness in a small rural town in Arkansas. Early on, Rife began acting and performing. An accomplished musician, singer and composer, Rife studied theatre along with music through scholarships to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. While at SMU he met and studied film and TV with resident veteran producers Bob Banner and Martin Jurow. A Television Academy internship sent Rife to Los Angeles, where he found work in the music business while he pursued his acting career. He made his Los Angeles theatre debut with The Uprising Theatre Company's productions of William Shakespeare's Hamlet and MacBeth. In addition to classical theatre, Rife has appeared in numerous independent films and television series. "Life In General" is his first foray into cyberspace. He presently lives in Los Angeles with his dog Roy and spends time outdoors whenever possible.
Ever since Lindze was three, she would point at the TV and say that's where she wanted to be. Her first acting experience came when she was in first grade and played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. At age seven she joined a professional theater where she played Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Then at age eight she played Marta in The Sound of Music. Lindze has appeared in films with Robin Williams (Bicentennial Man - 1999) and guest starred on hit TV shows such as FAMILY MATTERS. Her first leading role came in 2001 when she filmed Virginia's Run in Nova Scotia. She has starred as Georgie Jones on General Hospital since 2003. While acting is Lindze's passion, her hidden talent is singing. Her first experience came a few years ago when she sang the National Anthem at a Los Angeles Kings - Anaheim Mighty Ducks hockey game. In June 2004 she recorded two Sara Evans' tracks for the Swirling Records album - Soap Sessions 9.
Lindze currently lives in Los Angeles. She has one older brother, three dogs, three cats, and two horses.
Scott Clifton, a native of Los Angeles, is probably best known for his work as "Dillon Quartermaine" on ABC's General Hospital Scott has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He is really quite off-putting in person.
Brian is thrilled to be a part of Life In General and have the opportunity to work with Ms. Harris. Mr. Rodda can also be seen on Strike.tv in Unknown Sender and West Guild Story. When not acting, he is a founding member of the Strike.tv team, the line producer for the upcoming documentary StrikeTV documentary, and an Associate Artistic Director with US Performing Arts. National Tours include: Alexander Who's Not Going to Move (Kennedy Center), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Kennedy Center). Regional credits include: A Class Act, Studio Theatre; Cinderella, Sacramento Theater Company; The Robber Bridegroom, American Century Theatre. Television audiences may also know Brian as the "Sales Guy" from a national spot for Carmax. Brian holds a B.A. in Spanish from UC Davis.
2nd 2nd AD
"Brandon Fisher" 2nd 2nd AD
Bruce's first work in the entertainment industry was surviving as a production assistant on the film “Heaven’s Gate”. After more production work on such films as “The Border”, “Cutter’s Way” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice”, Bruce went on to a career as a television writer/producer on series such as “Magnum, P.I.” and “Walker, Texas Ranger”. He recently returned to acting, after a 25-year hiatus, on stage and web-screen, including plays such as “MacBeth” at the Court Theater and “Fit For Society” at the Veteran Center for the Performing Arts, and in short films for the internet, including “The Hollywood Sign”, “Life in General” and “KinShip”.
He resides in Studio City with his 2 cats, Abby and Hobbes, and his wife, Karen Harris - with whom he just celebrated his Silver Anniversary
Keri Ann Luevano
Makeup & Hair
Keri Ann Luevano
"Makeup Artist" Makeup & Hair
Northern California native Nicole Sedmak is a line producer for internet shorts and independent feature films. As if degrees in both art history and mathematics weren’t enough to make Nicole a well-rounded badass, she is also a world-level competitive kickboxer, having won the title Vice-Champion of the World in 2006. In her spare time, of which there isn’t always much, Nicole loves spending time with her three dogs and her son, who she’s pretty sure is the cutest child ever to live.
Director of Photography
Director of Photography
Harlan Bosmajian was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Throughout high school, still photography was his form of self- expression. This interest continued throughout his Undergraduate studies at Western Washington University where he received a BA in English and Visual Communication.
Harlan began a career in Seattle working as an assistant to various commercial photographers while establishing his own studio. He held shows at local galleries including the prestigious Benham Studios in Seattle. He soon combined his love for English with his passion for photography and began to write and shoot his own narrative films.
With Cinematography as his new passion, Harlan was accepted to the New York University graduate film program. Over the next 4 years, Harlan shot over twenty short films, and he graduated determined to pursue storytelling in the narrative film realm. He was soon hired on low-budget features and commercials.
Harlan's first breakout film was La Ciudad (The City) which played festivals all over the world and was nominated for an Independent Spirit award for Best Cinematography, and won Best Cinematography at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Harlan went on to shoot a television series for Comedy Central called Strangers With Candy. Strangers was the first narrative TV series to use the High Definition video format.
His High-Def work got him noticed by director Nicole Holefcener, who brought him onto her film Lovely and Amazing. The film was released in 2001 and it's cinematography was highly praised. Harlan switched between high-def and 35mm for various theatrical releases, including Saving Face and Winter Solstice, both released in 2005. Harlan returned to television with another Comedy Central series called Stella. Harlan has shot films in the Dominican Republic and India as well as all over the US and has cultivated projects that involve international casts and crew. He now has over 30 feature films to his credit. His most recent films include Starting out in the Evening starring Frank Langella, and a Plum Pictures release titled, Life in Flight. In 2007 Harlan shot See You In September, a romantic comedy in NYC with Director/Actress Tamara Tunney.
Recently Harlan returned to India to shoot The Other End of the Line starring Jesse Metcalfe and Directed by James Dobson.
Constance Jolcuvar made her debut as a production designer for the independent film “The 3rd Nail”. After winning two Milli Awards (New York’s Millinery Designer of the year) in 1995 & 1996, Ms. Jolcuvar was asked to be the head milliner for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. The Olympics flamed her interest in production design, as she partnered with the art director to re-imagine impossible constructs into the art of the possible and finally into the final scenic and production designs.
Over her career, Ms. Jolcuvar has worked on more than a dozen films and television shows. Her film & television credits include “Contact,” “The Other Sister,” “Mr. Magoo,” “Salt Lake City Winter Olympics,” “Athens 2004 Olympic Games,” “ Cinderella,” “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” “Janet: The Velvet Rope,” “Janet Jackson: Live in Hawaii,” and “Gulliver’s Travels” a Hallmark Special.
Erik C. Andersen
Erik C. Andersen
Erik has edited many feature films including Hotel California, No Place Like Home, Come As You Are, Animal, You Did What?, Down With Love, and Bring It On. Film-festival award-winning short films include The 73 Virgins, Tackle Box, Raw, and Dirty Mary. Erik recently edited director Chuck Rose’s Side Effects, also seen on StrikeTV.
In the early ‘90s, Erik helped introduce one of the first computer-based editing systems, Lightworks, to the film industry. These systems have revolutionized the way editors cut today. In 1997, he received an Emmy for editing Joe, a Public Service Announcement for the American Heart Association. He is one of 15 editors who authored the book Transitions - Voices on the Craft of Digital Editing. Erik directed and is currently editing The Fright Gallery Presents – The Documentary. View his work at www.filmsinfocus.com
David began his career designing costumes for his High School productions, which included “The King and I”, “Gospel”, and Scotsapades. While studying fashion and costume design in college, he was the resident designer at “La Habra Depot Theater”. After college, David was hired by Elizabeth Courtney Costumes -- the costume house of Bob Mackie, Ray Aghayan & Ret Turner. David assisted with the fabulous costumes designs for, among others, Cher, Mitzi Gaynor and Debbie Reynolds.
David has spent the last 15 years working as an indeptendent contractor, including 8 years as a Costume Designer for Mattel Toys’ “International Toy Fairs. His film and television credits include: “Cat in the Hat” & “Haunted Mansion” (Blue Screen), “American’s Strangest Family”, “English for All” and “ Santa Clause 3,” “The Insider”, “American Dreams”, “ Son’s and Daughter’s” and numerous Summer Olympic Games (Los Angeles, 1984, Atlanta ,1996, Athens, 2004), and Winter Olympic Games (Salt Lake, 2002). Other credits include All City Band for the “Rose Parade” (10yrs) and the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” Pageants. David is a two time Emmy Nominee and an Emmy Winner for the “Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games”.
Steve Kaminski has been actively working in the Entertainment Industry for over 19 years in both Music and Television Production. Mr. Kaminski currently runs Ives Street Entertainment and holds distribution deals with Indican pictures as well as Plus Entertainment.
On the production side, he has worked on various projects for Television, Radio, Film and Multi-media in several areas including Composing, Arranging, Producing, Development and Sound Design.
Steve has been a musical director and vocal coach in Los Angeles for over 15 years. He has served as musical director for numerous TV and theatrical projects. He holds musical degrees in vocal performance as well as music theory, and composition. He also has a complete knowledge and love of the American Musical Theatre repertoire. Steve is also a visiting professor at UCLA's school of theater film and TV in Los Angeles.
1st Assistant Director
1st Assistant Director
Larry Lerner has been a 1st Assistant Director on feature films, episodic television, long form television, and commercials. Originally from New York City, he has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1990 and is a member of the DGA VFX/Digital Technology Committee, as well as the DGA 1st Assistant Director Committee.
2nd Assistant Director
2nd Assistant Director
Supervising Sound Editor
Supervising Sound Editor
Costumer Sybil Mosely began her professional career in the couture workrooms of Hollywood, assisting in the creation of glamorous wardrobe. At that time she also designed costumes for live theatre and dance. Both jobs provided doses of behind-the-scenes angst, public glory and of course, DRAMA! Since 1997, she has been a member of numerous TV and film wardrobe departments, including The Little Richard Story, Ali, American Dreams and All Of Us. Sybil enjoys the diversity of her native Los Angeles, and the challenges of working within a team.
Construction & Paint Supervisor
Construction & Paint Supervisor
Swing Gang Leadman
Swing Gang Leadman
Swing Gang #2
Swing Gang #2 Set Dresser
Swing Gang #3
Swing Gang #3
Patrick Francis recently completed a feature documentary on the maverick film director, Andre deToth. Andre deToth: The Director's Director probes the connection between deToth's wild life (his escape from Nazi-occupied Poland, the devastating collapse of his marriage to Veronica Lake, his resilience after breaking his neck three times) and his extraordinary cinematic achievements (A-pictures, B-pictures, noirs, westerns, war films, and the 3-D classic, House of Wax). A collaborative effort shot over the last years of deToth's life, the film is an intimate portrayal and highly personal exploration of a man who truly lived life on his own terms. Directors Quentin Tarantino, Nicolas Roeg, Richard Donner, and Bertrand Tavernier also pay tribute to this largely underappreciated artist.
For the video-based website, Interviewing Hollywood, Mr. Francis has produced and edited over 30 hours of content, and conducted in-depth, career-focused Q&A's with Crispin Glover, Elliott Gould, Peter Bogdanovich, and many others. He's also written several screenplays for hire (which hopefully will never be produced) as well as film-related journalism for such publications as L.A. Weekly and MovieMaker Magazine, among others.
It should be noted that Mr. Francis is obsessed with the cinema of Werner Herzog, is an L.A. native, and is the proud owner of a barrel of single malt Scotch whiskey, which is aging quietly in the briny sea air of southern Scotland.Patrick Francis: Special Features Producer
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Sometimes, in life, all the pieces fall into place.
The winter of 2007 was difficult. The Writers Guild of America went on strike. It was a time of fear, as well as purpose. My own anxiety was grounded in a feeling of helplessness. Pencils down, picket signs up. I would march, and serve on committees, and try to understand the politics of the business in which I work.
Then one night at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, someone from United Hollywood announced something about StrikeTV. I only heard enough to know this was my opportunity to shed my helplessness. This was something I could write, create and oversee. No one to rewrite me, or give me notes. And it became one of the most joyful collaborations of my career. "Life in General" would be my lifeline at a time when my world and my future, like all of ours, were uncertain. We had been given a truckload of lemons, but damn it, I would make lemonade.
“Life In General” had already been gestating in my head. It was simply waiting to be born. I thank all who helped birth this baby. And I honor the work, commitment and talent of a great group of human beings.
Karen Harris - Writer/Creator/Executive Producer
"Life In General" / "Greenville General"
Jewelry by Lowd Suga’
Extras and Interns provided by TVI
Post Production Sound – LA Recording
Production Facilities Provided by
Special Thanks to:
Writers Guild of America, West
Screen Actors Guild
Directors Guild of America
John Cleveland - Hollywood Cinema Arts
Craig Johnston - Alpha Medical Resources
Fox Studio Costume Shop
Coral Street Café
A Piece of the Action, Inc. Production for StrikeTV