Scott Anderson, assistant to the producers of “The Young & the Restless,” died in Los Angeles May 11 from brain cancer. He was 35. He had been on staff at “The Young & the Restless” for four years.
Anderson began his television career in New York, where he wrote freelance scripts for “Another World.” He moved to Los Angeles in 1990, where he served as a writers’ assistant and writer on the syndicated series “Dangerous Women.” He was also on the writing staff of “Generations.”
Friends recall Anderson working tirelessly to perfect his craft, spending long days perfecting his spec scripts. He even practiced his writing by creating fresh plot twists and storylines for already-aired episodes of daytime serials.
He also wrote numerous press kits for Trimark Pictures and other independent film companies.Anderson graduated from the U. of Iowa in 1984, where he was recipient of the Hancher Medallion, awarded to one male student and one female student each year for achievement in learning, leadership and loyalty. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of numerous honor societies.
Immediately upon graduation, Anderson worked for the U. of Iowa Foundation, where he wrote fundraising brochures and scripts for the university’s $150 million endowment campaign.
Anderson is survived by his parents and his brother, Mark, all of Davenport, Iowa.
The University of Iowa Fund has established the Scott Anderson Memorial Scholarship for writing students. Donations can be sent to: The University of Iowa Foundation, Alumni Center, Iowa City, IA, 52242.