Maria Arena Bell
is an American novelist, television and freelance writer. She graduated from Northwestern University
in 1987. In February 2007, she was appointed to the Commission on The Status of Women by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, Aspen Peak and C Magazine
During the 2007 Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, she took Financial Core Status (FiCore) to become the co-Head Writer of CBS Daytime's The Young And The Restless. WGA members who have chosen to go FiCore still pay dues to the Guild but are no longer members with voting privileges. During her tenure, Y&R reached a record low of 4,380,000 viewers on Friday, June 13, 2008. The previous lows were 4,491,000 viewers on Friday, May 9, 2008, and 4,805,000 viewers on Friday, August 31, 2007.
Arena Bell is married to Bill Bell Jr., the eldest son of Y&R creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. Her brother and sister in law are Bradley Bell and Lauralee Bell. She is a registered Republican.
The Bold and the Beautiful
(credited as Maria Arena
The Young and The Restless
- Co-Head Writer (with Josh Griffith: December 26, 2007 - April 14, 2008)
- Co-Head Writer (with Josh Griffith & Scott Hamner: April 15, 2007 - April 21, 2008)
- Head Writer (with Scott Hamner: April 22, 2007 - May 9, 2008)
- Head Writer (May 12, 2008 - July 14, 2008)
- Head Writer (with Hogan Sheffer: July 15, 2008 - August 8, 2008)
- Head Writer (with Hogan Sheffer & Scott Hamner: August 11, 2008 - present)
- Co-Executive Producer (with Paul Rauch: October 3, 2008 - present)