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Valentini and Carlivati to Take the Reins at "General Hospital"

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Former One Life to Live executive producer Frank Valentini has been named EP of General Hospital, and former OLTL head writer Ron Carlivati will join him as GH's new head writer, both effective January 9, 2012.

"Frank and Ron's creativity, passion and outstanding leadership will be a welcome addition to the cast and crew, as well as viewers and longtime fans," said Brian Frons, president of Daytime at ABC. "As creative leaders in the industry, I am very excited for their arrival to General Hospital, and their dedication to the genre will certainly invigorate the daytime drama that has been part of pop culture and the TV landscape for many years."

"I look forward to this next exciting chapter working with the wonderful cast and crew of General Hospital," said Valentini. "This is an incredible opportunity for me to extend my passion and expertise for daytime television as I continue my relationship with DATG and become part of an extraordinary team in 2012." [break] Since 2002, Valentini has served as the executive producer of ABC Daytime's award-winning One Life to Live, the same year the show garnered an Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Drama. Along with his duties as executive producer, he directs, and has two consecutive wins in 2008 and 2009 as a part of the One Life to Live directing team. He was also nominated for a DGA Award in 2002. With over 26 years of experience with One Life to Live, Valentini has held many production positions throughout his career with the series, including associate director, stage manager and coordinating producer. In addition, he has served for two years on the Board of Directors for the New Group Theater Company. Valentini received his degree in Film & Television Production from the University of Buffalo. He has traveled to over 60 countries, and in 2002 he became a published photographer.

With a 15-year tenure at One Life to Live, Ron Carlivati served as head writer from 2007 to 2011. On behalf of the drama series, he garnered the 2008 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Daytime Drama. He was previously nominated for an Emmy in 2002, 2006 and 2009, along with two WGA Award nominations. A law school graduate of George Washington University, the self-professed fan of soap operas briefly worked as a corporate lawyer before moving to New York City in 1996 and pursuing his lifetime passion as a writer for the genre.

Valentini and Carlivati will kick off their tenure at GH on January 9th.