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Frank Valentini is the current executive producer for the ABC soap opera General Hospital. His first episode as EP aired February 1, 2012. Previously, Valentini was the executive producer of the now-cancelled ABC soap opera One Life to Live from 2002 until the show's end on January 13, 2012. Valentini is also a director and composer. In 2010, he directed What If..., a 10-part series of short webisodes that aired on ABC.com and SoapNet.com.

Biography[]

From 1986 to 1992 Frank Valentini worked as stage manager of One Life to Live. In 1992 he was promoted to associate producer, assuming full producer duties in 1995. In 2003 he became executive producer, replacing Gary Tomlin. Under his direction as executive producer and director, Valentini led One Life to Live to its first Emmy win for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team since 1983 as well as the show's first win for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team since 1994. Valentini's reputation for attracting talent both from the acting community and the music world has garnered critical praise from both industry and mainstream press.

In 2012, following the cancellation of One Life to Live, Valentini was brought over to General Hospital replacing Jill Farren Phelps. In the wake of the other cancelled ABC soaps, and the low ratings of General Hospital itself, there was speculation that the new regime was an attempt by the network to save General Hospital from the same fate, some comparing it to the hiring of Gloria Monty in 1978. This shift in staff happened during significant storylines, with Valentini bringing in several cast and crew members from One Life to Live, some replacing long-time General Hospital writers.

A few months after being executive producer Valentini gave insight to his decisions:

...not rebuilding, but maybe remodeling. Being an outsider, I think it's sometimes easier to come in and see what maybe you are not used to seeing when you are there. I think the show was in terrific shape, but there needed to be some tweaks. And I think it's much more my taste, my sensibility, for the show to go just a little bit faster, but I thought there were some key characters missing, not in terms of who they were, but certain archetypes that were really important to bring on the show. [1]

Executive producer history[]

Predecessor General Hospital Successor
Jill Farren Phelps
(2001-2012)
Frank Valentini
(2012-present)
incumbent

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Current Crew
Elizabeth Korte (Head writer, 2024-present) · Frank Valentini (Executive producer, 2012-present)
Former Crew
Patrick Mulcahey (Head writer, 2024) · Dan O'Connor (Head writer, 2019-2024) · Chris Van Etten (Head writer, 2017-2024) · Shelly Altman (Head writer, 2011-2012, 2015-2019) · Ron Carlivati (Head writer, 2012-2015) · Jill Farren Phelps (Executive producer, 2001-2012) · Robert Guza, Jr. (Head writer, 1996, 1997-2000, 2002-2008, 2008-2011) · H. Wesley Kenney (Executive producer, 1987-1989; Head writer, 1988) · Gloria Monty (Executive producer, 1978-1987, 1991-1992; Head writer, 1981) · Jean Passanante (Head writer, 2015-2017) · Wendy Riche (Executive producer, 1992-2001) · Garin Wolf (Head writer, 2008, 2011-2012)
Related Topics
List of cast members · List of current actors · History of General Hospital
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