Frank Valentini Replaces Jill Farren Phelps As General Hospital's Executive Producer. (Updated.) image

Frank Valentini (ABC)

Changing of the guard.

Same day update:

It's confirmed. Frank Valentini is in as Executive Producer of "General Hospital." Not only that, but "One Life to Live's" Ron Carlivati is GH's new Head Writer. Both changes will be put into effect January 9, 2012.

In a statement, President of ABC Daytime Brian Frons said, "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. 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."

Originally posted December 1:

Soaps in Depth broke the news via Twitter last night that Jill Farren Phelps is out at "General Hospital" as Executive Producer and "One Life to Live's" Frank Valentini is in. Since "One Life to Live" is done taping and Prospect Park is no longer going forward with their online migration, where Valentini was to be Executive Producer and Vice President of Serial Dramas, he is now free to reign over Port Charles.

Valentini has been "One Life to Live's" executive producer since 2003. During his tenure, the show won Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series in 2007 and 2008.

Jill Farren Phelps has helmed "General Hospital" since 2001. She also Executive Produced "General Hospital: Night Shift" in 2007 and "One Life to Live" from 1998 – 2001, as well as had stints at "Another World," "Guiding Light," and "Santa Barbara."

ABC did not immediately return Soaps.com's request for comment, but we will keep you posted on the details.

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