Frank Valentini stays put at ABC’s only soap.

Frank Valentini has signed a new multi-year deal with ABC to remain the Executive Producer of “General Hospital.” Valentini joined General Hospital in 2012 replacing Jill Farren Phelps as the show’s Executive Producer. General Hospital won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama this year under his direction.

Valentini came to “GH” from “One Life to Live,” which he joined in 1986 as a stage hand and worked with legendary soap creator the late Agnes Nixon, who recently passed way. In 1992 he was promoted to associate producer, assuming full producer duties for the show in 1995, and finally replacing Gary Tomlin as the executive producer in 2003. He held the position until the show’s cancellation in 2012. He also directed and composed for the show over the years. During his time there Valentini led “OLTL” to its first Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team since 1983, and first Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team since 1994. The show also scored awards for Outstanding Daytime Drama in 2008 and 2007.

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– Dustin Cushman