about General Hospital
ABC Television Network's Emmy award-winning daytime drama, General Hospital, is both the longest running scripted drama and the longest running American soap opera currently in production. One of four remaining daytime dramas, General Hospital, holds the record for the most Outstanding Daytime Drama award wins, taking home the prestigious Emmy Award a record 13 times.
Filmed in Hollywood, California, the show aired its 14,000th episode on February 23rd, 2018 and celebrated its 55th anniversary on April 1st, 2018.
Praised by numerous national organizations for elevating public awareness of important health and social issues, including sexual responsibility, HIV/AIDS-related storylines, tolerance and understanding for gay, lesbian and transgender people, bipolar disorder, accurate portrayals of tobacco, drug and alcohol addiction, breast cancer awareness, sexual child abuse and organ donation, the show has truly made a mark during the five decades plus that it has been on the air, and paved the way for primetime series such as Grey's Anatomy and The Good Doctor.
General Hospital was created by husband-and-wife soap writers Frank and Doris Hursley and premiered on April 1, 1963. In 1978, Gloria Monty was brought in as executive producer and is credited with the creation of the first super-couple, Luke and Laura Spencer. Their 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history.
Frank Valentini serves as GH's current executive producer. Shelly Altman and Chris Van Etten are the show's co-head writers. General Hospital airs weekdays on the ABC Television Network.
Frank Valentini, Executive Producer
Frank Valentini became executive producer of ABC's General Hospital in January 2012. Previously, he was executive producer of ABC's multi-award winning daytime drama, One Life to Live. Valentini was honored with an Emmy Award for producing in 2002 and two consecutive wins in 2008 and 2009 as a part of the One Life to Live directing team, and in 2011 for the ABC daytime "What If" webisodes. In addition, he was nominated for a DGA Award in 2002.
Prior to being named executive producer at One Life to Live, Valentini held various positions on the show, including associate director, stage manager and coordinating producer. In addition to his duties at OLTL, he served as a guest director on the ABC Daytime drama All My Children. In 2008, he added commercial director to his credits with the "Endless Drama" broadcast and web campaign for ESPN. He directed ABC Daytime's innovative series of "What If" webisodes that began airing on abc.com and soapnet.com on July 12, 2010. The 10-part series features well known characters from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital answering the questions, "What would happen if two characters from different soaps ran into each other? What would they say?"
Valentini has a vast knowledge of contemporary music, which he acquired when he served as a radio station music director, talent scout for Steam Records and freelance writer for VH-1. He served for two years on the board of the New Group Theater Company. He received his degree in film & television production from the University of Buffalo. He has traveled to over 75 countries, and in 2002 he became a published photographer.