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Frank Valentini to Remain with ‘One Life to Live’

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After recently signing four of “‘s” most prominent cast members, including long-time veteran (Viki) to continue with the show when it moves to online-only distribution early next year, takes the next step in their commitment to make for a smooth transition for the show. According to Deadline Hollywood, the production company has hired “One Life” Executive Producer to remain in his current post with the show, along with becoming Vice President of Serial Dramas.

“Frank’s successful track record both creatively and producorially with ‘One Life to Live’ has been stellar and we are honored that he has also agreed to take on more responsibilities at our new network,” states Prospect Park executives and , whom Valentini will work closely with in his VP capacity to help relauch “OLTL” and sister soap “” with the company after each leaves ABC.

Serving as “One Life” Executive Producer since 2006, Valentini is known for running a tight ship and helping keep the show regularly under budget. He has also served as producer, director, stage manager, and music composer for the soap. And in 2010 he directed ABC.com’s “” series, where characters from “,” “One Life to Live,” and “” met one another in a series of short webisodes.

Valentini expressed his excitement in remaining with the show, saying “I am thrilled to join the Prospect Park team continuing my role as the Executive Producer of ‘One Life to Live.’ As we enter this new chapter, I must extend a very big, heartfelt thank you to the show’s creator who has always been generous with her support of our vision of her creation, ABC for affording me an incomparable experience for the past 26 years at ‘One Life to Live’ and the fans with their unwavering passion determined not to let their shows go away. The cast and crew is my family and I am very proud to have this opportunity to continue working with this talented and dedicated team. And finally, I must extend a huge thanks to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park whose pioneering innovation is giving us more life to live.”

With Valentini staying on with “OLTL,” fans may be wondering where this leaves the show’s current Head Writer Ron Carlvati. After it was announced earlier this year that he would be joining the writing staff of “General Hospital” after “OLTL” finishes its network run, and ABC spokesperson would only tell Soap Opera Network last month that plans for Carlivati’s move to “GH” are still in place “as far as [they] know.” You may recall it was announced in September 2010 that both Valentini and Carlivati had been signed to new long-term contracts with ABC for two and three years, respectively.

After wrapping production on its television run in November, “One Life to Live” is scheduled to broadcast its final episode on ABC on Friday, January 13, 2012.

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  • http://twitter.com/oltfan2 leah

    i am excited because i think abc will be pooping their pants when the soaps take off a soar –  and will more then likely be on cable..

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/535519-nick-p nick price

    good day for Frank Valentini

  • My2Cents

    Who is doing the current writing?? Ron or Frank??
    Wasn’t one going to GH??
    Confused!!

  • My2Cents

    Who is doing the current writing?? Ron or Frank??
    Wasn’t one going to GH??
    Confused!!

  • Brian Tripp

    This is the best news all day. Frank Valentini is so talented and has done a lot of OLTL. He is also darn good looking! Good luck Frank and long live OLTL and AMC.

    • My2Cents

      YEP he is good looking!!!

    • maria parker

      Love that Erika Slezak will be staying on as well!

  • Brian Tripp

    This is the best news all day. Frank Valentini is so talented and has done a lot of OLTL. He is also darn good looking! Good luck Frank and long live OLTL and AMC.

  • hickledav7

    I always liked Dorian the best. Hope she is going to be part of the new online version.