“One Life to Live’s” executive producer Frank Valentini will continue to produce the show when it moves online, production company Prospect Park announced today. Valentini has managed to give OLTL high production values despite the show having one of the lowest budgets in daytime. Over the past few months, the soap has risen dramatically in the ratings at a time when every other daytime drama was losing viewers. For the past three weeks, it has ranked number one among Women 18-34. Valentini also produced and directed ABC Daytime’s online series “What If,” which featured characters from different soaps crossing paths, so he has experience with webisodes.
Prospect Park, in recognition of Valentini’s skill, has also named him Vice President, Serial Dramas for their new online network. According to the company’s press release, “In this role Valentini will… advise the network on all serial drama programming strategies including the upcoming relaunch of “All My Children.”
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This is great news. Not only is OLTL going to continue to be run by the person who knows it best, but the press release makes it clear that Prospect Park still plans to produce AMC and could be open to developing other soaps. Fans have long wondered what ABC soaps would be like without the input of ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, who has made a lot of unpopular creative decisions long before he decided to cancel AMC and OLTL. The on-line versions of AMC and OLTL may have smaller casts and smaller budgets, but they will be overseen by someone who loves and understands soap operas.
“I am thrilled to join the Prospect Park team continuing my role as the Executive Producer of “One Life to Live,” Valentini stated. “As we enter this new chapter, I must extend a very big, heartfelt thank you to the show’s creator Agnes Nixon 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.”
Now, the big question is whether OLTL’s headwriter Ron Carlivati will remain with the soap. Before Prospect Park purchased the show, it was announced that Carlivati would join the writing staff of “General Hospital” after OLTL wrapped production.