Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante Named Co-Head Writers of 'General Hospital'

Shelly Altman (center) at the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante were named Co-Head Writers of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning series General Hospital, it was announced today by Vicki Dummer, Executive Vice President Current Series Programming. The scribes will take the reins of the network’s long-running drama series starting August 10, 2015.

In making the announcement Dummer said: “We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our General Hospital family. Shelly and Jean’s combined talents and experiences promise to continue the show’s legacy of compelling storytelling that will resonate with our impassioned viewers. We’re delighted with what they have in store for the show as they continue honoring the rich, diverse environs of Port Charles.”

Altman is a multiple Emmy award-winner for her extensive work on soap operas, including One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless. Prior to her work on serial dramas, Altman wrote for several primetime shows, including Kate and Allie, Counterstrike and True Blue. She is also an accomplished film writer whose credits include the award-winning, Sweet Lorraine.

Passanante previously served as head writer and co-head writer for several daytime dramas, including The Young and the Restless, All My Children and As the World Turns. She has won four Daytime Emmy awards, six Writer’s Guild awards and five GLAAD media awards. Passanante also has an extensive theatre background, having served as administrator of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwright’s Conference and artistic director of New Dramatists and New York Theater Workshop, among many other creative roles.

Altman and Passanante replace Ron Carlivati, who has been with GH since early 2012.

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