Ron Carlivati

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Ronald David "Ron" Carlivati (born November 25, 1968) is an American soap opera writer, known for his work on the ABC Daytime serials One Life to Live and General Hospital.[1]


It was announced in the February 27, 2007 edition of Soap Opera Digest that Carlivati was promoted to Co-Head Writer of One Life to Live alongside Dena Higley. On June 4, 2007, Frank Valentini announced that Carlivati would be promoted to head writer effective immediately. The first episode with Carlivati as Head Writer aired September 11, 2007.

Due to One Life to Live's cancellation on ABC, and later the show's abandoned transition to online distribution via production company Prospect Park, it was announced on December 1, 2011 that Carlivati would be taking over as headwriter on ABC's one remaining soap, General Hospital effective January 9, 2012. The first episode with Carlivati as head writer aired February 21, 2012.

One Life to Live[edit]

In the months that followed Carlivati's promotion to head writer, the show experienced a creative resurgence, receiving great critical acclaim for revitalizing characters, routinely incorporating and honoring the show's long history, and improving dialogue.[citation needed] However, the show's ratings continued to slide, a problem that all daytime soap operas have been experiencing in recent years.

Carlivati's work aired until February 14, 2008, when the WGA strike forced a new headwriter (Gary Tomlin) to take over. Once the WGA strike was settled, Carlivati returned as headwriter, with his post-strike episodes hitting the air waves on May 2, 2008.

On June 20, 2008, Carlivati and his writing team won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for his work on OLTL.

With the end of One Live to Live's television run in January 2012, Carlivati joined the writing team at General Hospital.[2]

General Hospital[edit]

Following the end of One Life to Live in January 2012, Carlivati was appointed head writer of General Hospital, and his material began airing towards the end of February.

In an effort to bring over fans of One Life to Live, who were now without a soap to call their own, Carlivati brought over Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Michael Easton (John McBain), Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) and Florencia Lozano (Tea Delgado) to bring their signature roles to General Hospital. While DePaiva and Lozano only appeared in a guest capacity, the other three became contract cast members. When copyright issues intervened, dictating that the show could not use the characters of Starr Manning, Todd Manning, and John Mcbain; the three actors under contract at the time were recast as Kiki Jerome, Robert "Franco" Frank, and Silas Clay.

In addition to casting the former One Life to Live actors shortly after his arrival, Carlivati also made a point of re-introducing a wide variety of fan favorite veterans to the canvas, including Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe), Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Sean Kanan (A.J. Quartermaine) and Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) for extended runs. Many of them helped make the 50th anniversary a success during the aforementioned transitional absence of the contracted actors brought over from One Life to Live. However, by April 2014, in a move that allowed Carlivati to concentrate more on new characters brought in to spice up the show; all but Devane had been put on the back burner to the extent that they only made occasional supporting experiences, killed off, or released. Furthermore, after Kanan's departure was announced, he gave interviews to the effect that the storyline that was written for his character was not what he was hoping for. In response, Carlivati used Twitter to state that Kanan lacked class. This was, to an extent, a demonstration of a previously established pattern as Carlivati had also had exchanged negative tweets with or about Jack Wagner and John Stamos on Twitter, regarding their respective actual and potential returns.

Personal life[edit]

Carlivati was born in Rochester, New York, and attended McQuaid Jesuit High School.[3] After graduating high school in 1986, Carlivati attended College of the Holy Cross for undergraduate studies and later went to George Washington University for graduate school, earned a law degree, and currently lives in New York City.[4] He is openly gay.[5][6]

One Life to Live main crew[edit]

Writers Producers Directors
Ron Carlivati; Anna Cascio, Janet Iacobuzio, Aida Croal, Daniel O' Connor, Lorraine Broderick, Elizabeth Page, Gordon Rayfield, Katherine Schock, Melissa Salmons, Bettina Bradbury, Courtney Simon, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten, Frederick Johnson, Jean Passanante Frank Valentini (Executive Producer), Suzanne Flynn, John Tumino, Jacqueline Van Belle, Sonia Blangiardo Jill Ackles, Larry Carpenter, Danielle Faraldo, Mary Ryan, Bruce S. Cooperman, Richard Manfredi, Jill Mitwell, Gary Donatelli, Frank Valentini, Zetna Fuentes

General Hospital main crew[edit]

Writers Producers Directors
Ron Carlivati; Elizabeth Korte, Jim Reitzel, Heidi Ploen, Sasha Cartullo, Joanna Cohen, Kate Hall, Chris Van Etten, Elizabeth Page, Scott Sickles, Katherine Schock, Anna Cascio Frank Valentini (Executive Producer), Mercer Barrows, Michelle Henry, Deborah Genovese Larry Carpenter, Matthew Diamond, Joseph Behar, Danielle Faraldo, Craig McManus, William Ludel, Phideaux Xavier, Scott McKinsey, Owen Renfroe, Penny Pengra, Christine Magarian, Ron Cates, Peter Fillmore, Ronald C. Cates, Dave MacLeod

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award
  • WINS: (2008 ~ Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, One Life to Live)
  • NOMINATIONS: (2002 and 2006 ~ Best Writing, One Life to Live)
Writers Guild of America Award
  • NOMINATIONS: (2003 and 2006 ~ One Life to Live)

Positions held[edit]

Show Occupation Duration
General Hospital Head Writer February 21, 2012 to Present
One Life to Live Head Writer
Co-Head Writer
Breakdown Writer
Script Writer
Writer's Assistant
September 11, 2007 to January 13, 2012
May 8, 2007 to September 10th, 2007
2001 to 2007
1998 to 2001
1996 to 1998


Preceded by
Dena Higley
Head Writer of One Life to Live
(with Dena Higley: May 8, 2007-September 10, 2007)

May 8, 2007 - February 14, 2008
Succeeded by
Gary Tomlin (WGA Strike)
Preceded by
Gary Tomlin
Head Writer of One Life to Live
May 2, 2008 - January 13, 2012
Succeeded by
Thom Racina
Susan Bedslow Horgan
Preceded by
Garin Wolf
Shelly Altman
Head Writer of General Hospital
February 21, 2012 - Present
Succeeded by