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General Hospital Celebrates its 50th Anniversary at the New York Stock Exchange
Executive Producer Frank Valentini, Head Writer Ron Carlivati, and Actors Tony Geary, Genie Francis, Kin Shriner, Jason Thompson, Kelly Monaco and Finola Hughes will Ring The Opening Bell®
For Release: 28 Mar 13
Who/What: 
On Monday, April 1, Executive Producer Frank Valentini, Head Writer Ron Carlivati, and cast members Tony Geary, Genie Francis, Kin Shriner, Jason Thompson, Kelly Monaco and Finola Hughes of ABC’s General Hospital will visit the New York Stock Exchange and ring The Opening Bell® to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Emmy-award winning show.
 
About General Hospital
Named to Time’s “Top 100 Television Shows of All Time,” “General Hospital” continues its tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure that takes place in the fictional town of Port Charles in upstate New York. The glamour and excitement of those who have come to find their destinies in this familiar seaport town intertwine with the lives, loves and fortunes of beloved, well-known faces. And, as always, love and danger continue to abound on “General Hospital” with contemporary storylines and unforgettable characters.
 
“General Hospital,” the most honored show of the 2012 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, celebrates its golden anniversary on April 1, 2013. Honoring 50 historic years on ABC, “General Hospital” is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the longest running scripted drama on television currently in production.  Based on the West Coast, the show has aired over 12,000 episodes and has received the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama a record eleven times.
 
For many years “General Hospital” has worked alongside and been praised by numerous national organizations for elevating public awareness of important health and social issues. Most recently the drama received a 2007 Sentinel for Health Award – given for exemplary portrayals of health issues in TV – for the compelling Patrick HIV scare storyline. In addition, Public Service Announcements were produced – in conjunction with specific storylines – to promote the very important real-life issues of bipolar disorder and tolerance and understanding for gay, lesbian and transgender people. The spots received special recognition from their respective organizations, the former by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and the latter by GLAAD. In 2004 the show won a PRISM Award – given for accurate portrayals of tobacco, drug and alcohol addiction in the media – for the storyline of Courtney’s addiction to pain killers. It has also received three SHINE Awards (formerly the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award) for its continued contribution to the awareness of sexual responsibility. The Ryan White Foundation presented its 1996 Ryan’s Angels Award to “General Hospital” for the moving and thorough examination of HIV/AIDS through the characters of Robin and Stone. The show was further honored by the American Red Cross for its HIV/AIDS-related storylines and received the Susan G. Komen Foundation Media Award for the story of Monica’s experience with breast cancer. The series has also been honored with several other prestigious awards for confronting sexual child abuse, organ donation and other important social issues.
 
In the 40th Anniversary special edition of TV Guide, “General Hospital” was hailed as the “All-Time Best Daytime Soap.” Late cast members Anna Lee (Lila Quartermaine) and John Beradino (Dr. Steve Hardy) received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their work on the show. “General Hospital” has also won a number of awards from the Directors Guild and the Writers Guild for Outstanding Achievement.        
 
“General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer.  Ron Carlivati is the head writer.  “General Hospital” airs weekdays at 2:00 p.m., ET /1:00 p.m., PT/CT on the ABC Television Network.
 
When/Where:
Monday, April 1, 2013
NYSE Security Checkpoint/Tent at corner of Exchange Place and Broad Street
9:00 a.m.            Media escorted into the building for bell ringing
9:30 a.m.            The Opening Bell rings                                                                                  
 
Contact:
Media interested in covering the bell ringing MUST contact Annmarie Gioia at 212.656.5437 or agioia@nyx.com
 
Photo/Video:
Photos available via Associated Press/New York (212.621.1902), Reuters America (646.223.6285), Getty Images (646.613.4141), Bloomberg Photo (212.617.3420), European Press Agency (917.670.1323), and Insider Images. The Opening Bell (starting at 9:25 a.m.) feed is available via Encompass loop #4009. Media seeking footage via The Switch should contact NYSE Broadcast at 212.656.5483.
 
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