CONTACTING THE GH STUDIO/ACTORS

Have you ever wanted to contact a GH actor, writer, producer or other studio staff member?  Perhaps one of the magazines?  As always, letters to the studio are considered to be vitally important to the people who make GH happen.  Here are important addresses, as well as some hints for making the most of your interaction:

Frank Valentini, Executive Producer
General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

Ron Carlivati, Head Writer
General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

Any GH Actor (Substitute the name of the actor for “Any GH Actor”)
General Hospital
c/o ABC-TV
4151 Prospect Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90027

(Note: An actor’s snail mail is not forwarded to their home address, so their receipt of the mail is based on when they come into the studio and check their mailbox there.  Be patient, especially if you are writing to an actor who does not air very often)

General Hospital Comment Line: 323-671-4583

ABC Hotline: 818-460-7477, ext. 4

Brian Frons
ABC Daytime President

c/o ABC/Disney
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91512
Email: Brian Frons or Brian Frons/Disney
Phone: 818-460-7020

Anne Sweeney
President, Disney/ABC Television Networks

c/o ABC/Disney
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91512

Soap Opera Digest
261 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Attention: “Sound Off” Department
email: SODsound@soapoperadigest.com

ABC Soaps In Depth Magazine
270 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 17632
Attention: “Speak Out” Department
emails: ABCspeakout@soapsindepth.com
ABCboards@soapsindepth.com (put General Hospital in the subject line)

Soap Opera Weekly
261 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Attention: “Public Opinion” Department
emails: SPwpubop@soapoperaweekly.com
TellUs@soapoperaweekly.com (put U Said It in the subject line)

Tips to follow in contacting  studio executives:

1)  Keep your objective in mind – to be heard: Please remember that you are writing to human beings who are interested in what you have to say.  Hostility rarely makes a point.  Calm, well thought out points do.  That does not mean anything will specifically change, but it does meant that the information you wish to convey will be better received.

2)  Keep it short and sweet: Actors and studio executives receive a tremendous amount of mail.  A letter is more likely to be read and well absorbed if it is brief and to the point.

4)  All press is good press: When you are writing to the network or studio, even if your comment is negative, it is often seen as a positive because it shows the storyline is generating buzz and getting the viewers to think about what is happening or likely to happen.

5)  Keep it positive to make your point: Due to how human nature works, you will often get a better response to phrasing your letter so that it specifies what you DO want to happen rather than what you DON’T want to happen.  Saying, “I would love to see ______ get more air time!” is more positive and well received than saying, “What’s wrong with you?  Why do you not show ______ enough?” but still gets your point across. Being specific helps.

6)  Be patient: Just because you do not receive a reply does not mean that your letter was not read.  If you get a reply that is a form letter or does not seem to address what you were saying in your correspondence, do not be afraid to redirect your question to someone else.

7)  Be realistic: When you send gift items to the studio for the fictional characters on the show (the unborn babies, for instance), the items are often donated to homeless shelters and other causes.  Actors will rarely eat or drink gifts sent to the studio for them unless they personally know the giver.  This is a security measure for them.  If you want to give a gift, a suggestion is to contact a charity of your choice and make a donation in the name of your actor and send them a copy instead.

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