Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante have been named co-head writers of GH, replacing Emmy-award winning scribe Ron Carlivati. The duo will take the reins of the 52-year old soap starting August 10. “We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our ‘General Hospital’ family,” said Vicki Dummer, Executive Vice President Current Series Programming, in a statement. " 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 who worked on OLTL and Y&R; Passanante previously served as head writer and co-head writer for several daytime dramas, including Y&R, AMC and ATWT. She has won four Daytime Emmy awards, six Writer’s Guild awards and five GLAAD media awards.