General Hospital may be losing a powerful daytime duo, but its spin-off, Port Charles, is welcoming in a new team. Barbara Esensten and James Harmon Brown have signed on as headwriters for the 3-year-old soap. "We're excited by Barbara and Jim's vision for Port Charles, and I believe the fans are going to love what we have planned for the show," says Angela Shapiro, president, ABC daytime. Their stories will start to air in the first week of December.

	Esensten and Brown first began their collaborative effort in 1988, writing together for the primetime series Dynasty. They were part of the award-winning writing team on Guiding Light in 1993, before their appointment as headwriters of Loving. The team also wrote for the fast-paced cutting-edge serial The City. They returned to Guiding Light as headwriters in 1995.

	Current PC headwriters Barbara Bloomand Karen Harris are still under contract and are still with the show, says an ABC spokesperson.