Sharenow to oversee A&E, Lifetime

Robert Sharenow (pictured), executive VP and GM of A+E Networks' Lifetime, will now also oversee A&E as David McKillop moves into producing.
February 23, 2015

Robert Sharenow (pictured), executive VP and GM for A+E Networks’ Lifetime, will now add oversight of A&E to his duties.

In his expanded role, Sharenow will become executive VP and GM of both A&E and Lifetime, and is to oversee content creation, brand development and marketing for the two nets. Effective immediately, he will report to Paul Buccieri, president of A&E and History, for matters concerning A&E, and will continue to report to Nancy Dubuc regarding Lifetime.

Meanwhile, David McKillop, who held the role of executive VP and GM for A&E since 2013, is returning to production.

Prior to joining Lifetime in 2011 as executive VP of programming, Sharenow served as senior VP of non-fiction and alternative programming at A&E Network, where he supervised the development and creation of such programs as Storage Wars, Hoarders, Beyond Scared Straight and Gene Simmons Family Jewels.

In addition, the exec was responsible for a number of theatrical releases from A&E IndieFilms, including The September Issue, The Tillman Story and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of E.

Prior to joining A&E, Sharenow worked as an executive producer on History’s series This Week in History, and also launched the program Extreme History.

“After 10 years of tremendous growth, we have a renewed focus on re-establishing A&E as a top tier brand,” Buccieri said in a statement. “Rob is the ideal candidate for the job. Before his tenure at Lifetime, Rob was instrumental in the success of A&E for nearly a decade.

“Under Rob’s leadership at Lifetime, the brand is undergoing a revitalization with a record number of Emmy nominations and returning series,” continued the exec. “Rob is a great leader with the right balance of creative acumen and strategic vision, essential for today’s changing landscape.”

(With files from Barry Walsh)

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