Robert Sharenow

Executive Vice President & General Manager, A&E and Lifetime

Rob Sharenow was named Executive Vice President and General Manager, A&E® and Lifetime® in February 2015. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing all strategic planning and activities for both networks, including programming, marketing, publicity and brand development. He joined Lifetime in March 2011 as its Executive Vice President of Programming and most recently served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime, a role he assumed in June 2013.

Lifetime’s scripted programs include dramas Devious Maids, from executive producers Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria and Lizzie Borden Chronicles, starring Christina Ricci. In the midst of tripling the amount of its unscripted programming, Lifetime’s reality slate includes the Emmy® Award-nominated series Project Runway and the hit docusoap Dance Moms®, which raises the curtain on the seemingly innocent, yet extremely intense, political and colorful world of competitive dance among young girls.

A longtime leader in long form, Lifetime is the number one basic cable network for original movies among women. The 2012 world premiere of the Lifetime®Original Movie, Steel Magnolias, starring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott and Alfre Woodard, averaged 6.5 million total viewers, becoming the network’s third most-watched original telecast ever. Other high-profile films launched under Sharenow’s watch include the five most-watched original cable movies of 2013: Anna Nicole, Prosecuting Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret, Twist of Faith and Betty & Coretta, as well as Ring of FireCall Me Crazy: A FIVE Film, Drew Peterson: Untouchable and the miniseries event Bonnie & Clyde, which simulcast on Lifetime®, HISTORY® and A&E® in 2013.

Prior to joining Lifetime, Sharenow was Senior Vice President of Nonfiction & Alternative Programming at A&E Network, where he was responsible for supervising the development and creation of all of A&E’s nonfiction programming, including its signature real-life series, justice franchises, critically acclaimed documentary series, A&E IndieFilms®, lifestyle programming and marquee specials. He also oversaw original program development for BIO.®

During his tenure at A&E, he developed and/or served as executive producer on several critically acclaimed and hit real-life series, including Intervention®, Storage Wars®, Hoarders™, Beyond Scared Straight, Dog the Bounty Hunter®, Criss Angel® Mindfreak®, Gene Simmons Family Jewels™, The First 48®, Manhunters™ and Growing Up Gotti. For BIO., he was responsible for developing Shatner’s Raw Nerve, I Survived…™ and Celebrity Ghost Stories™, the highest-rated original series in the network’s history. Under his leadership, A&E IndieFilms produced and released several theatrical documentary features, including The September IssueThe Tillman Story and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.

Before joining A&E, Sharenow served as executive producer of HISTORY’s award-winning weekly series, This Week in History. While there, he also co-created and launched the series Extreme History with Roger Daltrey. In addition, he served as senior producer of a special commemorating the anniversary of 9/11, Relics From the Rubble. His other television writing credits include Michael Moore’s Emmy® Award-winning TV Nation and the Emmy-winning children’s series Where in Time Is Carmen San Diego? His first novel, My Mother the Cheerleader, was named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by the American Library Association, School Library Journal and the New York Public Library. His second novel, The Berlin Boxing Club, won the Sydney Taylor Book Award and was a finalist for the Walden Award. He is currently working on his third book for HarperCollins.

Sharenow is a graduate of Brandeis University. He received his Masters degree from New York University, where he held a fellowship in the American Studies department.

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