A big announcement by one of the major cable networks: “A+E Networks’ 15-year veteran programmer Robert Sharenow has been appointed as Executive Vice President & General Manager of A&E and Lifetime. Previously, Sharenow had been Executive Vice President & GM of Lifetime since June 2013.”
Sharenow will be replacing David McKillop, who was appointed to his job as A&E’s EVP & GM at the same time in June, 2013 that Sharnow had been named to his job at Lifetime.
According to today’s announcement, “Sharenow will report to Paul Buccieri, President, A&E and HISTORY for A&E; and continue to report to Nancy Dubuc, President & CEO, A+E Networks, in regard to Lifetime. The announcement was made today by Buccieri and is effective immediately.
In his new role, Sharenow will now oversee all content creation, brand development and marketing for both network groups [Lifetime and A&E].
“’After 10 years of tremendous growth – we have a renewed focus on re-establishing A&E as a top tier brand,’ said Buccieri [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. He was a key member of A&E’s leadership team that developed some of the network’s biggest hit franchises. Under Rob’s leadership at Lifetime, the brand is undergoing a revitalization with a record number of Emmy nominations and returning series. Rob is a great leader with the right balance of creative acumen and strategic vision, essential for today’s changing landscape.”
McKillop will return to producing programming, according to an A&E spokesperson. Says McKillop’s official A&E biography, “McKillop played an integral role in developing the current #1 nonfiction series on cable, ‘Duck Dynasty,’ which is A&E’s highest-rated series of all time. In addition to ‘Duck Dynasty,’ McKillop also serves as executive producer for the record-breaking hit series ‘Storage Wars’ and oversees the production and development of the critically acclaimed original scripted drama series, ‘Bates Motel.’”