Rob Sharenow is President of Programming for A+E Networks, overseeing all content for A&E Network, History, Lifetime and the entire A+E Networks channel portfolio. A veteran executive for A+E Networks and having lead two successful tenures at A&E and Lifetime, Sharenow was elevated to this position in July 2017. Previously, he was EVP and General Manager of A&E and Lifetime beginning February 2015.
Sharenow joined Lifetime in 2011 as Executive Vice President of Programming and in 2013 was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager. Under his leadership, the network enjoyed two consecutive years of record Emmy nominations, culminating in 2014 with 17 nominations over eight separate programs. Lifetime has also doubled its original content, growing its scripted offerings to include the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated, UnREAL. Lifetime’s reality slate includes the Emmy-nominated series Project Runway, and the hit docu-series Dance Moms, The Rap Game, the Little Women franchise, and Bring It!, Lifetime’s fastest-growing series ever. A leader in longform, the films Flowers in the Attic, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, The Gabby Douglas Story, Petals on the Wind and Lizzie Borden Took an Ax ranked as 2014’s top five movie telecasts in cable among key demographics, while Whitney and Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart are ad-supported cable’s top original movies of the year for 2015 and 2016, respectively. In 2017, Lifetime had three of the top four movies in ad supported cable with Beaches, Love by The 10th Date and Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland. Sharenow is also leading the network’s expansion into features with Lifetime Films’ The Last of Robin Hood and Lila and Eve and Paris Can Wait.
Prior to 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. Additional television writing credits include Michael Moore’s Emmy Award-winning TV Nation and the Emmy-winning children’s series Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? 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. His third book, The Girl in the Torch, was recently published by 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.