Paul Buccieri, President, A&E and History, is making his first major executive move, a change at the helm of struggling flagship network A&E. Getting additional responsibilities is one of A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc’s key executives, Sharenow. The former A&E SVP who left the network in 2011 to run Lifetime following its acquisition by A+E, will now also oversee A&E as EVP and general manager A&E and Lifetime. David McKillop, who had been running A&E since the company’s 2013 executive restructuring, will segue to producing. He was a programming executive at Discovery before joining A+E Networks, first as SVP development and programming at History, then as EVP, Programming for A&E and Bio and ultimately EVP and GM for A&E.
Sharenow, who has a 15-year working relationship with Dubuc, will report to Buccieri for A&E and continue to report to Dubuc in regard to Lifetime. He will oversee all content creation, brand development and marketing for both network groups.
Rebuilding A&E, whose ratings have been falling as the network has seen the numbers for its flagship series, Duck Dynasty, decline while struggling to launch a new hit show, is a priority for Buccieri in his new post.
“After 10 years of tremendous growth – we have a renewed focus on re-establishing A&E as a top tier brand,” he said. “Rob 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.” (Read Buccieri’s internal memo on Sharenow’s appointment and McKillop’s departure under the post.)
During his tenure at A&E, Sharenow developed and/or served as executive producer on such series including Intervention, Storage Wars, Hoarders, Beyond Scared Straight, Dog The Bounty Hunter, Criss Angel Mindfreak, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and Growing Up Gotti. Under his leadership, A&E IndieFilms produced and released several theatrical documentary features, including The September Issue, The Tillman Story and Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot Spitzer.
Before joining A&E, Sharenow served as executive producer of History’s weekly series, This Week In History. While there, he also co-created and launched the series Extreme History With Roger Daltrey.
Here is Buccieri’s note:
Good morning everyone,
I have some news to share.
I will be announcing in the press today that Rob Sharenow has been appointed Executive Vice President & General Manager, A&E and Lifetime.
After a successful twenty-five year career in television, David McKillop has made the decision to return to his roots as a producer. I would like to thank David for his extraordinary contributions to both A&E and History, where he is credited with evolving the brand and developing many hit series including; Pawns Stars, American Pickers and Swamp People. I know you all join me in wishing him continued success and are excited for him to share the details of his next venture soon. I hope his future producing endeavors find a home on A+E Networks.
After 10 years of tremendous growth – we have a renewed focus on re-establishing A&E as a top-tier brand. 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.
Rob will report to me for A&E and continue to report to Nancy, in regard to Lifetime, effective immediately. In his new role, Rob will oversee all content creation, brand development and marketing for both networks.
Please join me in wishing David well, and in congratulating Rob on his new role.