A+E Networks programming president Rob Sharenow to keynote Realscreen West
Realscreen West is excited to announce a special keynote interview with A+E Networks president of programming Rob Sharenow, to kick off the annual conference this year.
Sharenow will be interviewed by legendary actor William Shatner, currently hosting History's The UnXplained with William Shatner.
As president of programming at A+E Networks, Sharenow is responsible for overseeing all content for the entire A+E portfolio of networks, including A&E, Lifetime® and History. Under Sharenow's leadership, A&E has become a top 5 network with the most watched series in cable Live PD and Emmy-Award-winners, Intervention and Biography; Lifetime is a leading platform for women in front of and behind the camera including more than 150 original movies per year and the impactful #1 limited series on cable Surviving R. Kelly; and History is the home to the #1 non-fiction series on cable, The Curse of Oak Island and the scripted hits, Vikings and Project Blue Book.
Previously as EVP and general manager, A&E and Lifetime, Sharenow oversaw all strategic planning and activities for both networks including programming, marketing, publicity and brand development. He joined Lifetime in 2011 as EVP of programming and was promoted to EVP and GM in 2013. Before joining Lifetime, Sharenow was senior vice president of nonfiction & alternative programming at A&E, where he was responsible for supervising the development and creation of all of its non-fiction programming. Under his leadership, A&E IndieFilms® produced some of the most critically acclaimed theatrical documentaries, including the Oscar-winner Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl), the Oscar-nominated, Life, Animated and the Emmy-winning, The Tilman Story.
Sharenow will be interviewed by iconic actor William Shatner. Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over 60 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, recording artist, and horseman. He is one of Hollywood's most recognizable figures and a major philanthropist.
In 1966, Shatner originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise where Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed.
Shatner played the title role in the hit television series T.J. Hooker before hosting one of television's first reality-based series, Rescue 911.
He won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his portrayal of eccentric lawyer "Denny Crane" on both The Practice and Boston Legal. He received four more Emmy nominations as well as other Golden Globe and SAG Award nods.
Shatner's Raw Nerve, which aired on Bio, was his own edgy, celebrity interview series. Each episode showcased Shatner getting to know his guest on an intensely personal level, touching upon subjects not normally visited on other talk shows. Guests have discussed topics such as addiction, grief, childhood, marriage, combat and parenthood.
Realscreen West and COVID-19
We are keeping a close watch on the global situation and will be following the guidelines set out by the World Health Organization, as well as local and national health agencies. Concern for the health and safety of our clients and staff is paramount. So is our mandate to provide meaningful opportunities for our community to congregate and network and ultimately drive business. As of now, we are forging ahead in anticipation that containment of the virus will happen sooner than later, and look forward to welcoming delegates and sponsors to our 2020 location in Dana Point.
In the event that we are forced to cancel this year's event, registered delegates will have the option to transfer their pass to next year, or receive a full refund.
HBO Max's Jennifer O'Connell to keynote at Realscreen West
Realscreen is thrilled to reveal that Jennifer O'Connell, EVP, Original Non-Fiction and Kids Programming for HBO Max, will be featured in a keynote conversation on June 3 at Realscreen West.
O'Connell leads original non-fiction and kids programming at HBO Max, where she is developing a unique slate for the new streaming platform that encompasses live action, animation, scripted and unscripted fare, with a broad range of compelling original feature-length documentaries, docuseries, and reality programming, as well as kids and family entertainment and programming that leverages WarnerMedia's vast portfolio of brands.
HBO Max's unscripted slate being developed under O'Connell is full of smart, multilayered documentaries and docuseries covering a wide array of social issues and culturally relevant subjects. The streamer also takes a curated approach to pinpointing significant content to engage kids and family, Gen Z, millennial and female skewing audiences. Working with prestige creators and brands as well as with new voices and storytellers, HBO Max is designing a slate of high-level and entertaining programming that has something bigger to say about our world.
Before HBO Max, the Lionsgate alum oversaw the development and production of the studio's unscripted slate across all platforms as EVP and Head of Worldwide Alternative Programming. O'Connell has also held positions at NBCU, Core Media Group, Shed Media U.S., Disney Channel and the Family Channel, guiding and developing such projects as the Emmy® Award-winning The Matthew Shepherd Story, The Biggest Loser, Who Do You Think You Are?, The Real Housewives of New York City, Kevin Hart: What the Fit, Bethenny Ever After, and Selling Sunset.