Rob Sharenow was an Emmy-nominated TV series producer and an award-winning writer. Sharenow graduated with an undergraduate degree in Brandeis University and received his Master's degree at the prestigious New York University, where he also held a fellowship in the American Studies department. He began working as an Executive Producer in 1999, first for The History Channel's award-winning weekly series "This Week in History" (1999-2003). During his tenure at The History Channel, he was crucial in the creation and development of "Extreme History with Roger Daltrey" (2003-), starring rock star and amateur historical buff Daltrey during one of his hiatuses from fronting The Who. In 2007, Sharenow published his first novel, "My Mother the Cheerleader." The novel won numerous accolades; it was chosen as a School Library Journal Best book of the Year, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age Reader. After years working at The History Channel, Sharenow switched networks and began producing shows for the A&E Network. He specialized in overseeing reality shows like "Rookies" (A&E 2008-09), "Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force" (A&E 2008-), and "L.A. Gang Unit" (A&E 2008-). He eventually became the Senior Vice President of Non-fiction and Alternative Programming, while continuing to produce shows like "Criss Angel Mindfreak" (A&E 2005-2010) and "Dog the Bounty Hunter" (A&E 2004-2012). In 2009, Lifetime Network acquired the popular fashion reality competition series "Project Runway" (2002- ) from the Bravo Network. Sharenow took over as the show's Executive Producer, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy two years in a row in 2011 and 2012 for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Four years after the success of "My Mother the Cheerleader," Sharenow released his second novel, "The Berlin Boxing Club," in 2011.