| Photo Copyright Ann Zane Shanks
Robert Shanks, aka Bob Shanks, is the winner of two Emmy Awards and “has been nominated almost as many times as Susan Lucci.”
As an ABC programming VP, he created and/or developed Good Morning America, The Barbara Walters Special and the late-night series The Wide World of Entertainment including In Concert and the live Woodstock-type event called California Jam. Later, as ABC VP of News, Mr. Shanks created and developed 20/20. Among other credits are producing The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, Candid Camera on CBS, several programs in the PBS series, The Great American Dream Machine and the first 3 years of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. He co-developed the Regis Philbin Morning Show.
His books include: “The Cool Fire”, “The Primal Screen” and “Love is Not Enough”, a novel.
Shanks served in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of Indiana University, which has named him a distinguished alumnus. He is married to photographer/filmmaker, Ann Zane Shanks. They have three children: Jennifer, Anthony and John and four grand-children: Tom and Patrick Kingsley and Dylan and Jackson Shanks.