Richard Plepler
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Chairman / CEO

As chairman and CEO of the former Time Warner’s crown jewel since January 2013, Plepler oversees HBO and Cinemax, which reach a worldwide audience of over 127 million subscribers. He served as co-president of HBO alongside Michael Lombardo from 2007 to 2013, a period that saw the launch of some of HBO’s most lauded series, including “Game of Thrones,” “True Blood,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Veep,” and also ushered in Cine-max’s first primetime original series, “Strike Back.” With AT&T having recently acquired Time Warner, HBO looks to play a significant role in global growth plans for the company, now dubbed WarnerMedia, and Plepler is set to guide the cabler through a transition period that will see content spending jump substantially.


  • WarnerMedia
  • HBO
  • Cinemax


  • Franklin & Marshall College (PA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
  • Variety Vanguard
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HBO Chief Richard Plepler 'Applauds' ABC for Canceling 'Roseanne'

HBO Chief Richard Plepler 'Applauds' ABC for Canceling 'Roseanne'

Hours after ABC canceled its top-rated sitcom "Roseanne" on Tuesday, Hollywood power players weighed in on the stunning turn of events that followed a racist tweet sent by star Roseanne Barr."I think ABC did absolutely the right thing in canceling the show. I commend (Disney's) Ben (Sherwood) and Bob (Iger) and the whole ABC team," Richard Plepler told Variety while attending Lincoln Center's American Songbook Gala in New York, where he was honored for his contributions to the arts as...


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