Richard Plepler
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As chairman and CEO of the former Time Warner’s crown jewel from 2013-2019, Plepler oversaw HBO and Cinemax, reaching 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 Cinemax’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 helped guide the cabler through a transition period that saw content spending jump substantially. He stepped down from HBO as Chairman & CEO in 2019.


  • WarnerMedia
  • HBO
  • Cinemax


  • Franklin & Marshall College (PA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
  • Variety Vanguard
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Former HBO Chief Richard Plepler Close to Signing Apple TV Plus Production Pact

Former HBO Chief Richard Plepler Close to Signing Apple TV Plus Production Pact

Former HBO chief Richard Plepler is close to signing an exclusive production pact with Apple TV Plus.Apple declined to comment and Plepler could not immediately be reached for comment. It's understood that Plepler plans to launch a boutique production company designed to focus on a handful of high-profile projects. Among his advisors in pulling together the company and Apple TV Plus deal is investment advisor Paul Wachter and attorney Lawrence Shire.Plepler is said to be planning to build out a...


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