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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Richard Plepler to Step Down as HBO Chairman, CEO

Richard Plepler to Step Down as HBO Chairman, CEO

HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler is exiting the company.Plepler made the announcement to staff in a memo on Thursday. "Hard as it is to think about leaving the company I love, and the people I love in it, it is the right time for me to do so," he wrote. "In the past weeks, I’ve thought a lot about the incredible journey of this company in the nearly 28 years that I have been blessed to be here. It’s...


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