Richard Plepler
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United States

Eden Productions


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 (DEFUNCT)
  • 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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Ex-HBO Boss Richard Plepler Invests in Luminary, Joins Podcast Company's Board

Ex-HBO Boss Richard Plepler Invests in Luminary, Joins Podcast Company's Board

Richard Plepler has hopped on the podcast train. The former HBO chief executive has invested in Luminary Media, a podcast-subscription service, and taken a seat on its board.Plepler acquired a minority stake in Luminary, according to sources, although they could not confirm the amount of the investment. The New York-based company has raised over $100 million to date from backers including New Enterprise Associates and Sinai Ventures.Plepler exited as chairman and CEO of HBO in February 2019 after a 28-year...


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