Richard L. Plepler
Home Box Office, Inc.
Richard Plepler is chairman and chief executive officer of Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for the overall management of the world’s most successful pay TV service, which provides the two television networks – HBO and Cinemax – to over 131 million subscribers in over 60 countries and its programming into over 180 territories. He was named to this position in January 2013.
Renowned worldwide, the HBO and Cinemax services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand®, streaming services HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels.
In March 2015, as a special guest at an Apple event, Plepler announced from stage the industry-breaking HBO NOW® – the network’s highly anticipated standalone premium streaming service. HBO NOW® launched the following month and began providing audiences with instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming in the U.S. Internationally, HBO has streaming services in the Nordic region, several countries in Latin America and plans to launch in Spain by year-end.
Under his leadership, HBO’s original productions continue to raise the bar with some of the most innovative, honored and critically respected programming on television. This was recognized with a record 43 Primetime Emmys in 2015, the most of any network in 43 years.