Richard Plepler


WarnerMedia revamps leadership team ahead of streaming launch

WarnerMedia has reorganised its leadership team and has named Robert Greenblatt, formerly chairman of NBC Entertainment, as chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer, following completion of AT&T’s US$81 billion acquisition of Time Warner. WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has also given expanded roles to Jeff Zucker, who becomes Chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports, and President, CNN; […]

HBO chief Plepler steps down amid WarnerMedia consolidation moves

HBO CEO Richard Plepler has abruptly stepped down from the AT&T-owned company after 27 years of service, as WarnerMedia looks to reorganise its operations. Plepler’s decision arrived on Thursday, days after the United States Court of Appeals rejected the US Justice Department’s last-ditch attempt to break up the AT&T-Time Warner merger. AT&T has moved quickly […]

Plepler: HBO will benefit from ‘distribution revolution’

HBO stands to benefit from changes taking place in the content distribution landscape and the value of its brand will be more relevant than ever in the future, according to Richard Plepler. HBO’s chairman and CEO made the claim while speaking on stage at MIPCOM, where he was presented with Variety magazine’s Vanguard award yesterday […]

HBO Now hits 800,000 subscribers

HBO experienced its best two-year period of subscriber additions in the past 30 years, with HBO Now a “significant contributor” to its 2.7 million new US customers last year. Announcing its fourth quarter earnings, HBO parent company Time Warner revealed that eight years on from its US launch its standalone over-the-top streaming service, HBO Now, […]

HBO Now ‘surpassing expectations’, international OTT launches due soon

Subscriber satisfaction for HBO’s US over-the-top service, HBO Now, have surpassed expectations with announcements about new country launches likely to follow “in the near future”, according to HBO CEO Richard Plepler. Speaking on the second quarter earnings call of HBO parent company Time Warner, Plepler said that less than 1% of HBO subscribers have axed […]

Sky, HBO target co-production in content deal renewal

The UK’s BSkyB and pay TV counterpart HBO are to up their partnership by co-developing and producing new dramas, following an extension of their existing content agreement. The pair will seek to develop and produce “spectacular” scripted projects with the potential to run for several seasons, with production jointly funded. “Original production is the natural […]