Richard Plepler is CEO 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 100 million subscribers worldwide. 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® as well as HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries globally.
As co-president, Mr. Plepler, in partnership with Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming, greenlit some of HBO's most acclaimed and successful series including True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and Game of Thrones, which rank among the top programs in the network's history, as well as first season Emmy® Awards for Girls and Veep. Additional award-winning programs include the miniseries Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet, and Generation Kill; HBO Films' Too Big To Fail, Temple Grandin, Taking Chance, Grey Gardens, Game Change and You Don't Know Jack. Plepler also shepherded Cinemax's first foray into primetime originals with the popular action series Strikeback.
Mr. Plepler is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations, where he serves on the President's Advisory Board, and The Trilateral Commission. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Asia Society and the New York Public Library, and is on the National Advisory Board of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
He received his BA in Government from Franklin and Marshall College in 1981 and then joined the staff of Senator Christopher Dodd from 1981-1984. Mr. Plepler later founded RLP, Inc., his own consultancy specializing in strategic communication and production from 1985-1992. He joined HBO in 1992 as senior vice president, Corporate Communications; promoted to executive vice president, Corporate Communications, in 1997; named executive vice president, HBO, in 2002; and elevated to co-president, HBO, in 2007.
Mr. Plepler resides in New York City with his wife Lisa and daughter Eden.