Richard Plepler
Richard Plepler (born 1960)[1] is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Home Box Office, Inc. (HBO),[2] a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia.[3][4] On February 28, 2019, it was announced that Plepler was leaving HBO after 27 years.[5][6][7]
Richard Plepler

Richard Plepler & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, May 2012
Born1960 (age 60–61)
Manchester, Connecticut
OccupationMedia Executive
Known forFormer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HBO
Spouse(s)Lisa Ruchlamer
AwardsInternational Emmy Directorate Award
In 2020, Plepler launched Eden Productions and announced a five-year production deal with AppleTV+ to make television series, documentaries, and feature films.[8][9]
Plepler was born in Manchester, Connecticut to a Jewish family.[10][11] He is the elder of two brothers raised in Manchester.[1][12] His parents were active in Democratic politics.[1] His father was a trial lawyer.[13] He attended the Loomis Chaffee School[14][15] before graduating from Franklin & Marshall College.[16]
Plepler studied government in college and then moved to Washington in 1981 where he worked for Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd.[13]
In 1984, Plepler moved to New York City, where he opened a public relations firm and produced a series of interviews for The Atlantic magazine and a documentary on Israel and the Palestinian conflict.[1] Plepler initially joined Time Warner in 1992,[1] and in 2007, he was appointed and served as co-president of HBO with Michael Lombardo until 2013. During that time, HBO launched series such as Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Veep, and The Newsroom.[17][16]
In 2013, he was appointed as the chairman and CEO of HBO.[16]
On February 28, 2019, Plepler announced that he was leaving HBO.[18] In his resignation memo, Plepler stated that he had been with the network for "nearly 28 years."[6][5]
In January 2020, Plepler announced that he has started a production company called Eden Productions, and that he and the company has signed a five-year deal with Apple TV+ to exclusively produce content for the streaming service.[19]
Personal life
In 2002, Plepler married Lisa Ruchlamer;[20] they have one daughter.[citation needed]
  1. ^ a b c d e New York Times: "There’s Something About Richard - Richard Plepler of HBO Stands Tall in New York’s Cultural Elite" by Laura M. Holson September 21, 2012
  2. ^ "Richard Plepler, Home Box Office Inc: Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Richard Plepler". Time Warner. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Richard Plepler addresses the future at DealBook". Cnbc.com. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  5. ^ a b​https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/02/inside-hbo-richard-pleplers-mic-drop
  6. ^ a b​https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/richard-plepler-leaving-hbo-27-years-cable-giant-1191494
  7. ^ Koblin, John (2020-01-02). "Apple Deal Returns Former HBO Boss Richard Plepler to Spotlight". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (2020-11-05). "Richard Plepler's Eden Productions Hires Ashley Underwood As Development Executive". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  9. ^ "ICM's Heather Karpas Joins Richard Plepler's Eden Productions". TheWrap. 2020-02-14. Retrieved 2021-05-09.
  10. ^ New York Magazine: "Barack Obama is the best thing Israel has going for it right now. Why is that so difficult for Netanyahu and his American Jewish allies to understand?" by John Heilemann September 18, 2011
  11. ^ Beth Sholom B'nai Israel (Aug 2016). "Bulletin (Vol. 5776)" (PDF). p. 14.
  12. ^ Buckler, Matt (1 March 2019). "Manchester native exits as HBO CEO". Journal Inquirer. Manchester, Connecticut. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  13. ^ a b Garrahan, Matthew (Jan 9, 2015). "Lunch with the FT: Richard Plepler". Financial Times. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  14. ^ Daily Bulletin Loomis Chaffee Richard Plepler convocation
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ a b c Variety Magazine: "Richard Plepler, CHAIRMAN / CEO HBO" retrieved October 28, 2017
  17. ^ David Sims (March 1, 2019). "The End of an Era for HBO—And for Television". The Atlantic. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  18. ^​https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/28/18245330/hbo-ceo-richard-plepler-stepping-down-att-time-warner-restructuring
  19. ^ Koblin, John (2020-01-02). "Apple Deal Returns Former HBO Boss Richard Plepler to Spotlight". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  20. ^ Rush, George; Malloy, Joanna; Anderson, Kasia; Rubin, Lauren (April 25, 2002). "New Love Keeps Carrey On His Toes". New York Daily News.
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