Richard Pleper, who has been with HBO since 1945 (19459003) and CEO since 2013, leaves the network.
In a staff memo, Plepler did not specify any specific reasons for leaving the country, but said: "Hard When I think about leaving the company I love, and the people I love in it, it is the Time to do this.
The news comes less than a year after AT & T acquired HBO's parent company, Time Warner
Shortly after closing the deal, John Stankey, CEO of WarnerMedia, held a town hall meeting where he said that HBO needs to increase its subscriber base and how much time these subscribers spend looking at HBO content (a record of the session was received by The New York Times). In the memo, Plepler said he told Stankey ̵
This also happens when WarnerMedia wants to launch its own streaming service. While Pleper was CEO, Netflix transformed the TV landscape (and replaced HBO as the leader in Emmy nominations). Under his leadership, however, HBO has launched its own subscription service for direct consumers, HBO Now, apparently every network and media company launches its own streaming service.
In fact, the only time I interviewed Plepler was at a red carpet event for "Game of Thrones" in 2013 (I'm still not sure what I want to do there). When asked about speculation about the future, he replied, "Maybe even a broadband HBO delivery system. Who knows? We will see where that leads. "