Richard Plepler '76 HBO Chairman & CEO Wins 2014 Media Person of the Year in Cannes, France

Along with “Game of Thrones” and “Veep,” HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler can add another jewel to his crown. The cable exec was feted Wednesday night in Cannes, France, with the 2014 Media Person of the Year award at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Plepler joins a prestigious list of past honorees, including Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Viacom’s Sumner Redstone and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
Along with Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, Plepler is credited with green-lighting some of HBO’s most acclaimed series, including “True Blood,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Newsroom,” “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective.”
“Under Richard’s leadership, HBO has proved that reports of the death of television were extremely premature,” says Philip Thomas, CEO of Cannes Lions. “By putting excellence in content first and last, and by creating highly acclaimed and award-winning shows, he has boosted audiences around the world while establishing a widespread and active international fan base.”