HBO CEO Bill Nelson to Retire at Year's End
Richard Plepler becomes CEO; Eric Kessler upped to president and COO
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/20/2012 1:00:37 PM
Eric Kessler, who had also been co-president, has been elevated to president and COO and Michael Lombardo will remain president of programming, with both now reporting to Plepler.
"Bill and I have worked together for many, many years and though I'm sad to see him leave, I respect his decision to enjoy retirement. He is a world-class CEO and leaves the company well-positioned for the future," said Jeff Bewkes, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. "The company will not miss a step with the new team, which has the combination of talent and experience to drive HBO to new heights of creative excellence, innovation, and financial performance. Richard and Eric are twenty-plus year veterans of the company who, as co-presidents, helped HBO re-establish its pre-eminence over the past five years, and Mike Lombardo has done an exceptional job in developing the best slate in HBO's history."
Nelson has been CEO of HBO since 2007 after serving as COO since 2002. Under his tenure, the pay cable network has dominated awards show recognition, including a recent 81 Emmy nominations and launched HBO Go, its popular authenticated streaming service.
In his stint as co-president, Plepler has greenlit some of the network's most successful series, including True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones. He first joined HBO in 1992 as senior VP of corporate communications and was executive VP of HBO from 2002-07.
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