Magazine article Variety

Richard Plepler, Hbo Enter New Media Age

Magazine article Variety

Richard Plepler, Hbo Enter New Media Age

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HBO has already had a very big year when it comes to Emmys. The premium câbler racked up a staggering 43 wins at the Primetime Emmys in September, including nods for best drama, comedy and limited series. But the honorary Directorate Award to be bestowed on HBO president and CEO Richard Plepler at this year's I Emmys recognizes more than just the net's outstanding programming.

As Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences prexy and CEO Bruce Paisner says, this year's Directorate honor celebrates a company capitalizing on the emerging business models of new media.

"The more we talked about it," Paisner says, "the more we realized the amazing thing about Richard and HBO is that they've made an amazing mark in both the old media and the new media businesses. He's really a bridge from one to the other."

HBO's landmark announcement to offer OTT service HBO Now, which launched in April, only furthered the brand's reputation as being at the forefront of industry trends. …

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