Plepler Honored at Cannes Lions

18 Jun 2014 - By TW Staff

(Above: Richard Plepler, left, receives Cannes Lions' Media Person of the Year Award)

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity kicked off this week in Cannes, France, marking the 61st year of the festival where world-leading communicators come together to celebrate creativity in media.

Last night, HBO CEO Richard Plepler received the 2014 Media Person of the Year Award, which is presented annually at the Cannes Lions event to an individual who has helped influence and develop today’s media landscape. Plepler was honored for his work at HBO, demonstrating excellence in reinvigorating the network’s original series.

Philip Thomas, CEO of Cannes Lions, said, “Under Richard’s leadership, HBO has proved that reports of the death of television were extremely premature. By putting excellence in content first and last, and by creating highly acclaimed and award-winning shows, he has boosted audiences around the world whilst establishing a widespread and active international fan base.”

See photos from the awards ceremony below and read more about the award here.