HBO Also Announces New Senior Leadership Structure; Harold Akselrad, Eric Kessler and Richard Plepler Appointed HBO Co-Presidents
...HBO also announced a new senior leadership structure, promoting three veteran HBO executives - Harold Akselrad, Eric Kessler and Richard Plepler - to the newly created positions of HBO Co-President, reporting to Mr. Nelson.
...Under the new structure, Mr. Akselrad will manage legal and business affairs, film acquisition and HBO's technology groups, as well as continue to serve as HBO's General Counsel; Mr. Kessler will oversee the marketing and worldwide distribution of HBO networks and content; and Mr. Plepler will have responsibility for HBO's programming and corporate communications.
Mr. Bewkes said: "I've worked with Bill, Hal
, Eric and Richard for many years, and there's not a more skilled, cohesive or widely respected group of executives in the entertainment industry.
...Harold Akselrad was previously general counsel and executive vice president, legal, business affairs & film programming for Home Box Office, responsible for all legal aspects of HBO's operations, including the business affairs, production and administration of HBO's entire programming operation.He
was named to this position in October 2002.Recently, he
added responsibility over the film programming area which handles film acquisitions and negotiations of theatrical studio output deals for the network. Mr. Akselrad joined HBO in June 1983 as associate counsel, litigation.He was promoted to counsel, litigation in September 1984 and became chief counsel, litigation one year later.In May 1986, he was named vice president and chief counsel, litigation.He became senior vice president, business affairs in March 1989 and was made executive vice president, business affairs in April 1999. Before joining HBO, he served for three years as a litigation associate for Cravath, Swaine & Moore, the New York law firm.Previously, he worked for two years as a law assistant for the Justices of the New York State Supreme Court's Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, and he earlier worked for three years as a law clerk to the general counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in New York.