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President & COO, HBO

Eric Kessler doesn’t green-light HBO’s iconic shows like Girls and Game of Thrones. But he’s the one in charge of getting them in front of viewers, by heading up distribution in both the U.S. and abroad. That includes HBO Go, HBO’s authenticated streaming service — the one many people say they’d like to pay for without getting a pay-TV subscription. Kessler joined HBO in 1986 as a marketing manager, and eventually launched the “It’s Not TV. It’s HBO.” campaign, which won the very first Emmy Award for a commercial.

Posts With Eric Kessler

HBO COO Eric Kessler — Who Spearheaded Its Digital Strategy — Is Departing

The No. 2 at the premium cable channel left over “management process” issues.
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HBO Explains Why It’s Not Going A La Carte Anytime Soon

Why HBO loves the status quo, and why you’re not watching “Game of Thrones” without paying for cable TV.
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Winter Is Coming (Geeks, Too): HBO Premieres New Season of “Game of Thrones” in SF This Week

When you play the game of thrones, it’s either win or die. Yipes!
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Day Two at D: Dive Into Media 2013, in Pictures and Tweets

Storified: The best tweets and pictures from the second day of D: Dive Into Media.
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For HBO, a la Carte Programming Is Still a Ways Off, Says Eric Kessler

Onstage at D: Dive Into Media, HBO’s Eric Kessler talked about a la carte programming, Apple TV and why Netflix’s decision to release “House of Cards” in full may not have been such a good idea.
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HBO to Finally Let Subscribers Stream HBO Go to TV Over AirPlay

Speaking at the D: Dive Into Media conference on Tuesday, HBO said subscribers will be able to stream programming from an iPhone or iPad onto their television via AirPlay.
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HBO Go Is Coming to Apple TV. Why Isn’t Everything Coming to Apple TV?

It’s 2013, so “App Comes to Box” shouldn’t be a headline. But when it comes to outsiders who want to play on his hardware, Tim Cook is treating Apple TV very differently from the iPhone.
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Game On! Xbox Bosses Mehdi, Tellem Come to Dive Into Media.

The Xbox is a Web TV player that also happens to work for games. Meet the people in charge of making it an even bigger deal in the media world.
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Meet the Man Who Wants to Blow Up the TV Business: Dish Network’s Charlie Ergen Comes to Dive Into Media

A rare appearance from a maverick billionaire with big plans.
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Old Media, New Tricks: The New Republic’s Chris Hughes and USA Today’s Larry Kramer Join Dive Into Media

Two very smart guys with very different backgrounds and a similar problem: How do you transform iconic print publications for the digital era?
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HBO Headed to iPad, but Not Netflix