Two leaders exit after report that former NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt may take over
HBO and Turner are two of television’s greatest success stories. But at a corporate town hall meeting last June, longtime AT&T executive John Stankey, the new leader of both, made it clear he wanted more.
Promising “a tough year,” he said HBO’s castle keep of Emmys for shows like “Game of Thrones” wasn’t enough. He said viewers need to watch the premium network for “hours a day,” as the New York Times reported.
It sounded like a repudiation of the quality-over-quantity formula that has made HBO the envy of most networks. Stankey said on stage that HBO makes money — “just not enough.”
HBO’s chief, Richard Plepler, pushed back: “Oh, now, now, be careful,...