Variety recently announced HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler will be honored with its Vanguard Award for his outstanding contributions to the worldwide television business.

“HBO’s role in shaping the contemporary television landscape cannot be overstated,” said Variety's Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer Michelle Sobrino-Stearns in announcing the award. “We are thrilled to honor Richard Plepler for the work he’s done to entertain audiences around the world and to expand the boundaries of our industry.”

Under Plepler’s leadership, HBO’s original series are recognized as some of the most innovative and critically respected programming on television, earning HBO the most Emmy awards of any network for 15 consecutive years and winning 22 Emmys in 2016 alone.

Plepler has received numerous industry accolades: in 2014 Cannes Lions recognized him as the Media Person of the Year and in 2015 he received the International Emmy Directorate Award.

The Variety Vanguard Award will be presented at the Mipcom international TV industry conference in October.