HBO: BOB ZITTER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT; OTTO BERKES NAMED NEW CTO

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HBO VETERAN ROBERT ZITTER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
OTTO BERKES NAMED NEW CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, HBO 
New York, N.Y., December 10, 2012 - Thirty year HBO veteran Robert (Bob) Zitter 
today announced that he will step down from the position of Chief Technology 
Officer, effective March 31, 2013, and will shift focus to handle strategic 
projects for the company until the end of 2013, at which time he will retire 
from HBO. Otto Berkes has been named as the company's new Executive Vice 
President, Technology, and Chief Technology Officer, responsible for overseeing 
all technology efforts worldwide, including consumer technology, distribution, 
origination, production operations, engineering and IT. 
"There are very few names that come to mind who have had as significant an 
impact on our industry as Bob Zitter," said Eric Kessler, President and Chief 
Operating Officer, HBO. "His accomplishments and innovation have helped 
transform not just the business at HBO but the entire landscape." 
"Over the last year, Otto's experience and functional expertise have helped 
elevate HBO's technological agility, enabling us to meet the growing needs of 
our subscribers in an era of constantly emerging new media platforms," 
continued Kessler. "Under his leadership, we believe that HBO will remain at 
the forefront of the industry." 
Most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Technology and Chief 
Technology Officer, Zitter has long been one of HBO's strongest technology 
leaders and innovators. A true industry pioneer, Zitter's career has included 
vital roles in the introduction of digital compression technology, the 
development and launch of HBO high definition and HBO On Demand as well as 
being one of the founders of HBO's businesses in Latin America, Asia and Europe. 
Throughout his career, Zitter has been acknowledged for excellence in the field 
including his induction into The Cable Television Hall of Fame in 2006 for his 
exemplary contributions to the growth and development of the cable industry. He 
is also a recipient of the NCTA's Vanguard Award for his outstanding leadership 
in science and technology. Most recently he has served on the FCC's Technology 
Advisory Committee and as a director of The North American Broadcasters 
Association. 
Otto Berkes joined HBO in 2011 as Senior Vice President, Digital Products, 
responsible for the development of HBO's consumer technologies including HBO 
GO, MAX GO, and HBO.com<http://HBO.com>. In this role, he led the software 
engineering, infrastructure and support organizations that develop and maintain 
HBO's consumer applications and services across a broad range of devices. He 
and his group also formulated the technical strategy for HBO's consumer 
technology and advanced software development aimed at delivering the most 
innovative technology and experiences possible. 
Previously at Microsoft, Berkes held a number of positions over his 18 years 
there including senior software developer, partner-level architect and general 
manager. His responsibilities included leading the DirectX and OpenGL graphics 
technology development organizations in Windows, developing leading-edge mobile 
architectures and user interfaces in Microsoft Research, and driving advanced 
development reporting to Microsoft's Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie. 
Berkes' work at Microsoft spanned hardware and software design and 
implementation, user interface and interaction design, industrial design, 
product and technology strategy, and product incubation and concept 
development. Berkes is one of the four original founders of Xbox. 
Jeff Cusson
SVP, Corporate Affairs
HBO
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M-646/302-3314 
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