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HBO strengthens ties to Bay Area as center of gravity in media shifts
HBO strengthens ties to Bay Area as center of gravity in media shifts

The notion that HBO has left its heart in the Bay Area is no accident. The premium cable network has held two major events there in the last two weeks. The first was the unveiling of its new stand-alone streaming service, HBO Now, as part of a deal with Apple Inc.; and then came Monday night's lavish Season 5 premiere for fantasy drama "Game of Thrones." "We love to be in San Francisco," Richard Plepler, the network's chairman and chief executive, told The Times ahead of the premiere screening. "We were here just a couple of weeks ago for the Apple launch, which was very exciting. And we're thrilled to be back for the 'Thrones'...

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