Richard Plepler, the former chairman and CEO of HBO who left the company in February after three decades, has a new production company and has been hammering out a deal with Apple.
Deadline reports that Plepler “had been exploring a lot of opportunities over the past several months. According to sources, he had not been interested in returning to the trenches as an executive and focused on pursuing opportunity as a producer.”
Deadline adds: “He is launching a company with financial backers and, after talking to multiple suitors, he has settled on an exclusive production deal at Apple, which is being negotiated.”
Apple reportedly had no comment.
“Plepler is being brought into the fold by Apple TV+ heads Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg, who have been looking to ramp up output with high-caliber programming following the service’s Nov. 1 launch with four original series featuring A-list talent in front and behind the camera,” Deadline adds. “Plepler’s goal is to deliver as a producer the kind of high-quality series he championed as a top executive at HBO, including ‘Game of Thrones.'”