Former HBO CEO Richard Plepler Heading to Apple

By Christine Zosche 

Richard Plepler is finalizing his next act. The former HBO CEO, who departed the premium cable network in February after a three-decade run, is in advanced discussions to sign an exclusive production pact with Apple TV+. (THR / Live Feed)

Under the terms of the agreement being discussed, Plepler’s new company, RLP & Co., would create original content for Apple TV+. A deal could be finalized within the next few weeks, the person with knowledge of the talks said. It is still possible a deal may not materialize. (WSJ)

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. (Deadline)

Plepler exited HBO in February amid a larger shake-up resulting from AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner’s entertainment assets for $85 billion. He spent 28 years at HBO. (New York Post)