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+. A deal is expected to close before the end of the year.
The agreement would be directed by Apple TV + video bosses Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht and could be closed in the coming weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the news. If the deal was closed, Richard Plepler and his new company, RLP & Co., would create original content for the subscription streaming service recently launched by Apple, TV +. In this way, Plepler would become the last executive of a linear point of sale to move on to the transmission.
Plepler left HBO at the end of February after almost 30 years amid changes in the administration of the former Time Warner companies, which were acquired in 2018 by AT&T. He was thought to be a potential leader for the new WarnerMedia division, consisting of units that include HBO, TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network, as well as the HBO Max transmitter. But tensions arose between him and WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey, and the work was finally taken over by Bob Greenblatt, the former executive director of NBC Entertainment.
Apple TV + debuted on November 1 with a list of four series with scripts and a variety of programs for children. The service plans to constantly increase that list in the coming months. Apple has signed a handful of exclusive production pacts to date with notable creatives, including director and producer Alfonso Cuarón, Oprah Winfrey, Jason Katims and Kerry Ehrin, showrunner of Apple's "The Morning Show" series.