CUPERTINO, California — According to Tech Crunch, former HBO chief executive Richard Plepler inked a a five-year deal with Apple TV+ — with his production company Eden Productions.
Plepler’s deal will see Eden Productions creating TV shows, documentaries and feature films exclusively for Apple TV+.
The former HBO executive told The Times that he didn’t want to try to “duplicate” his time at HBO — instead, it made sense to “do my own thing.” He also said that his only serious talks were with Apple: “I thought that Apple was the right idea very quickly, just because it was embryonic enough that I thought maybe, you know, I could make a little contribution there.”
Plepler initially joined Time Warner in 1992. In 2007, he was appointed as co-president of HBO with Michael Lombardo during which HBO began production on Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and The Newsroom and Strike Back.
In 2013, he was appointed as the chairman and CEO of HBO. On February 28, 2019, it was announced that Plepler was leaving HBO. In his resignation memo, Plepler stated that he had been with the network for “nearly 28 years.”