Former HBO CEO Richard Plepler Signs Five Year Deal to Exclusively Produce Content for Apple TV+

Former HBO CEO Richard Plepler Signs Five Year Deal to Exclusively Produce Content for Apple TV+

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Former HBO CEO and Chairman Richard Plepler has signed a five year deal to exclusively produce content for Apple TV+, reports the New York Times.

In a recently signed five-year deal, Mr. Plepler’s new company, Eden Productions, will make television series, documentaries and feature films exclusively for Apple TV Plus, the streaming platform that started in November. The arrangement gives Mr. Plepler a significant role in an expanding streaming universe soon to include HBO Max, a supersize platform that has been a focus of his former corporate home since he departed in February after having lost some of his autonomy.


Plepler spent 27 years at HBO but left just eight months after AT&T acquired the network.

“It was instantaneously clear to me that I had a wonderful and very privileged run at HBO and I wasn’t going to be able to duplicate that again,” Mr. Plepler said in his first interview since leaving the network. “And I didn’t want to try to duplicate that again. It felt very clear to me that I just wanted to do my own thing.”

Although he had conversations with several people, his only 'serious' talks were with Apple.

“As you can imagine, in the days and the first couple weeks after I left, I received an enormous amount of well-wishing calls, and Eddy was among those people,” Mr. Plepler said. “He was generous enough to say on that call, ‘Look, when you settle down and you think about whatever it is you want to do, know that we’re all here and we’ll talk.’”

Apple has been slowing adding content to its streaming service. The next shows to debut are Little America on January 17th, Mythic Quest on February 7th and Visible: Out on Television on February 14th.

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Former HBO CEO Richard Plepler Signs Five Year Deal to Exclusively Produce Content for Apple TV+
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