According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple is currently discussing terms with former HBO CEO Richard Plepler for a production deal tied with Apple TV+, the company’s recently launched streaming service. The report also mentions that the two parties are currently negotiating and a deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
It’s hard to tell what will come of this deal, but it is interesting to point out that Plepler was involved with Game of Thrones, which is the recently concluded HBO blockbuster with plenty of awards and millions of loyal fans to its name.
Separately, The Wall Street Journal mentions that this information comes from “a person familiar with the matter”, while also pitching the likelihood of the deal not going through at all. But the aforementioned THR article mentions that Apple TV+ executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht are currently looking to push the deal through in order to embolden the streaming platform’s content library.
Apple TV+ has been off to a decent start and has reportedly seen millions of viewers tuning in. Although Apple hasn’t disclosed viewership details, the company has already renewed multiple Apple TV+ original shows to a second season, showing faith in its existing content. Apple TV+ will see the addition of multiple new shows over the course of the next few months including an original show with Oprah Winfrey titled “Oprah’s Book Club”.
Customers who bought an Apple device after mid-September 2019 can stream Apple TV+ free for a year, which automatically gives hundreds and thousands of customers access to the service by default. Other Apple users can get a 7-day free trial of Apple TV+. The subscription will set you back by $4.99/month.