Richard Plepler, former HBO CEO, is in search of personnel for the production of shows for Apple TV Plus and they're interested in exploring social issues – something everyone in the entertainment industry seems to be doing right now.
Richard Plepler and his plans
Plepler is one of the best-known figures in the world of television due to his 27-year career at HBO, Cult of Mac reports.
Under his guidance, the channel received more than 160 Emmy awards for its shows.
And although he is no longer working for the television network, he was quickly captured by Apple.
In January of this year, it became official that Plepler signed a 5-year contract to produce content on Apple TV+. It seems that it won't be long before the fruits of this signing are seen.
Plepler's talent search already has its first star. This is the literary agent Heather Karpas, who is known in the industry for having represented Fleishman is in Trouble author, Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
However, the most interesting thing about this recruitment is Heather Karpas' profile, which would suggest that Plepler wants to create socially conscious programs for Apple TV+.
The possible future of Apple TV+
Karpas mentions in her curriculum that she's looking to adapt books that deal with “minority and female perspectives on identity, sexuality, and power; examinations of emotional trauma and means of catharsis; and explorations of dysfunctional friendships and families.”
If Plepler is looking for keep a similar pattern of tastes and roles, it's likely that multiple programs that appeal to social consciousness will soon be announced for Apple TV+.
Currently, the programming of this premium service is quite varied, covering a large number of different genres.
Some of Apple's most promoted shows at the moment are the Morning Show; a show that deals with “me too” drama behind the scenes of a TV news show and For All Mankind – an alternative history drama that highlights the role of women in space.
It's thought that Plepler may even be considering the creation of more documentaries due to his recent talk with Josh Tyrangiel, the Vice News Chief.