From Anna Nicolaou’s “Exclusive: Richard Plepler recruits NY literary agent Heather Karpas to production venture” ($) posted on Financial Times Thursday:
Former HBO boss Richard Plepler has hired a well-connected New York literary agent for his new company, said two people familiar with the matter, as he builds a production hub to make movies and television shows for Apple.
Heather Karpas, from talent agency ICM Partners, is set to move to Mr Plepler’s Eden Productions later this month. Demand for book adaptations has soared as the biggest Hollywood companies scour the market for fresh intellectual property that can be packaged into streamable content…
Mr Plepler is also in talks to hire Josh Tyrangiel, the former head of Vice News, to produce documentaries and other programming for his new company, said people familiar with the matter.
Mr Plepler is one of the most well-regarded names in Hollywood, having helped cement HBO’s reputation for high-quality, cutting-edge programming including book adaptations such as Game of Thrones. He left the company last year as part of an exodus after HBO’s parent company Time Warner was acquired by AT&T.
My take: Apple continues to pour money and talent into exclusive programming for Apple TV+, although not at the rate of Netflix and perhaps with more precision.
BTW, I too left HBO’s parent company Time Warner as part of an exodus (before it sold Time and Fortune to Better Homes and Gardens). I’ve also worked with Josh Tyrangiel (who wore his baseball caps backward when he was a boy wonder at Time Magazine, before he took over Bloomberg Businessweek and before Mike Bloomberg’s return forced him out). And for many years I was represented in my contract negotiations with Time Inc. by a ICM literary agent (one who has, alas, since left the agency).