Apple premieres first original series, ‘Planet of the Apps,’ at WWDC

“When Planet of the Apps producers Ben Silverman and first pitched their project to Apple, they went through much the same process as the app developers who would later appear on their show,” Natalie Jarvey reports for The Hollywood Reporter.. “Cue was sold on the concept, which takes viewers into the process of developing a mobile app and then raising a round of venture capital. Not only would Planet of the Apps help promote Apple’s App Store, but it fit with Apple’s growing interest in offering original programming to build up the audience for its Apple Music service.”

“Apple is putting that plan into action with Tuesday’s premiere of Planet of the Apps,” Jarvey reports. “The first episode of the series, which screened earlier in the day at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, will hit Apple Music at 9 p.m. PT. The first episode will also be available for free on iTunes, as well as the Planet of the Apps website.”

Planet of the Apps features Jessica Alba,, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gary Vaynerchuk
Planet of the Apps features Jessica Alba,, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gary Vaynerchuk

“Hosted by Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe, Planet of the Apps follows entrepreneurs as they prepare to pitch the venture capitalists at Lightspeed Venture Partners,” Jarvey reports. “Each episode starts with the developers making the case for their products in front of a panel of advisors — GOOP founder Gwyneth Paltrow, Honest Co. co-founder Jessica Alba, musician and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk… The shows are being planned to bolster Apple Music, the company’s $10-per-month streaming service.”

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  1. But it’s an Apple TV show sold through a service called Apple Music!
    Fanbois rejoice !

    Who the fuck is the in-house curmudgeon that calls bullshit at Apple? If they do not have one they need one.

  2. I’ve honestly never met a person who likes Gwyneth Paltrow. Strangely, I can’t state precisely what it is about her that causes instantaneous repulsion — but it’s there. When I mused this aloud at my place of employment, six other people eagerly expressed the same sentiment.

    Theories anyone?

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