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The eyes of the entertainment industry were all on Apple on Monday as the tech giant previewed its new roster of original content and the company called upon people from what Apple CEO Tim Cook called “the greatest collection of accomplished, creative visionaries who have ever come into one place” to help them roll it out in what amounted to Apple’s answer to a network Upfront presentation.
But while the room was not filled with advertisers, Apple did have something to sell: yet another service in an already jam-packed field.
To help them do so, they enlisted the likes of Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell.
Spielberg previewed his “Amazing Stories” series and the latter three previewed “The Morning Show,” a series based on the behind the scenes happenings of a, well, morning show. (CNN’s Brian Stelter is a consultant on the project.)
Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard promoted their series “See,” and Kumail Nanjiani gave a set-up for his series “Little America,” which highlights immigrant stories.
“We hope ‘Little America’ will help viewers understand there’s no such thing as ‘the other.’ There’s only us,” Nanjiani said. “We’re excited we get to tell these stories with Apple.”
Abrams and Sara Bareilles previewed “Little Voice,” about a “promising, flawed” musician living in New York, according to Bareilles, who sang the theme song for the crowd.
Winfrey made three significant announcements, including two documentary projects and a book club.
In the kids space, Big Bird showed up to help highlight a new pre-school series born from Apple’s partnership with the Sesame Workshop called “Helpsters” that teaches the principles of coding.
Prior to the event, producers from shows like “Carpool Karaoke: The Series,” and the space race period drama “For All Mankind” were seen among the crowd.
The event kicked off with announcements regarding the tech giant’s new Apple News product, Apple News+, and the introduction of Apple Card.
The company also announced it has recruited big-name video game developers, including “Final Fantasy” creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, for Apple Arcade, a new subscription service for Apple-exclusive games.
The company did not lay out pricing for Apple Arcade or Apple TV+.