The Kardashians are not just keeping up with new technology, they’re dominating it.

L.A.’s most famous reality-show family is riding high in the App Store charts with a slew of recently released apps developed by Santa Monica’s Whalerock Industries.

Now Kim Kardashian West, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner are hoping the early enthusiasm holds for their subscription-based apps, which offer users inside access to their daily lives for a $3 monthly subscription.

Since launching last month, the four have generated a total of 3.7 million downloads, according to app analytics firm Apptopia. Each comes with a free seven-day trial, but that hasn’t stopped the Kardashian coffers from bulging. So far, the apps have generated more than $1 million in revenue collectively.

The most popular is youngest sister Kylie Jenner’s, which has become the first nongame celebrity app to hit No. 1 in the iTunes App Store. Sister Kourtney Kardashian is late to the party, but her interior design-focused app is launching soon.

“These apps provide a unique and personal look into their lives,” said a spokesman for Whalerock Industries, which is owned by media executive Lloyd Braun. A former chairman of ABC Entertainment, Braun green lit hit shows such as “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” and later ran Yahoo Media Group.

Ratings Rise

In its 50th anniversary year, L.A. public-television station KCET has something to celebrate – a spike in ratings.

Primetime viewership is up 31 percent from a year ago and whole-day viewership has increased 40 percent during the same period, according to Nielsen viewing figures.

Michael Riley, who took over as president of KCETLink Media in January, called the figures encouraging and attributed the success to a mix of “great local and global programming.”

Modesty Mansion

It’s a rare event at the Playboy Mansion that features no scantily clad models or big-name celebrities, but such was the case last week when the iconic Holmby Hills estate staged one of its more restrained but no less significant gatherings.

The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation First Amendment Awards were handed out by Hefner’s daughter Christie to journalists, authors and teachers who have protected First Amendment rights. The 2015 lifetime achievement award went to veteran journalist and Columbia University professor Victor Navasky.

“Fighting for freedom of expression has been one of the themes of my father’s life and that makes staging this event such a labor of love for us, even if it’s very different in style from other gatherings here,” said Christie Hefner, who stepped down as chief executive of Playboy Enterprises in 2009 but continues to supervise the annual ceremony.


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