Apple TV+ strikes exclusive, multi-year deal with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone

Apple TV+ announced it has landed a multi-year overall deal with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s multiple award-winning production company Playtone to exclusively develop, produce and distribute all forms of television globally encompassing series, limited series, documentaries and unscripted projects

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Apple’s partnership with Playtone builds on its existing film and series relationship which includes the highly anticipated limited drama series Masters of the Air, from Apple Studios, Playtone and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

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The sweeping series follows the true, deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. Additionally, Apple Original Films Academy Award-nominated blockbuster Greyhound, produced by Gary Goetzman and written by and starring Hanks, is available to stream on Apple TV+. 

Playtone’s broadly beloved and critically praised television productions have earned six Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, four Golden Globe Awards for Best Mini Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and five Peabody Awards.

Goetzman and Hanks are also recipients of the PGA’s Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

Future Playtone projects will join the expanding lineup of series debuting globally on Apple TV+ including the recently released Pachinko, the Korean, Japanese and English-language drama based on the acclaimed novel by the same name; Slow Horses, the new espionage drama adapted from CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning Mick Herron’s novels and starring Academy Award winner Gary Oldman; Shining Girls, a new metaphysical thriller starring and executive produced by Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Moss and based on Lauren Beukes’ bestselling novel; Now and Then, the new eight-episode bilingual and multi-layered thriller; and more.

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