Apple TV+ have announced 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.
Apple’s partnership with Playtone builds on its existing film and series relationship including the highly anticipated limited drama series ‘Masters of the Air,’ from Apple Studios, Playtone and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Additionally, Apple Original Films’ Academy Award-nominated blockbuster ‘Greyhound,’ produced by Goetzman and written by and starring Hanks, is available to stream on Apple TV+ - with a sequel currently in the works.
Playtone’s previous television productions have received 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. Meanwhile, Goetzman and Hanks have received the PGA’s Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
Fun Fact: Upcoming Apple Studios, Playtone and Amblin WWII drama series 'Masters of the Air' reportedly cost more than $200 million to produce.