Apple TV+ has landed a multiyear overall deal with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s 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, which includes limited drama series “Masters of the Air,” from Apple Studios, Playtone and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. The series follows the true, 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 “Greyhound,” produced by Goetzman and written by and starring Hanks, is available to stream on Apple TV+.
Playtone’s 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 novel by the same name; “Slow Horses,” the 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 thriller, among others.
After its launch on Nov. 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with over 240 wins and more than 950 award nominations and counting, including this year’s Oscar Best Picture winner CODA.