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Playtone Entertainment is an American film and television production company and record label established in 1996 by actor Tom Hanks and producer Gary Goetzman.

It was named after the fictional record company "Playtone" in That Thing You Do!, written and directed by Hanks; it also uses the same company logo. The success of the film served as a spring-board to launch an actual Playtone Records label. The record label is distributed by Sony Music Entertainment through primarily Epic Records and sometimes Columbia Records.

Selected productions[edit]


Released films[edit]

Release Date Title Director Notes
December 22, 2000 Cast Away Robert Zemeckis distributed by 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Pictures, co-production with ImageMovers.
April 19, 2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Joel Zwick distributed by IFC Films, co-production with HBO Films, Gold Circle Films and MPH Entertainment.
November 22, 2004 The Polar Express Robert Zemeckis distributed by Warner Bros., co-production with Castle Rock Entertainment, Shangri-La Entertainment, ImageMovers and Golden Mean
September 23, 2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Mark Cowen distributed by IMAX.
February 10, 2006 Neil Young: Heart of Gold Jonathan Demme distributed by Paramount Classics, co-production with Shangri-La Entertainment and Reprise Records.
July 26, 2006 The Ant Bully John A. Davis distributed by Warner Bros., co-production with Legendary Pictures, DNA Productions and Warner Bros. Animation.
November 10, 2006 Starter for 10 Tom Vaughan distributed by Picturehouse and Icon Film Distribution, co-production with HBO Films, BBC Films and Neal Street Productions.
December 21, 2007 Charlie Wilson's War Mike Nichols distributed by Universal Studios, co-production with Relativity Media and Participant Productions.
January 18, 2008 The Great Buck Howard Sean McGinly distributed by Magnolia Pictures, co-production with Walden Media and Bristol Bay Productions.
July 18, 2008 Mamma Mia! Phyllida Lloyd distributed by Universal Studios, co-production with Littlestar.
October 10, 2008 City of Ember Gil Kenan distributed by 20th Century Fox, co-production with Walden Media.
June 5, 2009 My Life in Ruins Donald Petrie distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
October 16, 2009 Where the Wild Things Are Spike Jonze distributed by Warner Bros., co-production with Legendary Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Wild Things Productions.
July 1, 2011 Larry Crowne Tom Hanks distributed by Universal Studios.
October 23, 2012 Cloud Atlas Lana Wachowski
Tom Tykwer
Andy Wachowski
distributed by Warner Bros., co-production with Anarchos Productions, Cloud Atlas Productions and X-Filme Creative Pool.

Upcoming films[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
March 25, 2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 distributed by Universal Pictures, co-production with Gold Circle Films and HBO Films.
TBA American Idiot distributed by Universal Studios.
A Hologram for the King distributed by Lionsgate Films, Roadside Attractions and Saban Films, co-produced with X-Filme Creative Pool and Primeridian Entertainment.
The Circle
Spring Awakening

Television series[edit]

Playtone Records releases[edit]

Web Series[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (30 January 2015). "HBO Greenlights ‘Lewis and Clark’ Miniseries From Edward Norton, Brad Pitt & Tom Hanks". Variety. Retrieved 2015-01-15. 

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