|Founded||January 23, 1998Santa Monica, California, United Statesin|
|Thomas J. Hanks|
(Co-founder & CEO)
Rita Wilson Hanks (CFO)
It was named after the fictional record company "Play-Tone" 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. Playtone has had an exclusive television development deal with HBO since the company was formed. Over the course of that time, Playtone's projects for HBO have won 52 Emmy Awards, while garnering 107 Emmy Award nominations.
|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 28, 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 Relativity Media and 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||Parkland||Peter Landesman||distributed by Exclusive Media Group, co-production with American Film Company and Playtone.|
|March 25, 2016||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2||Kirk Jones||distributed by Universal Pictures, co-production with Gold Circle Films and HBO Films.|
|April 22, 2016||A Hologram for the King||Tom Tykwer||distributed by Lionsgate Films, Roadside Attractions and Saban Films, co-produced with X-Filme Creative Pool and Primeridian Entertainment.|
|September 9, 2016||Ithaca||Meg Ryan||distributed by Momentum Pictures.|
|April 28, 2017||The Circle||James Ponsoldt||distributed by EuropaCorp and STX Entertainment, co-production with Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Likely Story|
|September 29, 2017||Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House||Peter Landesman||distributed by Sony Pictures Classics|
|July 20, 2018||Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again||Ol Parker||distributed by Universal Pictures, co-production with Legendary Pictures and Littlestar.|
|Beautiful||distributed by Columbia Pictures|
|American Idiot||distributed by Universal Pictures|
|July 13, 2020||15 Hours||distributed by Lionsgate|
- Band of Brothers (2001 miniseries)
- My Big Fat Greek Life (2003) (with Brad Grey Television, Sony Pictures Television, & CBS)
- Big Love (2006)
- John Adams (2008 miniseries)
- The Pacific (2010 miniseries)
- Game Change (2012)
- Olive Kitteridge (2014 miniseries)
- The Sixties (2014 documentary series)
- The Seventies (2015 documentary series)
- The Eighties (2016 documentary series)
- The Nineties (2017 documentary series)
- 1968: The Year That Changed America (2018 documentary series)
- The 2000s (2018 documentary series)
- Factory Man (pre-production)
- Lewis and Clark (miniseries) (with Plan B, Class 5 Films, National Geographic Films, & HBO)
- Masters of the Air (miniseries) (Masters of the Air has been reported as having been renamed to The Mighty Eighth. This has been declared false by the writer.)
Playtone Records releases
- That Thing You Do! soundtrack (1996)
- The Sopranos soundtrack
- The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs soundtrack
- Bring It On soundtrack (2000)
- Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack (2001)
- Band of Brothers soundtrack (2001)
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding soundtrack (2002)
- The Truth About Charlie soundtrack (2002)
- Starter for 10 soundtrack (2006)
- Electric City (2012)
- "The Playtone Company - SI-COMPLETE - 02/08/2016". Scribd. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
- Steinberg, Brian (May 18, 2016). "CNN Greenlights 'The Nineties' and Series on Comedy, Music". Variety. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
- Steinberg, Brian (May 17, 2017). "CNN Adds 'Kennedy,' 'Patty Hearst' Documentary Series". Variety. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie (September 15, 2014). "HBO & Playtone Take On Battle Against Offshoring With 'Factory Man' Miniseries". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister (January 30, 2015). "HBO Greenlights 'Lewis and Clark' Miniseries From Edward Norton, Brad Pitt & Tom Hanks". Variety. Variety. Retrieved 2015-01-15.
- Guthrie, Marisa (January 18, 2013). "HBO Developing Third WWII Miniseries with Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Winston, George (February 23, 2017). "HBO's "The Mighty Eighth" an UPDATE, It's Getting Close & Has a $500 Million Budget". War History Online.
- Orloff, John. "Not sure where we will be filing, but, FYI, it is NOT called "The Mighty 8th," and we have noting to do wth that video floating around..." Twitter.