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The Playtone Company
Industry Production company
Founded January 23, 1998; 19 years ago (1998-01-23) in Santa Monica, California, United States
Founder Tom Hanks
Gary Goetzman
Headquarters Santa Monica, California, United States
Key people
Thomas Hanks
(Co-founder & CEO)
Rita Wilson Hanks (CFO)[1]
Owner Tom Hanks

Playtone is an American film and television production company and record label established in 1998 by actor Tom Hanks and producer Gary Goetzman.

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.


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 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

Upcoming films[edit]

Release Date Title Notes
July 20, 2018 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again distributed by Universal Pictures
TBA American Idiot
Beautiful distributed by Columbia Pictures
Spring Awakening

Television series[edit]

Playtone Records releases[edit]

Web Series[edit]

See also[edit]


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