Apple TV+ inks overall deal with Tom Hanks’ Playtone & orders Noel Fielding comedy

Apple TV+ has inked an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s firm Playtone. The deal will see Playtone develop, produce and distribute programming encompassing series, limited series, documentaries and unscripted projects, for a global audience. This new partnership with Playtone builds on Apple’s existing film and series relationship, which includes the […]

Netflix strikes global Timberlake doc deal

Netflix has snagged global rights to Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids, the upcoming doc going behind the scenes at the final date of the famous singer’s latest world tour. Jonathan Demme – the movie director best-known for Silence of the Lambs who also made 2006 music film Neil Young: Heart of Gold – directs […]

FremantleMedia explores The Seventies

FremantleMedia International has acquired worldwide rights to CNN Original documentary series The Seventies. The deal covers all territories outside the US, and means the Tom Hanks-produced 8x60mins show now sits alongside The Sixties in the FMI catalogue. The Sixties sold to 43 territories worldwide, including DR in Denmark, NTV in Germany and SBS in Australia. […]

A-listers attached to historical HBO mini

US premium cable channel HBO has ordered a historical miniseries that has actors Tom Hanks, Ed Norton and Brad Pitt attached as executive producers. Lewis and Clark will be a six-hour scripted mini starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts. Hanks (Castaway, Philadelphia), Norton (Fight Club) and Pitt (Se7en) executive produce along with Gary Goetzman (Game […]

FremantleMedia confirms Cegielski, Berk appointments

FremantleMedia North America has confirmed the hire of former GK-tv and Lionsgate drama exec Craig Cegielski and Playtone’s Stefanie Berk, as TBI reported earlier this week. Cegielski becomes FMNA’s first executive VP, scripted programming and development after joining from his own company Open Circle Entertainment, while Berk will report into him as senior VP, scripted […]