Columbia Pictures Television "Cokeburst" (and Other Rare Closing Logos)


The previously lost CPT "cokeburst" logo from the 80s. Found on a Hong Kong Blu-Ray of The Deep.

This page is meant to keep track of footage of television or movie closing logos that are either lost or rare. It is named for a popular urban legend among logo enthusiasts on forums such as the Closing Logo Group or the CLG Wiki.

The world of closing logos has its share of vague memories and urban legends. One of the biggest myths was the Columbia Pictures Television "Cokeburst", an alleged variant of the orange half-circled "sunburst" CPT logo (used from 1976-82) that had a byline for the Coca-Cola Company, as the revival of the Torch Lady would in '82. At least three people claim to have seen this, and Philadelphia-or-New York City-based reruns of What's Happening!! in 1985, a few mid 1980's episodes of Days of our Lives and spring 1982 episodes of The Young and the Restless seem to always come up in the discussion. In March 2015, the myth was finally put to bed when CLG Wiki user Supermarty-o miraculously found the Cokeburst on a making-of featurette on the Hong Kong Blu-Ray of 1977's The Deep, albeit with the music being the 1993 Columbia Pictures Television Distribution theme. Two months later, in May 2015, an earlier version has been discovered by the same person, appearing on a bootleg DVD copy of the black-and-white 1957 film 20 Million Miles to Earth.

Another logo legend involves the Viacom "V of Doom" logo from the mid '70s, which lasted into the mid '80s. One story goes that the Bruce Jenner-hosted Star Games from 1985 had this logo appear on a pink background rather than its standard shades of blue. These also includes variants that one had the background flash purple, green and red fast with a black V (known to appear on a Comedy Network airing of The Honeymooners episode "A Man's Pride", a remake of that variant can be seen here ), a variant with a green background and a red "V" with a Santa hat on it with bells ringing at the end, a variant with an orange background and a black "V", and a variant of the videotaped audio with the filmed version's audio. (NOTE: The orange background variant may describe the one seen at the end of Jim Peck's version of "You Don't Say!", as seen here. There is a fanmade spoof logo of a "Christmas" V as well, perhaps this is what caused the belief that there was an actual variant used on TV?)

On the other hand, there are logos that have been seen, and have some kind of evidence for their existence, yet they have not been seen on television for a long time, nor have they appeared online. This includes:

  • TAT Communications "Rising T.A.T. Star" (1980-82) (JINGLE FOUND!)- Over on a blue background, we see the text "TAT" in a weird computerized font, and "Communications Company" is in a weird white font. A white star rises from the background, and on to the top of the second T in the TAT word. It is confirmed to be on older syndicated reruns of The Jeffersons and One Day at a Time, as well as CBS Late Movie reruns of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Reruns of The Jeffersons in 1994 on WGN-TV are also mentioned to have this logo as well, as well as an old VHS release of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman released by Embassy Home Entertainment. It was last seen on reruns of said show during a Norman Lear marathon on TV Land back in 2002. The jingle has surfaced somewhere on the Internet, resulting in a floodgate of recreations.
  • Key Video, orange/green variant (FOUND!) - Can be found on the Key Video release of Footlight Serenade from the Betty Grable Collection. 
  • Metro Pictures "Parrot" - This has been seen in print, but was there an animated/live action version?  A logo has been described where the parrot "throws" the letters to "METRO" to complete the logo. This article, on the other hand, mentions a "squawking parrot".
  • MTM Enterprises variants - The well-known television logo of the 1970s had many variants featuring their mascot, Mimsie the cat.  Ones that have not surfaced online were for Paul Sand's Friends and Lovers, which some sources say featured the ribbon circle Mimsie appears in turning upside down.  Another show, Texas Wheelers, has had a number of descriptions.  One has been found on the TV Obscurities website, in which a full-screen scene with a black-and-white kitten looking around over a water pipe, can be seen as the company's name appears over it in plain text.  Two others have been elusive still: there's been a mention of a (most-likely animated) version of Mimsie who shot off pistols.  And in a situation not unlike the series finale of St. Elsewhere, a newspaper article recalls the series finale of Wheelers ending with Mimsie staggering from behind the circle, as if shot, and falling dead. An online copy of the "pilot" version of "The White Shadow" variant is needed as well (some prints have the usual one, but one has a variant where the letters animate and the ball drops off screen). Another MTM variant that has yet to surface online was for the 25th Anniversary of the company, which KRS Logos and CLG Wiki describe as being "On a white background with a black '25,' and a similarly colored MTM under that. The kitten appears in the rounded part of the '5'."  But this might have been a print logo only.
  • 20th Television (at the end of St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues) - In 2000 or so, Bravo began airing reruns of both the MTM dramas. Only this was a short while after News Corporation had bought MTM, so viewers were "treated" to a new set of closing credits.  Mimsie would no longer be seen at the end of either show, only the 20th Television tower/searchlights logo common to other Fox holdings. Accordingly, the speed of the credits themselves were adjusted to fit in the new logo before the theme music ended. (However, this contributor recalls the Hill St. music fading out and the 20th logo appearing, fanfare and all. This may be because the MTM logo was heard with the last note of the music. Also, supposedly at least one Elsewhere episode had the 20th, but you could still hear Mimsie's meow behind the new logo). As always, the series finale of Elsewhere was "censored" to have the typical style of end credits, but now had 20th on its own. In fact, the last known sighting of this version of either show was on ALN (now Youtoo TV) in 2010, when they showed St. Elsewhere’s finale with this variant. It has not turned up online or future airings otherwise so far. 
  • Stretch Films "Banana Man" variant (FOUND!) - It was recently sighted on a rerun of the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Freaky Fred/The Demon in the Mattress" on Boomerang. You can view the logo here.
  • The Blue Marble Company - Company that produced The Big Blue Marble. So far not to be found online, though episodes with the logo intact exist in the Paley Center. On a full episode taken from VHS on Vimeo, you can hear the audio from the logo, which has been plastered over by a Century III logo (starts at 22:44 here).
  • Screen Gems "S From Hell" (Hawk Variant) (FOUND!) - Out of nowhere, the variant has surfaced on YouTube and can be heard here.
  • Weiss-Global Enterprises (Color, short version) The full-length color logo has been seen online, but a shorter version exists only in the Paley Center at the end of an episode of Good Morning World. (UPDATE: It has also appeared on certain prints of Sins of Jezebel, seen here. This is an example of the long color version. The short one is just a still of the logo with one buzz from the jingle.) In recent days, a shortened color logo has surfaced here, only to be edited down from an upload of the full color logo (see discussion here).
  • King World Productions (color crown logo) - A logo featuring an eagle on top of a globe was confirmed a fake, but was there ever a color variant of the crown logo? A recreation of it can be viewed here.
  • WOR-TV "Red 9" - Kind of a placeholder logo in the '80s for the Secaucus, N.J.-based station, perhaps during the transition from WOR to WWOR?
  • WNYW "Fox 5 Box" v.2 (2000 or 2001?) - Supposedly came between the blue-colored Fox 5 box logo with a narrower "5" and the red variant seen throughout the 2000s.  Resembled the latter apparently, except the 5 was different, more thick than it would become? Might have been seen in a Morgan Freeman movie.
  • MGM Television "Stylized Lion" - This is strangely absent from both YouTube copies of the Pogo Special Birthday Special (on which this originally appeared) and the VHS release (which just has a copyright screen and MGM/UA Home Video logo at the end). Description: We see the "Stylized Lion" logo from 2001: A Space Odyssey on what appears to be a circular disc. A single roar is heard over the closing theme, then the disc turns on its side (it's approximately the thickness of a cold-cream jar) to reveal the words "MGM TELEVISION" in a curly font, with the initials "MGM" set sideways.
  • Gunther-Wahl Productions (Split-screen version) - Bingbang32 reported that the theme on spilt-screen airings of The Angry Beavers was a tuba theme with kids-laughing.
  • Sandollar Television (1990?-94) - Just the red word "SANDOLLAR" on a black background while sounds of ocean waves blast over the end theme. Appeared on episodes 1 and 2 of Babes, while a variant with "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" text appeared on the short-lived NBC show Someone Like Me.
  • Tollin/Robbins Productions (Cousin Skeeter split-screen version) - As seen on old split-screen airings of Cousin Skeeter.
  • Marquee/Tollin/Robbins (All That and The Amanda Show, 1999/2001) (FOUND!) - It was recently unearthed on an old VHS recording of the 1999 Cousin Skeeter episode "Two Men and a Baby Pig", and can be seen here.
  • United Artists Pictures "Blue Light" (with Transamerica byline) (FOUND!) - It was found on a print of Bound for Glory. Here's the link. (Transamerica T with fanfare) The 1968 Transamerica T logo had it's own fanfare. However, it was rarely used on films and any film had this logo originally now has had this plastered by either a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures logo or a later UA logo meaning it's next to impossible to find. The logo was reported to have been seen on animated short films by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises such as The Pink Panther when released to theaters and the original release of Yellow Submarine (1968, American prints). The logo is also reported to be on a 1981 Laserdisc release of Carrie (1976) by Magnetic Video Corporation and has been rumored to be on a 1981 VHS by 20th Century-Fox Video of the same film. These home media releases are the only reported/rumored sightings of this version of the logo with the fanfare.  The video supplied also has comments that this can be seen on DVD releases of Cotton Comes to Harlem and Cops and Robbers by MGM Home Entertainment. Although on both films, the film's opening theme is heard. The logo itself can be seen on YouTube, but perhaps this refers to proof that it was seen before a movie and not a television show?
  • Dick Clark Productions (1973-1977, Existence Unconfirmed?) - COMING SOON!
  • Hanna-Barbera (Johnny Bravo pilot version) - Probably appeared on Mess O' Blues.
  • Morrow-Heus Productions (The Disappearance of Vonie) - COMING SOON!
  • Frederator Incorporated (with Rocko theme, split-screen version) - COMING SOON!
  • Nickelodeon Bumper (AAAHH!!! Real Monsters, 1994) - COMING SOON!
  • Nickelodeon Bumper (Rocko's Modern Life, 1993) - COMING SOON!
  • Tetagram Productions (Joe Bash, 1986) - COMING SOON!
  • Triseme Corporation (A.E.S. Hudson Street, 1977-1978) - COMING SOON!
  • The Movie Channel Feature Presentation (1982-83, Different Version) - Used before the Doo-Woop style 1950s bumpers started alongside the regular version, this was said to be on certain 1982-83 Movie Channel airings, a certain broadcast of the film Personal Best being an example.
  • Warner Home Video "Cheesy Shield" (Prototype) - A version of the 1986 Warner Home Video logo was found that has a different cloud background than the standard version. There is/was no video of the logo, just a single image. This is often considered to be a prototype version of the logo. Initially it was assumed to be on the original VHS release of Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome before being discovered that the film simply had the standard version. It was then presumed to be on the 1985 VHS of Lost in America only to have the standard 1980 logo. Eventually, it was confirmed to be seen on a 1986 VHS reprint of Lost in America, but it was found that the film was released on a VHS from 1985, but was only reissued on VHS in 1991 and 1997, by which time the logo had changed. It was then thought that about half of the 1985 VHSes had the 1980 logo, and the other half would have the prototype. Could this logo have been seen on other VHS or Laserdisc releases/trailers or releases in foreign countries? A still version appeared on various home video trailers between 1994 and 1997, such as Major League 2, Boys on the Side, The Specialist, Second Best, Being Human, HellboundThe New AgeImaginary Crimes, Wyatt Earp, Love Affair, Chasers, Eraser, and other trailers for Warner Home Video.
  • Harvey Levin Productions (The Scales of Justice logo) - As seen on earlier episodes of TMZ on TV and Celebrity Justice, the 1st logo for this company had a smoky gray BG, with a scale of justice in a rectangular frame balanced to the left and with the text "HARVEY LEVIN" and "PRODUCTIONS" shown below, and features a 6-note pizzicato tune later used for the company's infamous "I'm a lawyer!" logo. No video for this logo has turned up as of yet.
  • Paramount Pictures (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory variant) - On original theatrical prints of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) it was reported here that the 1968 version of the 1953 Paramount Pictures logo (the version that just says 'Paramount' in it's trademark font with a byline that says 'A Gulf+Western Company') was further away than the usual version of the logo. Eventually the film's producer The Wolper Organization was purchased by Warner Communications in 1976 (Wolper was primarily a television producer who occasionally produced theatrical films) and was folded into Warner Bros. Television with the above mentioned film becoming owned by Warner Bros. Pictures. In the late 1970's to early 1980's Warner Bros. reissued the film with their 1972 logo plastering Paramount's logo, this is retained on a 1984 VHS release by Warner Home Video. Most current prints have either the 1972 (rarely), 1984, or 1999 Warner Bros. Pictures or the 1992 or 2001 Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logos. Could this be on international prints or television broadcasts, or are any 1971 theatrical prints still in use today?
  • Castle Rock Entertainment Television (The Early Lighthouse) - A year before Castle Rock Entertainment introduced their first movie logo they introduced this logo for their television division. There are two known versions of the logo, one with a copyright stamp for Castle Rock Entertainment dated 1989 and one without copyright information. They were confirmed to have been on Heart and Soul (without copyright information) and Julie Brown: The Show (with the information), both were pilot episodes of series that were not picked up, although the former did air on NBC and the latter on CBS. This logo could have also been seen on the pilot episode of The Ed Begley, Jr. Show on CBS, the Seinfeld pilot episode "The Seinfeld Chronicles" on NBC (Julie Brown: The Show aired two months after "The Seinfeld Chronicles") and Homeroom on ABC. Although Homeroom had it's first episode air on September 16, 1989 (The Closing Logo Wiki claims the logo ended use on September 4, 1989, with a question mark next to it. The Closing Logos Wiki states that the next logo began use on July 5, 1989 meaning both The Ed Begley, Jr. Show, the Seinfeld pilot and Homeroom could have had the next logo. The logo was also rumored to have been on the NBC series Ann Jillian, only for it to turn out that the 1989 logo is used. The two shows confirmed to have this logo have not gotten much, if any, exposure since their initial airings, outside of recordings of each broadcast. On DVD releases of Seinfeld by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment the next logo is used on "The Seinfeld Chronicles". The best place to find this logo would be to find recordings of the original broadcasts of the pilots.
  • Sony Kids Video - The 1st logo for this company has an orange-pinkish background filled with brown silhouettes of kids; we see a blue upside down triangle with the familiar Sony logo on top of it. There is also a yellow ribbon-like rectangle over the triangle with the black words "KIDS' VIDEO" (with jumbled letters) between them, and a loud screeching choir note, then a brief swelling of strings. It is confirmed to be seen on the Sony Kids Video print of Snow White, but no video for this logo has appeared, although a video of it was uploaded once, but was taken down.
  • TOY Productions (Prototype) - It is confirmed to be seen on the What's Happening!! S2 episode "Rerun Gets Married". No video of the logo has been found yet.
  • Edelman Productions (1998-2006) - A logo that appeared at the end of certain HGTV shows such as pre-2006 episodes of Curb Appeal and Landscape Smart. Because many of HGTV's pre-2010 series cannot be found online very easily, it has been lost for many years. A low-quality upload of the logo, however, appears at the end of this upload of a 1999 episode of Landscape Smart.
  • United Media Productions (Red, White, and U) (FOUND!) - In 1980, United Media Productions debuted their first logo. On a white BG, we see a half red, half blue square with a lowercase "u" cote-out of it. "United Media Productions" in red, is displayed below, along with the byline "A Scripps-Howard Company" below it in blue. It was seen on Garfield in the Rough.
  • Film Roman (3D Fireworks) - It is confirmed to be seen on the 1999 TV movie Johnny Tsunami. No video for this logo has been turned up yet.
  • WGBH ("Flash of Doom" Japanese variant) - Presumably used on Japanese dubs of shows produced by the PBS station in Boston, Massachusetts, this variant featured the WGBH text with no outline in yellow on a blue background, with an orange glow behind it. No video for this variant has turned up as of yet.
  • Fox Toons Interactive - A still logo appears on Fox Kids Video titles, mostly Dr. Seuss titles such as The Cat in the Hat. Was there ever an animated variant?
  • Laurelwood Entertainment (FOUND!) - While this logo appeared on reruns of the 2002 GSN revival of Lingo, compressed credits have prevented the logo from appearing like it originally did. Also appeared on early episodes of the USA version of The Weakest Link with Anne Robinson.
  • Fox Kids Video (animated logo, 1994) - In 1994, Fox Kids Video debuted their logo, which appeared on front covers of old Fox Kids VHS tapes from FoxVideo, like cassette releases of Bobby's World, The Tick, and Eek! The Cat. There are two versions of the print logo: this and this. Were there animated logos for this company made before 1997?
  • Paramount Home Video (Mountain Silhouette variant, Existence Unconfirmed) - Paramount Home Video (now known as Paramount Home Media Distribution) debuted their second logo in July 1980 and used it through 1982, though it was briefly brought back in 1984 on Hi-Fi reprints. The logo itself is based off of the rarely-used 1977 Paramount Television Service logo (Paramount was attempting to create their own television network and this logo would have been an ident for the network) and a unused logo found in a demo reel. The Closing Logos Wiki claims that there was a variant where this happened (to quote the page): "On some tapes, after the logo is finished, the stars roll and fly away". There is no known video/photographic footage of this variant. The logo in general (meaning it could have been the standard version) was seen on VHS and Betamax releases from the era of Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don't Come Back!), Death Wish, Escape from Alcatraz, Friday the 13th, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the original True Grit, Breaking Glass, Barbarella and Charlotte's Web, along with 1984 Hi-Fi re-releases of early releases such as Downhill Racer and Death Wish. Could this rumored variant be seen on any of these releases?
  • MGM/United Artists Distribution Co. - In August 1981 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and United Artists Pictures merged to become one studio. After they merged United Artist's distribution service became the MGM/UA Entertainment Co. However, early posters for MGM and United Artists films (such as Rocky III) have credit for a different distribution company called the MGM/United Artists Distribution Co. The trailer for Rocky III features a logo (starts at 2:22) that says "Released thru MGM/UA". This logo is likely the logo used for the MGM/United Artists Distribution Co. Rocky III contains the 1982 United Artists Pictures logo at the beginning and an in-credit logo for the MGM/UA Entertainment Co. (simply the print logo for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures with MGM/UA Entertainment Co. underneath). The most likely reason for this was that a print logo for the MGM/UA Entertainment Co. was ready by the film's release on May 28, 1982 while the trailer didn't have the logo available at the time. Could the logo have been seen on other trailers for MGM and United Artists films between August 1981 and May 1982 or on original theatrical prints of the studios' films?
  • Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films (Short version) - It is confirmed to be seen on a episode of Soldier of Fortune, Inc.
  • Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment (Bubbles/Pocket) - COMING SOON!
  • OET (????-????, Existence Unconfirmed): It is said that "On a blue background with scrolling blue objects, the letters O, E and T fade in a red Arial font. We hear some reverse synthesizer music playing in the background." Unlike the to-be-mentioned ABC Television logo, there is no proof whether this is real or a hoax as of yet.
  • Viacom (V in the Big City) - On the 1986 reunion special of the television series The Honeymooners there is a Viacom logo that uses the same V design from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th logos, only this time it is on a background of a city with several lights on in the windows and bright stars. This special has never had an official home media release nor has there been any (known) broadcasts recently. Could this logo be seen if the special gets reaired? If there is an official release by CBS Home Entertainment it will likely have a later Viacom, Paramount Television, CBS Paramount Television or CBS Television Distribution logo. The Closing Logos Wiki claims that bootleg releases do exist of the special with the original Viacom logo intact. Was this logo seen any place else? (Special Delivery) A logo was used by Viacom from 1984 to 1986. This logo has the words "Special" and "Delivery" zooming from the sun and stopping on a golden winged emblem with "From Viacom" stopping with them, with the Viacom V logo also appearing underneath. The logo has been confirmed to be on The Twilight Zone Silver Anniversary Special from 1984 and is rumored to be on 1980's prints of specials produced by Rankin-Bass Animated Entertainment and television movies from the era, although the latter two are unconfirmed. A comment for this video claims that the logo was seen on a 1987 print of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. There has been no known home media or recent television broadcasts with this logo intact.
  • Four D Productions (Blue shade variant) - Confirmed to be on one final season episode of Barney Miller titled "The Clown".
  • Ruby-Spears modified 1981 logo (FOUND!) - Seen on '90s reruns of Thundarr the Barbarian. In this version, the logo footage is slowed down to fill out the jingle while avoiding jumping to the next screen which shows the "forbidden" Taft byline. Not to be confused with the 1988 variant with no bylines, which is played at a normal speed. Recently, a slowed down Ruby-Spears logo was uploaded by StephenCezar15, here.
  • Buena Vista Film Distribution Co./Walt Disney Productions 1981 logo - Appeared on Condorman.
  • Associated Artists Productions (1st Logo) - In the mid-1950's Associated Artists Productions debuted their first logo. This logo was only confirmed to have been seen on certain prints of the Sherlock Holmes film Terror by Night (although most prints preserve the 1936 Universal Studios logo). While this logo is preserved on select public domain releases it is almost impossible to find to. Could it have been seen on other films? (The Atom) AAP then debuted a second logo in 1955. This logo was seen on 1950's prints of pre-1949 (1948 and before) Warner Bros. Pictures films. However, in 1959 United Artists Corporation purchased AAP and folded it into United Artists Television and was renamed United Artists Associated. The rights to the films went through several owners and as a result this logo has been plastered by United Artists Associated, United Artists Pictures and Turner Entertainment Co. logos and currently, with the rights with Warner Bros. Pictures via Turner Entertainment Co., no logo and going straight to the Warner Bros. logo of the era. The best place to find this logo would be public domain releases of films distributed by AAP or recordings off of pre-1981 (more likely mid-1970's) prints of pre-1948 Warner Bros. Pictures films.
  • United Artists Associated (The Three Segments) - When Associated Artists Productions was folded into United Artists Television to form United Artists Associated the logo created was simply the basic design used for both of the Associated Artists Productions Cartoons logos. The logo was only confirmed to have been seen on a sales reel by the company. The sales reel was at one point on YouTube, but it has since been deleted. In the video a male announcer says the company's name and something else to start his introduction as the logo animates. The logo has not been confirmed to have been seen anyplace else. Although it is likely it plastered either of the Associated Artists Productions on pre-1949 Warner Bros. Pictures films. The logo may have been seen on pre-1981 (more likely mid-1970's) television broadcasts and public domain releases of films distributed at one point by the company. The company also released various pre-August 1, 1948 Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies and likely Popeye cartoons on Super 8mm. Could the logo be preserved on any of these sources? Also, in addition to syndicating their own library UAA was the television distributor for United Artists Pictures films and United Artists Television produced/owned series (such as the Ziv Television Programs library), could the logo have been seen on 1960's television prints of UA films/television series? (Second Logo) UAA also had a second logo. Not much is known about this logo with the only evidence being an image on the Closing Logos Wiki. In the logo the text "a United Artists Associated PRESENTATION" is seen. The background is pink and the text is dark yellow (although both of these factors could be due to film deterioration). Also in the logo are two cartoon images, in the bottom left is a human with a rabbit coming out of hat on top of a small table and on the top right side is an older creature of some. It has later been confirmed that the characters are Beany and Cecil, a cartoon by Bob Clampett. The image posted on the Closing Logos Wiki has no description from where it came from. The best place to find this logo would be Super 8mm releases by the company, public domain releases or pre-1981 (more likely mid-1970's) television broadcasts.
  • United Artists Television (1975-82 versions) - Confirmed to be on off-network syndicated repeats of Gilligan's Island from many years ago.
  • Chace Productions, Inc. - Confirmed to be seen on a colorized print of The Maltese Falcon after the Warner Bros. closing logo.
  • Hollywood Pictures Television - Long thought to have appeared on a 1994 TV movie entitled "Roommates" according to IMDB, but there was actually an inaccuracy on IMDb's part. Whoever contributed that got the 1995 theatrical release of the same name confused, which Hollywood indeed produced. The logo itself was a still of the movie logo with "TELEVSION" under the company name and it used the first six notes of the movie logo's fanfare. It may have produced some TV movies or it appeared at the end of TV airings of Hollywood movies at the time. No video evidence has been found.
  • Buena Vista Home Video (First logo) - In 1984, Buena Vista Home Video debuted their first logo. It is confirmed to be seen on early Hopalong Cassidy cassettes including Silent Conflict and The Marauder. (Fourth Logo) (FOUND!) It is confirmed to be seen on Alvin and the Chipmunks VHS tapes. You can see the logo here (at 0:39).
  • Metromedia Producers (Second Logo) - In 1973, Metromedia Producers Corporation debuted their second logo. It is confirmed to be seen on Metromedia TV movies on FXMC. (Wiping Lines) - The 3rd logo for this company had a blue background, we see four yellow lines wiping, the one of the top and the second of the middle wipes from right to left, and the second and fourth line wipes from left to right, all in order. Then, the letters "DISTRIBUTED BY" appears on the top, under the first line, appears "METROMEDIA" (in larger), between the second and the third line, appears "PRODUCERS", and between the third and forth line, appears "CORPORATION" and there is no music. No video of the logo has been turned up yet. (Rainbow M-Ribbon) - The 4th and final logo of the company had a black background, a rainbow-colored ribbon flies onscreen and folds into a cursive "M." The words "Distributed by" appear above the logo and "METROMEDIA PRODUCERS" below with a line separating in between the names and the music is a majestic string fanfare. It is confirmed to be seen on FX Movie Channel's print of Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil, and some syndie episodes of Movin' On on Retro TV.
  • WWE (Early version) - An early version where the logo for WWE Tough Enough (from MTV) replaces the one for The WWE Experience, which began in 2004. This logo was confirmed to be on WWE programs from 2002-04.
  • World Wrestling Federation: What the World is Watching (Alt. Voiceover) - Used temporarily when Gene Okerlund was briefly fired from the WWF. Same as the usual variant, but Howard Finkel does the voiceover.
  • Walt Disney Domestic Television Distribution - In 1983, WDDTV was established, but in 1985, they first used a logo, beginning with the castle logo, which was used on Broadcasting Magazine ads from early 1986.
  • Fremantle International (1991-1994) (FOUND!) - It has surfaced here, from, of course, an international print of Baywatch!
  • Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm (early version) - Confirmed on a French-Canadian print of eXistenZ. It is basically the 1998-99 Alliance Atlantis logo with the addition of the word "VIVAFILM".
  • Alliance Vivafilm (1991-1998) - It is confirmed to be seen on a French-Canadian print of The Sweet Hereafter
  • TeleVentures (1988-90, w/ sax music) - Appeared on an original ABC airing of the 1988 TV movie Weekend War. No video for the variant has been turned up yet, but Logophile (a.k.a. Matthew Mayfield)'s VHS copy only has the logo without music.
  • DTS (Water Drop logo, late '95-early '96) - In 1995, DTS released a new trailer as some people complained that DTS's previous logo was intended too noisy and bombastic for more somber movies such as Schindler's List. It was only seen in three theaters in Albuquerque and St. Louis because Imagine Entertainment sued DTS over how this trailer overly resembled the former's logo.
  • Claster Television Incorporated (Prototype Logo) - Confirmed to be on VHS prints of C.O.P.S. from Just for Kids Home Video, as well as syndicated reruns of The New Archies. Over a light blue grid background similar to the Crawleys Films logo, the Claster logo is shown with no top text and bottom text, with the star spinning. This logo is silent, but the copyright screen that appears afterwards has a fast-paced arcade-game-like synth tune. No video evidence of the logo has been turned up as of yet, but three remakes of it are available on New JAM Man's channel.
  • Whalley Abbey Media - This logo appeared at the end of American HGTV airings of Buy Me, and (from memory) features a waving flag set to a fanfare. Because the network has pulled all airings of pre-2007 shows from both the Internet and their network, this logo has been rendered extinct.
  • MTV Networks International (2006)  - Seen on a few episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants in the United Kingdom. No video for the logo has been turned up as of yet.
  • The Mimus Corporation (1977-1978) (FOUND!) - Appears on the Barney Miller spin-off Fish, as seen on the complete series DVD set from Shout! Factory. You can view the logo here.
  • WETA (Starry Triangle, 1992-1996) - Appeared on episodes of Washington Week in Review from the era. No video for the logo has been turned up yet.
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo (Shanghai Surprise, 1986) - In 1986, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer theatrically distributed the ill-fated movie Shanghai Surprise, starring famed pop icon Madonna and her then-husband, actor Sean Penn. The trailer itself uses the 1960 logo. However, Lionsgate owns the right to the movie nowadays and no known video prints have the MGM logo; just the one for HandMade Films. This is a question-raiser because it's unclear which MGM logo was used, the 1957 ribbon designs or the new (at the time) gold design. For the moment, the first known movie to use the golden MGM logo was Where the River Runs Black, which was released in September 19 of that year. Shanghai was released less then a month earlier on August 29.
  • Imagine Television (1980s logo, Existence Unconfirmed) - Based on the 1988 Imagine Entertainment theatrical logo, it was confirmed to exist on the 1991 TV movie Conagher starring Sam Elliott. Here it was just a sped-up version of the movie logo. The question is, is there a logo with any "TELEVISION" indicator? Some of the shows Imagine had produced around this time included Take Five, the 1988 TV pilot Channel 88, Knight and Daye, Parenthood (the 1990 TV series starring Ed Begley, Jr.) and the 1990 syndicated series My Talk Show.
  • Radical Sheep Productions (Molly Variant) - A rare variant of the logo was seen on one episode of The Big Comfy Couch featuring Loonette's doll, Molly popping up on the bottom right of the logo during the "Baa!" sounder. No video has shown up for this variant.
  • Viacom "V of Doom" ("True Blue" V and white background variant) - A extremely rare videotaped variant of the dreaded V of Doom with a white background and a "True Blue" "V" exists, but no video has shown up for this logo.
  • Virgin Vision (First Logo, Existence Unconfirmed?) - Confirmed to appear on the earliest Virgin Vision videotapes, released from 1986 to 1987.
  • ABC Television UK (1960s, Existence Unconfirmed) (FAKE!) - A mysterious logo that has been passed around for a while. This logo was claimed to have been used on color productions on the ABC network (no correlation to the American and Australian networks of the same name) in the UK, before they ceased broadcasting on July 28, 1968 and was replaced by Thames Television two days later. However, it features 70s-quality animation, and the usage of the 1986 Carolco jingle (not the Jerry Goldsmith fanfare) without the last few notes. Because of this, the authenticity of this logo has been questioned for a while. Some people have stated that it was a spoof logo passed around on the Scary Logos Yahoo! Group, while others have claimed it's real, without using sources. UPDATE: It has been confirmed by the CLG Wiki as a "what-if" hoax.
  • PolyGram Television (1981-1984) - This logo claims to have a metallic blue background, with the initials "P.G.T.V" spreading apart to reveal the rest of the company name "PolyGram TeleVision" just before a group of stars zip under the name. The music used is either the end theme of the show or no music at all.
  • Big Ticket Television (Thru Spelling Entertainment Group byline, 1995) - COMING SOON!
  • WNYW (March 1986) - COMING SOON!
  • DFE Films (Second Logo, 1966) - Described as having a wipeout formation of the logo play out while a trumpet/clarinet fanfare plays. Appeared on Super 6 and Super President.
  • Screen Gems (1957, Ruff & Reddy in-credit text variant) - Title says it all.
  • Gannett (1983-84, WTCN) - COMING SOON!
  • Looney Tunes (1930, animated variant) - This was confirmed to appear in "Sinkin' in the Bathtub" from the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2 and one BD print.
  • G2 Films (1999, with Goldwyn Films music)- Confirmed to appear on several 1999 G2 Films movies like Tea With Mussolini.
  • Sony Wonder (widescreen variant) - A widescreen version of the logo with a different cloud BG has been recently spotted, but no video of it has surfaced.
  • TV-Loonland AG (black background) - COMING SOON!
  • P*I*T*S Films - We know this logo is on the web, but a better quality version (recorded on a S-VHS) has yet to be uncovered.
  • Mohawk Productions (Meow Version) - On an April Fools Day episode of The Drew Carey Show, the fetus meowed instead of giggling. No video for this variant has shown up yet.
  • Fat Dog Productions (FOUND!) - After having been lost for so long, it has been found, right here, courtesy of MachineryNoise!
  • Rainbow Audio and Video Incorporation - This one shows a rainbow-colored "R" drawing while a combination of the music from the Golden Harvest and Cinema City logos plays. No image and video evidence as of now.
  • A&M Video (Colored Text Variant, 1984) - Comfirmed to appear on the Betamax release of the Kilroy Was Here-era Styx mini-movie/concert video Caught In the Act. Same as the regular logo, except the A&M logo is colored orange, the boxes are colored static, and there's a crowd cheering over the logo.
  • DNA Productions (last three variants of the "Paul" logo) - One of these rare DNA 2nd logo variants includes Paul saying "Hi I'm--forget it." and going into the bushes, another had Paul saying "Hi I'm--You know what, I told you." while laughing, chuckling, and giggling, and another had Paul saying  "Hi I'm--Oh, I quit!" then slapping his nose, and falling down. All three of them were removed from syndication, and are hard to find.
  • Klasky Csupo (Robot logo's split-screen credits mistake) (FOUND!) - One of the most famous (and frightening) side-effects of the split-screen credits practice was during the original airings of the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Wet Painters/Krusty Krab Training Video". Nick had a lot of Nicktoons at the time and each one was encoded with its own split-screen credits, and since the two companies that made the most Nicktoons were Klasky-Csupo and Frederator, Nick accidentally put in Klasky-Csupo's infamous "Robot" logo in place of the United Plankton Pictures logo (which was in the original credits and was meant to be put in to begin with). Thankfully, Nick fixed this mistake by 2006 so United Plankton Pictures' vanity plate was put where it was supposed to. MattBoo has the credits recorded on one of his tapes, but he has refused to capture it (probably because he is scared of the logo). UPDATE: MattBoo, using a 3DS, recorded the goof and got it put on YouTube for the very first time! He plans to re-record with different equipment sometime. See the demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RseXI4o_70
  • Pony Productions (Second Logo, 1987) - Appeared on the second season of the short-lived CBS sitcom My Sister Sam, though unlike the first logo, a video of it has yet to hit the Internet.
  • Baby Way Productions / Next to Last Productions (Alt. Music) - Only seen on the last few seconds of the split-screen credits on the original WB premiere night of The Wayans Bros. Same as the regular logo, except that Michigan J. Frog sings "This has been a production of..." and then a dreamy piano ditty plays during the logo.
  • Hanna-Barbera Productions (2002 remake of the Box logo (FOUND!) - Starting in 2002 with the release of Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire, the "Scooby All-Stars" logo was phased out and replaced with a recreation of the HB box logo. The H-B now zooms-in much more smoothly before cutting to the finished logo. This was seen on all 2002-2009 made-for-video Scooby-Doo movies, though beginning with Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra Doo, it now simply ends with the Warner Bros. Animation logo, which seems appropriate as all the made-for-video Scooby-Doo movies were produced at Warner Bros. Animation. No video of this variant has surfaced yet. UPDATE: It has been found! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5D0FdHae0k
  • Klasky Csupo (Rooster logo's split-screen credit goof, Existence Unconfirmed) - Some people remember seeing the "Rooster" logo at the end of the split-screen credits of a Chalkzone second season episode. Although MattBoo has the robot logo's split-screen credit goof on YouTube at last, this goof is even harder to find.
  • Game Freak (Second Logo, 1999) (FOUND!) - Appeared on the Japan-exclusive PlayStation game Click Medic.
  • CBS Paramount Television (Long Version, 2006-2007) - The music claims to be a bass horn fanfare similar to the classic Warner Bros. theme. No video for that variant has been surfaced as of yet.
  • Nicktoons (2003-September 2005) - StephenCezar15 said that it was a bumper video part of a Nicktoons IDs compilation video.
  • Fox Video "Rotating Tower" (Alt. Music, 1993-95) - A deep synth score can be heard on the 1995 Hong Kong Laserdisc release of Return of the Jedi. No video for this variant has surfaced as of yet. "Gold Tower"/CBS-Fox Video "Stairways" ("Distributed By" Voiceover Variant, 1991-93) (FOUND!) - The Fox Video version has been discovered, and resides in this link! (UPDATE 5/21/15): The CBS-Fox version has also been found in this upload of the opening previews for the 1990s David Lynch film Wild at Heart (the logo starts at 2:25).
  • Columbia-TriStar Home Video (1992, guitar note version) (FOUND!) - Same as the regular logo, but a short guitar/base note is heard over the logo.
  • Columbia-TrisTar Home Video (1992, with RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video music)- Same as the regular logo, but with the RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video music playing. This may have been on one Australian tape.
  • Fox Lab (1st Logo, 1992-1994) - The logo claims to have a spread out, lowercase, metallic-colored word "f o x l a b" sits still and fixed over a dark background, while thick trailing slivers of "smoke" swirl from behind the letters. The motion of the swirl is much faster than it's predecessor Fox Television Stations Productions. No video has been surfaced as of yet.
  • GSN Originals (2004-2005?) (FOUND!) - It was last seen before reruns of Russian Roulette, Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck, and Extreme Dodgeball. The logo was seen before the special Video Game Invasion: The History of a Global Obsession.
  • Vidmark Entertainment (Alt. Music, 1984-88) - Same as the regular logo, except that on an unknown fishing videocassette, the synthesized fanfare from the second logo is used. As with other rare alternate versions, no video for this variant has surfaced as of yet.
  • Columbia Pictures Television (1992, Married... With Children Variant) - On the season 7 Married... With Children episode "The Movie Show", the Bundys boo at the Columbia logo while the 1992 music plays in the background. The CLG Wiki says that this variant has been lost in recent years due to plastering with the 2002 Sony Pictures Television "Bars of Boredom" logo, and can only be found on recordings of the original broadcast episode. No video of this variant has been found.
  • Columbia/Embassy Television - Coca-Cola merged Embassy's TV division, Embassy Television, with Columbia Pictures Television, to form Columbia/Embassy Television. This name was never used on-air, but in cable ads there was a version of the Coca-Cola Telecommunications logo in which there was the Columbia Lady at the top of the logo, and the Embassy E at the bottom of the logo. No photo and video evidence has surfaced as of now. 
  • Legendary Pictures (First logo) - In 2005, the print logo version to the sword logo started showing up on ads, posters and video covers of Batman Begins, but the logo was not used on the actual film. The animated on-screen version of the sword logo appeared in 2005 on internet, before showing up on Vimeo and YouTube in 2014. The sword logo appears on early trailers for Superman Returns, The Ant Bully, Lady in the Water, and possibly Beerfest.
  • ITC Entertainment Group (1973) ACC Byline Version - It's has been reported that a version of the ITC "Diamonds of Doom" logo has an ACC(Associated Communications Corporation) Byline. No photo or video proof of the logo has been uploaded yet.
  • Buena Vista/Walt Disney Productions (1973, Happy 50 Years logo) (FOUND!) - It originally appeared on the theatrical releases of 1973 Disney movies such as The World's Greatest Athlete, Charley and the Angel, One Little Indian, Disney's 21th animated feature Robin Hood, and Superdad, but it was edited out of subsequent prints of the said movies because it was outdated. However, it showed up on old cable TV prints of Charley and the Angel, as seen here.
  • Random House Video (first logo, 1983) (FOUND!) - This logo is less common than the 1984 Random House Home Video logo, appearing on very early releases by the company such as the Cadelcott Video Collection, and it also made a surprise appearance on the 1988 VHS of U.S. Government in Action: The Senate. It was originally uploaded on YouTube by kirbyfriend2, but his account was then deleted. However, Dan Bickner has found this logo on Livestream and it can be seen here.
  • Walt Disney Productions (1980) - It's basically a Mickey Mouse head on a blue background with the words "WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS". According to an IMDb board member, it was so far only seen on UK trailers for Popeye (the 1980 movie).
  • MCA Music Video - Apparently, there's nothing much to say about this logo, it's just a bunch of deranged animation to the point where CLG Wiki calls it "The MCA Acid Trip". Other than that, it was originally uploaded on YouTube in April 2011, but it was removed three years later.
  • National Geographic Television (original music) - The logo is similar to the 1993 National Geographic Video logo. On other cases with the logo, they use a different version or the ending theme plays over it. It is unknown where the logo was from. However, Dan Bickner has found this logo, and it can be seen here. Additionally, there's a longer version on Caldecott and Newberry Video Collection releases, which has resurfaced on YouTube and can be seen here.
  • Thames Video 1988-1992 (US version) - The logo is described in the CLG Wiki, however, no photo or video can be found. It is said that it is on some VHS tapes distributed by HBO Video.
  • Cinar 1981?-1985 (The Grid) - It has been said that it's actually, a prototype version of the 1985 "Sparkling Blue Bars" logo. So far, the only evidence is on the older revision of the Wikipedia page of the Cookie Jar Entertainment section, and it's said it distributed many foreign films before became animation company.
  • Junior Interactive - It has appeared on every Maya The Bee PC Games From Tivola Interactive.
  • Junior By EM.TV(Early Variant) - TBA

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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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I have VCD copies of Lethal Weapon 1 and 2 originating from Hong Kong, and I know that a variant of the Cheesy Shield opens up both discs from what I remember years ago the last time I watched those copies. Is it worth for me to have a look at it in case it might use the prototype logo?
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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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And before anyone relays me with the obvious fact that those films came out in 1987 and 1989 respectively, remember that the long-thought nonexistant Cokeburst appeared on a documentary that was initially released in 1993, a full decade after Columbia had updated its branding.
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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Another lost logo description to add here would be the version of the 1968-69 Paramount Television "Split Rectangle I" logo that appears on some 16mm prints of "The Lucy Show" episodes. This logo appears in black-and-white, and has no music. I am inclined to believe the logo is both bylineless and has no copyright on the mountain side of the logo.
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MattBoo

4 months ago
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You can update this now, the K-C demo's private because it's been ripped around April.

It's unlisted from my main channel, however.

https://www....=N63nz4sU6U4
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MattBoo

4 months ago
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Also, I'm aware of the skip during the K-C logo ("Klasky-Cho"), once I get the full episode ripped to share with friends, I'll include normal version of it with the commercials.
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MattBoo

4 months ago
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To view the demo, you have to go on Archive.org.
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Anonymous user #3

4 months ago
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i remember seeing the v in the big city logo in a VIACOM logo compilation.
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Nanis149

3 months ago
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Don't forge4 the NJPTV logo.
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TheYoshiState

3 months ago
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I believe on Laff's prints of that particular "Drew Carey Show" April Fool's episode the Mohawk Meow Variant is intact.
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Viacom94

2 months ago
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The MTV Networks International 2006 Logo Has Been Found!

https://vimeo.com/32086042
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Anonymous user #4

27 days ago
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There's Is A 9 Story Logo (Quack Variant) in the Peep And The Big Wide World Episode "Quack Quack/One Duck Too Many" is Existence Unconfirmed!
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Anonymous user #4

27 days ago
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And The United Plankton Pictures Inc. Logo (Without Sea Of Friends Variant) In The Spongebob SquarePants Episode "No Weenies Allowed/Squilliam Returns" was also Existence Unconfirmed!
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