Columbia Pictures Television "Cokeburst" (partially found closing logos from various companies; 1970s-2000s)
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 and the Closing Logos Wiki.
The world of closing logos has its share of vague memories and urban legends. One of the of those is the Columbia Pictures Television "Cokeburst", an alleged variant of the orange half-circled "Sunburst" CPT logo (used from 1976-1982) that had a byline for the Coca-Cola Company, as the revival of the Torch Lady would be in 1982. At least three people claim to have seen this on 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 some spring 1982 episodes of The Young and the Restless.
There are also logos that have been seen and have some kind of evidence for their existence, logos that have yet to be seen online or on TV for a long time, and logos that are believed to exit but are unconfirmed.
- 1 TAT Communications "T.A.T. Zooming Star" (1979-1982) [Partially Found]
- 2 Metro Pictures "Parrot" [Existence Unconfirmed]
- 3 MTM Enterprises Variant [Partially Found]
- 4 20th Television TV Drama Logo [Found]
- 5 The Blue Marble Company[Found]
- 6 Screen Gems "S From Hell" (Hawk Variant) [Partially Found]
- 7 Weiss-Global Enterprises (Color, Short Version) [Lost]
- 8 WNYW "Fox 5 Box" v.2 (2000 or 2001?) [Lost]
- 9 MGM Television "Stylized Lion" [Lost]
- 10 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo (Shanghai Surprise, 1986) [Existence Unconfirmed]
- 11 United Artists Pictures "Blue Light" (Transamerica T)[Found]
- 12 The Movie Channel Feature Presentation (1982-83, Different Version) [Lost]
- 13 Warner Home Video "Cheesy Shield" (Prototype)[Lost]
- 14 Harvey Levin Productions (The Scales of Justice Logo)[Found]
- 15 Paramount Pictures (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Variant) [Lost]
- 16 Castle Rock Entertainment Television (The Early Lighthouse)[Partially Found]
- 17 Sony Kids Video [Found]
- 18 Edelman Productions (1998-2006) [Found]
- 19 Whalley-Abbey Media [Lost]
- 20 WGBH ("Flash of Doom" Japanese Variant)[Lost]
- 21 Laurelwood Entertainment [Lost]
- 22 Fox Kids Video (Animated Logo, 1994) [Existence Unconfirmed]
- 23 Paramount Home Video (Mountain Silhouette Variant) [Existence Unconfirmed]
- 24 MGM/United Artists Distribution Co.[Existence Unconfirmed]
- 25 OET (Date Unknown) [Existence Unconfirmed]
- 26 Viacom (V in the Big City)[Found]
- 27 Viacom "V of Doom" (Various Logos) [Partially Found]
- 28 Ruby-Spears Modified 1981 Logo [Found]
- 29 Associated Artists Productions (1st Logo/The Atom Logo) [Found]
- 30 United Artists Associated (The Three Segments, First Version) [Partially Found]
- 31 United Artists Associated (The Three Segments, Second Version) [Existence Unconfirmed]
- 32 Buena Vista Home Video (First/Fourth logo) [Lost]
- 33 Metromedia Producers Logos [Lost]
- 34 WWE (Early Version)/WWF: What the World is Watching (Alt. Voiceover)[Lost]
- 35 Buena Vista/Walt Disney Productions (1973, Happy 50 Years Logo) [Found]
- 36 Walt Disney Production (1980) [Lost]
- 37 Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm (Early Version) [Lost]
- 38 TeleVentures (1988-1990, With Sax Music) [Lost]
- 39 DTS (Water Drop Logo, Late 1995-Early 1996) [Lost]
- 40 Claster Television Incorporated (Prototype Logo) [Lost]
- 41 The Mimus Corporation (1977-1978) [Found]
- 42 WETA (Starry Triangle, 1992-1996) [Lost]
- 43 Imagine Television (1980s) [Lost]
- 44 Radical Sheep Productions (Molly Variant) [Lost]
- 45 PolyGram Television (1981-1984) [Lost]
- 46 DFE Films (Second Logo, 1966) [Lost]
- 47 Oxford Films (2nd Logo) [Lost]
- 48 Mohawk Productions (Meow Version) [Found]
- 49 Fat Dog Productions [Found]
- 50 Rainbow Audio and Video Incorporation [Lost]
- 51 A&M Video (Colored Text Variant, 1984) [Lost]
- 52 Klasky Csupo (Robot Logo's Split-Screen Credits Mistake) [Lost]
- 53 Baby Way Productions / Next to Last Productions (Alt. Music) [Lost]
- 54 Hanna-Barbera Productions (2002 Remake of the Box Logo)[Found]
- 55 CBS Paramount Television (Long Version, 2006-2007) [Found]
- 56 Fox Video "Rotating Tower" (Two variants, Alt. Music, 1993-95) [Partially Found]
- 57 Columbia-TrisTar Home Video (1992, with RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video Music) [Lost]
- 58 Fox Lab (1st Logo, 1992-1994) [Lost]
- 59 Vidmark Entertainment (Alt. Music, 1984-88) [Existence Unconfirmed]
- 60 Columbia Pictures Television (1992, Married... With Children Variant) [Lost]
- 61 Columbia/Embassy Television [Found]
- 62 Legendary Pictures (First logo) [Found]
- 63 ITC Entertainment Group (1973) ACC Byline Version [Lost]
- 64 Random House Video (First Logo, 1983) [Lost]
- 65 MCA Music Video [Lost]
- 66 National Geographic Television (Original Music)[Found]
- 67 Cinar 1981?-1985 (The Grid) [Existence Unconfirmed]
- 68 Beavis & Butt-Head Do America "The End" Bumper [Found]
- 69 PITS Films Early Music Variant [Lost]
- 70 References
TAT Communications "T.A.T. Zooming Star" (1979-1982) [Partially Found]
The TAT Communications logo began with an orange background, which zooms out to reveal a Scanimate orange star on a black background, where the text "TAT" in a weird computerized font, and "Communications Company" in white Futura. It is unknown how the rest of the logo plays, as the only known video in existence has the logo cut off while the star zooms out. It is believed that the star lands between the first T and A in the TAT logo. It was 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 also mentioned having this logo. It was rumoured that this logo appeared on old VHS releases of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman by Embassy Home Entertainment, but those claims were eventually debunked. It was last seen on reruns of the said show during a Norman Lear marathon on TV Land back in 2002, shortly before successor company Sony Pictures Television debuted their "Bars of Boredom" logo. The new logo replaced, in most instances, any logo of SPT's predecessors, including this logo. The jingle has surfaced on the Internet, resulting in a floodgate of fake TAT logos. The first part was found on January 1, 2018 on an October 21, 1980, recording of a CBS-originated rerun of a 1975 episode of One Day at a Time. It was recorded off of the Kansas City affiliate KCMO-TV (since renamed KCTV), and the TAT logo is briefly seen before cutting to a CBS logo. Around that time, a recording surfaced of a rerun of an episode of One Day at a Time that originally aired on December 9, 1979. The first couple of notes of the TAT jingle are faintly heard before the Columbia TriStar Television Distribution "Boxes of Boredom" logo appears.
Metro Pictures "Parrot" [Existence Unconfirmed]
This has been seen in print, but there are rumors of two different animated versions. A logo has been described where the parrot "throws" the letters to "METRO" to complete the logo. A Neatorama article mentions a "squawking parrot".
MTM Enterprises Variant [Partially Found]
MTM Enterprises had some pretty well-known television logos of the 1970s that 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 is usually found in turning upside down. Another show, Texas Wheelers, has had a number of lost closing logos. One has been found on the TV Obscurities website, in which a full-screen scene with a black-and-white kitten looking around and over a water pipe, as the company's name appears over it in plain text. Two others have been mainly elusive. One of them is a (most-likely animated) version of Mimsie who shot off pistols. 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 also excluded public eye as well. Some prints have the usual closing logo, 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'." However, it is unconfirmed whether this was animated or a simple print.
20th Television TV Drama Logo [Found]
In 2000 or so, Bravo began airing reruns of both St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues. This was cut short, however, after News Corporation bought MTM and modified the closing credits. The logos featuring MTM's cat mascot, Mimsie, were replaced by the 20th Television tower/searchlights logo common to other Fox holdings. The speed of the credits themselves was adjusted to fit in the new logo before the theme music ended. A wiki 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 closing logo, 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. 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. On May 8th, 2018 YouTube user Kyle Corteville uploaded a cam recording of the logo.
The Blue Marble Company[Found]
The Blue Marble Company produced, among other things, The Big Blue Marble. 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. On April 29, 2018, YouTube user ENunn uploaded the logo.
Screen Gems "S From Hell" (Hawk Variant) [Partially Found]
Screen Gems is an American film production and distribution company known for having many variations on it's familiar giant 'S' logo. One elusive variant is known as the 'Hawk Variant', though it also referred to as 'The Shrill S' or the 'The Buzzy S'. On October 11th, 2014, a YouTube user that goes by James Fabiano uploaded the audio from the Hawk variant of the logo, but did not include the visuals.
Weiss-Global Enterprises (Color, Short Version) [Lost]
The short version of the colored logo has been seen online, but it was only thought to exist in the Paley Center at the end of an episode of Good Morning World. However, the long version of the logo has appeared on certain prints of Sins of Jezebel. The short version is just a still of the logo with one buzz from the jingle.) Between the years of 2013 and 2018, there was a shortened color logo that surfaced, but the video has since been removed.
WNYW "Fox 5 Box" v.2 (2000 or 2001?) [Lost]
Supposedly, the WNYW logo came between the blue-colored Fox 5 box logo with a narrower "5" and the red variant that was seen throughout the 2000s. The logo resembled the red variant, except the 5 was different and might have been thicker.
MGM Television "Stylized Lion" [Lost]
The MGM "Stylized Lion" logo was a rare logo that was thought to only air on the Pogo Special Birthday Special. However, it was absent from both the original airing and the VHS release, which just has a copyright screen and MGM/UA Home Video logo at the end. The logo was that of 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 before the disc turns on its side to reveal the words "MGM TELEVISION" in a curly font, with the initials "MGM" set sideways.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer logo (Shanghai Surprise, 1986) [Existence Unconfirmed]
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 later got the rights to the movie, and all known video releases lack the MGM logo, though they kept the HandMade films logo. It is unclear whether the 1957 MGM logo or the new (at the time) gold design was used when MGM held the rights. The first known movie to use the golden MGM logo was Where the River Runs Black, which was released on September 19th, 1986. Shanghai Surprise was released less than a month earlier on August 29th.
United Artists Pictures "Blue Light" (Transamerica T)[Found]
The 1968 Transamerica T logo had its own fanfare. However, it was rarely used on any of the United Artist's films and any film that had this logo originally now has it 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 some animated short films by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises such as The Pink Panther when released to theaters and the original release of Yellow Submarine in 1968 by American Prints. The logo is also reported to be on a 1981 Laserdisc release of the 1976 movie, Carrie by Magnetic Video Corporation and rumored to be on a 1981 VHS by 20th Century-Fox Video of Carrie These home media releases are the only reported/rumored sightings of this version of the logo with the fanfare. The reconstructed logo by YouTube user SeanElGatoTelevision also claims that this can be seen on DVD releases of Cotton Comes to Harlem and Cops and Robbers by MGM Home Entertainment. On August 2nd, 2014, YouTube user LogicSmash found the logo on a print of Bound for Glory.
The Movie Channel Feature Presentation (1982-83, Different Version) [Lost]
Before the Movie Channel started using 1950s style bumpers alongside the regular version of its logo, a different version (now lost) is known to have been used. This version was said to be on certain 1982-1983 Movie Channel airings such as the broadcast of the film Personal Best.
Warner Home Video "Cheesy Shield" (Prototype)[Lost]
A different version of the 1986 Warner Home Video logo with different cloud background is known to exist. This is often considered to be a prototype version of the logo. Initially, it was assumed that it was on the original VHS release of Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome, but that was been debunked. It was then presumed to be on the 1985 VHS of Lost in America. However, this also had the standard version. It was confirmed to be seen on a 1986 VHS reprint of Lost in America. However, it was discovered 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 had the prototype. It is also rumored to have been seen on other VHS or Laserdisc releases/trailers and/or releases in foreign countries. The still image 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, Hellbound, The New Age, Imaginary Crimes, Wyatt Earp, Love Affair, Chasers, Eraser, and other trailers for Warner Home Video.
Harvey Levin Productions (The Scales of Justice Logo)[Found]
The 1st logo for Harvey Levin Productions had a smoky gray BG with a scale of justice in rectangular frame balanced to the left and with the text "HARVEY LEVIN" and "PRODUCTIONS" shown below. It featured a 6-note pizzicato tune later used for the company's infamous "I'm a lawyer!" logo. It was seen on earlier episodes of TMZ on TV and Celebrity Justice. On April 17th, 2017, YouTuber user Pepsi9072 uploaded the logo.
Paramount Pictures (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Variant) [Lost]
On original theatrical prints of the 1971 version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory it was reported on a Closing Logo Wiki thread that the 1968 version of the 1953 Paramount Pictures logo (the version that just says 'Paramount' in its trademark font with a byline that says 'A Gulf+Western Company') was further away than the usual version of the logo. The film's producer, The Wolper Organization, was purchased by Warner Communications in 1976 and was folded into Warner Bros. Television. As a result, ownership of the film passed to Warner Bros. Pictures. In the late 1970's to the early 1980's, Warner Bros. reissued Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with their 1972 logo plastering Paramount's logo. This is retained in a 1984 VHS release by Warner Home Video. Most current prints have either the Warner Bros. Pictures logo from 1972, 1984, or 1999 or the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logos from 1992 or 2001.
Castle Rock Entertainment Television (The Early Lighthouse)[Partially Found]
A year before Castle Rock Entertainment introduced their first movie logo, they introduced the Castle Rock Entertainment logo for their television division. There are two known versions of this logo. One version contains a copyright stamp for Castle Rock Entertainment dated 1989 and the other lacks copyright information. They were confirmed to have been on Heart and Soul (without copyright information) and Julie Brown: The Show (with the information), both pilot episodes of series that were not picked up. This logo could have also been seen in the pilot episode of The Ed Begley, Jr. Show on CBS, the Seinfeld pilot (titled The Seinfeld Chronicles at the time the pilot was produced) on NBC, 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, and that the next logo was used starting from July 5, 1989. This means that The Ed Begley, Jr. Show, the Seinfeld pilot and Homeroom could've all had the next logo. The logo was also rumored to have been on the NBC series Ann Jillian, but this was debunked. 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, the next logo is used on The Seinfeld Chronicles.
Sony Kids Video [Found]
The first logo for Sony Kids had an orange-pinkish background filled with brown silhouettes of kids and a blue upside down triangle with the familiar Sony logo on top of it. There was also a yellow ribbon-like rectangle over the triangle with the black words "KIDS' VIDEO" (with jumbled letters) between them. The audio consisted of a loud screeching choir note and then a brief swelling of strings. It was confirmed to be seen on Sony Kids Video prints of Snow White and The Ratties. On January 29th, 2017, a YouTube user named BenIsRandom found the logo on a VHS print of The Ratties.
Edelman Productions (1998-2006) [Found]
The Edelman Productions logo 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 can't be found online very easily, the logo became lost. However, on July 5th, 2011, YouTube user Randall Whitehead uploaded a poor-quality 1999 episode of Landscape Smart containing the logo.
Whalley-Abbey Media [Lost]
This logo appeared at the end of American HGTV airings of Buy Me, and features a waving flag set to a fanfare. However, the network pulled all airings of pre-2007 shows from both the Internet and their broadcasting. No video or images have been found.
WGBH ("Flash of Doom" Japanese Variant)[Lost]
The WGBH logo was presumably used on Japanese dubs of shows produced by the PBS station in Boston, Massachusetts. The variant was 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 resurfaced.
Laurelwood Entertainment [Lost]
While this logo appeared on reruns of the 2002 GSN revival of Lingo, compressed credits have prevented the logo from appearing as it originally did. Also, the logo appeared in early episodes of the USA version of The Weakest Link with Anne Robinson. No video has surfaced of this logo.
Fox Kids Video (Animated Logo, 1994) [Existence Unconfirmed]
In 1994, Fox Kids Video debuted their own logo, which appeared on front covers of old Fox Kids VHS tapes, like Bobby's World, The Tick, and Eek! The Cat. There are two versions of the print logo. However, it is unclear whether an animated version of either was produced.
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 up through 1982, though it was briefly brought back in 1984 on Hi-Fi reprints. The logo itself is based on the rarely-used 1977 Paramount Television Service logo and an unused logo found in a demo reel. The Closing Logos Wiki claims that there was a variant where, 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.
MGM/United Artists Distribution Co.[Existence Unconfirmed]
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 been credited from a different distribution company called the MGM/United Artists Distribution Co. The trailer for Rocky III features a logo that says "Released thru MGM/UA". This logo was likely 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 of its release. It is unclear whether an animated version of the older print logo was completed.
OET (Date Unknown) [Existence Unconfirmed]
It is said that the OET logo was, "On a blue background with scrolling blue objects, the letters O, E and T faded in a red Arial font. The person can hear some reverse synthesizer music playing in the background." There is no proof whether this is real or a hoax.
Viacom (V in the Big City)[Found]
On the 1986 reunion special of the TV series The Honeymooners, there was a Viacom logo that used the same V design from their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th logos, except it used 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. Also, if there is an official release by CBS Home Entertainment of the 1986 reunion special, 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. On June 24, 2017, a YouTube user that goes by the name cdgngj11 uploaded the logo.
Viacom "V of Doom" (Various Logos) [Partially Found]
Another infamous set of logos involves the Viacom "V of Doom" logo from the mid-1970s, which lasted into the mid-1980s. 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. This variant was eventually found on a recording of a 1994 TBS repeat of an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. One of the other variants of this logo includes the background of the logo flashing purple, green and red fast with a black V. It is known to have appeared on a Comedy Network airing of The Honeymooners episode "A Man's Pride" in Canada as well on a DVD of The Dick Van Dyke Show released by Digiview Productions. A recreation of the logo was uploaded to YouTube by user TheVintageTVAchive.).
Some other variants includes a Christmas-themed logo with a green background and a red "V" with a Santa hat on it with bells ringing at the end, a Halloween-themed variant with an orange background and a black "V" (The orange background/black "V" variant actually describes the one seen at the end of Jim Peck's version of "You Don't Say!"), a variant of the videotaped audio with instead the filmed version's audio, and another orange-background variant with a green "V" (known to have appeared on a Portland, Oregon-based rerun of Perry Mason in 2005). An 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 as of February 2018.
Ruby-Spears Modified 1981 Logo [Found]
This Ruby-Spears logo was seen on 1990s reruns of Thundarr the Barbarian. In this version, the logo footage was slowed down to fill out the jingle without jumping to the next screen containing the "forbidden" Taft byline. This is not to be confused with the 1988 variant with no bylines, which is played at a normal speed. On March 1st, 2015, a slowed down Ruby-Spears logo was uploaded by YouTube user StephenCezar15.
Associated Artists Productions (1st Logo/The Atom Logo) [Found]
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 preserved the 1936 Universal Studios logo. While this logo is preserved on select public domain releases, it is almost impossible to find. On February 23rd, 2013, YouTuber LogicSmash uploaded the logo from a print of Terror by Night.
United Artists Associated (The Three Segments, First Version) [Partially Found]
When Associated Artists Productions was folded into United Artists Television to form the United Artists Associated, a logo was created based on the 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 logos on pre-1949 Warner Bros. Pictures films. The logo may have been seen on pre-1981, or 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 1st, 1948 Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies and likely Popeye cartoons on Super 8mm. 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).
United Artists Associated (The Three Segments, Second Version) [Existence Unconfirmed]
UAA also had the 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 the hat on top of a small table. An older creature of some kind appears on the top right. The characters are Beany and Cecil from 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 probably be Super 8mm releases by UAA's public domain releases or pre-1981 (more likely mid-1970's) television broadcasts.
Buena Vista Home Video (First/Fourth logo) [Lost]
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. The fourth logo was confirmed to be seen on Alvin and the Chipmunks VHS tapes. It was once on YouTube, but it was taken down for unknown reasons.
Metromedia Producers Logos [Lost]
In 1973, Metromedia Producers Corporation debuted their second logo. It was confirmed to be seen on Metromedia TV movies on FXMC. Their 3rd logo for this company had a blue background, four yellow lines wiping (the first and the third wipes from right to left), and the second and fourth line wipes from left to right, all in order. Then, the words "DISTRIBUTED BY" appears on the top. Next, the word "METROMEDIA" appears in larger font under the first line. The letters "PRODUCERS" appear between the second and the third line. Finally, the word "CORPORATION" appears between the third and fourth line. No music was played throughout the closing. This logo has not resurfaced. The 4th and final logo that the company produced 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 it between the names and the music. It is confirmed to have been seen on FX Movie Channel's print of Hitler's S.S.: Portrait in Evil and some syndicated episodes of Movin' On on Retro TV.
WWE (Early Version)/WWF: What the World is Watching (Alt. Voiceover)[Lost]
An early version of the WWE logo was seen when WWE Tough Enough replaced the logo for The WWE Experience beginning in 2004. This logo was confirmed to be on WWE programs from 2002-2004, but no video footage has surfaced.
This closing logo was used temporarily when Gene Okerlund was briefly fired from the WWF. It was the same as the normal variant, but the voice-over was performed by Howard Finkel, rather than Gene Okerlund.
Buena Vista/Walt Disney Productions (1973, Happy 50 Years Logo) [Found]
This logo 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 because it was outdated. However, it showed up on old cable TV prints of Charley and the Angel.
Walt Disney Production (1980) [Lost]
One lost version of the Disney logo is described as 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 the 1980 film version of Popeye.
Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm (Early Version) [Lost]
This logo from Alliance Atlantis Vivafulm was confirmed on a French-Canadian print of eXistenZ. It was basically the 1998-1999 Alliance Atlantis logo with the addition of the word "VIVAFILM".
TeleVentures (1988-1990, With Sax Music) [Lost]
The TeleVentures logo appeared on an original ABC airing of the 1988 TV movie Weekend War. No video for the variant has been turned up as of February 2018.
DTS (Water Drop Logo, Late 1995-Early 1996) [Lost]
In 1995, DTS released a new trailer due to complaints that DTS's previous logo was 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) [Lost]
The Claster TV Incorporated logo was 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. The logo featured 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 afterward has a fast-paced arcade-game-like synth tune. No video evidence of the logo has resurfaced, but three remakes of it are available on New JAM Man's YouTube channel.
The Mimus Corporation (1977-1978) [Found]
The Mimus Corporation logo appears on the Barney Miller spin-off Fish, as seen on the complete series DVD set from Shout! Factory. On June 30th, 2015, YouTube user Sagan Blob's Logos found the logo and uploaded it to their channel.
WETA (Starry Triangle, 1992-1996) [Lost]
The WETA logo appeared on episodes of Washington Week in Review from early-mid 1990s. However, no video evidence has resurfaced.
Imagine Television (1980s) [Lost]
The Imagine Television logo was based on the 1988 Imagine Entertainment theatrical logo. It was confirmed to exist in the 1991 TV movie Conagher starring Sam Elliott. The logo was a sped-up version of the movie logo.
Radical Sheep Productions (Molly Variant) [Lost]
A rare variant of the logo was seen on one episode of The Big Comfy Couch. It featured Loonette's doll, Molly, popping up on the bottom right of the logo during the "Baa!" sounder. No video has surfaced for this variant.
PolyGram Television (1981-1984) [Lost]
This logo is believed 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 zips under the name. The music used is either the end theme of the show or no music at all.
DFE Films (Second Logo, 1966) [Lost]
The DFE Films second logo was described as having a wipeout formation of the logo play out while a trumpet/clarinet fanfare plays. It is believed to have appeared on Super 6 and Super President, but no video evidence has resurfaced.
Oxford Films (2nd Logo) [Lost]
The first logo has been found, but the second logo has yet to resurface. It was a modified version of Paramount Television's infamous early-1970s "Closet Killer II" logo.
Mohawk Productions (Meow Version) [Found]
On the first April Fools Day episode of The Drew Carey Show from 1998, the fetus meowed instead of giggling. On January 21st, 2017, LMW user TheYoshiState found this variant on Laff's prints of that particular episode.
Fat Dog Productions [Found]
Fat Dog productions was a producer of pornographic content. The logo was found on April 4th, 2015, by YouTube user MachineryNoise.
Rainbow Audio and Video Incorporation [Lost]
The Rainbow Audio logo apparently shows a rainbow-colored "R" drawing while a combination of the music from the Golden Harvest and Cinema City logos plays.
A&M Video (Colored Text Variant, 1984) [Lost]
The A&M Video logo was confirmed to appear on the Betamax release of the Kilroy Was Here-era Styx mini-movie/concert video Caught In the Act. The variant was mostly the same as the regular logo, except the A&M logo was colored orange, the boxes were colored static, and there was a crowd cheering over the logo.
Klasky Csupo (Robot Logo's Split-Screen Credits Mistake) [Lost]
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". Each Nicktoon was encoded with its own split-screen credits. Since Klasky-Csupo made most of these Nicktoons, Nick created a split-screen credit template which mentioned Klasky and Csupo as executive producers and included Klasky-Csupo's infamous "Robot" logo. Nickelodeon accidentally used that template on this particular episode and consequently inserted the "Robot" logo in place of the intended United Plankton Pictures logo. Thankfully, Nick fixed this mistake by 2006 so United Plankton Pictures' vanity plate was shown as intended. LMW user MattBoo found this variant and uploaded it to YouTube. However, it was deleted for unknown reasons. He says that he has plans to re-record it with different equipment.
Baby Way Productions / Next to Last Productions (Alt. Music) [Lost]
This logo was only seen in the last few seconds of the split-screen credits on the original WB premiere night of The Wayans Bros. This alternate logo was the same as the regular logo, except that Michigan J. Frog sang "This has been a production of..." and then a dreamy piano ditty played 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 Hanna-Barbera box logo. The H-B now zooms-in much more smoothly before cutting to the finished logo. This was seen in all 2002-2009 made-for-video Scooby-Doo movies. However, beginning with Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo, it was replaced by the Warner Bros. Animation logo. On May 8th, 2015, YouTube user OLDTPBUSER 22 uploaded the logo remake.
CBS Paramount Television (Long Version, 2006-2007) [Found]
The music in this logo uses a bass horn fanfare similar to the classic Warner Bros. theme. CLG Wiki admin LogicSmash uploaded footage of the logo to his YouTube page in November 2016.
Fox Video "Rotating Tower" (Two variants, Alt. Music, 1993-95) [Partially Found]
A deep synth score can be heard on the 1995 Hong Kong Laserdisc release of Return of the Jedi. The Fox Video version was rediscovered and uploaded by YouTube user TheJamesmario on December 14, 2012. The CBS-Fox version was also found in 2015 in the opening previews for the 1990s David Lynch film Wild at Heart, but the YouTube account was terminated.
Columbia-TrisTar Home Video (1992, with RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video Music) [Lost]
The Columbia-TrisTar Home Video logo was the same as the regular logo, but with the RCA/Columbia Pictures International Video music playing. This may have been on one unknown Australian tape.
Fox Lab (1st Logo, 1992-1994) [Lost]
The logo claims to have a spread out, lowercase, the 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 on the Fox Television Stations Productions ad.
Vidmark Entertainment (Alt. Music, 1984-88) [Existence Unconfirmed]
This variant of the Vidmark Entertainment logo was the same as the regular logo, except that the synthesized fanfare from the second version of the logo was used. This variant was reported to exist on an unknown fishing video cassette, No video for this variant has resurfaced.
Columbia Pictures Television (1992, Married... With Children Variant) [Lost]
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 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.
Columbia/Embassy Television [Found]
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 cable ads contained a rare version of the Coca-Cola Telecommunications logo. The logo featured the Columbia Lady at the top of the logo, and the Embassy E at the bottom of the logo. In April 2017, CLG Wiki user lotsoflogos discovered a cable ad featuring the logo.
Legendary Pictures (First logo) [Found]
In 2005, the print logo version of the Legendary Pictures 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 the internet, before showing up on Vimeo and YouTube in 2014. The animated 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 [Lost]
It 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 resurfaced.
Random House Video (First Logo, 1983) [Lost]
This logo is less common than the 1984 Random House Home Video logo. it generally appeared on very early releases by the company such as the Cadelcott Video Collection, though it also appeared on the 1988 VHS of U.S. Government in Action: The Senate. It was originally uploaded to YouTube by user kirbyfriend2, but his account was then deleted. Another YouTube user, Dan B, found this logo on the video site Livestream. He uploaded it to YouTube, but it has since been removed
MCA Music Video [Lost]
The MCA Music Video was apparently 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 to YouTube in April 2011, but it was removed three years later and has not resurfaced.
National Geographic Television (Original Music)[Found]
The logo is similar to the 1993 National Geographic Video logo. However, National Geographic Television typically either use a different version, play the ending theme over it. It is unknown where this version was used. However, in 2011, YouTube user Dan B found the logo and uploaded it to his channel.
Cinar 1981?-1985 (The Grid) [Existence Unconfirmed]
The Cinar logo has been said to be 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. Cinar distributed many foreign films before becoming an animation company.
Beavis & Butt-Head Do America "The End" Bumper [Found]
It was rumored that MTV2's airings of the film Beavis & Butt-Head Do America featured a "The End" bumper following the end credits This logo featured the silhouettes of Beavis and Butt-Head from the opening credits and the explosion of fire from the desert scene, with Beavis and Butt-Head laughing in slow motion. The end bumper was said to be very rare and is labeled as "one of the scariest bumpers ever made" due to it's sudden, unexpected appearance. On June 22, 2018 Lost Media Wiki user Morphzero uploaded the original premiere ending of Beavis & Butt-Head Do America with the "bumper" appearing at the end.
PITS Films Early Music Variant [Lost]
According to Canadian YouTube user David Kalla, there was apparently an early PITS Films logo that replaced the normal music with a rising synth note. It has been speculated to appear on the first episode of The Facts Of Life.
- The Closing Logo Group's Yahoo page.
- The opening page of the CLG Wiki.
- An article talking about the Parrot logo.
- The TV Obscurities homepage.
- Weiss Global Enterprises (IN COLOUR!!!)
- A Closinglogos discussion on the recent news surrounding the shortened colored version of Weiss-Global Enterprises
- United Artists 1968 Logo (reconstructed).
- A Closing Logo Wiki thread that first reported on this variant.
- Fox Kids logo image 1/2
- Fox Kids logo image 2/2
- The Closinglogos page on this Paramount logo.
- Viacom "Flashing V of Doom" Logo (RECREATION)
- You Don't Say (November 10, 1978): Evelyn vs Anngel.
- Closing Logos Wiki page on United Artists Association.
- The image of UAA's second logo.