20th Century Fox Television Distribution

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

20th Century Fox Television Distribution was a secondary production arm of 20th Television. It was established in 2010, but never had an on-screen logo until 2011. The division was shut down on January 16, 2020, as a part of corporate restructuring.



1st Logo (February 3-March 3, 2011)

Visuals: On a greenish blue light background, there is the 1994-2010 20th Century Fox structure with rings that are spinning around seen behind; "TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION" blurs in.

Technique: Computer animation.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on Marchlands, the first series in The Oaks Trilogy. It's currently unknown if this logo appeared on other shows.

2nd Logo (February 27, 2013-February 29, 2016)

Visuals: Similar to the 1995 20th Century Fox Television logo, except the structure and background are in the style of the 2009 and 2020 theatrical logos, the animation and design are a lot cheaper, and the tower is all metallic and now reads "20th CENTURY FOX TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION".

Variants:

  • On Μοντέρνα Οικογένεια, a copyright stamp is placed below the logo.
  • Starting in mid-to-late 2013, the logo became bylineless, following the News Corporation split.
  • A variant of this logo without the "TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION" text but with the same animation as TCF's theatrical logo was spotted on two trade promos for 20th Century Fox's internal websites from 2015, seen here and here.
  • There is also another version on a promo for 20th Century Fox's streaming and media asset app "FoxFast" also animated like the theatrical logo, this time with the "TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION" text intact, seen here.

Technique: CGI by Art & State.

Audio: The 2008 20th Television fanfare, but the final note is higher.

Audio Variants:

  • On Кости (the Russian adaptation of Bones) and Μοντέρνα Οικογένεια (the Greek adaptation of Modern Family), the 1995 20th Television fanfare is used.
  • On a print of the DreamWorks Animation short Hammy's Boomerang Adventure and also on some rare occasions, the logo is silent.

Availability: Only lasted three years.

  • It appears on Lightfields and some pre-2016 prints of DreamWorks Animation shows, such as DreamWorks Dragons and The Penguins of Madagascar.
  • It also appears on TV prints of DreamWorks Animation's shorts.
  • This logo also makes a strange appearance at the end of the ITV2 documentary Meet The Family Guys, following the Roughcut TV/ITV logos.
  • It also appeared on a TBS on Demand print of Date Night and some international prints of the 2013 TV movie House of Versace, respectively.

Legacy: The logo has been widely criticized by many for looking rushed, poorly-designed, and cheaply animated.

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