HBO Independent Productions

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


HBO Independent Productions was a production company of HBO that was established in 1990 to produce sitcoms for broadcast and basic cable television. It ceased operations in 2006.

1st Logo (August 25, 1991)

Visuals: On a white background, there are the letters "IND" surrounded by a brownish-red circle, with the word "H B O" aligned vertically on the upper left side and the word "productions" in a curved font on the lower right side. Then, it cuts to a screen with the text "A TIME WARNER COMPANY" in white.

Technique: A still, digital graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: It's seen on the pilot episode of Roc.

2nd Logo (September 1, 1991-October 3, 2019)

Visuals: There is a wall with a light on top, along with the taped white paper with the IND logo design from the previous logo. A hand reaches up and pulls a switch to an ultraviolet light bulb (or "blacklight"), causing the white background to turn blue-violet, and the logo to glow reddish-purple. The logo also emits a white flash around the edges, which slowly dies down. The lights then flicker off to black at the end.


  • Early on in its usage, the logo would cut to a black screen with "A TIME WARNER COMPANY" in white fading in.
  • Starting in 1992, the byline "a division of Home Box Office" appears at the bottom left end of the screen.
  • From 1993 to 1996, the letters "IND" are replaced by "HIP", and the word "ind" is added before the word "productions" on the lower right. The byline is now in all-caps, and is moved to the bottom right.
  • In some instances, the logo cuts to a black screen at least half a second later than the original variant, and the text "A TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" in a bold white font fades in in the center of the screen (also for about a half-second later than its predecessor).
  • Starting in 1996, the letters "HIP" are replaced by a reddish-purple HBO logo surrounded by the words "INDEPENDENT PRODUCTIONS" with "A TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" below.
  • A more common "short" version cuts out the part in which the hand turns on the light.

Technique: Mostly live action.

Audio: An acoustically reverbed clicking noise, followed by an electric "hissing"-type sound and a light buzz. Sometimes, the ending theme of the show would be used.

Audio Variants:

  • Sometimes on Everybody Loves Raymond, the finishing theme of the Where's Lunch? logo plays instead of the Worldwide Pants Incorporated logo.
  • On DVD and international prints of the Season 9 Everybody Loves Raymond episode "Favors", the Worldwide Pants theme is heard due to a plastering error.
  • On a few early Season 2 episodes of Roc, a light pounding "thump" sound played over the black "A TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" screen.
  • On Voroniny, the music is low-pitched.
  • Original CBS and Fox airings used a generic theme.
  • On demand Channel 4 UK versions of Everybody Loves Raymond cut out the hissing sound.


  • All three versions appear such shows as Martin, Roc, and Everybody Loves Raymond (the most notable appearance of the version with the HBO logo).
  • The "HIP" version also appears on later episodes of The Ben Stiller Show.
  • Even though the company ceased operations in 2006, this logo appeared as a legacy credit on all seasons of the Russian sitcom Voroniny, a local adaptation of Everybody Loves Raymond.

3rd Logo (April 26-August 27, 2006)

Visuals: On a white background, there is a square of grass with the bottom right corner rounded-off. Some little white flowers bloom in the bottom left corner and form the HBO logo. The words "INDEPENDENT" and "PRODUCTIONS", with the latter in a smaller font than the former and on its left side, also grow in a similar fashion. The square turns a solid spring green.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: The sounds of children laughing, a dog barking, and other "outdoor" sounds. Sometimes, the ending theme of the show would be used.

Availability: It's seen on Lucky Louie and the failed pilots of Pink Collar and Number One Son.

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