J&M Entertainment

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Background

J&M Entertainment was a London-based film sales company that later ventured into film production. The company was named after its two founders, producer Julia Palau and distributor Michael Ryan. J&M was sold to Germany's IN-motion in 2000, and the rights to their films currently lay with Screen Media Films.

1st Logo (August 14, 1987-October 4, 1995)


Visuals: On a black background, a gold colored "J&M" in a Macy's-esque font, arranged like this...

J&
M

...fades in. Below, "Entertainment Presents" also fades in, and a blue flash occurs behind "J&M", then dies down, and "J&M" later shines as the logo fades out.

Variant: There is a version where the background is blue, and the logo is silver.

Technique: Basic computer effects.

Audio: A very majestic mystical synthesizer tune.

Audio Variant: On What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and the Amazon Prime print of Year of the Gun, among possible others, the logo is silent.

Availability: Seen on early international prints of Theodore Rex (1995), Iron Maze (including the Mexican VHS release), and all prints of Exposure (AKA: A Grande Arte) (1991). Also found on the StudioCanal Blu-Ray of What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, streaming prints as well as the UK Screenbound & U.S. MVD Rewind Blu-Rays of The Return of Swamp Thing, the Hemdale VHS of The Princess and the Goblin, a Brazilian VHS of Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, older Hulu/Netflix prints of A Chorus of Disapproval, and UK VHS releases of The Monster Squad, Skin Deep, The Running Man, Major League, and Nightbreed. It may have also appeared on foreign prints of The Thin Blue Line, Ironweed, Pastime, Freddie as F.R.O.7, Hunting, Coupe de Ville, Warlock, Light of Day, Zits, Nobody's Fool (1986), The Beastmaster, Playing for Keeps, Creator, and The Girl in a Swing, among others.


2nd Logo (September 15, 1995-June 1, 2000)


Visuals: There is a blue granite "J" as the camera pans up, then fades to the bottom of the "&" and "M" as the camera pans right, then fades to the top of the two last letters. Finally, the whole logo is zoomed out ("J&M", 2 lines and "ENTERTAINMENT" (in spaced-out letters)) and change colors from granite blue to gold via a "wipe" effect.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A majestic synthesized fanfare. Sometimes it's silent.

Availability: Seen on international prints of An American Werewolf in Paris, A Boy Called Hate, The Leading Man, House on Haunted Hill (1999), and Mute Witness, among others.

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