PBV Video

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum




Background

Publishing and Broadcasting Video (PBV) was an Australian video company founded in 1982 that released videos in Australia and New Zealand under several labels, eight, to be exact. A division of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited and owned by Kerry Parker,[1] they were later renamed Communications and Entertainment Limited (CEL) in 1984.

Logo (1983-1984)

Visuals: After the animated warning screen, the screen fades in to a space background. A giant box with the PBV logo (consisting of a turquoise-green metallic rounded rectangle with "PBV" in a typewriter font inside it) zooms in very quickly, with stars sparkling. Then, it fades into the second logo for Star Video. After a logo is finished animating, the box turns (like a trilon) to show the next logo being animated. Here's the list of the logos that animate inside the box:

Afterwards, the box zooms out, but then quickly zooms back to reveal the Embassy Home Entertainment "Big E in Video" logo again.

Variant: On non-Embassy releases, the logo cuts off after the MGM/UA Home Video logo.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: "Futurism" by Paul Brian Hart off of the Bruton Music library (a fast-paced, triumphant synthesized orchestra tune). The voice of Ken Sparkes (longtime announcer for the Nine Network, itself under Kerry Packer's ownership at the time) is also heard saying "The home video force in entertainment, Publishing and Broadcasting Video, distributor of the labels Star Video... Embassy Home Entertainment... Australian Video... Film World Festival... Playaround Video... The Storytime Collection... Muppet Home Video... and MGM/UA Home Video... bring you a special preview of home video releases, from 'the big E in video', Embassy Home Entertainment!" Sparkes' voiceover begins over the black screen in between the warning screen and the actual logo.

Audio Variant: On non-Embassy releases, the music cuts off with the logo, as does Sparkes' voiceover (which ends with "...and MGM/UA Home Video--").

Availability: Seen on several old Australian PAL VHS and Betamax video cassettes, most commonly released by the Australian division of Embassy Home Entertainment, which was a subsidiary of PBV. One tape that had this logo was Final Exam.

Legacy: This logo is a fan-favourite with Australian video collectors.

References

PBV Video
Communications and Entertainment Limited