Société Nouvelle de Distribution

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Société Nouvelle de Distribution (SND) is a film company owned by French TV channel M6. They owned 10% of the capitals from Summit Entertainment until 2012 when they decided to sell its assets after Summit was purchased by Lionsgate.

1st (known) Logo (1990s-2002)

Visuals: On a wavy purple background, the letters "SND" flash from right to left one by one. As the D's flash fly across the screen, the text "Société Nouvelle de Distribution" appears below.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on some releases from the company, like French prints of Very Bad Things and Dungeons and Dragons.

2nd Logo (April 11, 2001-2011)

Visuals: On a black background, a series of light blue flashes are forming the letters "SND", while "GROUPE M6" appears in a "wipe" effect underneath. A laser then forms a solid blue square shape.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A drone pad tune, with whooshes heard when "SND" appears, then a laser-like sound when the blue square is formed. High- and low-tone versions exist as well.

Availability: Seen on releases from the company at the time, including Help I'm a Fish and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, among others.

3rd Logo (2011-2018)

Visuals: The camera moves and tilts from the left side of the SND logo, soon revealing the blue SND square on top of a roulette-like shape with the text "GROUPE M6" rotating on it. There is also a comet coming from the upper left of the screen, turning behind the logo, then hitting the floor, and finally leaving from the right side of the screen.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A synth tune with a three-note piano motif, followed by a tribal beat. Most of the time, the theme would be in low tone.

Audio Trivia: Said music comes from the launch of most HD channels on digital terrestrial television in France in 2008, with M6 HD continuing to use it with their launch promo.

Availability: Seen on most releases from the company until 2018. [Examples?]

4th Logo (2018-)

Visuals: The animation is similar to the M6 Studio logo, but now there are blue flashing lines that form the SND logo from before. Also, the camera turns around by going to the left.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: An ascending orchestral theme with strings.

Availability: Seen on movies from the company like The Ideal Palace (2018). It is plastered by the Netflix logo on international Netflix prints of Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie (2023).

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