The Kushner-Locke Company

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


The Kushner-Locke Conpany was formed in 1983 by producers Donald Kushner, producer of Tron and Peter Locke, the head of Channing-Debin-Locke Company and producer of The Hills Have Eyes (1977). Its first production was Automan. The company never used a logo until 1984.

In 1987, a minority interest of the company was sold to Atlantic Entertainment Group, which was renamed to Atlantic/Kushner-Locke. It also attempted a merger with All American Television but talks failed. In July 1988, Atlantic sold back its share of the company, reverting to its original name. In 1992, it attempted a merger with Rysher Entertainment, but the deal failed. The company went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2001 and closed its doors by the end of 2002.

Most of the KLC catalog currently is owned by Multicom Entertainment.

1st Logo (December 2, 1984-1994)

Visuals: On a black background, a blue flash emanates from the center of the screen. It dies down to reveal the words


in a glowing blue sans-serif font.


  • A version in which "DISTRIBUTED BY" is shown above exists.
  • From 1987 to 1988, the text reads as "ATLANTIC KUSHNER-LOCKE" with a line separating the two words.
  • A still version also exists.
  • Sometimes, the text shines after the flash is formed.
  • Filmed and videotaped versions of the logo exist.
  • On JFK: Reckless in Youth, the text "in association with" fades in below the logo.

Technique: Scanimate.


  • 1984-1988: A crash, followed by a rising synth piano sounder or a childish theme as the light dies down.
  • 1988-1994: A light synth tune mixed with a choir.
  • Sometimes silent or the end theme of the show.

Availability: It's seen on the 80s HBO series 1st and Ten (also available on DVD).

  • It was also seen on the 1990 American version of The Krypton Factor and the game show Relatively Speaking.
    • However, this may be plastered by a Multicom logo on newer prints.
  • The Atlantic/Kushner-Locke version appears on old VHS prints of The Spiral Zone and the second season of Teen Wolf.

2nd Logo (1987)

Visuals: Over a gray marble background, the logo starts with the text "ATLANTIC" and "KUSHNER-LOCKE" flipping in with a line separating it. The logo then glows red.

Technique: Computer animation.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on the 1987 television movie Glory Days. It's plastered by the Multicom logo on current prints.

3rd Logo (1994-2002)

Visuals: On a space background, an Earth globe and a shiny brown marble-like plaque appear. The plaque zooms down to the bottom left and reveals a blue square and two TCF-like searchlights as well as the words


formatted similar to that in white. It assumes a tilted position as the background turns plain black. Then a "shine" appears, and the Earth globe appears, leaving a shadow on the plaque.


  • There are two versions of the logo: a filmed version and a videotaped version.
  • A still version exists.
  • On television films, it's cut to the last seconds.
  • An in-credit variant also exists.
  • On A Strange Affair, the animation does not show the globe.
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio uses the still-shot version of this logo in motion.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A calm horn fanfare with synth chimes at the end, a triumphant synth choir tune accompanied by some chimes, the film's music, or none.


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