Tiger Aspect Productions

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Tiger Aspect Productions is a British film and television production company of Peter Bennett-Jones, founded in 1993 from the merger between Tiger Television and Aspect Film & Television. In June 2006, the company was purchased by IMG Media, but was later sold to the UK division of Endemol in November 2009. It is currently owned by Banijay since 2020. The company also has a theatrical division called Tiger Aspect Films (shown on-screen as Tiger Aspect Pictures) and three divisions specialising in comedy, drama and family.



1st Logo (May 4, 1993-April 12, 1998)

Visuals: On a paper background, there is a black and orange drawing of a tiger's eye above, roughly resembling the company's initials ("TA"). The eye blinks slowly. Below it are the words "A TIGER ASPECT" with "PRODUCTION" below, and the network/copyright info. Sometimes, it differently reads "TIGER ASPECT PRODUCTIONS".

Variants:

  • A long version exists where it draws the tiger's eye as it opens, then the company name fades in.
  • Sometimes, the logo is still or has no network/copyright info below.
  • On the Mr. Bean episodes "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean" and "Back to School Mr. Bean", respectively, an in-credit notice for Thames and Central Independent Television is shown with a copyright notice reading "© Thames Television/Tiger Aspect 1993" which appears below.
  • On The Best Bits of Mr. Bean, a copyright notice reading "© 1996 TIGER ASPECT PRODUCTIONS" fades in underneath.
  • During the first use of this logo, the background had more lighting and the tiger's eye also moves in as it draws.
  • Sometimes, the logo also shares the screen with other logos (including the 1988 and 1997 BBC logos).
  • On programmes produced for Channel 4 such as Just for Laughs, the text reads "A TIGER ASPECT PRODUCTION FOR CHANNEL FOUR" with a copyright notice reading "© Channel 4 Television Corporation (year)" which appears below.
  • On Hospital, the logo appears with the words "A TIGER ASPECT PRODUCTION FOR CHANNEL 5" with a copyright notice reading "© Tiger Aspect Productions Ltd. 1997" appearing below.

Technique: Live-action with 2D animation.

Audio: None, the ending theme of the programme, or the audio from the 1989 Tiger Television logo.

Availability: Seen on programmes by the company from the time-period until 1998. This is often plastered over by the next logo nowadays, but is still kept intact on some of them.

  • Seen on the Mr. Bean episodes "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean", "Back to School Mr. Bean", "Tee Off, Mr. Bean", "Goodnight Mr. Bean" and "Hair by Mr. Bean of London", respectively, as well as on The Thin Blue Line.
  • It is also seen on Harry Enfield and Chums, The Vicar of Dibley, Just for Laughs, Hospital, and the 1997 TV movie Deacon Brodie, among others.
  • This logo does not appear on the 1997 film Bean (aka Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie), which uses an in-credit notice instead.
  • This logo made its broadcast debut on two television shows produced for Meridian Television: Coltrane in a Cadillac and The Village, respectively.

2nd Logo (September 21, 1998-2023)

Visuals: On a black background, in its upper part, the words "tiger" and "aspect" in a compressed lowercase font slide from opposite directions in a grey rectangle and join. The word "PRODUCTIONS" fits below the text. The lower part of the screen is taken by broadcasting and co-productions text, like the BBC and other studios. Also, the very down screen has a copyright name and year, which is later changed to Roman numerals.

Bylines:

  • 2006-2008: "an IMG media company" (with "IMG" in its corporate font).
  • 2008-2009: "AN IMG ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" in a common font.
  • 2009-2016: "an endemol company", with the Endemol logo to the left of the byline.
  • 2016-2020: "part of EndemolShineGroup" (in its corporate font).
  • 2020-2021: "A Banijay Company", with the Banijay logo to the left of the Tiger Aspect logo.
  • 2021-2023: "We are Banijay", with the Banijay logo to the left of the byline or the Tiger Aspect logo.

Variants:

  • A filmed version exists, which instead has a metallic rectangle and "aspect" in salad green. It has the word "PICTURES" instead of "PRODUCTIONS".
  • Sometimes, the logo is still.
  • An in-credit still version also exists.
  • The logo is used without a rectangle sometimes, and it has a slightly different sliding animation.
  • It also sometimes shares the screen with other logos.
  • The words "tiger" and "PRODUCTIONS" can be in black, or white with the latter below in grey.
  • Sometimes, the word "aspect" in the logo can be in red orange.
  • A still variant on a white background also exists, which was seen on Playhouse Disney airings of Charlie and Lola, and the 2007 Mr. Bean video game adaptation for PS2, PC and Wii.
  • On drama shows, the word "PRODUCTIONS" is replaced by "DRAMA".
  • On children's shows, the word "PRODUCTIONS" is replaced by "Kids & Family".
  • A rare split-screen variant also exists where the logo, alongside all the other notice, are on the left, whereas the right is a smoke background that contains the show's end credits.
  • On some shows made in Scotland, the word "PRODUCTIONS" is replaced by "SCOTLAND".
  • On season 1 of Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, an in-credit notice for Richard Purdum Productions and Varga Holdings appears next to the logo.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: Either a whoosh sound with a tiger growling, the audio from the 1989 Tiger Television logo, none, or the opening/closing theme of the show or movie.

Audio Variants:

  • On Playhouse Disney airings of Charlie and Lola, the tail end of the closing theme is trimmed down to four notes.
  • On seasons 1-3 of Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, Mr. Bean (voiced by Rowan Atkinson) is heard offscreen, making an angry grunt.

Availability: Seen on every programme, movies and specials produced by them from 1998 to 2023, such as Let Them Eat Cake, Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Teachers, Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, An Island Parish, Tinga Tinga Tales, Danny and Mick, Intergalactic, the British version of Drunk History, The Restoration Man, Peaky Blinders, The Good Karma Hospital, Charlie and Lola, Robin Hood, Murder in Successville and its American version titled Murderville, Me and My Monsters, Hitmen, Lenny's Big Atlantic Adventure, and Births, Marriages and Deaths, among many others.

  • It debuted on the game show Beat the Crusher.
  • The original bylineless version of the logo is also seen at the start and end of the 1998 UK VHS release of Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean from Thames Video and VCI.
  • This logo is also seen on new episodes of its then-current shows which are The Vicar of Dibley (especially the failed 2007 pilot of American version of said show, titled The Minister of Divine) and The Lenny Henry Show.
  • The filmed version is seen on movies, like The Martins and Kevin & Perry Go Large.
  • This logo also plasters both the 1989 Tiger Television logo and the previous logo on current prints (like the print on Hulu) of the short-lived series Mr. Bean.
  • The 2016 version also plasters over the previous logo on late-2010s widescreen prints of The Thin Blue Line.
  • The split-screen variant was seen on original airings of Mr. Bean: The Animated Series.

Legacy: This logo is a favourite among fans of Tiger Aspect's works in general.

3rd Logo (December 15, 2022-)

Visuals: Over a black background is the stylized white text "TIGER ASPECT" with the Banijay byline underneath.

Variant: Sometimes, the logo also shares the screen with other logos (including the 1997 BBC and 2013 ITV logos).

Technique: A still, digital graphic.

Audio: The ending theme of the programme or none.

Availability: Seen on programmes from the company since 2022. Concurrently used with the 1998 logo until 2023.

  • It first appeared on the reunion special of Bad Education, and is later seen on Deep Fake Neighbour Wars.
  • This will likely appear on upcoming projects from the company.
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