USA Films

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


USA Films was created by Barry Diller in 1999 as an arthouse film division of his USA Networks/Studios USA Television LLC by merging October Films, the original Rogue Pictures and Gramercy Pictures. In 2001, Diller sold Studios USA to Vivendi S.A., and then in 2002, Universal Studios merged USA Films with Interscope Communications, Good Machine and Universal Focus to create Focus Features.

1st Logo (1999)

Visuals: On a black background, there are the words "USA" and "FILMS" stacked together and separated by a thin red line. The whole logo is zooming in slowly toward the camera.

Technique: Just the zooming in of the logo.

Audio: Just the opening theme of the movie.

Availability: Seen on the American trailer for Plunkett and Macleane. This logo is surprisingly seen on the Criterion Collection release of Being John Malkovich, after the Universal Pictures logo. Other releases, however, either use the 2nd logo or just the Universal Pictures logo.

2nd Logo (September 17, 1999-May 9, 2003)

Visuals: On a black background is the 1999 USA Network logo, the letters in blue, and the word "FILMS" below the letters, also in blue. The animation is the same as the previous logo.


  • On The Man Who Wasn't There, the logo is in black and white.
  • A print version of this exists.

Technique: Same as the previous logo.

Audio: None or the opening theme of the film.

Availability: Seen on films such as Pitch Black, The Man Who Wasn't There, Session 9, Gosford Park, Possession, One Night at McCool's, Traffic, Series 7: The Contenders, Being John Malkovich, and Waking the Dead, among others. It is unknown if this was seen on the North American release of Plunkett and Macleane.

External links

October Films
Gramercy Pictures
Interscope Communications
USA Films
Focus Features
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