Universal Television (2011-present)

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


On September 12, 2011, Universal Media Studios was renamed back to its original name, Universal Television. The company launched its unscripted television division in 2016. Distribution of these shows go to NBCUniversal Syndication Studios.

1st Logo (prototype logo) (September 14-October 2011)

Visuals: The screen zooms out from a Western Hemisphere view of a detailed globe with some clouds. As the camera pans out, a sunburst appears and shines in the northeastern arc of the globe. A bluish/purple starfield with a few nebular clouds appear in the background. The white text "UNIVERSALTELEVISION" (in a sans-serif font called "Folio" and "UNIVERSAL" in bold) without a space between and with an abstract arc above is vertically wiped in front of the Earth globe with a translucent line once the camera is at a comfortable distance.


  • The globe rotates in the opposite direction from other Universal logos.
  • The subsidiary of NBCUniversal stated that the logo "pays homage to a global-inspired trademark that is reminiscent of its earlier years but it has been slightly updated".

Variant: On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Last Call with Carson Daly, the logo featured the NBC Studios, LLC copyright stamp.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: The closing theme of the show or NBC's generic theme with a voice over.


  • It debuted (as a prototype) on new season premieres of Parenthood, Community, and The Office, among others before the split-screen credits on network TV.
  • This logo also appears on original prints of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
    • Like the returning series mentioned above, it was also seen on new shows such as Whitney, Up All Night, and the American version of Prime Suspect, among others, all on NBC before the split-screen credits.
  • Current prints (i.e. DVD, Blu-ray, and streaming) of the mentioned above episodes (as was on-demand prints of new season episodes (i.e. Hulu, NBC.com) of these shows at the time this logo was used) retain the Universal Media Studios logo.

2nd Logo (October 13, 2011-)

Visuals: Against a bluish starfield background that's almost similar to the one from the previous logo with some nebular clouds, there is a much more detailed Earth globe zooming out from the front right to the center which is now rotating forward this time like the other Universal logos. As the globe reaches the center, a sunburst appears flashing on the top-right part of the globe. As this happens, the text "UNIVERSALTELEVISION", in the same font as before with the abstract arc above it, appears rotating in from the left and making a stop in front of the globe as the sunburst dims down a bit. Some light rays are seen behind the globe and some nebular clouds are seen moving in front of the globe. The byline "A Division of NBCUniversal" appears under the logo.

Trivia: This logo was created and animated by Imaginary Forces. The logo also has some elements from the 1991 Universal Television logo.


  • A short version exists.
  • A newer version of this logo also exists, where the text and the arc appear wiping in vertically like the previous logo instead of rotating in as the globe goes into the center. Also, a couple of light rays are omitted.
  • Sometimes, this logo also shares the screen with other logos.
  • In 2013, the logo was enhanced, with darker tones and a dimmer sun. This version is also bylineless, presumably to reflect the new 100% Comcast ownership. This variant is only seen on the Imaginary Forces website.
  • An unused version also exists, where the text says "UNIVERSAL NBC TELEVISION" alongside a byline saying "An NBCUniversal Company".
  • A shortened version exists, which appears on the first four seasons of the 2018 revival of Magnum P.I. wherein it only shows the finished product of the logo.
  • On season 3 of Master of None and full-screen prints of the final season of House, M.D. starting with "Risky Business" and The Office (U.S. version) episodes starting with "Spooked", the logo is in 4:3.
  • On Saturday Morning All Star Hits!, the logo is in 4:3 and videotaped like the show itself.
  • A scope version exists. Here, the logo is bylineless, although it appeared with the byline in its early run.
  • The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Amber Ruffin Show have a very wide version of the logo with a copyright stamp when it is formed below the "UNIVERSALTELEVISION" text.
  • On The Gilded Age, the logo is still.
  • A sped up variant also exists, which appears on Ted Lasso, Season 1 of the show uses a slightly slower version of this variant.
  • On Growing Up Fisher, the logo is in warp-speed.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A three-note (F-D-E♭) orchestrated theme, consisting of the first two notes of the three-note NBC chimes jingle and a final note that sounds similar to that of the 1997 Universal Pictures fanfare, composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The theme was composed by FirstCom Music, and it sounds quite similar to the NBCUniversal Television logo music.

Audio Variants:

  • On three S3 episodes of Community and the first two S14 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the Universal Media Studios logo music is heard.
  • The unused prototype version has a triumphant, news-like rendition of the NBC chimes. Composed by The Elements.
  • A pretty common warp-speed version of the music exists, with a cymbal crash on the last note.
  • Original network airings use a generic theme and a voiceover.
  • Otherwise, it's the ending theme of the show or silent.


  • It debuted on the October 13, 2011 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and was used in tandem with the previous logo.
  • It currently appears on new seasons of current and then-current shows, as well as new shows that they produced from 2011 onwards.
  • On cable television, it can be seen on The Jack & Triumph Show airing on Adult Swim, and it is also seen on The 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • It also appears on shows produced by Open 4 Business Productions (such as The Mindy Project, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire and Go On), a division of UTV that was founded in 2000, as they do not have their own logo.
  • If a rare, unused version was used before the name change to Universal Television, this is possible to be used in the future.
  • This logo also plasters the 1997-2004 Universal logo on Paramount Network airings of Law and Order.

Copyright Stamps

Here is some information about the copyright stamps on the Universal Television series and TV movies:

  • 2011-2014: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Network Television LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 2011-2014: Copyright © [YEAR] NBC Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 2011-: Copyright © [YEAR] Open 4 Business Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 2014-: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Television LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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