Warner Bros. Domestic Pay TV, Cable & Network Features

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

This division of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution licensed Warner Bros. feature films, television series, miniseries, TV films, and specials to the pay television and basic cable markets, as well as feature films to the broadcast networks. Formed in 1994, It was re-organized in 2001 as Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, before folding into Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution in 2008.

1st Logo (1995-2001)

Visuals: A replica of the 1994 Warner Bros. Television logo, with "WARNER BROS. DOMESTIC PAY-TV CABLE & NETWORK FEATURES" on top, and a banner reading only "WARNER BROS." (similar to the Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution variant of the logo).

Variant: A 16:9 version exists, which stretches the text above and below the shield while keeping the proportion of the shield intact.

Technique: A painting filmed by a cameraman.

Audio: Mostly silent or the closing theme of the movie/show.

Audio Variants:

  • On rare occasions, the 1994 theme would play, usually with the first two notes cut off.
  • On some pre-1994 episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a short hip-hop tune is used.

Availability:

  • The logo was usually seen on cable and premium network reruns of WB shows and movies; it still appears on some films on TCM such as an August 18, 2002 airing of The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964) and some Looney Tunes shorts on Boomerang, for instance.
  • It also used to appear at the end of various WB films on TNT and TBS many years ago, late 90's-early 2000's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reruns on TBS (either with the hip-hop theme or silent), pre-2006 TNT airings of seasons 1-6 of ER (some with the 1994 theme), late 1990s Disney Channel airings of The Hogan Family (using Jason Bateman's voiceover), as well as older Nick @ Nite airings of The Wonder Years (plastering the 1992 Turner Program Services logo, current prints also plaster this logo along with the 1988 New World Television logo that preceded it with the current 20th Television logo), and Gilligan's Island, respectively.
  • The logo also showed up on original TBS airings of The Chimp Channel, original TNT airings of Babylon 5 and Crusade (DVD releases of the latter also retain this logo too), late 1990s TNT airings of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, early 2000s TV Land airings of The George Carlin Show, older ABC Family (now Freeform) airings of The Year Without a Santa Claus (following the 1990 WBTV logo), Family Matters, and Step by Step.
  • It was also seen on early 2000s SOAPnet (now Disney Junior) airings of The Colbys (plastered on the DVD by the 2007 CBS Television Distribution logo as that show is now owned by CBS Studios, Inc via Spelling Entertainment Inc.), Sisters, Hotel (also plastered on the DVD by the 2007 CBS Television Distribution logo), and Knots Landing, late 1990s Lifetime airings of Night Court, TNN (now Paramount Network) airings of The Waltons (plastering older Lorimar logos) and Matt Houston (Decades airings use the 1984 WBTD and 2007 CBS Television Distribution logos), Pax/Ion airings of Here's Lucy (plastering older Telepictures logos; like with The Colbys, the 2007 CBS Television Distribution logo plasters this on newer prints), and Syfy airings of Brimstone.
  • It was also seen on reruns of animated offerings from WB, such as Animaniacs and Batman: The Animated Series (on those shows it was silent and there was a second-long black screen between the end credits and the logo), and also older Cartoon Network airings of Alvin & The Chipmunks (1983 Ruby-Spears version, plastering the 1984 logo and/or the 1986 Lorimar-Telepictures "Crashing Comets" logo), Beetlejuice, Silverhawks, and Gumby Adventures (both of which followed the 1986 Lorimar-Telepictures "Crashing Comets" logo), and Nickelodeon airings of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
  • It has also been spotted on Cartoon Network and Boomerang airings of Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998), following the 1998 Warner Bros. Television 75 Years logo.
  • It was also seen at the start and end of a 2001 Dish on Demand airing of Pokémon the Movie (2000).

2nd Logo (1997)


Visuals: A clean WB template shield zooms in on a painted sky background. The banner on the shield reads "DOMESTIC PAY-TV, CABLE & NETWORK FEATURES", with "DOMESTIC PAY-TV," stacked on top of "CABLE & NETWORK FEATURES".

Technique: A 2D zoom-in effect.

Audio: None.

Availability: It was seen on at least one episode of the first season of Hard Rock Live and at the end of The Concert for RANN Featuring Tori Amos, before being completely scrapped.

Legacy: It's seen as off-kilter compared to other WB television logos.

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