Westlake Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Westlake Entertainment Incorporated is a fully integrated, independent entertainment distribution company. Primarily engaged in licensing and distributing feature films and television programs, Westlake specializes in bringing new release content to retail. Westlake served as a distributor for the following labels: Rigel Entertainment, Lonely Seal Releasing, Red Bull USA (extreme sports), and Cineville Films. Westlake also sold its product to the overseas marketplace through its international arm, Cinema Management Group. Later on, after independent film company Cineville and DVD distributor Westlake Entertainment merged into an indie studio called Keystone, Westlake Entertainment sold its library of films to Osiris Entertainment, causing them to disappear.

1st Logo (1998?-2003)

Visuals: On a white spotlighted background is the camera and the filmstrip with the words "Westlake Video", "a division of" and "Westlake Entertainment Group", similar to Paramount warning screen.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A majestic fanfare with VCR/filmstrip sounds.

Availability: Seen on DVD releases of The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Creature (1985) and The Arrival (1991), among others.

2nd Logo (2003-2004)

Visuals: On a black background, there are the letters zooms into the text "WESTLAKE", then another text in the bottom "ENTERTAINMENT GROUP" fades in, then a clipboard chomps the text away and disappears.

Technique: 2D animation.

Audio: A triumphant fanfare, followed by the sound of a clapboard clapping.

Availability: Seen on DVDs from this company, including a DVD release of the original House on Haunted Hill.

3rd Logo (2004-2009)

Visuals: On a black background, there is a yellow circle slice with lines that forms the sun (a la Madacy Entertainment) and zooms out. A giant blue "W" rises on the semi-circle while the name "WESTLAKE" in Garamond with "ENTERTAINMENT, INC." below, slides under the symbol. The logo shines and everything disappears with a vertical rectangle flip effect.

Later variant: In 2005, the logo was enhanced to have a thinner text without borders. In this time, the company name would flip.

Technique: 2D animation.

Audio: A deep noise, followed by a whoosh and a reverbing sound.

Availability: Seen on a DVD release of Dominique is Dead.

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