Wild Bunch

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Wild Bunch AG is a pan-European film distribution and international sales company, originally created in 1979 as Senator Film Verleih GmbH, which later became Senator Entertainment AG. The name Wild Bunch comes from the French company Wild Bunch S.A., created in 2002 and named after the 1969 film The Wild Bunch; the company became a subsidiary of Senator Entertainment in February 2015. In 2007, they bought a minority stake in the Italian company BIM Distribuzione, in 2011, a majority stake in Spanish film distributor Vertigo and in July 2015, renamed itself to Wild Bunch AG. Wild Bunch has distributed and sold films such as Land of the Dead (2005), Southland Tales (2006), Cassandra's Dream (2007), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Che (2008), Whatever Works (2009), The King's Speech (2010), The Artist (2011), Titane and Where Is Anne Frank (2021). In France, they operate a subsidiary called Wild Side, which is also used for home video.

Wild Bunch is also the international seller of Studio Ghibli's works and since September 2020, have taken over work from Disney to become Ghibli's theatrical, home media and television distributor in France.

Logo (2002- )


Visuals: On a black background, two white glowing sparks come in from both the right side and the upward side of the screen and start drawing a symbol (a conjoined "wb"). Once the sparks connect, a bright light shines on the screen, and the text "wild bunch" fades in below as the logo zooms out.

Technique: 2D animation.

Audio: Sounds of electric sparking.

Availability: Seen on all international German/French releases of American films. It also appeared on the American prints of the Netflix film The Little Prince, plastering the M6 logo.

Senator Entertainment AG
Wild Bunch