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Logo captures by Eric S., Shadeed A. Kelly, and Others
Editions by Shadeed A. Kelly and Hoa
Video captures courtesy of MachineryNoise, roygerdodger, and Eric S.



Background: Alan Landsburg Productions was a production company founded in April 1970 by Alan Landsburg, who was formerly working for Metromedia Producers Corporation. It was acquired by Tomorrow Entertainment, Inc. in August 1971 and Reeves Teletape Corp. (later part of "Reeves Communications Corp.") acquired ALP on September 18, 1978 from Tomorrow Entertainment. Alan Landsburg then left the company in 1985 to form "The Landsburg Company", and Alan Landsburg Productions became "Reeves Entertainment Group" on May 6, 1985. In 1990, Reeves was sold to the UK's Thames Television for $89 million. Reeves Entertainment was closed down in 1994 and folded into Thames, (then-known as "Talkback Thames" from 2003-2011, a part of FremantleMedia). Most of the television series it made are currently distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution in the US if distributed by MCA TV, while What Would You Do? and Wild and Crazy Kids! are owned by Nickelodeon and Doctor Doctor is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.


Alan Landsburg Productions


1st Logo
(1971-1975)

ALP: 1971-1976Alan Landsburg Productions

Nickname
: "Circles and Lines"

Logo: On a white background, a blue circle zooms towards us and stops in place. Then three colored vertical rectangles slide in from the top and bottom of
the screen from right to left and stop in place over the circle; red from the bottom, yellow from the top, and blue from the bottom. The red and blue rectangles then slide across each other and swap places, with the red rectangle forming an "a", and the blue on forming a "p". The yellow rectangle stays in place, thus forming the letters "alp". A second later, the stacked words "ALAN LANDSBURG PRODUCTIONS" appear below the letters.

FX/SFX: The zooming of the circle, sliding of the rectangles, formation of the letters, and the ''ALAN LANDSBURG PRODUCTIONS'' text. Pretty interesting logo, actually.

Music/Sounds: A catchy synth xylophone theme.

Availability: Rare. Found on a DVD of In Search of: Ancient Astronauts.

Scare Factor: Low.



2nd Logo
(1975-1980)

N
icknames: "Director's Block", "Slateboard"

Logo: Over a black BG, we see a director's slate. 5 arrows facing to the right appear on screen on segment at a time. The top half of the slate then rises, andAlan Landsburg Productions (1976) rapidly drops down and hits the bottom half. This changes the top half into the words:

ALAN
-----------------------------LANDSBURG

T
he top half of the slate (ALAN LANDSBURG) rises again, then drops down once more. This causes the bottom half to change into the word "PRODUCTIONS". Another slate pops in on top of the words in traffic arrow fashion.

Variants:
  • There was also a still shot of the logo.
  • On some episodes of In Search Of, the logo is cut to where the top half of the slate ("ALAN LANDSBURG") reveals "PRODUCTIONS".

FX/SFX: The dropping slate, the changing words.

Cheesy Factor: The animation looks very hideous, the fonts are outdated, the film and animation quality are quite poor, and the logo itself resembles title effects used on 70s adult and B-movies.

Music/Sounds: The sound effects of a camera shutter as the segmented lines appear, followed by a clapperboard sound during the respective action. The end-title theme from any show is sometimes heard on some programs.

Availability: Uncommon. It is intact on the Visual Entertainment DVD of In Search of...and would be presumed intact if ever reran again. Can be spotted on the DVD release of Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo.

Scare Factor: Low to medium, the shutter snap may be unnerving, and low for the show's closing theme.



3rd Logo
(1979-1985)
Alan Lansburg Productions (1980/A)Alan Lansburg Productions (1980/B)ALP: 1985ALP: 1985-bAlan Landsburg/Central Television

Nickname: "ALP"

Trivia: This logo is designed in base of the Reeves Teletape Company logo from the time.

Logo: On a black background is a stylized blue "ALP" similar to the font seen in the Reeves Entertainment "REG" logo. Then it is blacked out, revealing behind it:

Alan Landsburg
Productions--------------------
A--Reeves--Communications--Company

Variants:
  • This logo was superimposed on the first two seasons of Gimme A Break! and the ultra short-lived series No Soap, Radio.
  • An alternate version featured the usual logo animation, except that the Reeves byline popped in a second later. This appears on Jaws 3 and later season 5 episodes of In Search of....
  • On Kate & Allie and Gimme A Break!, the copyright stamp is shown below.

FX/SFX: The logo revealing the text behind it.

Cheesy Factor: The sliding away of the logo and the revealing of the text looks kind of uninspired.

Music/Sounds: An over composed synthesizer stinger. There were three versions of this theme. On Jaws 3, the logo is silent. On season 1 of Kate & Allie, the first two seasons of Gimme A Break!, and the ultra short-lived series No Soap, Radio it's the end-title theme.

Availability: Common. It was seen on episodes of That's Incredible and Kate & Allie on RTV and currently seen on seasons 1-4 of Gimme A Break! on DVD. Also seen on the last two seasons of In Search of..., which is preserved on DVD.

Scare Factor: Low.
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Reeves Entertainment


1st Logo
(1985)
Reeves Entertainment: 1984-1985Reeves Entertainment: 1984-b

Nickname: "REG"

Logo: On the left, is a stylized ''REG'', similar to the ''ALP'' in the 3rd logo. To the right, in the same font as "Alan Landsburg Productions" in the 3rd logo, is ''Reeves Entertainment Group'' and under that is ''A Reeves Communications Company".

Variants:
  • On Gimme A Break, this logo lasted for a few seconds and cut to a copyright notice for Alan Landsburg Productions, followed by the 1974-1990 MCA TV logo.
  • On season 2 of Kate and Allie, instead of the music, the outro of the series' closing credits played over the logo.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Same as ALP's 3rd logo.

Availability: Rare. Seen on episodes of Gimme A Break! syndie reruns on TV One.

Scare Factor: Same as ALP's 3rd logo.



2nd Logo
(1985-December 1, 1992)
Reeves Entertainment Group (1985)Reeves Entertainment GroupIAW-Reeves: 1989

Nicknames: "REG II", "Day-Glo Reeves"

Logo: A stylized blue "R," which is decorated with vertical black stripes on its left side shines against a black background before backing away a bit. A similar "E" slides out from the right of the "R." It shines, the logo backs away, and then a "G" comes out of the right of the "E," shines, and completes the logo. When it stops, the words "Reeves Entertainment Group" appear underneath, and under that appears "A Reeves Communications Company".

Variants:
  • On Wild & Crazy Kids (shown on Nickelodeon until the late 90s), there is a copyright date under it that says "© [YEAR] Reeves Entertainment and MTV Networks". On the 1992 episodes, the copyright stamp reads "© [YEAR] MTV Networks. A Division of Viacom International, Inc. and Reeves Entertainment, A Thames Television Company". Also on this show, the music had some kind of laugh to it and it was part of the end theme. The logo is bylineless on the pilot. The copyright date was also seen on Gimme a Break and early Kate & Allie episodes from 1985-1986 until it was moved to the end credits.
  • On the 1989 short-lived syndicated game show Jackpot!, a still text "in Association with" is seen above the logo while the logo is animating.
  • On Kate & Allie, the animation is warp-sped.

FX/SFX: Letters shining and coming out of letters.

Cheesy Factor: The second line of text looks like chyron tacked onto the logo. Animation is also simple '80s stuff.

Music/Sounds: A light, 6 note synthesized tune or the end of the show's theme song.

Availability: Rare. It was seen on What Would You Do? and Wild & Crazy Kids! on the defunct Nick GAS, Kate And Allie reruns on RTV, and the 1989 version of Jackpot! on GSN. It's currently seen on the final two seasons of Gimme A Break! on TV One and DVD.

Scare Factor: Low.



3rd Logo
(1991-1994)
Reeves Entertainment (1993)

Nicknames: "Drama Faces", "The Thames Logo", "The Comedy/Drama Masks"

Logo: On a black BG, we see a smiling drama face, that moves up towards the top of the screen, followed by a sad drama face. Underneath the faces, several shards come together to form a blue triangle, and the black BG has turned to a very, very dark gray curtain. The text "REEVES ENTERTAINMENT" fades in at the triangle's tip, and the byline "A Thames Television Company" appears below that.

FX/SFX: The moving drama faces, the shards.

Cheesy Factor: At least on Doctor, Doctor, this logo seems sped-up, but otherwise fine.

Music/Sounds: A warm, four-note synth theme which was also used in the 2nd logo's last season or the end-title theme from any show. At least one episode of Doctor, Doctor used the previous logo's theme.

Availability: Rare. The only shows known to have this logo are The Home Show, What Would You Do?, the first season of Homicide: Life on the Street, Doctor, Doctor and the 1992 remake of The Tomorrow People. Of these five, only Doctor, Doctor was reran on a regular basis in the past two decades, on the USA Network, but is not shown currently. When it was aired on USA, the logo survived, and after this logo is seen on that show, the infamous Columbia TriStar "Boxes Of Boredom" appear, and it's not replacing the logo since Barris Industries (later "The Guber-Peters Entertainment Company") owned a 5.27% stake in Reeves. A shortened version of the logo can be seen at the end of the first season of Homicide: Life on the Street on Centric. As part of their recent 30th anniversary, CITV re-aired the first two episodes of the 1992 version of The Tomorrow People, and this logo was featured on a split screen alongside the Nickelodeon and 1991 Thames Television logos.

Scare Factor: Low. The drama faces may creep you out, but everything else seems fine.


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I'm tempted to say that the 1st logo was spotted on the pilot episode of In Search Of... Since it was the company's earliest program.
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