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Background: Sony Pictures Television International was the international television distribution arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment, renamed from
Columbia TriStar International Television on September 16, 2002. On April 1, 2009, SPT, SPTI, Embassy Row, Starling, and the other SPT companies were combined under one roof under the "SPT" brand, so SPTI currently runs as in-name-only.

1st Logo
Sony Pictures Television International

: “Shining Bars”, "The Bars of Boredom", "SPE Bars", "Sony Bars",
"The Sony Parallelogram" , "Lightbeam in Parallelogram", "Lightbeam in Striped Parallelogram"

Logo: This is the same logo from Sony Pictures Television. However, everything has been shifted up a little to place the word “INTERNATIONAL” under the word “TELEVISION” way under the Sony Pictures logo and the line. There are 11 bars. The words stacked features:


With Sony Pictures’ logo at the top.

FX/SFX: Same as the Sony Pictures Television logo with the word: “INTERNATIONAL” under the word “TELEVISION”.

Music/Sounds: Same as the standard Sony Pictures Television logo.

Availability: Extremely rare. Was first shown on the early 1st season episodes of Men in Black: The Series on Nickelodeon's short-lived action program SLAM! in 2002 in America, but now has been replaced by the standard Sony logo. For others, it’s shown worldwide.

Scare Factor: None.

2nd Logo (In-credit logo)
(2002- )

Nicknames: "The Shining Bars Print logo", "SPE Bars II", "Sony Bars II", "Print SPE Bars", "Print Sony Bars",
"SPE Multi-lined Tilted Parallelogram II", "The Sony Parallelogram II", "Print Lightbeam in Parallelogram", "Print Lightbeam in Striped Parallelogram"

Logo: Just an in-credit logo saying "Produced by", "Produced by [name of the company] and", or "Produced in association with", and then the Sony Pictures Television International logo.Cuatro/Sony Television/Notro Films Other series have only the SPTI in-credit logo, depending on the country and its native language.

FX/SFX: None or the scrolling of the credits.

Cheesy Factor: This competes with American Egale Video (spelled Egale on purpose) and Artisan Entertainment as one of the cheapest logos of ALL TIME. It just looks like they took the picture from their website and applied it there!

Music/Sounds: The ending theme from any show.

Availability: Rare outside the U.S. Still retained on international
adaptations of classic Sony shows, such as The Nanny, Mad About You, Married with Children
, and I Dream of Jeannie. Also seen on Los Simuladores (translated as Simulators). Other shows would carry this like Dragons' Den on last seen on the now-defunct Fox Reality Channel. This logo can be seen scrolling in the end credits of Les Z'amours (the French version of The Newlywed Game).

Scare Factor: None. You'll be annoyed about how cheap this logo is.

3rd Logo (2nd official logo)
(July 2003-Late 2009)
SPTI 2003SPTI-2005Sony Pictures Television International (2003, Widescreen)

Nicknames: “Swirling Bars”, “Filmstrip Bars”, "Sony Cylinder", "SPE Bars III", "Sony Bars III", "Swirling SPE Bars", "Swirling Sony Bars",
"The Sony Parallelogram III", "Lightbeam in Parallelogram II", "Lightbeam in Striped Parallelogram II", "From Cylinder to Parallelogram", "Swirling Helix"

: On a black BG, we have the Sony Pictures Striped Parallellgram logo swirling and zooming back at the same time in 3-D. At the bottom of the swirling bars has the name “SONY PICTURES TELEVISION INTERNATIONAL” zooming-in slowly from the shadows. There is a blue (sometimes purple) spotlight that is spinning at the bottom and shining on the logo that is also following the animation of the Sony Pictures logo until it stops.

Variant: In 2005, a narrow version was introduced.

FX/SFX: The bars swirling and moving back, the names zooming in, and the spotlight spinning.

Music/Sounds: An ascending, zoom-like synthesizer effect.

Music/Sounds Variants:
  • In 2006, there is a longer version of the SPTI theme.
  • There are two short version themes of this logo. The first is the 2nd half of the logo, and the other is an edited version that cuts off at the end with the sound of an echo.
  • Reruns of Astro Boy and several 2002-2004 episodes by Jackie Chan Adventures as well as an episode of Bewitched plastered the SPT logo, keeping the theme intact.
  • On one episode of The Nanny it used the 1993 TriStar Television theme.
  • A high tone was introduced.
  • Some international prints of Starsky and Hutch episodes have a PAL pitched 1993 CPT theme.

Availability: Uncommon. This logo is retained
on season 5 of Good Times on TV One. It was last seen on Dawson's Creek on The N (now Teen Nick) and early Designing Women episodes last seen on TV Land. This logo was also seen across the globe and some Sony films sometimes seen on the Starz-Encore networks and several The Three Stooges 5-minute minisode (courtesy of The Minisode Network) shorts on IFC. However, recent international prints has the standard SPT logo, replacing this and the in-credit ones. It can be found on Shout! Factory's release of season 4 of Barney Miller, replacing the Four D Productions logo on all but two episodes from that season.

Scare Factor: Low.

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userjt 10 Items or Less 5 Feb 2 2011, 12:02 PM EST by Shadeed329
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I've seen the 2nd official logo with SPT music on "10 Items or Less" one day.
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deyanmegara Married with Children 5 Sep 4 2010, 2:26 PM EDT by Shadeed329
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Something's wrong here; Married with Children has variant 3 (at least on my cable station's print), not an in-credit message (and it's natural, this logo was plastered over the original!). I'd assume this goes for the other shows in the list as well. Maybe someone mixed things up.

Anyhow, logo No. 3 is all over the place here (Bulgaria). They put it on every possible show or movie they own (though they sometimes forget to place it on some episodes), including The Real Ghostbusters, Spectacular Spider-Man, Charlie's Angels, etc. Plus, they placed it at the end of James Bond, Jr. which they distributed for MGM in 2005.

The "narrow" version also appears frequently. I'd say it's probably a wide-screen version of the logo, which would look that way in 4:3 aspect ratio. They don't seem to care much if it's a wide-screen film or not.
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