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Logo descriptions by bigrene2
Logo captures by Eric S., V of Doom, Logophile and snelfu
Editions by V of Doom
Video captures courtesy of Eric S, TheRedBaron1985,
GDelva2003, and Eric S.



Background: Tribune Entertainment was a television production and syndication company owned by the Tribune Company. Many programs offered by Tribune Entertainment had been broadcast on the company's television stations. When Tribune started in 1975 with its first offering, the WGN Chicago-based U.S. Farm Report, they did not yet have a logo. On 1980-82 episodes of Soul Train there was an in-credit text, and announcer Sid McCoy would be heard saying “This has been a Don Cornelius (Television) Production in association with Tribune Entertainment”. Then in 1984 (presumably), Tribune got a logo separate from the end credits.
On December 2007, Tribune Company closed Tribune Entertainment for good. Many of the shows it distributed have gone to other syndicators (for example: Soul Train and American Idol Rewind have switched to Trifecta Entertainment and Media. The Best of Soul Train however, was canceled in 2008. Others like Family Feud and syndie reruns of South Park have switched to Debmar-Mercury with ad-sales by 20th Television). However, Tribune Broadcasting is still alive as Tribune still focuses on its television stations.


1st Logo
(1984?-1987)
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Nicknames: “80s T Stack”, "Blue T Stack"

Logo: On a plain black background, we pan and zoom through some purplish bars. As they rotate around, though, they reveal themselves to be part of a “T” made of stacked asymmetrical gemstones. When it turns to face the viewer in the center of the screen, it shines a little, then immediately moves to the left to make room for the italicized and stacked words TRIBUNE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY", which fade in on the right side of the screen, next to the "T." Sometimes, a copyright notice appears on the bottom of the screen.

Variants:
  • There was a variant of this logo without "COMPANY" used interchangeably.
  • Tales from the Darkside: On this show, "BROADCASTING" replaces "ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY".
  • Inday: An early in-credit version, black on a maroon background, was seen on this 1982-83 daytime syndication package co-produced by Columbia Pictures Television.
  • Comedy Break: On this short-lived show from 1985-1987, chyroned copyright stamp for Tribune and Viacom Enterprises was seen over both this logo and the warp speed videotaped Viacom “V of Doom” one that followed.
  • Dempsey and Makepeace: On the US syndication run of this show, a saxophone stinger based on the theme music played over both the London Weekend Television Colour Production and Tribune Entertainment IDs, separated by an “In Association With” screen.

FX/SFX: The “T” zooming, the “TRIBUNE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY” appearing.

Cheesy Factor: Simple early CGI.

Music/Sounds: Plays over the end theme.

Availability: Rare. It's seen on Soul Train, Tales From the Darkside, Comedy Break, At The Movies, and Dempsey and Makepeace reruns from the period whenever someone decides to show them, but the Inday variation can be considered extinct. It's preserved on some episodes of Filmation'sGhostbusters on Qubo and RTV.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The “T” design is quite ugly and the animation is crude, not to mention the dark background.



2nd Logo
(1987-1997)
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Nicknames: “90s T Stack”, "Silver T Stack", "CGI T Stack"

Logo: On a gray stone background, we see close-ups of some rectangular gemstones, turning one by one towards the screen and forming the “T” looking similar to the 1st logo. Simultaneously, the italicized and stacked brass words “TRIBUNE ENTERTAINMENT” zoom-out and settle to the right.

Variants:
  • Sometimes, a copyright stamp fades in below.
  • On Monsters, the logo is seen on a light purple/pink/lavender stone background, the T is a bit more light blue-silver and is already stacked, which is flashing, then simply shifting to the right, and the stacked words "TRIBUNE ENTERTAINMENT Company" are seen next to the "T".

FX/SFX: The “gemstones” turning, the “TRIBUNE ENTERTAINMENT” zooming-out.

Cheesy Factor: The stacking of the “T” is rather simple CGI.

Music/Sounds: A generic ascending synclavier sounder, silence, or the end theme finishing it. Monstersalso had a deep voice saying "Tribune Entertainment" over the end theme.

Availability: Seen on reruns of Soul Train on Centric, Geraldo, the last season of Tales from the Darkside, and Monsters from the era.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The ugly “T” design and the simple stacking animation might startle some.



3rd Logo
(1988)

Nicknames: "T of Steel", "T Stack of Steel"

Logo: On a dark background, we see two sets of gemstones, staked to reflect the "T" like the previous logos, shown on its side, and would later start to shine. The set of Tribune Entertainment (1988)gemstones on the left pan.

FX/SFX: TBA.

Cheesy Factor: See the previous logos.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: The end theme with an announcer saying "Tribune Entertainment" at the end.

Availability: Extinct. Only appeared on '88 episodes of Siskel & Ebert.

Scare Factor: Low to medium, see the previous logos.



4th Logo
(1997-2007)
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Nicknames: “Turning Letters”, "The Tribune Studio"

Logo: On a letterboxed dark blue background, we see the shadow of a camera operation crane moving with a cameraman on it inside the the former Tribune Studios (located at KTLA 5 in Los Angeles, now "Sunset Bronson Studios"). We also see shadows of a studio. Simultaneously, the silver letters in the following order "T", "R", "I", "B", "U", "N", and "E", turn onto the screen (when we get to the "U", the word “ENTERTAINMENT” embossed in a silver rectangle zooms out and settles below).

Variant:
The short version of this logo already has the logo formed when it starts. Another version has "Media Sales By" superimposed over the logo.

FX/SFX: The turning letters, the “ENTERTAINMENT” text bar zooming.

Music/Sounds: An 9-note majestic tune with bells, followed by a dramatic note at the end.

Music/Sounds Variant:
The short variant plays the last note or the 5 notes, the closing theme, the generic theme, or none.

Availability: Rare. It was previously common on many shows including Gene Roddenberry adaptations (Earth: Final Conflict, Andromeda) and 2000s episodes of Soul Train and Family Feud. Also appeared on edited South Park episodes and the former DiC Kids Block syndicated on local stations. It's retained on Archie's Weird Mysteries and Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century on Qubo. It was also used on the last 3 seasons of Geraldo (becoming The Geraldo Rivera Show in its final 2 seasons), while the "Media Sales By" version was seen on Animal Rescue. Unfortunately, a lot of these shows are gone outside of tape trading.

Scare Factor: Low. This logo is beautifully animated and orchestrated. The creepy-looking camera operation crane's silhouette on the dark sky may unnerve some though. The short version may startle some, though, with its sudden dramatic note.


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