Gold Key Media

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Logo descriptions by Shadeed A. Kelly and Kris Starring
Logo captures by Shadeed A. Kelly, Kris Starring, and Pygmalion X


Background: Gold Key Media was the barter division of Gold Key Entertainment that was established on January 10, 1980 to handle first-run syndicated series such as America's Top 10 until the series switched to All American Television.


1st
Logo
(1980-September 1981)
GKM-AT10: 1980Gold Key Media (1980)GKM-AT10: 1981

Nickname: "The Bar"

Logo: On a blue screen, we see the words "DISTRIBUTED BY" on top with "GOLD KEY MEDIA" below pan from the left of the screen. A scarlet red bar wipes in from the left and highlights the "GOLD KEY MEDIA" text. Occasionally, the logo has the blue keyed out and plays superimposed.

Variants:
  • Starting in 1981, the logo would appear as an in-credit logo.
  • Sometimes, the bar is in a solid gold color rather than scarlet red.

FX/SFX: Mostly made of chyron and video maker effects.

Music/Sounds: Music from any given soundtrack.

Availability: Extinct. The only known appearance of this logo is from the first season of America's Top 10 hosted by Casey Kasem, which has not been reran anywhere.



2nd Logo
(October 1981-1982)
Gold Key Media (1981)GKM-AT10: 1982

Nickname: "GKM"

Logo: Over a black background, the golden letters "GKM" appear and shine. Below, flashes of light bring forth the words "GOLD KEY MEDIA" letter-by-letter in a Century Gothic typeface. "Distributed By" fades in above everything else. The "GKM" logo shines once again before the logo fades out.

Trivia: Their slogan was "First-run sponsored programming".

Variants:
  • A shorter version of this logo appeared on America's Top 10 that starts right before "GOLD KEY MEDIA" flashes in. This version is also superimposed by keying the black background out.
  • Same as the last logo, this logo would appear (awkwardly) in-credit.
  • This would have the byline "A Division of the Vidtronics Company, Inc."

FX/SFX: Standard lighting effects of the early '80s, with the flashing and shining.

Music/Sounds: Music from any given soundtrack.

Availability: Extinct. It only appeared on season two of America's Top 10, as well as some other music related programs from Scotti Brothers-Syd Vinnedge Television. They also distributed Encore News and Portrait of a Legend.