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Logo description by Donny Pearson
Logo captures by EnormousRat and V of Doom
Editions by Sagan Blob and Mario9000seven
Video captures courtesy of JohnnyL80, Pepsi9072, and Mr. Gann

Background: On May 15, 2009, two years and eight months after CBS Paramount Domestic Television, CBS Paramount International Television and King World Productions became "CBS Television Distribution" on September 26, 2006, the post-2006 CBS Corporation (formerly the "old" Viacom) ended its three-year licensing rights to the Paramount name and logo from the post-2006 Viacom, which owned Paramount Pictures. As a result, the CBS Paramount Television Group and its network television arm were rebranded as "CBS Television Studios". In addition, the then-revived CBS Paramount International Television was renamed "CBS Studios International", and the revived CBS Productions was reincorporated as its in-name-only unit. For the first time on network television since 1966, the "Paramountain" or anything resembling Paramount's symbol is nowhere to be seen. New and returning television shows have a copyright for CBS Studios, Inc. with exceptions of the new seasons of the CSI franchise, which have a copyright for CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

(September 8, 2009- )

Nicknames: "The Zooming Eye at Warp Speed", "The Racing Eye", "CBS Eyemark", "Warp Speed CBS Eyemark"

Logo: On a turquoise background, we see the CBS Eyemark logo zooming in from the right to the left at warp speed. Then the "CBS" name with the words "TELEVISION STUDIOS" below and the Eyemark next to the text zoom out to its distant position and reflections fade in below.

  • A sped-up version exists.
  • A shortened version of this exists. This variation is more used than the normal logo.
  • A still version exists.
  • In this logo's later years, the background was changed to blue.

FX/SFX: The CBS eye zooming at warp speed.

Music/Sounds: A 6-note horn/orchestral sounder with a timpani roll and suspended cymbal roll on the second-to-last note and the ringing of a bell at the end. The theme was composed by James Horner (and bears a vague resemblance to the 2006 CBS Evening News theme). However, some shows would have the end theme tunes accompany this logo.

Music/Sounds Variants:
  • On the pilot of Vegas, we hear the 2008 CBS Productions music.
  • There is a sped-up version of the fanfare.
  • S6-S9 episodes of CSI:NY have the normal logo with shortened music.
  • There is a new use of the fanfare heard on season 2 episodes of Extant and shows co-produced by Warner Bros. Television and Sony Pictures Television. It's basically an altered version of it.

Availability: Common.
  • This debuted on the series premiere of the short-lived 2nd incarnation of Melrose Place (although the CBS Productions logo appears on off network prints) and The Vampire Diaries on the CW Television Network as well as other new shows like NCIS: Los Angeles and new seasons of returning shows like the original NCIS, the CSI franchise, the revival of Hawaii Five-0 (beginning with S3) and all others on the CBS Television Network.
  • It also debuted on the new season premiere of Medium, once aired for four years on NBC and then on CBS.
  • It also appears on The Game from seasons 4-9 on BET.
  • The still version appears on the Starz original series Power (2014).

Editor's Note: It's quite generic for a CBS logo. It doesn't look like it was made with much creativity or effort. The fonts also don't match the print logo, which uses Helvetica.