California National Productions

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Logo description by Shadeed A. Kelly
Logo captures by
Eric S., V of Doom, and Pygmalion X
Video captures courtesy of Eric S. and MeesterFonnyBoy

Background: California National Productions, Inc. (CNP) (also known as "California Studios, Inc.") was a production sub-arm of NBC Films, the former syndication division of the NBC Television Network. Most of these series are in the public domain.

(September 25, 1955-1962)
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Nicknames: "CNP", "Giant CNP"

Logo: On a sky background, we see top of the planet Earth. Above the planet we see the giant chiseled 3-D letters "CNP" zoom in, in the same font as the giant chiseled word "COLUMBIA" that's seen on the Columbia Pictures logo. In the middle of the letters has the text: "A CALIFORNIA NATIONAL PRESENTATION" with "A" above and "PRESENTATION" below both in a smaller font.

Network Variant: On NBC-aired shows, another text appears below that reads: "FILMED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE NBC TELEVISION NETWORK" or "FILMED FOR NBC".

FX/SFX: The letters zooming-in.

Music/Sounds: The end title theme from any show.

Availability: Rare. It's seen on public domain video and digital download releases of such shows like The Lawless Years and on some prints of My Favorite Brunette.

Editor's Note: None.