Laurel Entertainment

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Logo captures by Shadeed A. Kelly, Eric S., and V of Doom
Editions by Shadeed A. Kelly, Eric S., and V of Doom

Background: Laurel Entertainment, Inc. (formerly "The Laurel Group") was formed in 1977 by George A. Romero and Richard P. Rubinstein when they originally produced low-budget sci-fi and thriller movies. Laurel Entertainment later entered television production in 1983 with the series Tales from the Darkside. Romero left the partnership in 1985 and Rubinstein continued running the company. In 1988, Rubinstein merged Laurel Entertainment with Aaron Spelling Productions and became part of "Spelling, Inc.". Laurel Entertainment was folded into Spelling Television in 1995. The television library is currently held by CBS Corporation through CBS Television Distribution and Spelling Television, Inc.
However, the films produced by Laurel are owned by other companies: Martin (1977 movie), Day of the Dead (1985 movie), and Creepshow 2 are controlled by Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Distribution and Creepshow is owned by Warner Bros. Pictures.

(October 29, 1983-May 15, 1995)

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Logo: Superimposed in the credits, we see the text:


with "LAUREL" in a big font and a copyright stamp below.

From 1991-1995, the byline "A Unit of SPELLING ENTERTAINMENT, INC." is seen below.

FX/SFX: None. On the movies w/o the byline and on television with the byline is just a simple fade-in and fade-out.

Music/Sounds: Just the finishing of any end title theme. For the beginning of the movies, it's the music's intro and the end of the films, it's the music's outro.

Availability: Common. Currently seen on Tales of the Darkside on Syfy and Chiller and Monsters on Chiller
both w/o the Spelling byline. Also seen on the complete first season of Tales of the Darkside on CBS DVD. The version with the byline is uncommon and it appeared on the TV movie The Vernon Johns Story and the three mini-series by Stephen King: The Stand, Golden Years, and The Langoliers. The latter three titles with the Spelling byline were aired on Syfy and Chiller.

Editor's Note: None.