Various Television Vanity Cards, Part 4

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Logo captures by Eric S.
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  • 0-9 and A-G production company names will be on Part 1.
  • H-M production company names will be Part 2.
  • N-R production company names will be on Part 3.
  • S-Z production company names will be HERE.
  • If a company has more than one logo description, please spin it off to its own page.
Shimmering Pictures

Background: This is Greg Spottiswood's vanity card.

(September 23, 2019- )

Logo: On a black background, we see the metallic text "Shimmering Pictures" in a Franklin Gothic font.
FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show, or a CBS generic theme.

Availability: Seen on All Rise.

Editor's Note: None.

Small Wishes

Background: This is Dee Johnson's production company.

(September 22, 2009-May 18, 2016)
Logo: On a black background, we see a white silhouette of a woman holding a magic wand. The magic wand then forms the text "SMALL WISHES", which stands next to the woman. The text slowly zooms in, and starts out blurred, and then sharpened while the text zooming.
  • On the first 13 episodes of season 1 of The Good Wife, the logo is on a box, and it was next to the King Size Productions logo.
  • On season 2 of Boss, the logo is stretched, and it was shown below the Roya Productions logo.

FX/SFX: The magic wand forming the text.
Music/Sounds: None, but ABC and CBS airings used a generic theme.

Availability: Seen on the first 13 episodes of The Good Wife, the second season of Boss, and the first four seasons of Nashville.

Editor's Note: None.
Snowpants Productions

(June 11, 2006- )

Background: Snowpants Productions is Mike Royce's production company.

Logo: Against a black background inside a white border, we see the 3 Arts Entertainment logo on the left, and to the right is a boy sitting in the snow outside wearing a red knit cap with his pants covered in snow and one hand between his legs. "Snowpants Productions" is shown on it in an odd white font.
3 Arts/Snowpants Productions (June 11-August 27, 2006)

  • On Men of a Certain Age and Enlisted, the logo appears by itself, and varies from episode to episode, much like the Stoopid Monkey logo.
  • On 1600 Penn, the logo is next to Angry Child Productions.
  • On the reboot of One Day at a Time, the text is in all caps and in a different font. Again, the picture varies from episode to episode, but may have nothing to do with snow.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The end theme of the show.

Availability: Common; it can be seen on Men of a Certain Age, Enlisted, and the 2017 reboot of One Day at a Time. The version with the 3 Arts Entertainment logo is extremely rare and only seen on the short-lived HBO series Lucky Louie.

Editor's Note: None.

Starry Night Productions

Background: This is the vanity logo of Night Court producer Reinhold Weege.

(January 4, 1984-May 3, 1989)
Starry Night Productions

Nicknames: "The Dark Skyline", "GOOM!" ,"Explosion of Doom", "Evil Laugh (Laughing variant)"

Logo: We start off with an animated skyline of Chicago, USA, over Lake Michigan, in the night. In the center, a large, white flash is slowly rising. When the flash is near the top, it explodes and gives way to increasing amounts of stars in the sky. Shortly after the explosion, the following text appears in white:


...and a laugh is heard at the end (starting in March 1984), that goes over to the WBTV logo of the time period (either the \\ logo on earlier episodes or the '84 "Shield" logo).

FX/SFX: The skyline, the flash and explosion.

Music/Sounds: After an "explosion sound" (which sounds a lot more like a clap), an eerie electric piano chord is heard, and is held until both logos end. Starting with "Harry and the Rock Star", the 11th episode of Night Court's first season, a man breaking into laughter was heard after the piano chord first started up. As a side note, t
he laugh was rumored to have been either the voice of voice actor Mel Blanc or star Harry Anderson, but, in a comment on an article about Reinhold Weege's <a class="external" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">death</a>, show writer Tom Reeder states the laugh was Weege's father Chuck, who attended the tapings of the first several seasons of the show and his distinct laugh was often heard.

Availability: Only seen on the first six seasons of Night Court (as series creator Reinhold Weege decided to leave the show at the end of the 1988-89 season).

Editor's Note:
This logo has cheap, undetailed animation. Not to mention that the "explosion" sound effect sounds more like somebody clapping their hands. A number of viewers found this logo to be scary, while others found it amusing.

Sternin & Fraser Ink, Inc.

Background: Sternin & Fraser Ink, Inc. was the production company of husband-and-wife developer duo, Prudence Fraser and Robert Sternin.

(March 20, 1987-June 23, 1999)

: "The Inkwell"

Logo: On a black background, we see a white inkwell with a huge feather (also known as a "quill") right next to it. Above, we see the words "Sternin & Fraser Ink, Inc." in a white script font. Below the inkwell and quill is "in association with".

  • A variant of the black background exists of the text and logo having shadows.
  • This logo came back in 1989 with the logo on a dark blue background.
  • In 1990, the background color changed to a blue-black gradient.
  • When Highschool Sweethearts Productions took over part of the duties for The Nanny in 1995, the words "in association with" were eliminated.

: None.

Music/Sounds: The end-title theme of The Charmings, which is an Irish-sounding tune, concluding in two short keyboard notes (same two notes as the last two notes of the jingle from the Braniff closing logo on South Park). The tune was rearranged in 1990. Some TV shows featured only the last few notes. CBS airings of The Nanny, starting in 1994, used that network's generic music. The tune was sped-up beginning in the 1995-96 season.

Availability: Uncommon. This was first seen on the short-lived 1987 series The Charmings and the short-lived series Live-In and Married People. It can be seen on every episode of The Nanny.

Editor's Note: The music tries to sound happy, but in all fairness, sounds a tad creepy. However, this is much tamer than the previous logo.

Stephen Engel Productions

Background: This is Stephen Engel's vanity card.

(September 29, 1999-January 3, 2002)

Logo: On a white background, we see a cartoon brown door zooming in with keys to the right. Inside it was a white square with the text "STEPHEN ENGEL" and below it is "ATTRONEY-AT-LAW". The words "ATTRONEY-AT-LAW" were erased by cartoon paper with a hand, then the hand repapears and paints "PRODUCTIONS", which places below "STEPHEN ENGEL".
FX/SFX: Traditional animation.

Music/Sounds: None or the end theme of the show. CBS and NBC airings used a generic theme and a voiceover.

Availability: Seen on Work with Me and Inside Schwartz.

Editor's Note: None.

Surfing Moose Productions

Background: Surfing Moose Productions is a production company based in Nashville, Tennessee.

(January 2009- )

Nickname: "Surfing Moose"

Logo: On a white and blue background with the company's name and print logo, a figure of a cute-looking moose in trunks and a yellow surf board endures a wave of water. The moose floats back up after being underwater.Various Television Vanity Cards, Part 2 - CLG Wiki

FX/SFX: The moose and water are CGI.

Music/Sounds: The country song used in the credits.

Availability: It only seen on Headline Country.

Editor's Note:
The moose figure is roughly animated underwater after the wave hits it. Otherwise, it's just a figure!

Ten Four Productions

(November 6, 1978-October 13, 1991)

: "Yellow (Neon) O"

Logo: Against a black background, a large yellow ring is drawn in. It then zooms out to show that it is the inner line for the "O" in the dark purple text



written in a double-lined "neon" font (similar to Procter & Gamble Productions' 1986 "PGP" logo). "A" and "PRODUCTION", in white and blue, respectively, and in the same font as the text (only much smaller) appear, with "A" appearing above the "F" and "PRODUCTION" appearing below.

FX/SFX: The "O" forming and the zoom-out.

Music/Sounds: A 7-note horn fanfare. Replaced in 1988 by a swoosh sounding jingle.

Availability: It can be seen on the 1988 series, The War of the Worlds. This was also seen on other television shows and TV movies.

Editor's Note: A logo with typical '70s-style cel animation effects.

Ten Thirteen Productions

Background: Ten Thirteen Productions is the production company founded by Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files in 1993, Millennium in 1996, and The Lone Gunmen in 2001.

(September 10, 1993-March 21, 2018)

Nicknames: "I Made This!", "Filmreel"

Logo: In a blurred, typewriter font (ITC American Typewriter), the text "TEN THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS" is seen on a black background with "PRODUCTIONS" below "TEN THIRTEEN". After a few seconds, "in association with" appears below.

  • The voice of the boy is supplied by Nathan Couturier, the son of the show's supervising sound editor, Thierry Couturier.
  • The name of the company is a reference to creator Chris Carter's birthdate of October 13th.

Music/Sounds: We hear the sound of a film reel running, followed by a boy saying "I made this!".

Availability: It can be seen on The X-Files (including its revival seasons in 2016 and 2018), Millennium and The Lone Gunmen.

Editor's Note: The recording quality is a little off, but was done purposely. The atmosphere and sounds can be more than a little creepy, but it’s a popular logo with fans of The X-Files.

Thunder Pictures

(March 23, 1991-October 1, 1994)

Nicknames: "The Thunderbolt", "Touchstone Pictures Rip-Off", "Castle Thunder"

Logo: On a white background, we see a blue ball with the word "THUNDER" to the left of it, and the word "PICTURES" to the right of it. Then, a yellow, cheesy-looking lightning bolt appears in the middle of the blue ball and begins to move up and down like a bolt of electricity. Under it is the copyright notice. We then fade out to the Nickelodeon Studios Florida ending logo.

FX/SFX: The thunderbolt.

Music/Sounds: The classic "castle thunder" lightning sound effect, heard when the lightning bolt appears.

Availability: This was only seen on Clarissa Explains It All.

Editor's Note: The design of the logo is copied from Touchstone Pictures, and the thunderbolt looks rather undetailed. The thunderclap can startle some, too.

The Pegasus Group, Ltd.

(September 28, 1982)
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Nickname: "Fire Pegasus"

Logo: On a flaming background, we see a model of Pegasus, made of metal. The words "THE PEGASUS GROUP, LTD.", in a yellow Western-type font, appear above the Pegasus, and below it is "IN ASSOCIATION WITH".

FX/SFX: All live-action.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.

Availability: Rare. It was only seen on the TV movie The Shadow Riders.

Editor's Note: The flaming background may seem a bit ominous.


Tracy Gamble Productions

Background: This is the vanity card for Tracy Gamble, the creator of 8 Simple Rules.

(January 27-May 18, 2004)

Nicknames: "The (Four Leaf) Clover", "The Shamrock"

Logo: On a green background, we see a green four-leaf clover (in a darker shade of green) with a white border. The words "Tracy Gamble productions" are shown on the four-leaf clover, with "Tracy Gamble" on the top line in a white
Tracy Gamble Productions (2004)font, and "productions" on the bottom line in the same shade of green as the background.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Rare. It only appeared on 8 Simple Rules for the second half of the 2003-04 season, replacing Flody Suarez's "Flody Co." after he left, up until Tracy Gamble herself left after the end of the season.

Editor's Note: None.

Totally Commercial Films

(August 13, 2007- )

Nicknames: "Bling-Bling Kitty", "Totally Commercial Cat"

Logo: On a gradient purple background is a white cat who sits with a smirk and eyes bulging, wearing a large fake golden chain with a dollar sign. There are two decorative feather-like lines around the cat. The Totally Commercial Films (2007)words "Totally Commercial Films", in a headline font, are seen above the cat.

FX/SFX: The cat moving its mouth or none.

Music/Sounds: The cat's "meow" or the closing theme of the show.

Availability: Uncommon. It's seen on House of Lies, The Unusuals, and the pilot episode of Californication.

Editor's Note: None.

Ubu Productions

Background: Ubu Productions is an independent company founded in 1982 by TV producer Gary David Goldberg, who is notable for creating the '80s sitcom Family Ties. It was named after Ubu Roi, Goldberg's "campus dog," who died in 1984.

(April 5, 1982-April 30, 2002)
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Nicknames: "Sit, Ubu, Sit!", "UBU", "Good Dog", "Ubu the Dog"

Logo: We see a black Labrador retriever (who is Ubu) holding a Frisbee in his mouth in the middle of a city park. The text "UBU PRODUCTIONS" (
set in Morris Fuller Benton's Hobo typeface) is at the bottom of the screen.

This picture was taken in the Tuileries Garden, close to the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Gary David Goldberg subsequently traveled the world with Ubu while he was in college.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: Goldberg saying "Sit, Ubu, sit! Good dog.", followed by Ubu barking, ABC airings of Spin City, starting in 1998, and NBC airings of Battery Park, used the network's generic theme.

Availability: It can be found on Goldberg's produced shows such as Family Ties, Brooklyn Bridge on Decades, Day by Day, The Art of Being Nick, and Spin City.

Editor's Note: This is a favorite of many closing logo fans, although t
he picture and sound quality hasn't aged well.


(October 10, 2000-September 19, 2011)

Logo: We see a screen with the top half of the screen white, and the bottom half teal.The words "WASS-STEIN" appear at the top right. Vertically aligned at the right of the screen, the years of the TV season (e.g."2004 2005") are Wass-Stein Productions (1990's)placed at the border of the colors. The earlier year appears on the top in teal, and the latter one appears at the bottom in white.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: A short piano tune combined with some chimes. On The Protector, the closing theme played over this logo.

Availability: It appears on The Geena Davis Show, Go Fish, Less Than Perfect, Sherri, and The Protector.

Editor's Note: Although this logo looks like it was made using Microsoft PowerPoint, the music in this logo goes great with that of the Touchstone Television logo that follows on Less Than Perfect.

Woltz International Pictures Corporation

(May 31-June 7, 2000)

: "Thanks for Watchin'!", "Fat Man", "Double Trouble Couple"

Logo: Live action animation; letterboxed on a black background, we see David Mandel holding a pineapple (with straws in it and the like), in sunglasses and relaxing poolside. Flanking him are two gorgeous blonde women in bikinis. He looks at us and says, "Thanks for watchin'!" The girls also look towards the camera and smile. Below the picture are the words "WOLTZ INTERNATIONAL PICTURES CORPORATION", in a white plain font.

FX/SFX: Not much, it's a live-action logo, a la the Cannell logo.

Music/Sounds: Mandel uttering his phrase, ABC airings use a generic theme and leaves Mandel's phrase intact.

Availability: Rare. It was only seen on the short-lived Clerks: The Animated Series, which was released on VHS/DVD as Clerks: Uncensored.

Editor's Note: None.