Schaefer/Karpf Productions

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Background: Schaefer/Karpf Productions was a company formed by George Schaefer and Merrill H. Karpf to produce TV movies. George Eckstein would eventually join the company, renaming it to "Schaefer/Karpf/Eckstein Productions" from 1987-88. Eckstein eventually left the company, and it returned to its original identity until the company closed in 1990.


1st Logo (November 21, 1983-March 30, 1986)

Logo: On a red background, two blue lines form an abstract S and K. The text "A SCHAEFER/KARPF P R O D U C T I O N" in a futuristic font fade in.


  • Later films had the lines brown instead of blue.
  • The text would sometimes be substituted with "SCHAEFER/KARPF PRODUCTIONS".

Technique: The lines forming and the text fading in or one.

Music/Sounds: A 3-note synthesized theme or none.

Availability: Seen on the TV movies Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Right of Way and Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry.

2nd Logo (December 18, 1989-November 18, 1990)

Logo: On a green marble background, we see a dark green marble plaque containing the text "A SCHAEFER KARPF PRODUCTION". There are 3 lines inside the plaque, the top and bottom ones sandwiching the text and the middle one separating "SCHAEFER" and "KARPF". The plaque shines.

Technique: The shining.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme.

Availability: Seen on Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.


(1987-March 7, 1988)

Logo: Similar to before, only the background and plaque are darker, the logo looks cleaner and "ECKSTEIN" is added to the company name. There is also no line between "SCHAEFER" and "KARPF", and the ones that sandwich the text are now red.

Technique: The shining of the plaque.

Music/Sounds: A seven note synth trumpet theme with a synthesized shine throughout or the closing theme.

Availability: Was seen on Six Against the Rock and Laura Lansing Slept Here.

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