ABC Films

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
Jason Jones and Shadeed A. Kelly

Captures by
Shadeed A. Kelly, Eric S., V of Doom, and Bob Fish

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

Video captures courtesy of
Eric S.


ABC Films (formerly under the name of "ABC Film Syndication, Inc.") was the production/distribution arm of the ABC Television Network for ABC off-network programs from 1953 to 1973, also establishing "ABC International" and "The Worldvision Corporation" as the international distribution brands for distributing the library overseas, until it was spun-off and reincorporated as "Worldvision Enterprises Inc.", because it was against the FCC regulations for a television network to distribute its programs under its own name. As of now, most of the ABC Films library is owned by Paramount Global, through CBS Media Ventures and Spelling Television Inc. Many others have fallen in the public domain. The company did not use a logo until 1959.

1st Logo (1959-1973)

Logo: Originally in 1957, ABC Films didn't use a logo or in-screen text, but on 26 Men, the text "THIS IS BEEN AN ABC FILM PRESENTATION" was included at the end of the end credits. Until 1959, on shows like Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, the text "A JOSEPH M. SCHENCK ENTERPRISES ABC FILMS PRESENTATION" was used.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Just the end title theme from any show.

Availability: Seen on Let's Make A Deal (1971-1973) when reran on Buzzr (followed by the FremantleMedia North America logo), as well on public domain video releases of One Step Beyond.

2nd Logo (1966-1973)

Logo: On a blue background, the text "Distributed by" in a brush script font is written in on the screen. The text "ABC FILMS" in an Elephant-style font fades into view, and the then-current ABC circle logo appears to the left of it at the end.

Variant: A sepia-toned variant exists.

Technique: The text writing itself in, and the company name fading in.

Music/Sounds: A xylophone/string composition with a string stinger at the end (taken from the stock music track "The Big Creep" by Paul Gerard, from the Conroy music library).

Availability: Ultra rare, as it originally appeared on most ABC network programs that were in syndication at the time. Not even Let's Make a Deal (1971-1973 syndicated version) had this logo in their credit scroll. It was seen at the end of some TV movies from the era, as well on older prints of cartoon shows of the era, such as King Kong, The Smokey Bear Show, Hot Wheels, and Beany & Cecil, among others. Also seen intact on Image Entertainment DVD releases such as Lancelot Link and Secret Chimp.

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