Columbia TriStar International Television

From Audiovisual Identity Database


Sony Pictures Entertainment and TriStar Television president Jon Feltheimer merged its international television arm Columbia Pictures International Television with TriStar Television to become Columbia TriStar International Television in 1992 to distribute all its shows and the Columbia TriStar films around the world. On September 16, 2002, it was reincorporated as Sony Pictures Television International.

1st Logo (1993-1999)

Logo: Same as the Columbia TriStar Home Video of the time, except that the cloud box zooms out earlier, and "HOME VIDEO" is changed to


The text also fades in and is in 2D. The text shines during the remainder of the logo.

Technique: CGI.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 3rd Columbia TriStar Home Video logo.

Music/Sounds Variant: A sped-up version exists.

Availability: Extinct.

  • This was most commonly seen on various Three Stooges shorts from Stooge TV on The Family Channel (now Freeform) from 1995-1998.
  • Also seen at the end of a sizzle reel of Headline Chasers.

2nd Logo (1996-2001)

Logo: On the background of the 1993 Columbia Pictures logo, we see a still shot of the Torch Lady on the left with the logo's clouds behind her and the TriStar Pegasus on the right, without clouds. We them see the animation of the TriStar Pegasus unfolding its wings just like the 1993 theatrical logo. Above them, panning back, is the text "COLUMBIA TRISTAR INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION". Below the waist of the Torch Lady is the underlined text "LIGHTING UP SCREENS", with "AROUND THE" under the word "SCREENS", and "WORLD" in a huge font with the planet Earth rotating and panning back into several rings to represent the letter "O" under it. All the text excluding the company name is in gold and in the Trajan Pro font, and appears somewhat like this:


Technique: CGI.

Music/Sounds: The shortened or the long version of the Columbia TriStar Television Distribution theme.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • Seen on any Sony series across the globe.
  • The version with the short jingle was recently spotted on some episodes of the show AXN on the American Spanish-language channel TeleXitos.

3rd Logo (1997-2002)

Logo: It's the same as the 6th CTHV logo, except the stacked words "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION" replace "HOME VIDEO" and the words "Columbia Tristar" and "International Television" are shown in the middle sliding in slowly from the left and right of the screen respectively as the logo animates. In the middle is a black rounded code-out box with the white word "Columbia" inside, which then changes into "Tristar". Then the words disappear before the logo forms.


  • A stretched 16:9 variant exists on widescreen programs.
  • A Brazilian version exists on the Brazilian version of Married... With Children, titled A Guerra Dos Pintos, in which the word "BRASIL" (which is in Arial Black) appears below "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION", making it read "COLUMBIA TRISTAR INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION BRASIL". Also, the words "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION" are not stacked to make room for "BRASIL".
  • A still version exists.

Technique: CGI.

Music/Sounds: The same Madchester beat from the 6th Columbia Tristar Home Video logo.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • Seen on Twice in a Lifetime outside the USA.
  • It was also seen on Czech airings of the German show Powder Park, followed by the SPT logo.
  • It was also seen on the UK version of As If.
  • It may have also been spotted on Channel Umptee-3 among other programs.
  • It also made a surprise appearance at the end of a Sony Movie Channel broadcast of The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980), but the iTunes print doesn't retain it.
  • Also seen on international prints of the Canadian cartoon D'Myna Leagues.
  • This is also surprisingly seen on the Amazon Prime print (provided by Samuel Goldwyn Films under license from Sony) and a True Movies 1 (now GREAT! Movies Classic) airing of The Color of Love: Jacey's Story (2000).
    • Original CBS airing of said title used the Columbia TriStar Television "Boxes of Boredom" with the then-CBS generic jingle ("The Address is CBS!!") playing over instead.
  • This also plasters the original Columbia TriStar Television logo on the 2000 Indonesian VCD of the TV movie Final Run.

4th Logo (1997-2000?)

Logo: A flash occurs. Then, in a "swirly" black-blue background, a few light blue outlined boxes slowly slide in different directions, revealing a white rectangle with dark cyan print boxes of the Columbia and TriStar logos, respectively. Above the white rectangle, the words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" in a white Bank Gothic MD BT font appear via a flash-like effect. Under the rectangle, "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION" appears in the same fashion.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Music/Sounds: Possibly none. The promos that use this logo usually have the ending theme of the trailer alongside an announcer saying a tagline along the lines of "Available from Columbia TriStar International Television."

Availability: Near extinction. The only known evidence of this logo is from a set of promos at, among other logos. One of the trailers which had this logo was Ihaka: Blunt Instrument.

5th Logo (1998-2001)

Logo: The screen flashes quickly, revealing the same background as the 4th logo, with some connected circles spinning, and a CBS Broadcast International-esque Earth globe spinning, both slowly zooming in. The words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" and "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION", in a different Bank Gothic typeface, appear at the upper and lower sides of the screen, respectively. Two white lines of light cross each other to form a TV tube-esque shape with the Columbia logo (which is still) at the left side and the TriStar logo (which is also still) at the right side. The lines of light fade out later.

Technique: CGI.

Music/Sounds: Possibly none.

Availability: Same as the 4th logo.

6th Logo (1999-2001)

Logo: Against a orange or plum purple background, the print Columbia and TriStar boxes filled with vermillion or pink zooms out, along with the following text:

columbia tristar

Two vermillion or pink parentheses facing both sides cross each other to fill the boxes with orange or plum purple.

Variant: There is one variant where the parentheses are blinking.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Music/Sounds: It's probably the same as the CTT logo of the time.

Availability: Same as the 4th and 5th logos. The orange blinking variant was spotted on a promo for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and a promo for The Jeffersons.

7th Logo (2000-2002)

Logo: Exactly the same as the 1999 second filmed version of the Columbia TriStar Television logo except the stacked words "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION" replace either the words "TELEVISION" or "DOMESTIC TELEVISION" and the Sony byline is intact.

Technique: Computer animation.

Music/Sounds: The same as the 1994 Columbia Tristar Television logo theme except played at a noticeable higher pitch (possibly because it aired on TV in a PAL or SECAM-format country, though the same pitch might also be seen in NTSC-format countries).

Music/Sounds Variant: In other cases, it used only the closing theme of the show or none, as in the case of season 1 episodes of Sue Thomas' F.B. Eye.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • It was recently seen on an Irish RTE Jr. broadcast of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, before the credits; the 2003 Sony Pictures Television International logo appeared after the credits.
  • In the past, it was seen on any Sony shows worldwide.
  • It was also seen on the 2000 version of Tequilla & Bonetti and international prints of Mysterious Ways.
  • Also seen on season 1 episodes of Sue Thomas' F.B. Eye on Start TV, as well as on Hallmark Movies Now, Amazon Video, and Tubi, among other streaming services.
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