Fireworks Entertainment

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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Background

Fireworks Entertainment was a Canadian television company originally founded by Brian K. Ross as SkyVision Entertainment. In 1995, it was bought by former Alliance employee Jay Firestone and was rebranded to its then-current name. In May 1998, it was acquired by CanWest, which led to the formation of the film production asset Fireworks Pictures. In 2005, CanWest sold the company to the British ContentFilm, who renamed it to Fireworks International. Fireworks later followed the parent company re-branding, and folded into Content Television on March 14, 2011.

SkyVision Entertainment

(August 16, 1992-November 26, 1994)

Logo: On a black background, we see the top of an abstract sun with a moon face cut into it. "SKYVISION ENTERTAINMENT" with a blue line in-between the words and a spinning and shining star cube dotting the "I" are seen below the sun top.

Variants:

  • On RoboCop: The Series, "Produced By" and copyright information are seen above and below the logo.
    • On Blu-ray and streaming prints of the series, the logo is cropped to fit widescreen (despite the episodes being shown in 4:3), cutting off the copyright info in the process.

Technique: The logo shining.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Seen on the NBC primetime program Secret Service and the short-lived RoboCop TV adaptation.

Fireworks Entertainment

1st Logo (October 22, 1995-May 25, 1998)

Logo: On a dark blue background, a white sparkle curves upwards to the middle right of the screen, producing a trail behind itself. The screen then quickly flashes white, causing the text "FIREWORKS ENTERTAINMENT INC" to appear below in two lines, all spaced out and flashing for each letter. Above it, several bursts of white light appear briefly, while sparkles and white trails emerge from the sparkle's stopping point. They eventually grow into several multicolored stars at different positions and rotations, with each connected to the trails behind them, and the sparkles and bursts stop.

Variant: On F/X: The Series, a copyright notice for Winterset Productions is seen above the company name.

Technique: The fireworks.

Music/Sounds: The sound of fireworks exploding and some applause. Other shows may have the ending theme of the show.

Availability: Was seen on F/X: The Series and the first season of La Femme Nikita.

2nd Logo (January 4, 1998-April 6, 2011)

Logo: In space, a burst of light appears and several stars and sparks emerge from it, forming the same logo as before but in navy blue. "F I R E W O R K S" fades in below, along with the byline "A CANWEST COMPANY" and a line to separate them. The logo slowly zooms in.

Variants:

  • Open-matte versions exist.
  • Sometimes, the logo has no byline and the text is in 3D Helvetica.
  • After ContentFilm bought Fireworks in 2005, the byline was changed to "A CONTENTFILM COMPANY".

Technique: The stars bursting.

Music/Sounds: A combination of a rising whistle, a spark burst, and an explosion. Sometimes, it's the film's opening theme, or the show's ending theme.

Music/Sounds Variant: On Stolen Miracle, the 1998 CTV Productions theme is heard, due to sloppy plastering.

Availability: Uncommon.

  • It appeared on 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd and Caitlin's Way on The N (now TeenNick), Beyond: James Van Praagh, the first 2 seasons of Republic of Doyle in U.S. syndication, the 1998-2001 seasons of La Femme Nikita, and Mutant X among others.
  • Also seen on some international prints on Pensacola: Wings of Gold and later international prints of Endemol-owned titles, such as those from Atlantis Releasing.
  • This logo is retained on international Disney+ prints of seasons 2 and 3 of Even Stevens.
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