Genius Products

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
EnormousRat and CTWPerfection

Captures by
EnormousRat and CTWPerfection


Genius Products (also known as "Genius Entertainment") was an entertainment company based in Santa Monica, which distributed material from The Weinstein Company, Classic Media (now "DreamWorks Classics"), Sesame Workshop (from 2007 to 2009), The Discovery Channel, and ESPN, among other companies. In 2005, it announced a joint venture with The Weinstein Company to distribute its films on video, which was fully transacted in July 2006. In 2009, Genius Products Investments acquired 60% of Genius Products, LLC, with TWC owning 15% and Genius Products, Inc., holding 25%. Later that year, Vivendi Entertainment acquired the home video distribution rights, and sold the home video rights to Sesame Street to Warner Home Video. On September 15, 2009, TWC terminated its 70% stake in Genius Products.

1st Logo (September 2, 2003-2005)

Logo: On a red curtain background with two cameras on the top left and top right corner of the screen, we see the Genius Entertainment print logo with “Presents” below it with the copyright disclaimer and website below it.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: A catchy tune that segues from the warning, composed by the late Jaclyn Linetsky.

Availability: Very rare. Seen on the 2003 DVD release of Bozo the Clown: Shows 4-6 and UMDs released by Genius.

2nd Logo (2003-2007)

Logo: On a red curtain background, the words "genius entertainment" in white zoom-out and the dot of the "i" in "entertainment" flashes. Three abstract sun-rays appear on top of it, making the dot cut-out. Then the background changes to black and the company name fades out.

Technique: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: A chime/harp theme composed by the late James Horner.

Availability: Uncommon. Used in tandem with the previous logo

  • Appears on early Weinstein/Dimension DVDs, including Scary Movie 4, Miss Potter, Arthur and the Invisibles, Lucky Number Slevin, and Clerks II.
  • Also shown on public domain DVD cartoons such as Popeye, Betty Boop and Friends, Superman (though Warner Bros. Entertainment owns the masters of the 1941 cartoons due to the fact that Superman is a trademark of DC Comics), Casper and Friends, Felix and Friends, and The New Three Stooges, among others.
  • It was also seen on The Secret World Of Benjamin Bear and post-2005 Baby Genius DVDs. You can find this on a few BKN DVD releases as well.

3rd Logo (2007-2009)

Logo: We see a golden lowercase "g" slowly panning around. The letter suddenly lights on, and we see it is inside a huge light bulb. The words "genius" (in red) and "products" (in white) in 3D, appears. The light bulb disappears and the logo shines. A faint grey "g" fades in in the background.

Technique: CGI.

Music/Sounds: Light synth music (chimes, strings, and a cymbal crash) composed by Jamie Christopherson with sparking electricity.

Availability: Uncommon. Can be seen on many DVD releases, mainly from The Weinstein Company.

  • Also appears on Line Rider 2: Unbound for Wii and Windows.
  • Can also be found on TLC's Kate Plus Eight Complete Sets 1-11 DVD collections.
  • It doesn’t appear on any Sesame Street releases they distributed. In the case of reissues of Sesame Street DVDs from Sony Wonder, they keep the logos.
    • Despite the fact that their logo appeared on other Classic Media releases, it also doesn't appear on Big Idea's DVD cases or on the actual DVDs themselves.

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