Hill/Fields Entertainment

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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Compiled by
Eric S.

Hill/Mandelker Films

Background

First incarnation of Leonard Hill Films, launched by Hill and Phillip Mandelker in 1981. Following Mandelker's death in 1984, the company was rebranded as Leonard Hill Films.

(May 18, 1981-November 4, 1984)

Logo: On a black background, a blue line shoots down, forming a fancy-looking lowercase "hm" that's conjoined together. Below that, "HILL / MANDELKER FILMS" appears below the "hm".

Technique: The "hm" drawing.

Music/Sounds: A descending chime jingle, similar to the Dick Clark Productions jingle, with a ding sound when the text appears. Composed by Brad Fiedel.

Availability: Extremely rare; appeared on TV movies from the company, such as Freedom and The Cartier Affair. On current prints of Stalking Laura (1993), this appears in place of the Leonard Hill Films logo, due to an editing mistake from the distributor, Multicom Entertainment Group. It also appeared on the TV series Tucker's Witch.

Leonard Hill Films (1st era)

(September 16, 1985-March 1, 1993; January 26, 2000)

Logo: On a black or blue background, a yellow line shoots down, then curves to form a fancy-looking lowercase "h". Then, rainbow streaks shoot out to the left and the right at the same time, then flash once they form "len hill" colored like a rainbow. Below that, "LEONARD HILL FILMS" appears, between two white lines.

Variant: A warp speed version was spotted on Rags to Riches and The Insiders.

Technique: The forming of the name and the flash.

Music/Sounds: A “whoosh” when the "h" is formed, then a dramatic synthesizer tune that's composed by J. Peter Robinson. The early version has a flute and harp tune from Craig Safan.

Music/Sounds Variants: On The Insiders, no music is heard.

Availability: Seen on a few made-for-TV movies in the 1980's, as well as the 1987 television series Rags to Riches and the short-lived The Insiders. The logo would be revived one last time for Hill's final TV film, Stolen from the Heart. Also the early variant at the end 1985 TV movie Mirrors on NBC.

Hill/O'Connor Television

Background

This was a short-lived partnership between Hill and producer Robert O'Connor.

(October 11-18, 1988)

Logo: On a black background, we see rainbow text that says "hill-O'Connor". Below that, "HILL-O'CONNOR TELEVISION" is there, between two white lines. "IN ASSOCIATION WITH" is seen on the top of the rainbow text.

Technique: None, it's a still logo.

Music/Sounds: The closing of the show.

Availabilty: Only seen on Jack the Ripper.

Hill/Fields

Background

Lastly, Hill would launch a partnership with producer Joel Fields, which lasted until 1997.

(November 7, 1993-May 19, 1997)

Logo: On a black background, a long thick to thin line barely almost touching the top of the screen slides in the right side with a trail effect. The other line does the same as before except it points down, slides from the left side and has a hook like end on the top. The lines slide past each other then the line from the left becomes and an "h" with the hook making the right line and "f", making the initials, "hf". 2 white lines and the white name "HILL FIELDS" appear with the "f" dividing them in half. Then the name flashes and then fades to black.

Technique: The logo forming.

Music/Sounds: A synth score performed by David Michael Frank. Other examples of this logo have the ending theme of the movie.

Availability: Seen on a few made-for-TV movies from 1993 to 1997 from this company.

Leonard Hill Films (2nd era)

(2011)

Logo: We start out with a bright flash. When it dies down, it reveals a city skyline in front of a background filled with orange-tinted clouds (with some of the sky visible). The camera pans out to reveal that it's behind a moving filmstrip on a metallic background. The filmstrip eventually stops a quarter-way through, and when it does, "LEONARD HILL" and "FILMS" (both in Copperstone Black, the same font used not only on the ACI logo but also the only film that used this logo) fade in, with "LEONARD HILL" fading above the filmstrip and "FILMS" fading below the inside of it shortly thereafter. The name shines, and the logo then fades to black a few seconds later.

Technique: The flash, the camera panning out on the skyline, the moving filmstrip, the company's name fading in and shining.

Music/Sounds: A majestic orchestral fanfare composed by Gad Emile Zeitune.

Availability: Was only seen on one film, Dorfman in Love.

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