ITV Studios Global Distribution

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Background

ITV Studios Global Distribution Limited is the international distribution unit of ITV Studios.


Central Television Enterprises/CTE Carlton

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(1989-1998)  
(1989-1998)


Carlton International


Granada International

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(2005-2009)  
(2005-2009)


ITV Studios Global Entertainment


ITV Studios Global Distribution

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(2020-)  
(2020-)


Central Television Enterprises/CTE Carlton

Central Television Enterprises Limited was founded in 1987 by Central for sales, sponsorship and newsgathering operations, as well as being the company's key international distributor of programming. It would later represent output sales for HTV, Meridian and Carlton.

When Carlton acquired Central in 1994, it included CTE, which was renamed as CTE Carlton Limited, with "CTE" now standing for "Carlton Television Enterprises".

(1989-1998)

Logo: On a white background, we see a purple-blue gradient lined box with the text "Cte" in it. The box ripples once, turning the text white.

Variant: An extended variant exists. Here, we see purple-blue lines slide in to form the box. The "Cte" text swings in and lands on the box, making it ripple and turning the text white, forming the logo above.

Technique: The rippling.

Music/Sounds: A synth note with some twinkles.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On the extended version, sharp noises are heard when the lines slide in. A cymbal crash when the CTE lands on the box and the same synth note from the normal logo. This was also used for the CTE Video logo.
  • On some 1994 episodes of Family Fortunes, the CTE logo plays over the end of the closing theme.

Availability: Rare. It appeared on some reruns of Central shows and some ITC films.

  • Challenge airings of Family Fortunes from 1983-1984 and 1993-1995 keep this logo intact, sometimes appearing after or plastering the Central Productions endcap. However, sometimes, it will only appear for a split second before being cut off. Some airings may plaster this with the 1999 Carlton International or the 2013 ITV Studios Global Entertainment logos.
  • It is unknown if Challenge airings of Bullseye keep this logo intact as most episodes that currently air on the channel don’t contain any distribution logos and if they did, the 1999 Carlton International logo is most likely to appear.
  • It was also seen on old CITV airings of Wolves, Witches and Giants, plastering the Central Productions endcap. As with the shows above, prints with either the 1999 Carlton International or the 2004 Granada International logos may plaster this logo, while some episodes retained the Central Productions endcap.
  • This was sighted on a 1990s printing of An Ideal Husband (1947).
  • Appeared on a True Movies airing of the TV movie The Perfect Tribute.
  • The extended variant is extremely rare, and is only known to appear on North American VHS releases from BFS Video, such as Inspector Morse: The Way Through the Woods.

Carlton International

In March 1998, CTE Carlton was fully rebranded under the Carlton name, becoming Carlton International Media Ltd., trading as Carlton International.

1st Logo (1998-1999)

Logo: We see the Carlton logo in white on a pink gradient background. Below that is the word "INTERNATIONAL", with the text "Carlton International Media Ltd." below in a tiny font.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare. It was seen on season 4 of Cadfael, a Sony Movies Action (now GREAT! Movies Action) airing of The Silent Enemy (1958), a TCM airing of An Ideal Husband (1947), and on later prints of several made for TV Movies by World International Network and Hamdon Entertainment.

2nd Logo (September 6, 1999-2004)

Logo: Same as the Carlton Productions logo from the time, except the words "Distributed by" in a small font are added above the name, "INTERNATIONAL" in a larger font below the name, and the company name "Carlton International Media Ltd." in a tiny font on the bottom of the screen.

Variants:

  • A 16:9 widescreen variant exists.
  • A rare squished variant also exists which appears on a late-90s print of The Ordeal of Mr. Mudd (1980) after the 1987 ITC Entertainment "Gold Diamonds" logo.
  • The logo was also used as a video game notice, consisting of the Carlton text in black and the star in orange on a white background. Underneath is copyright information.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the programme or none.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • For some variants, the logo is mostly silent, but the end tail of the programme's theme finishes over the first half.
  • On a Russian dub of The Brave Little Toaster (1987), the 1987 ITC Entertainment "Gold Diamonds" fanfare with a Russian voiceover plays over the logo, due to a plastering error.

Availability: Used to be very common, as Carlton was well known for plastering older company logos with theirs. Nowadays this logo is replaced with ITV Studios logos, but it is still easy to find.

  • It plastered over the ITC logo on some of the company's shows and feature films throughout the late 1990s up to Carlton's merger with ITV plc, after which the original ITC logos were reinstated (on most TV episodes) or replaced with Granada International, Granada America, or ITV Studios logos (on feature films) on newer prints.
  • It may also sometimes plaster the Central logo on most drama shows and some episodes of game shows that they produced.
    • It also appears on some episodes of The Upper Hand after the Central logo as well.
    • It plasters the CTE logo on some re-runs of Bullseye and Family Fortunes and even appears on re-runs of Carlton-produced shows airing in the UK itself following the normal end cap.
  • It used to plaster over the Rank "Gongman" quite a lot until ITV remastered most Rank movies and left the logos intact. It still appears on current prints of some films that have yet to be digitally restored under ITV Studios' ownership, such as We Dive at Dawn (1942), The Naked Truth (1957) and The Plank (1967).
    • Few examples where the Carlton International logo does not plaster the Rank logo are on Carlton International-era prints of some films produced by Rank, such as Upstairs and Downstairs (1959), All Night Long (1962), and Carry On Matron (1972), where it precedes the Rank Organisation logo.
    • However, this combo does not appear on Carlton-era prints of some Rank films that retain the Rank Gongman, such as A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and Oliver Twist (1948) as they open with the Rank Gongman on its own.
  • It also appears on the beginning of international PAL DVD releases of The Brave Little Toaster (1987) and made a surprise appearance on a Thanksgiving Day rebroadcast of the 2002 adaptation of Pollyanna on PBS on November 24, 2016, as well as episodes 9 through 12 of the third season of The Dreamstone. It was also seen at the end of a Challenge airing of The Golden Shot as well.
  • It appears on many TV movies by Hamdon Entertainment, such as Desperate Justice (1993), French prints of When He Didn't Come Home (1998), among many other instances.
  • It also makes several surprise appearances:
    • It was seen at the end of a Virgin Media Three Ireland airing of the TV Movie Breakaway, aka Christmas Rush after the 1995 Columbia TriStar Domestic Television logo, as ITV owns some international rights to that movie.
    • It also appears before the Century 21 Productions logo at the start of the first episode of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons on Britbox, due to it using an Carlton International-era print.
    • It also appears before the Century 21 Productions logo at the start of select episodes of The Secret Service (including the first-three episodes) on Britbox, due to the Carlton International-era prints being used.
    • It also makes a surprise appearance at the start of some episodes of Stingray on Britbox, due to them using Carlton International-era prints.
    • It also appears at the end of the TalkingPicturesTV UK airings of Doctor in Clover (1966) and at the start and end of The Firechasers (1971) as well.
    • It was also seen on a Family Channel Canada airing of The Snow Queen, after the HTV logo.
    • It also appears on a DVD print of the 2002 TV movie Sightings: Heartland Ghost after the 1995 Paramount Television logo.
    • It also appears at the end of a Virgin Media Three airing of the 1997 TV movie The Woman in White as well.
    • It also appears on a PAL DVD release of Shattered Promises (1992) after the Steve Krantz Productions logo at the end as well.
    • It also appears at the start of a Shout! Factory TV print of the 1990 TV movie People Like Us before the 1987 ITC Entertainment "Gold Diamonds" logo as well.
    • It also appears at the end of a Amazon Freevee print of the 1988 TV movie David after the the 1987 ITC Entertainment "Gold Diamonds" logo as well.
    • It also appeared at the end of a Film4 UK 2020 airing of Death Drums Along the River (1963) as well.
    • It also appears at the end of a later print of The Saint episode "A Double in Diamonds", which is then followed by the 2013 ITV Studios Global Entertainment logo as well.
  • The video game variant was seen on Thunderbirds: International Rescue for Game Boy Advance.

Granada International

In February 2004, Carlton and Granada merged into ITV plc, bringing the two ITV franchises together.

(November 1, 2004-2009)

Logo: Same as the Granada Productions logo, but the word "International" appears below.

Variants:

  • A short version exists.
  • A stretched 16:9 version also exists which was seen on a later print of Palestine Is Still The Issue.

Technique: Same as the Granada Productions logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the Granada Productions logo.

Availability: Common. Similar to the logo above, it was used to plaster older logos.

  • It appears on then-new prints of shows and movies that were originally produced by its predecessors and also appears on shows and movies that were produced by ITC Entertainment.
    • It sometimes plasters the Granada America logo on TV shows, some TV movies and the 1999 Carlton International logo on some shows.
  • This also appears at the beginning of then-current prints of many films from its library including films from The Rank Organisation.
    • This also appeared at the beginning of a December 6, 2020 UK airing of Doctor in Clover (1966) on Talking Pictures TV with the 1999 Carlton International logo appearing at the end.
  • The silent variant is seen on Thunderbirds kiddie rides with video screens from Jolly Roger and also appears on some movies as well.
    • It also plasters older logos on most shows that ITV owns.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment

With the retirement of the Granada brand, the company was renamed as ITV Global Entertainment Limited in September 2008, trading as ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

1st Logo (2009-2013)

Logo: Same as the 2009 ITV Studios logo, but with "Global Entertainment" below.

Variants:

  • There is a white background version used for the video game adaptation of Nanny 911, with "Global Entertainment" written below.
  • A similar version with only "GLOBAL" was used on Countdown for the Nintendo DS and also appears on some shows such as Demsey and Makepeace and some movies like The Red Shoes.
  • A black and white version of this logo exists. Though some, may use the colour version instead.
  • On the last-two seasons of Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids (titled Grizzly Tales at this point), the logo is next to the Grizzly TV, Honeycomb Animation, Elephant Productions and Nicktoons logos.
  • A 4:3 version of this logo exists.

Technique: Same as the ITV Studios logo.

Music/Sounds: The audio from the ITV Studios Home Entertainment logo or the closing theme of the show.

Availability: Common.

  • Plasters over previous logos on newer prints of older ITV shows (mainly those from Granada). It has since been plastered over with the 2013 version, though some prints may still have it intact.
    • It also appears on some DVD releases in place of the ITV Studios Home Entertainment logo, like the reauthored re-releases of disc 2-6 of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
      • It was also seen on American Pocoyo DVDs by NCircle Entertainment (by the time the show aired on Nick Jr. from 2011-2015).
  • The "GLOBAL" variant is very rare. So far, it has only been sighted on ITV4 airings of It's Tommy Cooper, some Dempsey and Makepeace episodes, the 2009 TV movie Held Hostage on Amazon Prime Video, the Criterion Collection releases of The Red Shoes and Black Narcissius, a Movie Channel airing of Friendly Fire (1979), The Last Warrior on Tubi, and Multicom's print of When He Didn't Come Home (1998).

2nd Logo (2013-2020, 2021)

Logo: Same as the 2013 ITV Studios logo, but with the words "GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT" below. It also plays a bit slower than the standard logo.

Variants:

  • A black and white variant exists. Though some, like current prints of The Square Peg (1959), use the colour version instead.
  • A still version of this logo exists.
  • A 4:3 version of this logo exists.
  • An in-credit version exists.
  • On Keep it Spotless, a very sped-up version is used.

Technique: Same as the ITV Studios logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the ITV Studios logo.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Some shows might have the end theme of the programme playing over it (episodes of Knightmare on Challenge have the end of the show's theme playing over it).
  • An extended version of the theme has the notes drawn out a little longer.
  • Both low tone and high tone variants exist.
  • At the end of current prints of at least two episodes of the 1960's classic television series The Prisoner titled "A Change of Mind" and "Fall Out" respectively, you can hear the end of the music from the 1987 ITC Entertainment "Gold Diamonds" logo before the logo starts.

Availability: Common.

  • Seen at the beginning of ITV home media releases in the United Kingdom. This logo does not appear on DVDs of ITV content in other countries, as ITV licenses its international TV shows to other companies (e.g., Visual Entertainment Inc. in America) for home media distribution.
  • On television, this is normally used to plaster older logos.
    • It plasters the Anglia logo on the first two seasons of Knightmare (seasons 3 and 4 retain the 1989 "Anglia Production for ITV" endboard) and the Central logo on various episodes of Family Fortunes on Challenge (although recent airings have reinstated the Central logo), as well as the 1994 series of Blockbusters on the same channel.
    • As of recent, this plasters the 2009 ITV Studios logo on 2010-2013 episodes of The Chase when reran on Challenge.
    • This variant can be seen plastering the Granada America logo (and possibly others) on Virgin Media One/Two/Three Ireland airings of most made-for-TV movies whenever they air on the network.
    • Also seen at the beginning (and sometimes end) of many films from the ITV library, including films from The Rank Organisation.
    • This logo was also seen at the end of Hands of the Ripper.
  • This appeared on newer prints of shows, movies and documentaries that were produced by ITV Studios, its units or other companies like shows produced by its predecessors Granada and Carlton, and appears on shows that were produced by ITC Entertainment.
    • This logo was strangely seen at the beginning and end of current prints of at least two episodes of the 1960's classic television series The Prisoner titled "A Change of Mind" and "Fall Out" (the last ever episode).
    • It also appears at the end of an Amazon print of Doppelganger (1993) after the 1987 ITC Entertainment "Gold Diamonds" logo as well.
    • This logo does not appear on Britbox prints of the fifth and sixth seasons of The Saint, as they instead use older prints (1990s-era) with the 1987 ITC Entertainment "Gold Diamonds" logo or no logo at all.
    • It also appeared on a later print of The Saint episode "A Double in Diamonds" after the 1999 Carlton International logo as well.
  • Strangely, this logo also does not appear on Challenge airings of Gladiators for unknown reasons.
  • It also appeared on Murdoch Mysteries until 2020, Keep it Spotless Schiit's Creek and Good Which until 2020.
  • It appeared on all three seasons of Poldark, the first five seasons of Shetland, the Blu-ray of My Left Foot and made a surprise appearance on a 2021 episode of Love Island South Africa.
  • The black and white variant was mainly used to plaster over logos on shows that were in black and white, such as the black and white episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs.
  • On DVD reprints, although this logo appears on the packaging (and sometimes on the disc labels), it does not appear on-screen on them. ITV normally reuses previous DVD prints for re-releases, and so older logos (eg, Carlton Visual Entertainment, Granada Ventures, ITV DVD, ITV Studios Home Entertainment, etc.) will be preserved. The same goes for releases licensed to Network Distributing.
  • It also appears on the 2013 version of Carry On: The Ultimate Collection, which is surprisingly not a reprint of an earlier release.
  • It also appeared at the end of a December 27, 2022 UK airing of Saturn 3 (1980) on LEGEND as well.
  • It also appeared at the end of a January 2, 2023 airing of the 1998 TV movie Goodnight Mister Tom on ITV3 as well.

ITV Studios Global Distribution

The division was renamed ITV Studios Global Distribution Limited in January 2020.

(2020-)

Logo: Same as the long version of the 2020 ITV Studios logo with no "GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION" indicator whatsoever, but it's shortened to seven seconds.

Technique: Same as the ITV Studios logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the ITV Studios logo.

Availability: Same as before.

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