Jonathan Goodson Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Descriptions by
Shadeed A. Kelly, and gshowguy

Captures by
mr3urious and Shadeed A. Kelly


Jonathan Goodson first joined his father's production company Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions in 1973 as chief counsel. During the 1980s, he produced game shows for Mark Goodson Productions until December 1992 when his father Mark Goodson died. Jonathan took over production operations beginning in January 1993 until 1995 when the remaining 50% of MGP was acquired by All American Television (now "FremantleMedia North America"). He formed his production company in January 1996.

1st Logo (1996-February 28, 1999)

Logo: Just an in-credit logo that features the letter "G" inside an oval shape. Below the logo says "JONATHAN GOODSON" and below it says "PRODUCTIONS" with a line separating the names.

Variant: Some episodes of Flamingo Fortune would have the line and the logo in red.

Technique: None or fading-in, except on some episodes of Flamingo Fortune, it flies to the right while exiting.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: The end theme of the show with the announcer saying "This is (Name here) speaking for (name of game show), a Johnathan Goodson Television Production."

Music/Sounds/Voice-over Variant: On Illinois Instant Riches, Bill Barber says "A Jonathan Goodson Television Lottery Production" instead of the normal announcement after he says his name.

Availability: Extinct. Seen on seasons 2 of Illinois Instant Riches and Flamingo Fortune.

2nd Logo (1996-June 13, 1999)

Logo: Superimposed on the closing scenes of a TV show, we see a cartoon hand bringing in a white rectangle with "Jonathan Goodson Productions" on it. The hand returns and "stamps" the "G in an Oval" logo. The logo then fades out.

Technique: The hand bringing in the logo and stamping the "G in an Oval".

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Just the closing theme, with "This is [insert name here] speaking for [name of show]. A Jonathan Goodson Television Production."

Availability: Seen on Bonus Bonanza and NY Wired.

3rd Logo (August 22, 1998-January 10, 2009)


Logo: Against a white floor with many brown ovals containing G's based on the last logo, we see the words "Jonathan Goodson", in gold, surrounded by a brown box. "Productions" is written below the box. To the right is a revolving gray globe with latitudinal and longitudinal lines. We pan out from the two, and a spotlight shines on the company name.

Variant: On Illinois Luckiest, the copyright stamp appears below. There is also a longer version that starts with the globe rising off the ground. Then the animation continues as normal.

Technique: The globe revolving and spotlight shining on the company name.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: The end theme of the show. Sometimes, an announcer is also heard (i.e. "This is Tony Russell speaking for Illinois' Luckiest. A Jonathan Goodson production.")

Availability: Extinct. Seen on shows produced by the company, such as Cram, which no longer airs on GSN, Illinois Luckiest (including a special episode in honor of the Illinois Lottery's 25th anniversary), The Big Spin (California only) from the Pat Finn era, NY Wired (Cheryl Washington era), and Dirty Rotten Cheater. Oddly, this does not appear on Make Me Rich, a lottery game from Michigan, even though Jonathan Goodson is involved.

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