Lucille Ball Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
Eric S.

Captures by
Camenati

Video captures courtesy of
LogicSmash

Background

Lucille Ball Productions, Inc. was the last production company of actress/comedienne, Lucille Ball, formed in early 1968 after she sold Desilu Productions to Paramount Pictures in 1967 (making it as Paramount's TV division in July 1967, reincorporating it as "Paramount Television" at the end of the year, now "CBS Studios"). The company closed in late 1986 after Life with Lucy was canceled due to low ratings. Most of the series and TV movies are currently owned by Desilu, Too, under the control of Ball's two children, Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Lucee Arnaz, with a few exceptions: the 1983 film All the Right Moves and the 1984 TV movie Sentimental Journey are owned by 20th Century Fox, and Life with Lucy is owned by CBS Media Ventures through Spelling Television.

(September 23, 1968-November 15, 1986)

Logo: Over a specialty backdrop, there is animated picture of Lucille Ball, based on the 1965-1968 closing of The Lucy Show, where we also see the signature of "Lucille Ball" drawing, then the words "PRODUCED BY" appears above it, the word "PRODUCTIONS, INC." under it, then copyright stamp appears.

Trivia: The drawing of Lucille Ball was designed by legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.

Variant:

  • On Happy Anniversary and Goodbye and Lucy Gets Lucky, the logo including Lucille Ball's picture is in yellow, has a black shadow behind, and is superimposed into the credits.
    • What Now, Catherine Curtis? has the text (excluding the signature) in this variant in a different font, which resembles Times New Roman.
  • On Life with Lucy, the text says:

A Lucille Ball Production
in association with
Aaron Spelling Productions
© MCMLXXXVI by the
Spelling/Ball Joint Venture
All Rights Reserved

Technique: The "drawing effect". None for the on-screen text.

Music/Sounds: The finishing of the end-title theme of the show or TV movie, PAX (now Ion) used a generic theme.

Availability: Rare. It's seen on Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy among other series and TV movies.

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