Merv Griffin Entertainment

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
Shadeed A. Kelly

Captures by
Eric S., Shadeed A. Kelly, EnormousRat, and others

Editions by
Shadeed A. Kelly, V of Doom, and MeesterFonnyboy

Background

After Columbia TriStar Television (now "Sony Pictures Television") folded Merv Griffin Enterprises and took over the shows from Merv's former company on July 7, 1994, Merv Griffin Entertainment was formed on May 13, 1996 by Merv Griffin as his new production company initially known as "Merv Griffin Productions", a subsidiary of The Griffin Group. From 2005-2008, Griffin joined forces with Yani-Brune Entertainment and was in charge of Griffin's television division after Griffin died of prostate cancer on August 12, 2007. Merv Griffin Entertainment was under presidency of his son, Tony Griffin. The company has not produced new projects since 2011, not long after Million Dollar Mind Game (a short-lived American counterpart of Что? Где? Когда? (What? Where? When?)) and It's Worth What? were both cancelled in November 2011 and May 2012 respectively, and its website has gone defunct, so it can be assumed the company is dormant if not closed.

1st Logo (September 6, 1997-1998)

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Logo: On a lavender background, we see a shadow of the Opinicus griffin zooming out from the bottom-left corner and later reveal itself. This silver griffin zooms onto a rounded blue rectangle. Underneath the griffin says "MERV GRIFFIN PRODUCTIONS" and copyright year stamp.

Trivia: This logo was designed as a statue by Skylight Studios in collaboration with Edon Corporation of Pennsylvania that was commissioned by Griffin to use in his hotel lobbies. It has most of the design elements of the 1973 and 1983 Merv Griffin Enterprises logos.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.

Availability: Extinct. It was seen on the first season of the 1997 game show Click.

2nd Logo (1998-2003)


Logo: On a space background filled with stars and mixtures of colors of yellow, green, blue, light blue, and magenta, we see two planets; one on the lower left hand corner and one on the upper right hand corner flying out. We later see another planet flying from left fast and a star from the right side flying to the middle, where other stars from each direction join the star in the middle to form a light with a laser whoosh-like sound effect. The light later forms a sparkling silver griffin, where we later see the name "MERV GRIFFIN ENTERTAINMENT" zoom out from screen bottom in Times New Roman font placing itself underneath the griffin.

Opening Variant: There is an opening variant of this logo seen on theatrical movies by this company, but it's a still image centered on top of a black background.

Technique: CGI animation. None for the opening variant other than the fade-in and fade-out.

Music/Sounds:

  • 1998-2000: A jazzy tune.
  • 2000-2003: A majestic theme played by brass horns with the intro almost resembling to the 20th Century Fox fanfare. A synthesized whoosh can also be heard and the timpani drum is heard at the end. There is also a later variant in which, the music is shortened down to seven notes and excludes the timpani drum at the end.

Availability: Extinct. It was last seen in 2003 on Dance Fever and Inside the Osmonds on ABC Family (now Freeform). Also spotted on The Ainsley Harriott Show in 1999 and season 2 of Click. The opening variant is rare and is seen on the Griffin theatrical film Rain.

3rd Logo (2006-May 16, 2008)

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Logo: On a sapphire blue background, a modified Opinicus griffin from the second logo of Merv Griffin Productions and first logos of Merv Griffin Enterprises and Merv Griffin Entertainment, comes from the bottom of the screen and places itself to the middle with "MERV GRIFFIN" spelling itself one-by one followed by "ENTERTAINMENT" underneath "MERV GRIFFIN" (all in Gotham, the same font as the Yani-Brune logo) following it. The text places itself below the griffin. The griffin later blinks his eye once (an obvious nod to the 1983 logo) and we see light sparkles on the letters "T", "E", "I", "E", and "T".

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A soothing seven note synthesizer theme as the light sparkles three times. Composed by Merv Griffin.

Availability: It's currently seen on reruns of Merv Griffin's Crosswords on Retro TV. It was also seen on Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead and Lisa Williams: Voices from the Other Side on Lifetime.

4th Logo (2010-2011)

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Logo: The background becomes red and the logo slides left and right from the line, which cuts between "MERV" and "GRIFFIN" and also separated a silhouette griffin's head and wing, as they appear above the name. The word "E N T E R T A I N M E N T" is white and aligned to the right. The logo shines and zooms out slowly.

Technique: 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: A soft xylophone theme or the closing theme of the show.

Availability: Extinct. It was seen on the game shows It's Worth What? and Million Dollar Mind Game (a short-lived American counterpart of Что? Где? Когда? (What? Where? When?)). It may have also been seen on The Mentor.

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