NBC Universal Television Studio

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NBC Universal was first formed on May 11, 2004 by the merger of the General Electric Company’s NBC and the entertainment division of Vivendi Universal Entertainment on May 11, 2004 by the merger of the General Electric Company’s NBC and the entertainment division of Vivendi Universal Entertainment. The day after its founding, the television production and distribution arms of Universal Television (Universal Network Television, Universal Domestic Television, and USA Cable Entertainment) and NBC Studios and the distributor NBC Enterprises were merged into NBC Universal. This was the first time NBC added the Universal name to its production and distribution arms. For Universal, it’s the second time that its production and distribution arms have a new name, since 1997 when Universal became "Studios USA", but maintained Universal Worldwide Television and acquired PolyGram Filmed Entertainment in 1998, renaming PolyGram's television operations as Universal's, forming Universal Studios Network Programming and retained the USA Networks fully reforming Universal Television in 2002, but during July 2004, the NBC name was added. All shows in production by either Universal TV, NBC, or USA Cable Entertainment changed to the NBC Universal logo starting on July 30, 2004. On June 14, 2007, NBC Universal Television Studio was renamed Universal Media Studios as the unit would be also developing entertainment for the web.

(July 30, 2004-June 11, 2014)

Logo: Over a golden burst of light hovering in space, the text "NBC UNIVERSAL", sandwiched between both halves of Universal's circular globe motif with the six-feathered peacock between "NBC" and "UNIVERSAL", in Copperplate Gothic Bold, slightly zooms out to its familiar distance. The text "TELEVISION STUDIO" then fades in below the logo.


  • Medical Investigation features the words "In association with" fading in below "TELEVISION STUDIO", cutting to the 2003-2006 Paramount Network Television logo.
  • On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Last Call with Carson Daly, the logo featured the NBC Studios, Inc. copyright stamp.
  • The logo would come in either the standard 4:3 version (seen on full-screen prints) or the widescreen 16:9 version.
  • On Law & Order: UK, the logo is seen on the lower right with the Wolf Films logo on the left and the Kudos Film & Television logo with the Shine Group byline below above the Wolf/NUTS logos with the letter "A" above the Kudos logo and the word "Production" below the logos. 2013 episodes omit the words "A" and "Production". Below the logos has the word "for" and below it has the 2013 ITV logo.
  • The logo would come in either the standard 4:3 version (seen on full-screen prints) or the widescreen 16:9 version.
  • A 2.35:1 scope version exists.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: The slower orchestration of the 1999 music plug from the 1996 NBC Studios logo.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On some shows, like Heist and early episodes of 30 Rock, the end title theme played over this logo.
  • Several shows and DVDs of some shows used the regular 1999 NBC Studios music plug.
  • Several other shows used the 2000 warp speed low tone NBC Studios theme. (i.e., House, M.D., some episodes of the 2006 Curious George TV series and post-2004 Will & Grace eps.)
  • There is also a silent version that appeared on Complete Savages.
  • On Netflix's print of the S1 Law and Order episode "The Torrents of Greed: Part 1", the late 1986 theme from the 1975 Universal Television logo is heard over the logo due to sloppy plastering.
  • This was also in the same show mentioned in the previous variant on Netflix, the S6 episode "Bitter Fruit" has the 1991 Universal Television theme.
  • ABC and NBC airings used a generic theme.

Availability: Fairly common.

  • It pops up frequently on reruns of Law & Order: SVU on USA, Cloo and MyNetworkTV, Law & Order: Criminal Intent on USA, Ion Television and Cloo, 2004-2007 episodes of Monk on USA and Ion Television, HD prints of the original Law & Order, the first three seasons and the first five Season 4 episodes of The Office (with the exception of DVD releases of the first two seasons), among other shows on several other networks such as Syfy, TNT, USA, and Cloo. Also seen on international prints of the 2006 Curious George TV series after the PBS Kids logo, and sometimes before the MGM Television logo.
  • It still appeared on Law & Order: UK until that show went on hiatus.
  • It also appears on very early episodes of Life and the disastrous 2007 reboot of Bionic Woman.
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