Société Nouvelle de Distribution

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Société Nouvelle de Distribution (SND) is a film company owned by French TV channel M6. They owned 10% of the capitals from Summit Entertainment until 2012, when they decided to sell its assets after Summit was purchased by Lionsgate.

1st (known) Logo (1990's-2002)

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Note: The logo in color can be seen here, at 26:15.

Logo: On a purple background, we see the SND letters flashing from right to left, with the text "Société Nouvelle de Distribution" appearing below it.

Technique: The flashes forming the SND letters.

Music/Sounds: A tribal theme.

Availability: Seen on some releases from the company, like French prints of Very Bad Things and Dungeons and Dragons.

2nd Logo (2002-2011)

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Logo: On a black background, a series of light blue flashes are forming the letters "SND", while "GROUPE M6" appears in a "wipe" effect underneath. A laser then forms a solid blue square shape.

Technique: The flashes and laser forming the logo, which were done using CGI effects, despite the cheap-looking aspect of the logo.

Music/Sounds: A drone pad tune, with whooshes heard when "SND" appears, then a laser-like sound when the blue square is formed. High- and low-tone versions exist as well.

Availability: Seen on releases from the company at the time, including Help I'm a Fish and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, among others.

3rd Logo (2011-)

Logo: The camera moves and tilts from the left side of the SND logo, soon revealing the blue SND square on the top of a roulette-like shape with the text "GROUPE M6" rotating on it. We also see a comet coming from the upper left of the screen, turning behind the logo, then hitting the floor, and finally leaving from the right side of the screen.

Technique: The SND logo and the comet, again done in CGI. Pretty impressive effects.

Music/Sounds: A synth tune, with a 3-note piano motif, followed by a tribal beat. Most of the time, the theme would be in low tone.

Availability: Current. Seen on most releases from the company since 2011.

Legacy: This and the parent company M6 Studio's logo have similar animation concepts.

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