Sony Pictures Television International

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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On September 16, 2002, Columbia TriStar International Television was reincorporated as Sony Pictures Television International. On April 1, 2009, SPT, SPTI, Embassy Row, Starling, and the other SPT companies were combined under one roof under the "SPT" brand, so SPTI currently runs as in-name-only.

1st Logo (2002-2003)

Logo: Same as the standard Sony Pictures Television logo, but everything has been shifted up a little to accommodate for the word "INTERNATIONAL" under the word "TELEVISION".

Variant: On the Turkish version of Married... with Children (entitled Evli ve Çocuklu) and the Indonesian version of Hollywood Showdown (entitled Showbiz), the long version of the logo is used.

Technique: CGI by Rick Scott at Tigar Hare Studios.

Music/Sounds: Same as the standard Sony Pictures Television logo.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • It was first shown on the early 1st season episodes of Men in Black: The Series on Nickelodeon's short-lived action program SLAM! in 2002 in America and Fox Kids UK airings of The Real Ghostbusters, but now has been replaced by the standard Sony logo.
  • Makes a surprise appearance on CTV Throwback's print of season 3 episodes of The Naked Truth.
  • For others, it’s shown worldwide.

2nd Logo (In-credit logo) (2002-)

Logo: Just an in-credit logo saying "Produced by", "Produced by [name of the company] and", or "Produced in association with", and then the Sony Pictures Television International logo in a white rectangle. Other series have only the SPTI in-credit logo, depending on the country and its native language.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme from any show.

Availability: Rare outside the U.S.

  • Still retained on international adaptations of classic Sony shows, such as The Nanny, Mad About You, Married with Children, and I Dream of Jeannie. Also seen on Los Simuladores (translated as Simulators).
  • Other shows would carry this like Dragons' Den (the British version of Shark Tank) which was last seen in America on the now-defunct Fox Reality Channel.
  • This logo can be seen scrolling in the end credits of Les Z'amours (the French version of The Newlywed Game).

3rd Logo (July 2003-Late 2009)

Logo: On a black background, we see a striped cylinder swirling and zooming back at the same time in 3D. Below the bars, the text "SONY PICTURES TELEVISION INTERNATIONAL" zooms in slowly from the shadows. At the end, the cylinder turns into the Sony Pictures logo. There is a blue (sometimes purple) spotlight spinning at the bottom and shining on the logo that is also following the animation of the Sony Pictures logo until it stops.


  • In 2005, a widescreen version was introduced. Like the SPT logo, a compressed version of this can also be seen on 4:3 prints.
  • A black-and-white variant exists. This was seen at the end of a UK airing of We'll Meet Again (1943) on Talking Pictures TV.
  • A prototype variant exists.

Technique: CGI by Suzan Armstrong.

Music/Sounds: An ascending, zoom/guitar-like synthesizer effect. It's mostly consisting of samples from Spectrasonics' Distorted Reality 1 sample CD.

Music/Sounds Trivia: The sample used is "Rise Up!" of the Spectrasonics' Distorted Reality 1 sample library. At one point in The Fairly OddParents episode "Crash Nebula", you may hear this very sample.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • From 2006, a longer version of the SPTI theme was introduced.
  • There are two short music versions of this logo. The first is the 2nd half of the logo, and the other is an edited version that cuts off at the end with the sound of an echo.
  • Sometimes, the 2002 Sony Pictures Television theme may be heard over this logo.
  • On one episode of The Nanny on Australian channel Fox Hits (now Fox Comedy), it used the 1993 TriStar Television theme. This was also heard on at least one airing on 7Flix. The same thing also happens on Encore airings of the 1997 TV movie Home Invasion (7Mate airings in Australia have the SPT logo with the normal SPT music instead and the credits cut off, a common thing sometimes done by the channel and its sister stations for unknown reasons).
  • High pitched and double pitched variants were also later introduced, with the former being usually found on PAL prints.
  • Some international prints of Starsky and Hutch episodes have a PAL pitched 1993 CPT theme.
  • On French prints of Young Americans, the 1995 Columbia TriStar Television theme is heard.
  • A French dub of Parker Lewis Can't Lose has the 1988 CPT theme.
  • Otherwise, it would be silent or have the closing theme of any TV shows/movies.
  • On the Region 2 DVD of Men In Black: The Series: Volume 1 print of episode 3 titled "The Irritable Bow-Wow Syndrome", a snippet of the 1995 Columbia TriStar Television theme can be heard before the 2003 SPTI logo.

Availability: Fairly common.

  • This logo is retained on season 5 of Good Times on TV One and international airings of Sue Thomas' F.B. Eye.
  • It was last seen on Dawson's Creek on The N (now TeenNick), and early Designing Women episodes last seen on TV Land.
  • This logo was also seen across the globe and some Sony films sometimes seen on the Starz/Encore networks, European networks and several The Three Stooges 5-minute minisode (courtesy of The Minisode Network) shorts on IFC. However, recent international prints has the standard SPT logo, replacing this and the in-credit ones.
  • It can be found on Shout! Factory's release of season 4 of Barney Miller, replacing the Four D Productions logo on all but two episodes from that season.
  • Surprisingly, this appears on TBS' prints of Saving Silverman and The Sweetest Thing, a Sony Movie Channel broadcast (and Crackle print) of Kings of South Beach (replacing the SPT logo), a TCM airing of Operation Bikini (1963) (following the 1996 MGM Television logo), a ThisTV airing of The Great Escape, a We airing of Ghost World, and old AMC airings of Mary Reilly (as well as a We broadcast), Original Sin, and A View to a Kill.
  • This may or may not be followed by the Sony Pictures Television logo on some recent airings.
  • It can be also seen on a handful episodes of Family Law last seen on Start TV.
  • It can also be spotted on certain prints of select Adelaide Productions series, including PAL DVD prints of the Stuart Little animated show, select episodes of Jumanji on Hulu (most episodes retained the Columbia TriStar Television logos), and Amazon Prime prints of Jackie Chan Adventures.
  • The logo can still be seen on some Sony-owned movies and shows via The Roku Channel or Crackle.
  • It was also seen on old FX airings of Daddy Day Care and Are We There Yet?, but recent airings of these two films omits that.
  • It also shows up on the live-action version of The Tick on the Mill Creek DVD release.
  • The standard high-toned variant was used to plaster the TriStar Television logo at the end of Australian reruns of The Nanny.
    • Prints found on Stan (an Australian streaming service) have it followed by a regular high-toned Sony Pictures Television logo.
  • The high-tone variant was seen on international broadcasts of Godzilla: The Series, plastering CTT before the credits (an artifact of the show running on Fox Kids in the US, where all logos preceded their split-screen credits).
  • It can be also seen on the Sony Pictures Choice Collection DVD-R of Reunion at Fairborough (1985), plastering the CPT "Coke Lady".
  • This also shows up at the end of's streaming print of The Wedding Planner (2001).
  • Most episodes of The Nanny on HBO Max use this logo; the rest retain the TriStar Television logo.
  • It can also be found on airings of Ghostbusters II on Corus Entertainment channels (ex. MovieTime).
  • Bell Media channels use the regular 2002 SPT logo.

Legacy: Contrary to the other SPT logos, this logo does not receive as much negative community reception as its domestic counterpart.

Columbia TriStar International Television
Sony Pictures Television International
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