Steven Bochco Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Logo descriptions by
Silversword55


Logo captures by
Eric S. and others


Editions by
CuriousGeorge60 and Originalsboy11


Video captures courtesy of
JohnnyL80, ClosingLogosHD, SimplyYoshi and Broken Saw

Background

This is Steven Bochco's production company. When Steven Bochco passed away on April 1, 2018, his son Jesse and widow Dayna join the company.

(September 19, 1989-)

Nickname: "The Violinist"

Logo: On a black background, we see almost to the left a picture of a man (who happens to be Bochco's father) playing the violin. The violin's bow moves across it rapidly, and the man shakes a little bit as it plays a loud and fast-paced tune. While that happens, Steven Bochco's signature is written slightly over the picture, and "P R O D U C T I O N S" appears below the signature.

Variants:

  • This logo was enhanced for HD in 2001 and again in 2005.
  • On Capitol Critters, an animated mouse plays the violin. The animation was provided by Hanna-Barbera.
  • On Murder in the First, after the text appears, the logo freezes.
  • On Doogie Kameāloha, M.D., the logo is still. Also, Bochco's signature and "PRODUCTIONS" are placed below the picture rather than to the right of it.

FX/SFX: The picture animating.

Music/Sounds: A very dramatic and fast-paced violin tune (in that case, was ripped off as a piece of "The Four Seasons: Summer" by Antonio Vivaldi), which would carry on to the logos that follow it (such as either the 20th Century Fox or 20th Television logos, the Paramount Network Television logo, or the CBS Productions logo), CBS airings of Brooklyn South and ABC airings of Blind Justice would have a voice over, the former's voice over is for Letterman promos.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Capitol Critters, the music is faster and higher-pitched.
  • On the short-lived show Over There and Murder in the First, the theme is shortened.
  • On Commander in Chief, the music is slightly slowed down.
  • On Doogie Kameāloha, M.D., it's silent.

Availability: Uncommon. It's intact on all of Bochco's series, such as Doogie Howser, M.D. (the first show this logo was used on), NYPD Blue on H&I, Raising the Bar, Commander in Chief, Brooklyn South, Cop Rock, and Blind Justice. Most recently used on Murder in the First on TNT. The Capitol Critters variant is extinct and was last seen in the mid-'90s on Cartoon Network. The still version is seen on Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. on Disney+. Don't expect to see this on L.A. Law or Hooperman, as those shows predated the logo.

Editor's Note: None.

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