Steven Bochco Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
Silversword55

Captures by
Eric S. and SovereignJNewell

Editions by
CuriousGeorge60 and Originalsboy11

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

Background

This is Steven Bochco's production company. It is currently run by his son Jesse and widow Dayna after Bochco died on April 1, 2018.

(September 19, 1989-)

Logo: On a black background, we see almost to the left a picture of a man (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 "PRODUCTIONS" wipes in below that.

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, the name is placed below the picture rather than to the right of it.

Technique: Simple 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: A 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. CBS and ABC airings would have a voice over, with the former's voice over for Letterman promos.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Capitol Critters, the music is faster and higher-pitched.
  • Sometimes, 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. This logo was recently revived for Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. on Disney+. This doesn't appear on L.A. Law or Hooperman, as those shows predated the logo.

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