Thomas-Spelling Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database


Credits
Descriptions by
Jason Jones and Shadeed A. Kelly

Captures by
Eric S., V of Doom, Shadeed A. Kelly, Bob Fish, bmasters9, EnormousRat, and snelfu

Editions by
V of Doom, Shadeed A. Kelly, Bob Fish, and DisneyInternationalFan

Video captures courtesy of
Eric S.

Background

Thomas-Spelling Productions was the first television production company of Aaron Spelling and actor/comedian Danny Thomas (who also teamed up with fellow producer Sheldon Leonard on Make Room for Daddy), which was formed in 1966 and dissolved in 1973 after The Mod Squad ended.

1st Logo (January 13, 1967-September 15, 1969)


Nickname: "The Thomas/Spelling Emblem"


Logo: On a navy blue background, we see a red shield with a white outline, white filmstrips coming out of two filmreels and hanging around it, two drama masks, an outlined eagle on top, and the words "Thomas/Spelling" with a diagonal filmstrip separating them. A white arched banner with the word "PRODUCTIONS" in red inside is below the shield.


Variant: On Rango, the shield zooms in.


Technique: On Rango, the sudden zooming-in effect. None on The Guns of Will Sonnett.


Music/Sounds: On Rango and the pilot for The Guns of Will Sonnett, a regal trumpet fanfare was used, with a sped-up version on the latter. On The Guns of Will Sonnett, the closing theme was used.


Availability: Rare. It was seen on Rango years ago and The Guns of Will Sonnett.

2nd Logo (January 13, 1967-March 1, 1973, May 18, 1979)


Logo: In the ending credits of shows like The Mod Squad, the following text in a custom font appears superimposed at the end:


This has been
A
THOMAS/SPELLING
PRODUCTION
Copyright © THOMAS/SPELLING PRODUCTIONS [YEAR] All Rights Reserved


Variants:

  • On Rango, the following text is superimposed at the end:
RANGO
A THOMAS-SPELLING-TIMKEL
PRODUCTION
Copyright © [YEAR] All Rights Reserved
  • On The Guns of Will Sonnett, the following text is used:
THE GUNS OF
WILL SONNETT
A THOMAS-SPELLING-BRENCO
PRODUCTION
Copyright © [YEAR] All Rights Reserved

    • In later episodes, the copyright stamp is written this way:
Copyright © THOMAS-SPELLING-BRENCO PRODUCTION [YEAR]
All Rights Reserved
  • Some early TV movies feature the text "THOMAS/SPELLING PRODUCTIONS presents" at the beginning.


Technique: None.


Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the TV movie for "THOMAS/SPELLING PRODUCTIONS presents" or the closing theme of the show or TV movie.


Availability: Uncommon. Seen on Rango, The Guns of Will Sonnett, and The Mod Squad. The text also appeared on the 1969-70 ABC series The New People.


Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.