Universal Television (2011-present)

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On September 12, 2011, Universal Media Studios was renamed back to its original name, "Universal Television". The company launched its unscripted television division in 2016. Distribution of these shows go to NBCUniversal Syndication Studios.

1st Logo (September 14-October 2011)

Logo: We zoom out from a Western Hemisphere view of a detailed globe with some clouds. As we pan out, a sunburst appears and shines in the northeastern arc of the globe. A bluish/purple starfield with a few nebular clouds appear in the background. The white text "UNIVERSALTELEVISION" (in a sans-serif font called "Folio" and "UNIVERSAL" in bold) without a space between and with an abstract arc above is vertically wiped in front of the Earth globe with a translucent line once we are at a comfortable distance.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show or NBC's generic theme with a voice over.

Availability: Extinct.

  • It debuted (as a placeholder) on new season premieres of Parenthood, Community, and The Office, among others before the split-screen credits on network TV.
  • This logo also appears on original prints of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Last Call with Carson Daly. Like the returning series mentioned above, it was also seen on new shows such as Whitney, Up All Night, and the American version of Prime Suspect, among others, all on NBC before the split-screen credits.
  • On-demand prints of new season episodes (i.e. Hulu, NBC.com) of these shows retained the Universal Media Studios logo.

2nd Logo (October 13, 2011-)

Logo: Against a bluish starfield background that's almost similar to the one from the previous logo with some nebular clouds, we see a much more detailed Earth globe zooming out from the front right to the center which is now rotating forward this time like the other Universal logos. As the globe reaches the center, a sunburst appears flashing on the top-right part of the globe. As this happens, the text "UNIVERSALTELEVISION", in the same font as before with the abstract arc above it, appears rotating in from the left and making a stop in front of the globe as the sunburst dims down a bit. Some light rays are seen behind the globe and some nebular clouds are seen moving in front of the globe. The byline "A Division of NBCUniversal" appears under the logo.

Trivia: This logo was created and animated by Imaginary Forces. The logo has some elements from the 1991 Universal Television logo.


  • A short version exists.
  • In the logo's later years, the "UNIVERSALTELEVISION" text, along with the abstract arc above, appear wiping in vertically like the previous logo instead of rotating in as the globe goes into the center. Also, a couple of light rays are omitted.
  • In 2013, the logo was enhanced, with darker tones and a dimmer sun. This version is bylineless, presumably to reflect the new 100% Comcast ownership. This variant is only seen on the Imaginary Forces website.
  • There is also an unused version where the "UNIVERSALTELEVISION" text is replaced by the "UNIVERSAL NBC TELEVISION" text, and the "A Division of NBCUniversal" byline is replaced by "An NBCUniversal Company".
  • A shortened version exists on the 2018 revival of Magnum P.I. wherein it only shows the finished product of the logo.
  • On season 3 of Master of None and full-screen prints of the final season of House, M.D. starting with "Risky Business" and The Office (U.S. version) episodes starting with "Spooked", the logo is in 4:3.
  • On Saturday Morning All Star Hits!, the logo is in 4:3 and videotaped like the show itself.
  • On 5 More Sleeps 'til Christmas and later season 2 episodes of Master of None, the logo is in scope and bylineless.
  • The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon has a very wide version of the logo with a copyright stamp when it is formed below the "UNIVERSALTELEVISION" text.
  • On The Gilded Age, the logo is still.
  • On Tales of the City, the logo appears above the NBCUniversal International Studios logo.

Technique: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: A three-note (F-D-E♭) orchestrated theme, consisting of the first two notes of the three-note NBC chimes jingle and a final note that sounds similar to that of the 1997 Universal Pictures fanfare, composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The theme was composed by FirstCom Music, and it sounds quite similar to the NBCUniversal Television logo music.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On three S3 episodes of Community and the first two S14 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the Universal Media Studios logo music is heard.
  • The "UNIVERSAL NBC TELEVISION" prototype version has a triumphant, news-like rendition of the NBC chimes. Composed by The Elements.
  • A pretty common warp-speed version of the music exists, with a cymbal crash on the last note.
  • On the first two season 3 episodes of the 2018 revival of Magnum P.I. (whereas the theme carries off to the 2020 CBS Studios logo along with that of the shortened 2009 CBS Television Studios logo, due to an editing error), 5 More Sleeps 'til Christmas and As We See It, it is silent.
  • Original NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS airings use a generic theme and a voiceover.
  • Otherwise, it's the ending theme of the show.

Availability: Current.

  • It debuted on the October 13, 2011 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and was used in tandem with the previous logo.
  • It is currently seen on new seasons of current and then-current shows which are Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Parks and Recreation, Community, Will and Grace, Parenthood, House, Up All Night, and The Office.
  • It also appeared on new shows that they produced from 2011 onwards such as The Blacklist, Law & Order: Organized Crime, the FBI franchise, Ted Lasso, Manifest, the 2021 revivals of both Punky Brewster and The Equalizer, Kenan, Duncanville, the Chicago franchise, Grimm, The Endgame, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mr. Mayor, Superstore, Master of None, and Shades of Blue, among many others.
  • On cable television, it can be seen on The Jack & Triumph Show airing on Adult Swim, and it is also seen on The 90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • It also appears on shows produced by Open 4 Business Productions (such as The Mindy Project, The Blacklist and Go On), as they do not have their own logo.
  • If a rare, prototype version was used before the name change to Universal Television, this is possible to be used in the future.
  • This plasters the 1997-2004 logo on Paramount Network airings of Law and Order.

Copyright Stamps

Here is some information about the copyright stamps on the Universal Television series and TV movies:

  • 2011-2014: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Network Television LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 2011-2014: Copyright © [YEAR] NBC Studios LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 2014-: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Television LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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Universal Television (2011-present)
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