Universal Television Enterprises

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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Following MCA's renaming to Universal Studios Inc. by Seagram & Sons, MCA TV was renamed itself to Universal Television Enterprises, and acquired all of the assets from Multimedia Entertainment, which Universal bought out in 1996, including The Jerry Springer Show. On October 20, 1997, Universal announced it will sell USA Network, Sci-Fi Channel, Universal Television and the rights to the 1929–1949 Paramount Pictures sound feature film library to HSN Inc. (a company owned by Barry Diller) for $4.075 billion, who renamed it to Studios USA Television LLC. The deal was closed in 1998.

1st Logo (January-September 1997)

Logo: It's a shortened bylineless version of the 1990 Universal Pictures logo, without any modifications whatsoever.

Variant: A rare German version of the logo exists, where the globe is oriented towards Europe and Africa, and the texts "Eine Produktion von" and "und das redaktionsbüro" exists.

Technique: Same as the 1990 Universal Pictures logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1991 Universal Television logo.

Availability: Rare, as it was a placeholder.

  • It was seen on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • Also seen on 2nd half season 14-early 1st half season 15 taped episodes of Sally Jessy Raphael and 2nd half season 6-early 1st half season 7 taped episodes of Jerry Springer, replacing the 1994 Multimedia Entertainment logo on Nosey TV.
  • A Polish airing of the 1993 TV movie Torch Song has this plastering over the Multimedia Motion Pictures logo.
  • The rare German version is found in the talk show Vera Am Mittag, which aired on SAT1.

2nd Logo (September 1997-1998)

Logo: Same as the 1997 Universal Television logo, but the name reads as "UNIVERSAL TELEVISION ENTERPRISES, INC. EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR" as it fades in under the logo. The copyright notice is intact.

Variant: There is a longer version of the logo which also exists, starting out with the "UNIVERSAL" name making its way to the front of the globe, and the name appears below the logo after it before the logo finally zooms back to its position before the copyright appears.

Technique: CGI.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1997 Universal Television logo, based on the Universal Pictures fanfare by Jerry Goldsmith.


  • The longer version of the Universal Television Enterprises logo has appeared on some later episodes of Jerry Springer and Sally Jessy Raphael during the 1997-1998 season.
  • The standard version is retained on season 4 on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys when seen on The Hub (later Hub Network, now Discovery Family) and on DVD, season 3 of Xena: Warrior Princess on DVD, and Team Knight Rider on Hulu.

Copyright Stamps

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

  • 1997-1998: Copyright © [YEAR] Universal Television Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • 1998: Copyright © [YEAR] New-U Distribution LLC. All Rights Reserved.
MCA Television Enterprises
Multimedia Entertainment
Universal Television Enterprises
Studios USA Television
Universal Worldwide Television
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