Weiss Global Enterprises

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Descriptions by
Bigrene2 and Supermarty-o

Captures by
V of Doom, Eric S., Supermarty-o, and LogoGuy94

Editions by
Andrew Batstone, Eric S., and KramdenII

Video captures courtesy of
TheVintageTVArchive and LogicSmash

Background

Weiss Global Enterprises was a small distribution company that was formed in 1971 by film producer Adrian Weiss and his son Steven Weiss, which mainly distributed the Exclusive Films and Lippert catalog on television and video. Kit Parker Films acquired their entire library in 2004 (with the exceptions of I Married Joan and My Little Margie, both of which are now owned by VEI Entertainment).

(1978-1984)

Logo: On a black background, seven different angular shapes appear, forming an abstract "WGE", in a light textured gray color, one at a time, except for the "G" which quickly snakes to the right, up a little at an angle, and then straight up (and also appears last). The text "DISTRIBUTED BY WEISS GLOBAL ENTERPRISES", with all but the "DISTRIBUTED BY" in the Handel Gothic font fades in below the "WGE" after that.

Variants:

  • Depending on the film quality, the texture in the logo may be instead pure white or will be really noticeable.
  • A color version of this logo exists. In it, the background is blue, and the metallic texture of the logo looks more detailed. There is a version with no animation, and one with the full animation.

Technique: The shapes appearing and the text fading.

Music/Sounds: A wind, airplane-like sound effect and a droning synth sound both start to play, which the former lasts throughout the whole logo. Cheesy '80s-style arcade zapping sounds are heard during the formation of the "WGE" and the company name appearing. A buzzing sound during the droning is heard, with some more wind sound effects included, at the end. The short version only has one "buzz" from this jingle playing throughout.

Music/Sounds Variant: A silent version has been reported at the start of I Married Joan and My Little Margie when they were shown on CBN (now Freeform) back in the early '80s.

Availability: Extremely rare. Was seen on syndicated prints of Make Room for Daddy (a.k.a. The Danny Thomas Show), but not on Me-TV with the exception of one episode, "The Singing Sisters", as it's been plastered with the SFM Entertainment logo. Was last seen on TV Land when they played all the shows that Nick@Nite used to play in the '80s and '90s on the weekend of June 24, 2005. Also, this can be seen on syndicated prints of the classic NBC TV series The Bill Dana Show, and was used as an opening and older prints of Mayberry R.F.D. The color variant can found on the VCI DVD of Sins of Jezebel (on a double feature with Queen of the Amazons) and the Buena Vista Home Video release of the 1955 RKO film Tennessee's Partner from the label's "50's Theatre" Video series. The shortened color counterpart was seen at the end of some episodes of Good Morning World, which an episode with it intact can be found at the Paley Center. This logo is preserved on certain VHS tapes of Make Room for Daddy from the early 1990's released by Nu Ventures Video. It is unknown if there's a short version of the B/W logo and it's also unknown if this was seen on syndicated prints of The Joey Bishop Show.

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