BKN International AG (with the BKN standing for "Bohbot Kids Network") was a German company formerly founded as the international division of Bohbot Entertainment, an animation production company founded by Allen J. Bohbot, and based in Germany.
Bohbot Entertainment ran a syndicated television block in the United States called "Amazin' Adventures", which began in 1992, and mainly consisted of shows created and or produced by Bohbot, but also featured third party programming from DIC Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television (in the case of Extreme Ghostbusters and the second and third seasons of the Jumanji animated series). In 1997, the block was renamed as the Bohbot Kids Network (BKN), and by then had begun to air on FOX, UPN, and WB Affiliates until 2000 (it also aired nationally for a brief time on Sci-Fi, now Syfy). The parent company soon renamed itself to BKN, Inc.
In 2000, BKN International separated from BKN, Inc. and became a public company. They eventually acquired all of their former parent company's assets in 2001, in order to produce more in-house programming available for broadcast to various networks around the world. On January 17, 2001, Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group acquired 3.8% of the company. In 2009, BKN International AG went into insolvency, and its assets were soon acquired by Allen Bohbot's new company - 41 Entertainment.
In 2019, the BKN brand name was revived by 41 as BKN Entertainment, a division of 41 Entertainment created in order to control the ex-BKN International assets.
1st Logo (1989-1990)
Logo: Against a teal/black background with a series of dark blue bars and dots moving past, a white rectangle with a silver frame turns into place, which has the text "Bohbot Entertainment, Inc." written on it in dark blue. The words shine one-by-one, and the byline "A Bohbot Communications Company" fades in below.
FX/SFX: The bars, dots turning, and shining.
Music/Sounds: A high-pitched techno tune.
Availability: Extinct. Only known to have appeared on Ring Raiders.
Editor's Note: None.
2nd Logo (1989-1992)
Logo: On a lavender gradient background, we see the words "Productions, Inc." on the screen, with "Bohbot" swinging in from the right. It bounces in place as it stops turning. The byline "A Bohbot Communications Company" is shown below.
FX/SFX: "Bohbot" turning into place and bouncing.
Music/Sounds: A light synth tune with a "slam" sound or the end theme of the show.
Availability: Extinct. Was seen on Video Power and Girl Talk.
Editor's Note: None.
3rd Logo (1989-1992)
Nickname: "The Searchlights"
Logo: On a blue background with four diagonal lines is the gold text "Bohbot Entertainment, Inc." with a small "Distributed By" above in white text and in shadow effect. Below is a Bohbot Communications byline. Two searchlights move left and right and shine through the text.
FX/SFX: The searchlights.
Music/Sounds: A familiar orchestrated show-tune-like theme. This was actually a piece from "Theatreland" by Dick Walter.
Availability: Extinct. Only known to have appeared on Girl Talk.
Editor's Note: None.
4th Logo (1992-1996)
Nicknames: "The Bohbot Marquee", "Bohbot Entertainment Presents..."
Logo: We zoom out from a white movie marquee with a purple outline and large "chaser" lights around it, which is settled against a blue background. Written on it is "Bohbot Entertainment" with "PRESENTS..." below.
FX/SFX: The zoom-out and chaser lights.
Music/Sounds: A calm 5-note synth-horn fanfare, sometimes with a female voice saying the company's name. Starting in 1994, a different horn fanfare (which was also heard on the Amazin' Adventures bumper) was used, which sounds more "heroic".
Availability: Appears on a majority of shows produced or distributed by the company, mostly on Amazin' Adventures. Despite this logo being like an opening logo, most shows used this at the end of the show, rather than the beginning.
- It was first used on US prints of King Arthur and the Knights of Justice and last appeared on Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders.
- It appears on many DIC programs at the time, including Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (although some DVD releases edit the logo out), Double Dragon, and Street Sharks, alongside pilots and specials like Battletoads and A Hollywood Hounds Christmas. It also appeared on Bohbot's syndicated reruns of Inspector Gadget, to which these prints are kept on most DVD releases. It might have also been used on first-run airings of Gadget Boy and Action Man, although it's unknown if so.
- It can be seen on Mighty Max, and might have appeared on first-run airings of Skysurfer Strike Force as well, but all prints of the series nowadays instead use the "BKN Space Station" logo.
Editors Note: It's a favored logo among many people in the logo community.
5th Logo (1997-2000)
Nickname: "BKN on Stage"
Logo: On a blue curtain background, we see the words "BKN" in a bulgy, fat orange and yellow font fly in from different sides of the screen. They meet in the center and take a bow.
FX/SFX: The letters flying in and bowing.
Music/Sounds: A harp flourish, followed by a 5-note piano fanfare with a "bling" at the end, along with the audience applauding and an Elvis Presley impersonator saying "Oh, thank you, thank you very much.".
Music/Sounds Variant: On some shows, the music is quicker and the voiceover's lines are altered a bit. The ultra-speed version seen on Pocket Dragon Adventures omits the voiceover altogether.
- Seen on the original syndicated runs of Extreme Ghostbusters, the third season of Jumanji: The Animated Series, and Sonic Underground (And is kept on the episode "Sonic Tonic" on the "Super Mario Bros. - King Koopa Katastophe" DVD, and the episodes seen on the Sonic Christmas Blast DVD, both from Sterling Entertainment Group).
- Was used on first-run BKN programs at the time as well, including the likes of Highlander: The Animated Series and Pocket Dragon Adventures.
- It also plastered the previous logo on 1999 reruns of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog on the block. It might have also been used on BKN airings of Mummies Alive! as well (plastering Claster Television Incorporated's logo).
Editors Note: None.
6th Logo (1998-2001)
Nicknames: "BKN Space Station", "Exploding BKN"
Logo: Above the planet Earth with a small moon in the top right corner is an elliptical space station with "BKN" on it in the same font as before, and outlined in yellow, blue, and red, respectively. Little lights flash inside the letters. After a few seconds, the station explodes.
FX/SFX: The lights in the station, and the explosion.
Music/Sounds: An electronic tune that grows more dramatic, followed by an orchestral hit when the space station explodes.
- On the PlayStation game adaptation of Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends, the music is pitched up (like PAL speedup).
- On Kong: The Animated Series, the music is recomposed.
- Was used on syndicated prints of Skysurfer Strike Force, the Mega Man cartoon series, Beakman's World (which plasters the 1992 Columbia Pictures Television logo, and remains as such on Netflix), and a couple of other shows.
- For first-run programs, it was seen on the company's English dub of Monster Rancher, alongside the original series Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends (and it's PS1 game adaptation). It was last used on Kong: The Animated Series.
Editors Note: None.
7th Logo (2001-2008)
Nickname: "BKN in the Clouds"
Logo: On a gray background with moving clouds is the big "BKN" logo in a transparent gold color. The sun rises from below onto the top corner of the "K". As this happens, the background turns yellow and the "BKN" turns red.
- On shows produced in widescreen, the logo is cropped to the 16:9 ratio, making the logo much closer than usual.
- On International prints of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys, a byline reading "Represented by BKN International" is seen below.
- On Kong: King of Atlantis, the logo appears in-credit at the beginning in red. At the end, we see white text (In the same font as the credits) reading the company name.
- On some movies produced by BKN, like A Christmas Carol: Scrooge's Ghostly Tale and Kong: Return to the Jungle, the logo is seen on a black background in a box (a bit improperly cropped) with a copyright date in white below it.
FX/SFX: The clouds, the sun, and the transformation of the background and "BKN".
Music/Sounds: Normally, the end theme to the show/movie or silence. On Ultimate Book of Spells, a techno tune plays.
Availability: Appeared on shows produced during the BKN International days before their insolvency.
- This logo first appeared on Ultimate Book of Spells and appeared on many of BKN's later shows like Legend of the Dragon, Zorro: Generation Z, Dork Hunters from Outer Space, Stone Age, among the many movies produced and acquired by the company, like international prints of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys.
- This logo is kept on some YouTube prints of the mentioned series, but recent streaming prints of Dork Hunters and Stone Age (including Tubi) have this logo plastered with the BKN Entertainment logo.
Editors Note: None.