Columbia TriStar International Television

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Credits
Logo descriptions by
Shadeed A.Kelly


Logo captures by
wolfie14, Shadeed A. Kelly, Eric S., V of Doom, and ClosingLogosHD


Editions by
wolfie14, Shadeed A. Kelly, Eric S., userjt, CuriousGeorge60, and V of Doom


Video captures courtesy of
Eric S., JohnnyL80, PluMGMK, and ClosingLogosHD

Background

Sony Pictures Entertainment and TriStar Television president Jon Feltheimer merged its international television arm Columbia Pictures International Television with TriStar Television to become Columbia TriStar International Television in 1992 to distribute all its shows and the Columbia TriStar films around the world, reincorporated as Sony Pictures Television International (now "Sony Pictures Television") on September 16, 2002.


1st Logo (1993-1999)

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Nicknames: "CT Boxes", "CGI Boxes"

Logo: Same as the Columbia TriStar Home Video of the time, except “HOME VIDEO” is changed to the stacked words “INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION”.

FX/SFX: Same as the 1993 CTHV logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1993 CTHV logo.

Availability: Extinct. This was most commonly seen on various Three Stooges shorts from Stooge TV on The Family Channel (now Freeform) from 1995-1998. Also seen at the end of a sizzle reel of Headline Chasers.

Editor's Note: None.


2nd Logo (1996-2001)

Nicknames: "Logos Up-Close", "Lighting Up Screens Around the World", "Side-By-Side Logo"

Logo: On the background of the 1993 Columbia Pictures logo, we see a still shot of the Torch Lady on the left with her cloud behind her and the TriStar Pegasus (in its similar style from the 1993 TriStar Pictures logo), on the right without a cloud. We would see the animation of the TriStar Pegasus unfolding his wings just like the 1993 theatrical logo. Above them panning back says “COLUMBIA TRISTAR INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION” above the Torch Lady and the Pegasus. Below the waist of the Torch Lady underlined says “LIGHTING UP SCREENS”. Below shifted on the right says “AROUND THE” and underneath says “WORLD” in a huge font with the planet Earth rotating, panning back into the rings to represent the letter “O” all in gold and the remaining lettering in Trajan Pro font. The logo appears:

COLUMBIA TRISTAR INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION

LIGHTING UP SCREENS

AROUND THE

WORLD

FX/SFX: The name and globe panning back. Very nice animation.

Music/Sounds: The shortened or the long version of the Columbia TriStar Television Distribution theme.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on any Sony series across the globe. The version with the short jingle was recently spotted on some episodes of the show AXN on the Spanish channel TeleXitos.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo (1997-2002)

Nicknames: "CT Boxes II", "The Filmstrip", "The C-T Filmstrip"

Logo: It's the same as the 1997 CTHV logo, except the stacked words, "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION" replaces "HOME VIDEO" and the words "Columbia Tristar" and "International Television" are shown in the middle sliding in slowly from the left and right of the screen respectively as the logo animates. In the middle is a black rounded code-out box with the white word "Columbia" which then changes intro "Tristar". Then the words disappear before the logo forms.

Variants:

  • A stretched 16:9 variant exists on widescreen programs.
  • A Brazilian version exists on the Brazilian version of Married... With Children, titled A Guerra Dos Pintos, in which the text "BRASIL" (which is in a different font), appears below "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION", making it read "COLUMBIA TRISTAR INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION BRASIL". Also, the words "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION" are not stacked to make room for "BRASIL" underneath.

FX/SFX: Same as the 1997 CTHV logo.

Music/Sounds: The same Madchester beat from the 1997 CTHV logo.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • Respectively seen on Men in Black: The Series and Twice in a Lifetime outside the USA.
  • It was also seen on Czech airings of the German show Powder Park, followed by the SPT logo.
  • It was also seen on the UK version of As If.
  • It may have also been spotted on Channel Umptee-3 among other programs.
  • It made a surprise appearance at the end of a Sony Movie Channel broadcast of The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980), but the iTunes print doesn't retain it.
  • Also seen on international prints of the Canadian cartoon D'Myna Leagues.

Editor's Note: None.

4th Logo (1997-2000?)

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Nicknames: "CT Boxes III", "The Light Blue Outline Boxes", "CT Print Boxes"

Logo: A flash occurs. Then, in a "swirly" black-blue background, a few light blue outline boxes slowly slide in different directions, revealing a white rectangle with dark cyan tinted print boxes of the Columbia and TriStar logos, respectively. Above the white rectangle, the words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR" in white Bank Gothic MD BT font, appears via a flash-like effect. Under the rectangle, "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION" appears in the same fashion.

FX/SFX: The background, the boxes, and the text.

Music/Sounds: Unknown, probably the same as the last logo. The promos that use this logo usually have the ending theme of the trailer alongside an announcer saying a tagline along the lines of "Available from Columbia TriStar International Television".

Availability: Near extinction. The only known evidence of this logo is from a set of promos at Nxtbook.com, among other logos. One of the trailers which had this logo was Ihaka: Blunt Instrument.

Editor's Note: None.


5th Logo (1998-2001)

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Nicknames: "The Metallic Globe", "CT TV Tube"

Logo: The screen flashes quickly, revealing the same background as the 4th logo, with some connected circles spinning, and a CBS Broadcast International-esque Earth globe spinning, both slowly zooming in. The words "COLUMBIA TRISTAR INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION", in a different Bank Gothic typeface, appear at the upper and lower sides of the screen, respectively. Two white lines of light criss-cross to form a TV tube-esque form with the Columbia logo (from the 1993 movie logo, but still) at the left side and the TriStar logo (again, from the 1993 movie logo, but still) at the right side. The lines of light fade out later.

FX/SFX: The background, the connected circles and the globe spinning, the words appearing and the lines of light forming the logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the last logo.

Availability: Same as the 4th logo.

Editor's Note: Same as the 4th logo.


6th Logo (1999-2001)


Nicknames: "CT Boxes IV", "Zooming Boxes", "CT Print Boxes II", "Stylish CT", "The Parentheses"

Logo: Against a plum purple background, the print Columbia and TriStar boxes filled with pink, and the text:

columbia tristar

international

television

zoom out, while two pink parentheses facing both sides, criss-cross to fill the boxes with plum purple.

Variants:

  • There is one variant where the parentheses are blinking.
  • There is a variant where the logo is orange. This variant was found with the parentheses blinking, though a version without the blinking may exist.


FX/SFX: The zoom out. The parentheses blinking on the variant.

Music/Sounds: It's probably the same as the CTT logo of the time.

Availability: Same as the 4th and 5th logos. The orange blinking variant was spotted on a promo for Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and a promo for The Jeffersons.

Editor's Note: None.



7th Logo (2000-2002)

Nicknames: "CT Boxes V", "Enhanced Sliding Boxes", "International Boxes of Boredom"

Logo: Exactly the same as the 1999 second filmed version of Columbia TriStar Television "Boxes of Boredom" logo except the stacked words "INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION" replaces "TELEVISION" or "DOMESTIC TELEVISION" and the Sony byline is intact.

FX/SFX: Same as Columbia TriStar (Domestic) Television.

Music/Sounds: The same as the 1994 CTT logo theme except played at a noticeable higher pitch (possibly because it aired on TV in a PAL or SECAM-format country, though the same pitch might be seen in NTSC-format countries). In other cases, it used only the closing theme of the show or none, as in the case of season 1 episodes of Sue Thomas' F.B. Eye.

Availability: Extremely rare.

  • It was recently seen on an Irish broadcast of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, before the credits; the 2003 Sony Pictures Television International logo appeared after the credits.
  • In the past, it was seen on any Sony shows worldwide.
  • It was also seen on the 2000 version of Tequilla & Bonetti.
  • Retained on French airings of Mysterious Ways.
  • Also seen on season 1 episodes of Sue Thomas' F.B. Eye on Start TV, as well as Hallmark Movies Now, Amazon Video, and Tubi, among other streaming services.

Editor's Note: See the 2nd CTT logo.