Corus Entertainment (Canada)

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Background

Corus Entertainment is a Canadian television company that was founded in 1999 as a spin off from Shaw Communications, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It acquired Power Corporation's broadcasting division soon after it spun off. In 2000, it later participated in the break-up of Western International Communications along with CanWest Global and sister company Shaw, Corus acquired WIC's 12 radio stations and some of its specialty channels. At the end of 2000, Corus acquired Nelvana Limited. In 2001 Corus sold its stake in Family Channel to Astral Media, and swapped Viewers Choice Western Canada to Shaw in exchange for the Women's Television Network (now W Network). Corus has made various acquisitions, partnerships, and divestitures ever since. On April 1, 2016, Corus acquired Shaw Media (formerly known as CanWest Global) and the company changed its logo for the first time in 17 years.

1st Logo (September 1, 1999-April 1, 2016)

Logo: Over a black background, a multicolored vortex flashes, forming the corporate logo of Corus Entertainment, which is various decorative designs of "COrUs" (a computerized "C", a spiral, a fridge magnet "r", a broken paperclip "U" and a stamp "S"), all above the text "ENTERTAINMENT".

Variants:

  • In later years, the logo was enhanced with improved CGI.
  • On 2007 episodes of.4 Square, a copyright stamp appears below.
  • A variant exists where the logo is still on a white background with cubes floating, and "ENTERTAINMENT" is black.
  • Sometimes, the logo is shortened and lacks the 3 note synth tune.
  • The logo appears in-credit on Love It or List It.

FX/SFX: The colors flashing in. Pretty cool CGI.

Music/Sounds: A synth warbling sound, ending with a whoosh and a 3-note synth tune. Other times, it's the end theme or none.

Availability: Appears on Slap Shot 3: The Junior League, Uh-Oh!, and 4 Square. Recently appeared on Sensitive Skin and the 2nd season of Transporter: The Series. The shortened version can be found on many Corus distributed shows such as Treehouse TV airings of Zoboomafoo.The white version can be seen when certain Corus-affiliated channels experience technical difficulties.

Editor's Note: This is a memorable logo for those who grew up with shows featuring the logo.

2nd Logo (September 12, 2016-)

Logo: On a dark gray background, we see three green dots. A white dot appears next to the three green dots and swells up to reveal a white background. A green dot appears where the white dot was as "corus." appears via a sliding fade in.

Variants:

  • Sometimes, "Produced in association with" fades in above the logo.
  • Another variant of this is seen on Departure where the text says "PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH CORUS ENTERTAINMENT". It’s also higher than before, and the font is different.
  • A short version exists.
  • A version with "STUDIOS" below the logo exists.
  • A still, in-credit version exists.

FX/SFX: The dots, the white dot swelling, and the fade in effects.

Music/Sounds: 4 beeps then a two-note dramatic theme. The closing theme of the show may also be used.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On Canadian prints of Rusty Rivets (other countries use a Nickelodeon Productions logo instead), the logo is silent.
  • On the Bravest Warriors TV series, the final note of the 2017 Nelvana logo plays over it.

Availability: Current. It was first seen on The ZhuZhus (before the new and current logo of Nelvana made it's debut after that month of 2016), Ransom on CBS in the US and Global TV in Canada, and appears on most TV shows produced for various Corus channels. The "studios" variant can only be seen on Rust Valley Restorers on History Channel.

Editor's Note: This is a memorable logo for those kids, adolescents, and adults in this era who grew up watching The ZhuZhus, Ransom, Rust Valley Restorers and many other featured live-action/animated shows from the latter company since late summer of 2016.