Gladden Entertainment Corporation
Gladden Entertainment was a film company founded by late Hollywood executive David Begelman, which supplanted Sherwood Productions, the company of which he was head of production. Begelman named the company after his wife Gladys. Gladden was overshadowed by Begelman's fraudulent schemes and unpaid taxes that would haunt him until he committed suicide in 1995. In February 1994, the founder left Gladden Entertainment, which would go bankrupt that April, and focused on a company he founded months earlier called Gladden Productions, but no movies ever came out of that new company. All films would eventually fall under control of Epic Productions, which would incorporate the Sherwood films into its Zeta library and the Gladden films into its Alpha library. Today, the films are owned by MGM through Orion.
(June 13, 1986-May 17, 1991)
Nickname: "The Ribbon G"
Logo: On a grain background, we see a blue box expanding. It then morphs into a ribbon, revealing a "g". "GLADDEN ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION" appears under, and a blue box is formed, making the "g" clear.
- Starting with The Sicilian, the logo was cut short to begin once the "g" is revealed.
- The aforementioned Sicilian has the logo on a white-on-black color scheme.
FX/SFX: The animation in the logo.
Music: None. Sometimes, the opening theme plays.
Availability: The original version can be seen on Wisdom, and TV prints of Mannequin and The Manhattan Project. The short version can be seen on Mannequin 2: On the Move, Gleaming the Cube, Millennium, Short Time, The Sicilian, Weekend at Bernie's and The Fabulous Baker Boys. Current prints of many of their productions such as Mannequin and The Manhattan Project (on MGM DVD releases mainly) have it plastered, or remain intact but with the Fox logo replaced with the MGM lion. The Fox/Gladden combo can still be seen on both the Live Entertainment and MGM DVDs of The Fabulous Baker Boys, the Artisan DVDs and IVE/Vestron Video VHS releases of Weekend at Bernie's, The Sicilian, and Millennium, VHS releases and the German Koch DVD of Wisdom, and HBO/FXM airings of Gleaming the Cube.