Motion Pictures for Television

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Logo descriptions by PAV123 and Argus Sventon Logo captures by V of Doom, Argus Sventon


Background: Motion Pictures for Television (MPTV) was an early television syndication company, founded in 1951 by former Universal executive Matty Fox as a merger between the first incarnation of Associated Artists Productions and Flamingo Television. It's probably best known now for having commissioned and produced The Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves. It syndicated some Monogram Pictures to TV, and also had close ties to fellow syndicator Guild Films, which Fox sold it to in 1955.Guild filed for bankruptcy in 1961; they were then acquired by Seven Arts Productions, and eventually folded into Warner Bros. Television; Superman is held by Warner Bros., while the rest of MPTV's output has either found other distributors over the years, is in the public domain, or has been lost. The rump company left after the sale to Guild, Western Television, was merged into C&C Television in 1958.


1st Logo (1952-????)

Motion Pictures for Television (1952) Logo: During the credits, we see the text "Distributed by Motion Pictures for Television, Inc." in italics beneath the words "THE END" in a Times New Roman Font. The text has a shadow effect.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the program.

Availability: Seen on programs released by the company. Known to be spotted on a vintage Superman TV series.

Editor's Note: None. . . . 2nd Logo (1954-????) MPTV LogoMotion Pictures for Television - CLG WikiMPTV Logo Flash Gordon . Logo: We see the text "MOTION PICTURES FOR TELEVISION RELEASE". Between the words "FOR" and "TELEVISION RELEASE", we see a oblong oval. Inside the oval in a caligraphy type italics is "mptv". By the lower right of the logo is the abbreviation "INC". . FX/SFX: None. . Availability: Seen on public domain prints of the TV shows Flash Gordon and Sherlock Holmes. . Editor's Note: None. . . . .3rd Logo (1954-????) Motion Pictures for Television - CLG Wiki . Logo: We see a sky with clouds and searchlights. Near the top is a oblong oval with the text "mptv" in caligraphy type printing. Below this in all capital letters are the words "A MOTION PICTURES FOR TELEVISION". Below this is the word "Release". . FX/SFX: None. . Music: None. .. Availability: Appears on Janet Dean, Registered Nurse. One episode featuring Sal Mineo is on YouTube. . Editor's Note: None.

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