Thomas-Spelling Productions

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Logo descriptions by Jason Jones and Shadeed A. Kelly Logo captures by Eric S., V of Doom, Shadeed A. Kelly, Bob Fish, bmasters9, EnormousRat, and snelfu Editions by V of Doom, Shadeed A. Kelly, and Bob Fish Video capture courtesy of Eric S.


Background: Thomas-Spelling Productions was the first television production company of Aaron Spelling formed in 1966 and actor/comedian, Danny Thomas (who also teamed up with fellow producer Sheldon Leonard on Make Room for Daddy), ending the partnership in 1973 after The Mod Squad ended.


1st Logo

(January 13, 1967-September 15, 1969)


Nickname: "The Thomas/Spelling Emblem"

Logo: On a navy blue background, there is an emblem that features a red shield outlined in yellow with yellow curled ribboning and an outlined eagle on top of the emblem with the words: "Thomas/Spelling" with a diagonal ribbon line separating the names inside the shield and a yellow arched banner with an arched word "PRODUCTIONS" in red.

FX/SFX: On Rango, the sudden zooming-in effect. None on The Guns of Will Sonnett.

Music/Sounds: On Rango and the pilot for The Guns of Will Sonnett, a regal trumpet fanfare was used, except on the latter it's also sped up. On The Guns of Will Sonnett, the closing theme was used.

Availability: Rare. It was seen on Rango years ago and more commonly seen onThe Guns of Will Sonnett.

Editor's Note: None.


2nd Logo

(January 13, 1967-March 1, 1973, May 18, 1979)

Logo: In the ending credits of shows like The Mod Squad, the text in the series type font would appear superimposed at the end:

This has been

A

THOMAS/SPELLING

PRODUCTION

Copyright © THOMAS/SPELLING PRODUCTIONS [YEAR] All Rights Reserved

Variants:

On Rango, a custom text appears superimposed at the end:

RANGO

A THOMAS-SPELLING-TIMKEL

PRODUCTION

Copyright © [YEAR] All Rights Reserved

On The Guns of Will Sonnett, this is the custom text:

THE GUNS OF

WILL SONNETT

A THOMAS-SPELLING-BRENCOPRODUCTION

Copyright © [YEAR] All Rights Reserved

but later, the copyright stamp was read as:

Copyright © THOMAS-SPELLING-BRENCO PRODUCTION [YEAR] All Rights Reserved

Some early TV movies at the beginning would have the text "THOMAS/SPELLING PRODUCTIONS presents".

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the TV movie for "THOMAS/SPELLING PRODUCTIONS presents" or the closing theme of the show or TV movie.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on Rango, The Guns of Will Sonnett, and The Mod Squad. The text also appeared on the short-lived 1969-70 ABC series The New People.

Editor's Note: None.

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