Logo descriptions by'' Logoboy95 and Logophile 'Logo captures by' Eric S., Bob Fish, V of Doom, Logophile, and Gilblitz112 'Editions by' V of Doom and Shadeed A. Kelly 'Video captures courtesy of' JohnnyL80, Eric S., and Matthew Mayfield (Logophile) Background: Castle Rock Entertainment created a television unit when the company was formed in 1987, and produced its first program, an NBC pilot, Heart and Soul, in 1988. Glenn Padnick, the company's co-founder and partner, previously ran Embassy Communications, and it was decided to operate a television branch for him to run. Although Castle Rock continues to operate, the television department has been dormant since The Seinfeld Story in 2004. It has possibly been dissolved into Warner Bros. Television. They don't use a proper logo entirely (for the most part), just the Castle Rock movie logo with a sped-up version of the studio's fanfare and a copyright stamp below. 1st Logo (July 21, 1988-September 4, 1989)
Nicknames: "The Lighthouse", "The Early Lighthouse" Logo: On a pink, orange and yellow morning sky is the black lighthouse (with the sun behind it) with land and blue water. Below is "CASTLE ROC'K' ENTERTAINMENT". Under that is the copyright stamp: "Copyright © (YEAR) CASTLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT All Rights Reserved". This was likely a placeholder logo used before the animated logo was ready for use. Variant: An early version exists without the copyright stamp. This was seen on Heart and Soul. In this case, the copyright info is part of the end credits. FX/SFX: None. Music/Sounds: None. Availability: Extinct. This appeared on Heart and Soul and Julie Brown: The Show, both pilots that aired on NBC and CBS, respectively. This might have appeared on the 1989 CBS pilot The Ed Begley, Jr. Show and the original NBC airing of "The Seinfeld Chronicles" (considering Julie Brown aired two months after the Seinfeld pilot). In all cases, this logo is long gone outside of old off-air recordings of the aforementioned shows. Scare Factor: None. 2nd Logo (July 5, 1989-November 17, 1994)
Nicknames: "The Lighthouse II", "The Light Tower", "Majestic Lighthouse" Logo: We see a lighthouse outlined on a black/red gradient sky, situated on a jet-black ground. From it is a white light, which starts at the left and then sweeps around to the right. As it sweeps, the words "CASTLE ROC'K' ENTERTAINMENT" are revealed, and a copyright stamp appears. The sun slowly rises up from behind the lighthouse as the logo finishes. Variants:
- July 5, 1989: The main version of this logo shows that the first copyright stamp appears underneath the logo, then this one fades out until the logo fades out to black.
- May 31, 1990-November 17, 1994: The second copyright stamp appears under it. Instead of this one fading out, this logo fades out later.
- On The Powers That Be, Ann Jillian and the 704 Hauser pilot episode "Meet the Cumberbatches", the logo has no copyright stamp. Powers and Hauser are co-productions with ELP Communications and Columbia Pictures Television while Ann Jillian has the copyright info as part of the end credits.
- Some shows have the copyright stamp in a slightly different font. Seen on Thea and the original broadcast of Seinfeld (the DVD and HD version is reconstructed, with the copyright info in a different font (like the one in the next logo) and it fades out when the music ends (the reconstructed version has the logo fading out a second after the music ends). Also before the light beams past the screen, you can briefly see the company name in black. You have to look hard, but it's there.
- Homeroom has the copyright info in a stylized font (same as the one used in the credits). Here the copyright stamp is seen before the light beams past the screen. The logo fades out slightly earlier than usual.
- (July 5, 1989-December 17, 1989) "Copyright © (year) CASTLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT All Rights Reserved".
- (May 31, 1990-November 17, 1994) "Copyright © (year) CASTLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT Castle Rock Entertainment is the author of this program for the purpose of copyright and other laws. All Rights Reserved.".
FX/SFX: The "CASTLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT" text sweeping, the copyright appearances. Music/Sounds: A sped-up rendition of the last five notes of the movie jingle. Sometimes, the closing theme was used. Availability: Rare. Seen on Thea on BET (whenever they decide to re-air it again). Currently seen on Seinfeld DVDs in high-res and in excellent quality (they were plastered over with the 3rd logo in syndication until January 26, 2010, when the remastered HD widescreen version, which was seen exclusively on TBS HD beginning in 2008, premiered). The earlier variant was seen intact only on the pilot episode of Seinfeld titled "The Seinfeld Chronicles". This also appeared on the short-lived comedy series Morton & Hayes and Homeroom. The version without the copyright stamp is extinct outside of old off-air recordings of the aforementioned shows. Scare Factor: None. It's a clean logo. 3rd Logo (December 8, 1994-November 25, 2004)
Nicknames: "The Lighthouse III", "CGI Lighthouse", "CGI Light Tower", "Ultra Majestic Lighthouse" Logo: A more detailed CGI version of the previous logo. A yellow light on a blue/orange gradient sky with water appears to reveal a lighthouse and a house on a water. The yellow light sweeps out "CASTLE ROC'K' ENTERTAINMENT", which is seen in a plain yellow font below the lighthouse. The company name now zooms out from the bottom of the screen. The sun, now a lighter shade of orange, is seen rising up from behind the lighthouse as the logo finishes. Bylines: Below the name, one of these three bylines appear below the logo:
- December 8, 1994-October 3, 1996: "A TURNER COMPANY", with a copyright stamp underneath the byline.
- September 25, 1997-December 19, 2000: "A TIME WARNER COMPANY", with a copyright stamp underneath the byline (same here).
- March 21, 2002-July 1, 2003: "AN AOL TIME WARNER COMPANY" (No version with the copyright stamp is used.)
- Sometimes, the logo has no byline when the copyright stamp appears. This is seen on 1996-1997 episodes of Seinfeld when they were aired on NBC, pre-1995 episodes of said show in syndication and the 2004 documentary The Seinfeld Story.
- On Mission Hill, the byline and the copyright stamp were eliminated, while international airings of the show and prints on Adult Swim have the byline and the copyright stamp intact.
- On original airings of the final season of Seinfeld, the web address "www.seinfeld.com" is seen above the lighthouse.
- On the TV movie pilot of The Lazarus Man, the Turner byline and copyright stamp appear in a different font.
- On the unaired pilot for Zero Effect, it has the "AOL Time Warner" byline fading in without the copyright info.
- The FX TV series Lucky has an almost still version of the logo with AOL Time Warner byline with only the water shimmering.
- "Copyright © (year) CASTLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT Castle Rock Entertainment is the author of this program for the purpose of copyright and other laws. All Rights Reserved.". (Regular version.)
- "© (year) Castle Rock Entertainment and the National Broadcasting Company, Inc. are the authors of this program for the purpose of copyright and other laws. All rights reserved." (Used on The Single Guy.)
- On the Seinfeld final season episode "The Betrayal", the logo plays backwards with the music playing forwards.
- On the original broadcast of Seinfeld episodes on NBC during the 1996-1997 season, the logo is part of the split-screen credits and the company name and copyright stamp are very small to fit inside the logo. May have been used for other seasons.
FX/SFX: The lighthouse and the company name zooming out, the byline and copyright stamp appearing. Cheesy Factor: The Turner byline looks rather cheaply chyroned in. Also, in the version with the 2004 copyright, the year looks chyroned on. Music/Sounds: Same as above. Starting in 1996, a sped-up variant of the re-orchestrated and dramatic-sounding music from the 1994 theatrical logo is used. Music/Sounds Variants:
- Strangely, there is a low toned version of the theme.
- On the Seinfeld final season episode "The Merv Griffin Show", it's the classic jazzy theme of said show.
- On the Seinfeld S8 episode "The Millenium", the logo plays normally but ends with Newman quacking.
- On a few episodes of Seinfeld and the unaired pilot for Zero Effect, it's the end title theme.
Availability: Common. Can be seen on the SD syndie prints of old Seinfeld episodes (the late 2000s HD episodes have the 2nd logo) and DVD releases beginning with the sixth season. This logo was seen originally on late 1994-1998 episodes of Seinfeld. The "Turner" version can be found on the "Best of" Seinfeld 100th Episode VHS tape that was released in 1995 as part of a promotion with General Mills. Also appears on Mission Hill aired occasionally on Adult Swim. Also appeared on The Lazarus Man (the TV movie pilot is available on VHS from Turner Home Entertainment), Boston Common, and Movie Stars. Also appeared on Lucky, which can be found on For Your Consideration Emmy DVDs which can be bought online. Scare Factor: Same as the 2nd logo.