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Logo descriptions by Kris Starring and Jason Wuthrich
Logo captures by Eric S., Shadeed A. Kelly, V of Doom and Livin'
Editions by Shadeed A. Kelly, V of Doom, WizardDuck, mr3urious, and DaBigLogoCollector
Video captures courtesy of MachineryNoise, Eric S., mcydodge919, and dimalysyi

Background

Fremantle International (also known as "Fremantle Corporation" and not to be confused with "FremantleMedia") was a British-based production company founded in 1952 by Paul Talbot. In July 1994, All American Communications acquired interest in the company from Interpublic Group of Companies. All American Communications was acquired by Pearson plc. in 1996. When Pearson plc. sold Pearson Television to CLT-UFA in 2000, the companies merged to become "RTL Group" on July 25 and by renaming Pearson Television to its current media conglomerate name; "FremantleMedia" in 2001. Today, Fremantle International is an in-name-only distribution division of FremantleMedia now known as "FremantleMedia International", a sub-division of the RTL Group, and is 90% owned by German media conglomerate, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA.

(1971-1991)

Nicknames: "Glitter of Doom", "Space Lights", "Spacemantle", "Sparklemantle"

Logo:

  • Opening: We fade from black to see many sparkles (Representing stars in space) twinkling throughout, as the camera zooms back from them as two copies of the word "FREMANTLE" (one yellow and the other red) fly from the right and left sides of the screen. As we stop zooming, the copies converge forming an orange "FREMANTLE", which shines, and the yellow word "International" flashes in at the bottom. After two seconds, the word "presents" fades in at the bottom. The whole thing fades to black.
  • Closing: On the black background, the phrase: "A FREMANTLE International presentation" fades in. The spinning reflective lights shines at the random places on the phrase. A light crawls across "presentation". Afterwards, the text fades out.

Vairants:

  • Opening: The short version exists, starting from the word "FREMEANTLE" already converged.
  • Closing: The short version exists, starting where the spining reflective lights shines. The phrase disappears after the light crawl.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: This logo has '70s written all over it, with the glittering lights and synth tune.

Music/Sounds:

  • Opening: A synth tune that begins with a slow desecending "UFO sound, followed by the calm sweep at the end.
  • Closing: A 3-note synth chime, much in the manner of the sweep in the opening version.


Availability: Scarce. Seen on the international VHS releases of Loving. This could still appear on a few Fremantle-produced shows during the '70s in Canada, as well on syndicated and international prints of S1 episodes of Baywatch. This logo may not pop up on current episodes of Baywatch on More Than Movies in the UK and it could be plastered by the FremantleMedia logo.

Scare Factor:

  • Opening (Full): Medium. The creepy synth tune, sudden zoom, and outdated FX may scare those unfamiliar with this logo.
  • Opening (Short): Low. Similiar as above, without the zooming.
  • Closing (With logo music): Low. The creepy synth tune and outdated FX may still scare those unfamiliar with this logo
  • Closing (With closing theme): Minimal. Similiar to above, with the theme changed.

(1991-1994)

Nickname: "Fremantle in Space"

Logo: In space, we see the planet Earth, where a satellite swerves around the globe. We zoom past the earth and the satellite comes up from behind it. The satellite shoots lasers from its antenna, forming the words "FREMANTLE" in 3D and gold. The text shines.

FX/SFX: The satellite passing by, the lasers.

Cheesy Factor: The planet is very pixelated, and inexplicably has a purple glow around it, and the animation is unconvincing.

Music/Sounds: A majestic fanfare accompanied with an echo voiceover saying "FREMANTLE!" at the end.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on Baywatch episodes from the era.

Scare Factor: Minimal to low. The darkness and the echo voiceover may surprise and scare.

(1994-2003)

Nickname: "The Fremantle Satellite", "Hubblemantle"

Logo: We fade from black to reveal the footage from the forst repair mission for the Hubble Space Telescope, recorded on December 2nd, 1993. We see the telescope. Then, it fades to a shot of two astronauts on a mechanical arm; what exactly they are doing is not easy to make out, but it kinda looks like they are unplugging something. Then, it fades to another astronaut letting go of a metal panel, and the satellite fades away except for the metal panel, which remains on the screen in front of the Earth. The panel flips around to reveal a red rectangle with "FREMANTLE" in a white Trajan Pro font on it. A shining effect oocurs and freezes on the "R". The whole thing fades to black.

Trivia: The footage is from the first repair mission for the HST on December 2, 1993. You can view the video here.

FX/SFX: Mostly live action, but the panel animation is CG.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Music/Sounds Variant:

  • In the later days, the echo

voice-over was omitted, making the music ends early before the logo fades to black.. Availability: Scarce. Recently resurfaced in the U.S. on FamilyNet re-runs of The Adventures of Black Beauty. Seen on the UK VHS of Penn & Teller: Don't Try This at Home! The logo also appeared on international prints of Home MoviesRyan's HopeGrace Under Fire, and 1990s-2001 episodes of Baywatch.

Scare Factor:

  • Early: None to minimal. This logo is very majestic and fantastic, but the echo voiceover may be still startling to some.
  • Later: None. This logo is still very majestic and fantastic, without the echo voiceover.

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