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Logo descriptions by Donny Pearson
Logo captures by Eric S. and V of Doom
Editions by Shadeed A. Kelly, Hoa, Bob Fish and V of Doom
Video captures courtesy of JohnnyL80 and Donny Pearson

Background

On June 14, 2007, the NBC Universal Television Group (now "NBCUniversal Television Group") reincorporated its television production arm of NBC Universal Television to its then-current name not only to focus on television production, but also digital platforms. The logo debuted on November 5, 2007. On September 12, 2011, Universal Media Studios was reverted back to "Universal Television".

(November 5, 2007-October 19, 2011)

Nicknames: "Sunburst", "Globe Dome", "The Universal Dome", "Sunburst Dome"

Logo: The logo starts on a black background with a golden burst of light (very likely intended to be the sun). Then, a half-globe motif figure, with the features of earth zooms back and "UNIVERSAL MEDIA STUDIOS" in the Copperplate Gothic typeface in place since 1990 with "MEDIA STUDIOS" under "UNIVERSAL", is below it. While that happens, the golden burst of light gets brighter, and expands, a la the 1988 ABC Productions logo.

Bylines:

  • Early 2009: "A DIVISION OF NBC UNIVERSAL" (in the all-uppercase Copperplate Gothic).
  • Late 2009-2011: "A Division of NBC Universal".

Variants:

  • Both long, short, and still versions exist for this logo.
  • The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Last Call with Carson Daly have the NBC Studios, Inc. (later NBC Studios, LLC) copyright stamp. The version on Fallon's show has a very cheap looking zoom out effect.
  • The 2010 edition of NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center has the NBC Universal, Inc. copyright stamp below the NBC Universal byline.

FX/SFX: The light expanding, and the half-globe motif showing parts of the earth. It's somewhat reminiscent of the ABC Productions logo from 1988.

Music/Sounds: A rock jingle, but rarely used because of NBC using their generic theme over it. In some cases, it uses the closing theme of the show. The logo with the real jingle can be found on Bionic Woman re-runs on Syfy, House on Fox (this being one of the only shows on the network where the logos are left fully intact), Battlestar Galactica and Eureka on Syfy, new Monk and Psych seasons on USA, and full episodes of UMS produced shows on NBC, Fox, USA, Syfy and Hulu.com.

Music/Sounds Variant: Some series, such as House, used the 2000 NBC Studios low tone theme on some early episodes.

Availability: Common. It appeared on many shows on NBC (naturally), and it also appeared on other ex-NUTS shows, such as House, M.D. on Fox. Also can be seen on cable's In Plain Sight and Kath & Kim, among other shows. Surprisingly, this logo has appeared on syndicated episodes of Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos, replacing the NBC Universal Television Distribution logo for a while. However, on later rebroadcasts of Springer and Wilkos, they would use the current NBCUniversal Television Distribution logo. It doesn't appear on USA Network shows anymore (such as Monk), as those get their own logo (for "Universal Cable Productions"). It was also seen on some of the new NBC shows in the 2011-2012 season, including Up All Night, Whitney, and Free Agents, the latter of which was based on the original British sitcom of that same name. These three shows were among the last series produced under the Universal Media Studios label and among the first produced under the newly-restored Universal Television name. However, it is seen intact only on NBC On Demand and Hulu viewings of early episodes of current seasons of current shows airing on NBC (the network airings used the 1st 2011 Universal Television logo before the split-screen credits).

Scare Factor: None.

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