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Background: Worldvision Enterprises Inc. was a television program and home video distributor established in 1973 as the successor of ABC Films after the former company spun-off because it was against the FCC regulations for a television network to distribute its programs under its own name. They primarily licensed programs from others, rather than producing their own content. When Worldvision was in operation for 10 years, the company had offices in very important cities around the world such as: NY, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, London, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Munich, Mexico City, and Rome. In 1979, Worldvision was sold to Taft Broadcasting (later renamed as "Great American" in 1987 and "Citicasters" in 1993), and was later sold to Aaron Spelling in 1988 and became part of Spelling, Inc. The transaction was completed on March 11, 1989. On April 6, 1991, Spelling Entertainment Inc. was acquired by the Charter Company, an oil refining, insurance, and communications company. Spelling and Charter merged on October 5, 1992 and Charter was renamed to "Spelling Entertainment Group". On October 5, 1993, Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation acquired a 67% stake in Spelling Entertainment Group. On September 29, 1994, Blockbuster merged with Viacom. In 1997, the production arm of Worldvision Enterprises was incorporated into Republic Pictures, and in 1999, Viacom (now "CBS Corporation") acquired the rest of the Spelling Entertainment Group, and folded the distribution arm of Worldvision into Paramount Domestic Television (now "CBS Television Distribution"). Currently, most of the Worldvision Enterprises library (the exceptions: most of the Hanna-Barbera library is owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment through Turner Broadcasting, Let's Make a Deal is now owned by FremantleMedia, and the TV movies produced by Fries Entertainment co-produced by Worldvision are owned by MGM Holdings Inc.) is owned by CBS Corporation through CBS Television Distribution and Spelling Television Inc. The movies that Worldvision syndicated, such as those from Carolco and Weintraub, are now syndicated by Trifecta Entertainment and Media, under license from Paramount Pictures. In 1999, he also died. In 1999, the company was returned, BUT in 2006 and 2011, the company was defunct again.


1st Logo (as Worldvision Enterprises) (January 8, 1973-January 10, 1976)




Nicknames: "Radar Globe", "Radar W", "Worldvision W Globe"

Logo: On a yellow background, we see a black oval-shaped globe with longitudinal and latitudinal lines wiping in upward. At the same time, a navy blue "W" is wiping in downward. The "W" is stylized such that it blends with the spherical shape. The company name "WORLDVISION ENTERPRISES INC." in the style you see here appears below the globe.

Trivia: Their slogan was "The World's Leading Distributor for Independent Television Producers".

Variants: A special superimposed in-credit variant with no animation was created to replace the ABC Films ID, with "A" placed above and "PRESENTATION" placed below. On the 1975 TV movie Hey, I'm Alive, the logo is a still shot on an orange background. Based on film quality, one variant of this logo appears in Naples yellow.

FX/SFX: The globe drawing. Kinda simple, but decent.

Cheesy Factor: The lines on the globe don't keep the same distance, which makes the design kind of ugly.

Music/Sounds: None. The in-credit is the end-title theme from Let's Make a Deal.

Availability: Rare. The in-credit scroll version was still intact on Let's Make a Deal when GSN last aired it. The still variant was recently sighted on the 1975 TV movie Hey, I'm Alive on Starz Encore Drama. Can be seen on Someone I Touched on Netflix.

Scare Factor: Minimal, unless tape hiss gets to you.


2nd Logo (1974-August 1988)




Nicknames: "Radar Globe II", "Radar W II", "Worldvision W Globe II"

Logo: Same as before, but with a red background and a white logo and text. A print stamp for "World Vision International" appears below the company name from this point onward.

Trivia: This logo was used on '70s-'80s prints of old TV shows originally aired on ABC among others. Also was the top distributor of most Hanna-Barbera TV shows from post-1979 when Taft acquired Worldvision. The print stamp on the bottom of this and the later Worldvision logos reads "Not affiliated with World Vision International, a religious and charitable organization". This was added after the charitable organization sued Worldvision Enterprises over use of the name in 1974, one of the reasons the first logo was replaced. The two parties settled, and Worldvision Enterprises was allowed to keep its name, provided that the aforementioned stamp was used in its logo.

Bylines: When Taft Broadcasting acquired Worldvision, these bylines would appear under the company name: 1979-1982: "A TAFT BROADCASTING COMPANY" 1981-1987: "A TAFT COMPANY" 1987-1988: (Bylineless; just a tiny "WVI" print stamp (Great American Broadcasting era)).

Variants: A special superimposed in-credit variant with no animation was created to replace the ABC Films ID, with or without "A" placed above and "PRESENTATION" placed below with the print included. This was also used on co-produced TV movies. A variant of the first bylineless version exists, in which the radar lines are visible through the "W". This version has been sighted on A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story and Louis Armstrong: Chicago Style on Encore Drama. Another variant exists of the first, bylineless version, in which the "WVI" print stamp is smaller. This stamp has been sighted on the "translucent W" variant, on the aforementioned Encore Drama print of Louis Armstrong: Chicago Style. On the 1977 made-for-TV movie Night Terror, the logo is still. There is also a B&W variant. On the syndicated version of The Newlywed Game from 1977-1980, the text says "SYNDICATED BY WORLDVISION ENTERPRISES, INC.". In the Throb season 1 episode "Wedding Bell Blue", after the logo forms, the globe and words are replaced with footage of the musician James Brown saying, "I feel good!".

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Same as above, but isn't as bad as some logos of the era.

Music/Sounds: Same as above.

Music/Sounds Variants: On the 1982 made-for-TV movie The Capture of Grizzly Addams, the logo had an ascending four-note jazzy Fender-Rhodes electric piano theme, which was the inspiration for the jingle to the 1988 Worldvision logo. On '80s international prints of classic H-B shows, a generic variant of this logo with the H-B "Box" logo theme was heard. In the 1978 made-for-TV movie Little Mo, the drum roll from the Mark VII Limited logo is extended to play over this logo. On an '80s print of an episode of Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, part of the H-B "Swirling Star" theme plays over the logo. On season 9 episodes of The Love Boat on Pop, the music from the next logo is heard as a result of reverse plastering.

Availability: Rare. It appears on The Streets of San Francisco on Me-TV. The B&W version was last seen on few B&W episodes of Combat! on ALN (now Youtoo), and the color version is seen on the final season of Combat!, as well on current prints of classic TV movies and mini-series like Holocaust, followed by the CBS Television Distribution logo. The in-credit was last seen on GSN reruns of Let's Make a Deal. Check old tapes to find this on Hanna-Barbera shows as well. The first version (no byline) was recently sighted on A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story and Louis Armstrong: Chicago Style on Encore Drama.This was also even spotted on at least one episode of General Hospital from around 1980 or 1981 during SOAPnet's General Hospital: 50th Anniversary marathon. This was also spotted on a few recent final season Me-TV reruns of The Love Boat. It also made a surprise appearance on an episode of Hong Kong Phooey on the Saturday Morning Cartoons - 1970s, Volume 1 DVD set. It was also seen on Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince (except episodes 1, 11, and 12) where it is retained on DVD releases. When the infamous Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos was rerun on Adult Swim, this logo with the Taft byline was intact as well. Recently, this logo has been sighted on a Season 4 episode of Highway to Heaven on British TV channel True Movies.

Scare Factor: Same as the 1st logo.


3rd Logo (September 1988-May 26, 1999)



Nicknames: "Radar Globe III", "Radar W III", "Worldvision W Globe III", "Whoosh Globe"

Logo: It's only a warp-speed variant of the 1985 Worldvision Home Video logo, except the Worldvision text emerges from the front and both layer themselves into position as the background fades to black. "HOME VIDEO, INC." is replaced by the thin white text "ENTERPRISES INC." The radar globe then shines and the same "WVI" print stamp (in much smaller type) fades onto the bottom of the screen.

Trivia: This logo was used on 1990s prints of pre-1973 ABC shows, but also applied to the Hanna-Barbera (until the cartoon studio's sale to Turner Broadcasting in 1991), Republic Pictures Television (after 1996), Weintraub Entertainment Group, Carolco Pictures (the company distributed their films to TV as part of a syndication package) and Spelling Television libraries, among others. Also appeared on some first-run syndicated programs, such as the first 3 seasons of Judge Judy.

Bylines: When introduced in 1988, there was no byline present (like the chyroned version of the previous logo it replaced). After Great American Broadcasting (the former Taft Broadcasting Co.) sold Worldvision to Aaron Spelling the same year, these bylines would appear beginning in 1989: 1988-1990: (Bylineless; just the "WVI" print stamp) 1989-1994: "A UNIT OF SPELLING ENTERTAINMENT INC." Trademark symbol appears by the "Radar W" logo in 1991. 1994-1995: "A UNIT OF SPELLING ENTERTAINMENT INC., A BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" 1995-1996: "A UNIT OF SPELLING ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC., A BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY" 1996-1999: "A SUBSIDIARY OF SPELLING ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC."

Variants: There is a filmed variation of this logo. When Blockbuster Entertainment bought Spelling, their movie ticket logo unfolded below Worldvision's logo (it was briefly placed next to the globe after the Blockbuster purchase of Spelling), underneath Spelling's byline (itself having the "A Blockbuster Entertainment Company" byline underneath it). There is also a still variant of this logo. There is also a B&W variant. A stretched to 16:9 variant was strangely spotted on AMC's HD print of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

FX/SFX: The sped-up zoom-out, the layering FX on the company name, and the shining radar globe at the end of the sequence. Also, there was a quick shining wipe at the Worldvision text.

Cheesy Factor: Same as the 1985 Worldvision Home Video logo, though here the animation is crisper and a lot more smooth (at least on the videotaped variant).

Music/Sounds: The last 2 notes of "Moog Statement 14" like the Home Video logo is low pitched, the "WHOOSH" added from the Worldvision logo was shortened and toned down.

Music/Sounds Variants: Two variants of this jingle exist: one has the theme in a lower pitch and the other has a higher-pitched theme. Both low and high tone versions can be found in numerous places: for example, the 1991 logo in both low and high tones are seen on some episodes of syndicated prints of Little House on the Prairie. The 1995 logo in low tone was sighted in a few season 2 episodes of Dallas in its S1&2 DVD release. A high pitch variant of the 1996 logo was seen on a M1 channel airing of some episodes of The Love Boat: The Next Wave. Sometimes, the closing theme was used (like on some parts of The Stand) or it's silent. On the Hallmark Channel Italy reruns of Dallas, a few season 2 episodes had the 1971 Lorimar music over the 1995 variant. This is due to a poor plaster job.

Availability: Common. It's currently seen on Little House on the Prairie (with the exception of the pilot movie from March 1974, which in recent airings, has the 1979 logo) on Hallmark Channel and last aired on TV Land and on DVD (seasons 1-3 only with the NBC Enterprises and the NBC Universal Television Distribution logos following it), Pop TV airings of Beverly Hills, 90210, DVD releases and TNT airings of S1 episodes of Charmed, which is followed by the 1995 PDT logo, Syfy and Chiller airings of Tales from the Darkside, and on some international prints of earlier episodes of 7th Heaven. Also seen on the mini-series The Stand on Syfy and Chiller and on most B&W prints of Combat! on Me-TV and H&I. Seen recently on a print of Universal Soldier on Encore Action (Showtime prints use the 2003 Paramount logo instead). Also seen on The Fugitive (1963 TV series), Sci-Fi Channel prints of Dark Shadows, TV broadcasts of Carolco films, such as Terminator 2: Judgement Day,and Repossessed, and syndicated prints of Weintraub films such as My Stepmother is an Alien and Troop Beverly Hills. Surprisingly, it recently appeared on Trifecta's print of Basic Instinct before the Trifecta logo, and was preserved on a print of Three For the Road, with the 1995 Paramount logo and Trifecta logo appearing afterwards. The filmed variant was spotted on early video releases of Twin Peaks by Warner Home Video. A handful of episodes from the second season of Dallas retain this logo on the Warner Home Video DVD release of S1/S2, and it was also retained on some 1987-91 syndicated prints (followed by the 2003 WBTV logo) of the series. These are easy to catch because they are sourced from PAL transfers and run 4% faster than an NTSC standard print; Worldvision distributed the series internationally until the 1990s, when the rights reverted back to Warner Bros. On Netflix, it can be seen on a couple of S1 episodes of Melrose Place; it was also seen when MP reran on the Style network. Recently spotted on some episodes of Bonanza on its German DVD release and also appears on some episodes of said show on Me-TV. Also seen on The Rebel and some episodes of The Love Boat on Me-TV. It also made surprise appearances on the DVD release of The Greatest Adventures Stories from the Bible - The Miracles of Jesus and one iTunes print of an episode of Hong Kong Phooey. It is unknown if this was seen on late 1980s/early-to-mid 1990s prints of One Step Beyond, The Doris Day Show, That Girl, Barnaby Jones, Ben Casey, and Car 54 Where Are You?, among other Worldvision/Republic-distributed shows. DVD prints of The Key to Rebecca kept this logo (with the Blockbuster byline) intact followed by the CTD logo. It is also intact on the seasons 3-5 DVDs of The Mod Squad. The filmed version also appeared on some international prints of The Love Boat.

Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant: Low to medium for the standard version. The animation and the "WHOOSH" combined with the eerie synth and globe design may scare some. However, it is tamer than its home video counterpart. The high and low tone variants might catch you off-guard if you were expecting the normal variants. Low with the 1971 Lorimar theme. While the animation and globe can still scare some, the lack of the "WHOOSH" and the music (while creepy to some) make it overall less frightening to some viewers. Minimal to low for the silent variant. The scare factor is lower for those who are used to it.

4th Logo (as Worldvision Communications) (March 19, 1999-December 22, 2000)

Nicknames: "Radar Globe IV", "Radar W IV", "Worldvision W Globe IV", "Solid Globe"

Logo: on a black background, we see the Radar Solid Globe "W" with the word "WORLDVISION COMMUNICATIONS" and the byline "a starz company" appears to the Disclaimber.

FX/SFX: The sped-up zoom-out, the layering FX on the company name, and the shining radar globe at the end of the sequence. Also, there was a quick shining wipe at the Worldvision text.

Cheesy Factor: Same as the 1985 Worldvision Home Video logo, though here the animation is crisper and a lot more smooth (at least on the videotaped variant).

Music/Sounds: The last 2 notes of "Moog Statement 14" like the Home Video logo is low pitched, the "WHOOSH" added from the Worldvision logo was shortened and toned down.

Availability: Common. Same as the 3rd logo. Can be seen on Double Films The King and I and Cast Away and One TV Show Don't Hug Me I'm Scared.

Scare Factor: TBA.

5th Logo (November 17, 2006-November 18, 2011)

Nicknames: "Radar Globe V", "Radar W V", "Worldvision W Globe V", "Solid Globe II"

Logo: on a black background, we see the Radar Solid Globe "W" with the word "WORLDVISION COMMUNICATIONS" and the byline "a starz company" appears to the Disclaimber.

FX/SFX: The sped-up zoom-out, the layering FX on the company name, and the shining radar globe at the end of the sequence. Also, there was a quick shining wipe at the Worldvision text.

Cheesy Factor: Same as the 1985 Worldvision Home Video logo, though here the animation is crisper and a lot more smooth (at least on the videotaped variant).

Music/Sounds: The last 2 notes of "Moog Statement 14" like the Home Video logo is low pitched, the "WHOOSH" added from the Worldvision logo was shortened and toned down.

Availability: Common. Same as the 4th logo. Can be seen on Over Films Happy Feet, Tamagotchi: The Movie, Tamagotchi: Happiest Story in the Universe and Happy Feet Two and One TV Show Tamagotchi (anime).

Scare Factor: TBA.

5th Logo (January 25, 2013-November 8, 2016)

Nicknames: "Radar Globe VI", "Radar W VI", "Worldvision W Globe VI", "Solid Globe III"

Logo: on a black background, we see the Radar Solid Globe "W" with the word "WORLDVISION COMMUNICATIONS" and the byline "a starz company" appears to the Disclaimber.

FX/SFX: The sped-up zoom-out, the layering FX on the company name, and the shining radar globe at the end of the sequence. Also, there was a quick shining wipe at the Worldvision text.

Cheesy Factor: Same as the 1985 Worldvision Home Video logo, though here the animation is crisper and a lot more smooth (at least on the videotaped variant).

Music/Sounds: The last 2 notes of "Moog Statement 14" like the Home Video logo is low pitched, the "WHOOSH" added from the Worldvision logo was shortened and toned down.

Availability: Common. Same as the 5th logo. Can be seen on Triple Films Movie 43, 3 Days to Kill and New GoAnimate The Movie and Single Short Film Alpha and Omega: The Big Fureeze and One TV Show Tamagotchi Friends.

Scare Factor: TBA

6th Logo

(2016- )

TBA!!!