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Background: Group M was a company of MTM Broadcasting, a division of MTM Enterprises. The parent company was also in fact named after its founder, Mary Tyler Moore. MTM Broadcasting was established in 1975 with the introduction of the commercially licensed TV station, KMTM Los Angeles. This company did not have a standard animated logo until 1980. In 1995, Group M Productions was renamed and reincorporated as Mimsie Entertainment after the merger between MTM and Hexagon Broadcasting.


1st Logo (1976-1980) Nickname: "Mimsie"

Logo: We see a chyroned in-credit text "Produced by MTM ENTERPRISES BROADCASTING" (in MTM's corporate font; "Peignot" is actually the name of a modern facsimile) with the MTM logo, consisting of a gold circular ribbon with a orange cat (named Mimsie) inside, positioned either above or below the company name.

Variants:

  • There is a version with the words "GROUP M" on top of Mimsie, and "in association with" at the very top of the screen. "MTM Enterprises Broadcasting, Inc." is written below.
  • A Group M print logo with "GROUP M" on the side of Mimsie had shown up in end-credit rolls around 1975.
  • There is a theatrical in-credit variant with the world "FILMS" below the logo.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.

Availability: Rare, near extinction. the standard Group M print logo was used as an in-credit ID It is retained on Elephant Home Video's VHS set of the infamous run of November 1971 Mike James Show episodes co-hosted by Ringo Starr.

Scare Factor: None.


2nd Logo (1980-1984)

Nicknames: "M of Doom", "Red M"

Logo: On a plain black background or in the end credits, we see an abstract M, in red, zooming in, similar to Shaw Bros.' "The Big S" logo from the 1970s. As the logo stops into place, yellow text that says "GROUP M PRODUCTIONS" (in the Peignot font) appears underneath the design with the MTM Broadcasting byline below the text in a white Impact font. Bylines:

  • 1980-1982: "MTM BROADCASTING, INC."
  • 1982-1984: "MTM BROADCASTING AND CABLE, INC." (they were a leading cable TV operator in the early-to-mid 1980s)

Variant: On some shows, the logo is completely still.

FX/SFX: The "M" zooming-in.

Music/Sounds: None or the closing theme of the show.

Availability: Extinct. Appeared on MTM News. A still version appeared on the first season of The World of Lisa Frank (syndicated by Group M in the U.S.).

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The darkness of the logo, as well as the zooming "M", may scare a few.


3rd Logo (1984-1988)


Nicknames: "The Grids", "The Shining M", "The Flashing M"

Logo: On a black background, three rows of about 20 blue-silver lasers come from three sides of the screen (the top, left, and right sides), which meet in the center to form the red abstract "M", which now sparkles and shines. The words "GROUP M PRODUCTIONS" in yellow, fade-in underneath.

Variants:

  • On some shows, there is a copyright stamp fading in underneath.
  • In other cases, it's superimposed.
  • There exists a version with ivory text.
  • Referred to as "MTM BROADCASTING PRODUCTIONS".

FX/SFX: The scanning lines, the shimmering M. The animation was produced by Calico.

Music/Sounds: Just a low 9-note synth tune.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • There is a short version with only three notes of the logo theme.
  • There is also a version with the closing theme of the show plays over instead of the usual music.
  • There is also a silent version.

Availability: Ultra rare, near extinction. Can be seen on the second season of The Amazing World of Lisa Frank on DVD and VHS. Originally appeared on MTM News. Still intact on the TV movie Lost In Paris when someone decides to air it.

Scare Factor:

  • Low for the regular version.
  • None to low with the closing theme of the show.
  • Low to medium for the silent variant.


4th Logo (1988-1992)

Nicknames: "Laser Lights", The Laser M"

Logo: On a blue background, we see red-orange laser lights shooting toward a blue rectangle with cropped-off corners forming a red-orange M out of it. As the rectangle zooms up and swings around toward us, it zooms up out of view, and the "M" is fully revealed, which shines a bit and glows red. The text "GROUP M PRODUCTIONS", written in the same color and font as before, fades in below.

Trivia: The animation was produced by Holstein.

Variants:

  • There is a short version of the logo that only plays the last half of the animation.
  • Referred to as "MTM BROADCASTING PRODUCTIONS".

FX/SFX: The lasers drawing the "M".

Music/Sounds: A fast-paced warbling synth tune sounding like the KHBG logo, which ends in a single synth horn note. It may be silent in other cases (like on Dave Gila's Home Again), or uses the closing theme of the show.

Availability: Very rare; currently found on 1988-1991 episodes on VHS and all DVD releases of The World of Lisa Frank from Kittensgate Home Entertainment.

Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:

  • Low to medium. This logo may not be scary to most, but it may scare people with its synth music.
  • Low with the closing theme of the show.
  • Minimal for the silent variant.


5th Logo (1992-1995)

Nicknames: "CGI M", "Turning M", "CGI Red-Orange M"

Logo: On a black background, we see CGI crimson wedges that flip into place and form the abstract red-orange Group M logo. The text "GROUP M PRODUCTIONS", in a dull yellow color and a plain sans serif font, fades in below.

Variants: Two other names used on this logo include:

  • "MTM BROADCASTING PRODUCTIONS"
  • "MTM BROADCASTING INTERNATIONAL" (for international distribution).

FX/SFX: The merging wedges.

Music/Sounds: This logo contains two very good variations of music: one is a three-note ascending chime tune (Group M version), or an excellent majestic orchestral/synth tune, which was similar to the now defunct American Broadcasting music used on its owned television stations (MTMBP and MTMBI versions). Sometimes, the closing theme of the show plays over.

Availability: Extremely rare. The Group M version can be seen on the 1992-1994 seasons of TWoLF, the 1994 international prints of Crazy Racer (whenever any network airs it) and as for MTMBI, it can be seen on the 1993 remastered version original 1967 version of Crazy Racer on DVD and internationally.

Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:

  • None for the chimes music.
  • Minimal for the orchestral theme. The MTMBI theme may unnerve some people.
  • Low with the closing theme of the show.
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