Colex Enterprises was formed on January 30, 1984 as a joint venture between Columbia Pictures Television (now "Sony Pictures Television") and Lexington Broadcast Services Company, Inc. (later known as "LBS Communications, Inc.", now "FremantleMedia North America") to distribute classic Screen Gems/CPT shows and TV movies. All distribution went through LBS. When Coca-Cola Telecommunications was created on November 24, 1986, CCT represented Colex and took distribution of some programs by Colex. The venture ended in January 1988 after the establishment of Columbia Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (now "Sony Pictures Entertainment"), and most of the library was later transferred into the reorganized Columbia Pictures Television Distribution. Currently, the name is part of Sony Pictures Television.
Nicknames: "Colex Game Music", "Merging Bars", "Star Writer"
Logo: On a black and blue gradient background two sets of three red lines come from either side and merge into one set of three. A blue "Colex" written in cursive in a white and blue gradient color, drops down onto the lines and at the bottom a four-pointed star passes, leaving behind the word "ENTERPRISES" in white.
Variant: A B&W variant of this logo was used on prints of classic SG shows in B&W.
FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The lines merging, "Colex" dropping, and the star passing, all very 1980s.
Music/Sounds: A over-synthesized 9-note tune, two pairs of four ascending notes (second higher than the last) ends with one last high note and a "ping" when the star finishes writing out "Enterprises". Sounds like MIDI music, or something out of an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System game.
Availability: Uncommon. Currently seen on several episodes of Father Knows Best on Antenna TV and on Hulu, and occasionally on other shows on Antenna TV such as The Burns and Allen Show, Hazel, and The Monkees (though on "Son of a Gypsy", this appears twice, with the 1966 NBC Productions logo in-between). This is also seen on a handful of Hardcastle and McCormick episodes as well. It previously appeared on Dennis the Menace as well, but Antenna TV's prints have it plastered with SPT. On 2000s prints of The Canterville Ghost (1986) this was retained, even after the '92 Columbia logo (and more recently, the third Sony Pictures Television International logo). What's Happening Now!! also had this logo, but the 1989 LBS logo and the Sony Pictures Television logo now appear there, and local reruns of a few first-season episodes had this plastered with the 1982 CPT Torch Lady.
Scare Factor: Minimal. The music might not sit well with people, but it's possibly a favorite of many.