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Background: Spyglass Entertainment was a production company founded by Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber in 1998 after the former left Caravan Pictures. In 2010, Barber and Birnbaum became co-Chairs and co-CEOs of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, just as the company was recovering from bankruptcy, and due to that Spyglass's releases became heavily scaled back. On March 13, 2019, Barber and Lantern Entertainment relaunched the company as Spyglass Media Group, a successor to The Weinstein Company with Cineworld, Eagle Pictures USA, and later Warner Bros. coming in as minority investors.

Spyglass Entertainment[]

(June 4, 1999-February 10, 2012)[]

Nickname: "The Spyglass"

Logo: We see an ocean environment with mountains in the background on a portable telescope. The ocean then disappears, revealing that a man is looking through the telescope to the right on the ocean background. "SPYGLASS", in Roman-esque lettering and transparent 3D glass texture, appears from behind the mountains and moves above the man. Then a box zooms out surrounding the man on a black screen, with "ENTERTAINMENT" wiped in at the bottom of the screen.

Variants:

  • On Instinct (the first movie to use this logo), "SPYGLASS" appears in plain 2D (sans glass texture) from behind the mountains.
  • On movies shot in 2.39:1 scope, the logo zooms out towards the end to fit the aspect ratio. Some movies, like Eight Below, Stay Alive, Underdog, Evan Almighty and The Love Guru use the 16:9 version cropped to 2.39:1.
  • Starting in 2010, the glass texture on the "SPYGLASS" text is replaced with a shiny blue/white 3D lettering with a golden outline, and the water ripples on the ocean are more realistic.

FX/SFX: Nice combo of live-action and CGI animation! This was done by Picture Mill.

Music/Sounds: Either a wonderful dramatic piano/string piece with 4-note synth chime tune near the end (composed by Randy Edelman, who also composed the fanfare for Spyglass's predecessor, Caravan Pictures) or the intro of a movie. On Leap Year and The Dilemma, the theme is re-orchestrated and sounds more powerful. It is in a different key, and the chime tune was absent.

Availability: Very common. It's seen on Spyglass movies from 1999 to 2012. It also appears on the company's website.

Spyglass Media Group[]

(July 26, 2019-)[]

Nickname: "The Spyglass II"

Logo: It's basically an enhanced and more realistic version of the previous logo. Like the previous logo, the ocean is reflected in the telescope lens, with the mountains being further back this time around. "SPYGLASS" is glassier/silvery and appears behind the man's telescope as opposed to the background, the ocean background is more realistic, the background becomes blue-toned as soon as the box starts zooming out. Finally, the words "MEDIA GROUP" fade in with a wiping effect, in silvery 3D, replacing "ENTERTAINMENT" from the previous logo.

FX/SFX: Stunning CGI animation. It's a fantastic update to the 1999 logo.

Music/Sounds: A new orchestration that mixes the power of the 1999 theme and the 2010 themes together, debuting on Scream (2022).

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • Sometimes, it is seen with the film's opening theme.
  • On Project Runway, the first 6 notes of the 1999 theme are heard.

Availability: It was first seen on international prints of The Current War, and was also seen on the film's US re-release. It was also seen on the trailer for Scream (2022), with its first complete appearance with theme showing up on the film proper. The television version appears on Project Runway starting with season 17. It is expected to appear on future releases from the company.

Editor's Note: This logo is a great way to bring the previous logo into the 21st century.

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