Closing Logo Group


The Lyons Group was the original production and distribution company of the direct-to-video children's program Barney & the Backyard Gang - the predecessor of the well-known show on PBS, Barney & Friends. It was founded in 1988 by DLM, Inc. owner Richard C. Leach, the father-in-law of Barney creator Sheryl Leach. In 1994, the company re-named itself to Lyrick Studios, and would go on to produce and distribute other children's shows until 2001, when it was later acquired by and folded under HiT Entertainment.

After the name change, the Lyons name would continue to be used as the copyright holder of Lyrick's properties, Lyons Partnership, L.P.

Logo (August 29, 1988 - 1992)[]

Nickname: "The Signature"

Logo: On a gray textured background, "THE" flashes on the top left, then the "Lyons" script in turquoise (or bright blue) writes itself on an outlined square, and finally, "GROUP" flashes on the bottom right.

FX/SFX: The flashing and writing script. Simple computer effects.

Music/Sounds: A synthesized string and Irish-inspired flute fanfare.

Music/Sounds Variant: On the original 1988 VHS of "The Backyard Show", the music is the same as Kids Edutainment Video's logo variant, which is followed by Sandy Duncan (who plays Michael & Amy's mother in the first three episodes of the series) saying, "Love you!".

Availability: Rare.

  • Can be seen on tapes of Barney & the Backyard Gang, originally debuting on the 1988 VHS of "Three Wishes" and last used on "Rock with Barney".
  • The 1992 re-prints of those tapes (without any previews) also have this logo, as well as reissues of the first two episodes. Later Barney videos (as well as reissues of those videos) would contain the Barney Home Video logos.

Editor's Note: None.