AGS Media

Logo descriptions by Rauser

Background: AGS Pictures was formed in 1993 as a result of merger between Filmglobe (film producer) and ERCC (home video distributor). The company was firstly named A.G.S., which translated Active Global Services, but the long name was never used. It had main offices in UK and additional in US. In 1998 AGS purchased UK-based broadcasting studio ETS, and in 2004, started a process of merging with big American Titan Holdings. The merged completed year after, making AGS one of the successful film companies with stable presence in USA. The company also retrieved (in 2002) some assets from crashed Berlin Associates, thus creating games subsidiary AGS Publishing.



1st Logo
(October - December 1993)AGS Pictures (1993)

Nickname: "AGS Note Prototype"

Logo: We see eight green
lines making a square. A crudely drawn music note takes place over it. Below, there's A.G.S. written in green font and it also has "presented by" line above and joint ERCC-Filmglobe line below, with the year sign.

FX/SFX: None, it is still.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Extinct, originally seen only on the VHS releases of Atlas Eyes and Cat Place. Both had Filmglobe animation afterwards, but future DVD releases have these two logos replaced with newer AGS logos.

Scare Factor: None.



2nd Logo
(1994 - 1998)AGS Pictures (1994-1998)

Nickname: "AGS Note"

Logo: A ladder made of flat green plates, comes by. The camera goes up the ladder, when it zooms out and forms a figure made of eleven lines. A silver shining music note flies to the figure, rotating in process, and blasts itself inside, becoming green
. The words AGS PICTURES appear in a flash.

Variants:
  • There is a version with TELEVISION instead of Pictures, it was only seen on Welsh Hill series and a few TV-movies. It starts from the note animation.
  • Another version has HOME VIDEO below Pictures. It also features shortened animation.

FX/SFX: Ladder movement and zooming note.

Music/Sounds: An orchestral performance fading into short trumpet fanfares.

Availability: Rare. The television variant is preserved and can be seen on Welsh Hill reruns on CNV Channel. The home video variant only survives on old tapes, as early DVDs were plastered with the bird logo.

Scare Factor: Low.


3rd Logo
(1998 - 2004)AGS Pictures (1998-2004)

Nickname: "AGS Circle"

Logo: In a gray space, we see flying objects: a broken green circle and three colored rods. AGS Pictures zoom from the under right
corner and stands near the circle gap. The rods also stand still over the circle.

Variants:
  • There is a TELEVISION under Pictures, this version has the last seconds of the animation.

FX/SFX: Moving parts of the logo. Simple animation.

Trivia: The logo design was made in memory of Color Point Software, a game business partner of AGS, which was fully assimilated by Berlin Associates that year.
This logo resembles one from Color Point.

Music/Sounds: Same as before.

Availability: Uncommon, but can be found on old movies and TV series. This logo vanished from screens after the launch of Cinema Network.

Scare Factor: None.

4th Logo
(2004 - April 2005)AGS Media (2004-2005)

Nickname: "AGS Corporate Orb"

Logo: We see an brown orb with inner outline, very similar to the logo of AGS Publishing
. There is a distorted point inside, and AGS MEDIA to the right. The logo zooms in very quickly, shines two times and zooms out also in rapid motion.

FX/SFX: The logo flies, the light strike.

Music/Sounds: The whoosh sound where the logo flies, the shining sounds.

Availability: Extinct. Every net-released movie product during the time should contain the logo. It was also used in the very few short movies named Ride to Die and Terrorplane, these are the only appearances on-screen, but newer releases have Cinema Network logos instead.

Scare Factor: Low to Medium because of the rapidness.


5th Logo
(2005 - 2009)


Nickname: "The Golden Bird"

Logo: Same as that-time AGS Home Entertainment logo, but
only AGS or AGS Media words are seen below.

FX/SFX: Same as the AGS HE logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the AGS HE logo.

Availability: Extremely rare, seen in digital broadcast network or some trailers.


Scare Factor: None.




6th Logo
(2009 - )
AGS Media (2009-)

Nickname: "The Golden Bird II"

Logo: We see the bird which is a copy of 1990's Filmglobe logo
. The words AGS MEDIA are in italics near to the logo.

FX/SFX: None.

Trivia: New AGS Publishing logo has the same bird, but the head feathers replaced with a crown.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Uncommon, seen at the end of some movies internationally and on CNV Channel. Also seen on some trailers.


Scare Factor: None.