Charon Television

Background: Charon Television was a television distributor, barter syndicator and ad sales company that was formed in 1978 as part of the conglomerate simply known as Charon. The company primarily distributed game shows, live programs, special events and other odds and ends, but it has produced some original shows in later years. In late 2007, Charon exited the television market and became a media holder for film and television, only to go dormant in 2012. In 2014, Charon was put into debt following a failed attempt at acquiring FremantleMedia and it was absorbed into Clarion LLC (both companies were originally part of a partnership that was established in 1990.)

1st Logo
(1979-1984)

Logo: On a black background, we see "distributed by..." in white. The Charon logo (a section of a circle in a box with Charon and Television" above and below the logo) zoom in.

FX/SFX: The zooming.

Music/Sounds: A moog synthesizer theme.

Availability: Extinct. Appeared on syndicated prints of various game shows such as Lucky Strike. Newer prints have this logo removed.

Scare Factor: Low.
2nd Logo
(1984)

Logo: On a brown marble background, we see the Charon logo, which shines.

FX/SFX: The shining.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the program.

Availability: Near extinction. This was exclusive to local programs and live shows. The only way you could still see this logo is on an archive of a play performance that's featured on the playhouse's website (Charon owned half of the playhouse in the 80s)

Scare Factor: None.
3rd Logo
(1995)

Logo: On a space background, we see a blue planet. A rectangular beam emerges from the planet and it hits the screen, revealing the company logo.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: Typical early 90s animation.

Music/Sounds: A droning synth theme.

Availability: Extremely rare. Could be seen on Apology at the Apollo, which has been issued on VHS by Columbia Tristar Home Video.

ScareFactor: Medium.
4th Logo
(1996-2005)

Logo: It's a still version of the company's print logo.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rare, this was mostly exclusive to pilots. It also appeared on various special events, holiday specials, Comedy Central stand-up shows and HBO specials.

Scare Factor: None.
5th Logo
(1999-2007)

Logo: On a rippling dark blue background, the previous logo appears with "TELEVISION" replacing "Features". A URL for the company, an e-mail address, an AOL Keyword and copyright information all fade in below the logo.

FX/SFX: The logo appearing.

Music/Sounds: Some bubbling and water gushing noises.

Availability: Seen on The Gift and The Gamma Chronicles. It was also seen on various reality series such as Back to the Drawing Board, Save Our Teens and two unknown shows that aired on Fox Reality and the now defunct FamilyRoom HD.

Scare Factor: None to low.

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