Wide Media (Eutomnia)

Background: Wide Media is one of the largest private media companies of Eutomnia. It launched in 1985 with two television channels, WIDE-1 and WIDE-2. The later amount of divisions and bought companies has later made the company into a major player in the country's stocks.


1st Logo
(1994-1998)

Logo: On a background full of shining multicolored lights, we see the dark "WIDE" word being revealed. A lens flare appears once it's illuminated. "WIDE MEDIA CORPORATION (C)____" fades in below.

Trivia: This logo was based off the identity used by WIDE-1 since 1993.

FX/SFX: The lights, the logo being revealed.

Music/Sounds: A calm piano theme, with a shining sound.

Availability: Ultra rare. Was found on English and Afrikaans language shows from the country like Alledaagse Seuns (Everyday Boys), The Side of Eutomnia, talk/reality/game shows, and others from that time that aired in either of the two WIDE networks. Nowadays these shows aren't being reran and now are preserved by people who recorded VHSs of these shows in the past.

Scare Factor: Minimal.



2nd Logo
(1998-June 6, 1999)

Nickname: "Red WIDE"

Logo: We see a white background with two blurry turned-on TVs playing footage, and the copyright stamp "Wide Media Corporation (C)____". A red light comes out from the right and spirals to the center, as it flashes and transforms into the 3D shining word "WIDE", above the copyright.

Variants:
  • On a few soap operas, there was no copyright stamp.
  • A longer version exists.
FX/SFX: Everything.

Music/Sounds: An airy synth.

Availability: Ultra rare. Was used only for a year and now it currently only appears on reruns of 1998-1999 soap operas.

Scare Factor: Minimal.



3rd Logo
(June 7, 1999-October 23, 2001)

Nicknames: "The Wide Oval I"

Logo: We see a moving purple galaxial background with a blue oval moving up and spinning. A wide grid then wipes in by lights behind the oval as a white light appears and engraves the word "WIDE" on it. The grid wipes out as the "WIDE" turns golden and "MEDIA" appears by lights on the same oval. The copyright stamp (stylized like before) fades in below in white.

Variants: Similar variants like the previous logo.

FX/SFX: Everything.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous logo.

Availability: More common than the previous logo. Can be seen on reruns of their soap operas, and VCDs/DVDs of shows of the time.

Scare Factor: None to minimal.



4th Logo
(October 24, 2001-August 12, 2004)

Nicknames: "The Wide Oval II", "Looking At The Window"

Logo: We see a group of people in a dark office room looking at the window, one of them points at it. We cut into another view where the forming logo can be seen near the window on a big city. Blue lights are seen forming the oval, which later fills in. "WIDE", in gold, zooms out letter-by-letter into the left of the oval. "media" wipes in two times (the first time it wipes in the outline) next to the "WIDE". The finished result flashes, and the copyright stamp fades in below.

Variants:

  • The shorter version has the part with the group of people cut.
  • The copyright notice may appear during the whole logo.
  • The copyright notice may not appear in a few shows.
  • The copyright notice may be replaced with the company's URL.
FX/SFX: Excellent combination of CGI and live action.

Music/Sounds: A digital theme that later changes into a brass note.

Availability: Scarce. Again, seen on reruns of soap operas and home video releases of some of their TV shows. The URL version is however extinct and only appeared on news shows.

Scare Factor: Minimal.



5th Logo
(August 13, 2004-October 8, 2007)

Logo: Three silver stripes move in from the right, and we follow them. They reach into a big particle of right, in which the lines start to surround it. When the particle of light stops being visible, it flashes into a black model of the Earth. The sun suddenly appears behind the Earth. We zoom out and a black rectangle wipes innext to the Earth, while the italic "WIDEMEDIA" (WIDE is gold, MEDIA is blue) spins in letter-by-letter. The copyright mark and year fades in below.

Variants:

  • The copyright/year may not appear in a few shows.
  • The URL replaces the copyright/year on news shows.
FX/SFX: Excellent CGI.

Cheesy Factor: Not cheesy, but the result looks like something you should see in the news instead of regular programming.

Music/Sounds: A remastered version of the previous logo's music.

Availability: Scarce.

Scare Factor: Minimal.

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