Universal Studios Inc. (also known as Universal Pictures, or simply Universal, stylized as UNIVERSAL since 1963) is an American film studio, owned by Comcast through its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal, and is one of Hollywood's "Big Five" film studios. Its production studios are at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California. Distribution and other corporate offices are in New York City. Universal Studios is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America. Universal was founded in 1912 by the German Carl Laemmle, Mark Dintenfass, Charles O. Baumann, Adam Kessel, Pat Powers, William Swanson, David Horsley, Robert H. Cochrane, and Jules Brulatour. Universal is the world's fourth oldest major film studio, after the renowned French studios Gaumont and Pathé, and the Danish Nordisk Film company.

In 1997, the iconic logo features a space atmosphere, several light rays form where it reveals the planet earth with its continents "glowing", they disappear when the company name "UNIVERSAL" arches around in front of the globe.

For its 100th anniversary in 2012, the current iconic logo is introduced. The camera pans over the earth with the sun goes behind, causing the lights on the continents to glow. The company name arches in front of the globe and the owner company byline appears below.



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