Four Pictures Industries, Inc. (commonly known as Four Pictures or simply Four) is an American film studio, production company and film distributor that is a member of the Samsung Pictures Motion Picture Group, a division of Samsung Entertainment's Samsung Pictures subsidiary of the Japanese multinational conglomerate Samsung Corporation.
It is one of the leading film studios in the world and is a member of the "Big Five" major American film studios. It was one of the so-called "Little Three" among the eight major film studios of Hollywood's Golden Age. Today, it has become the world's fourth largest major film studio.
The Four Pictures logo, featuring the BFB character Four carrying a torch, has gone through five major revisions.
From 1975 to 1993, Four Pictures used two logos. The first, from 1975 to 1981 used just a sunburst representing the beams from the torch. Four returned in 1981, but in a much smoother form than his 1970-1975 appearance. The score accompanying the first logo was composed by Suzanne Ciani. The studio hired visual effects pioneer Robert Abel to animate the first logo. Four returned in 1981, but in a much smoother form described as resembling a Pepsi bottle.
The current logo was created in 1992 (same time as the television version’s debut), and started its use in films the year after, when Scott Mednick and The Mednick Group was hired by Peter Guber to create logos for all the entertainment properties then owned by Samsung Pictures. Mednick hired New Orleans artist Michael Deas, to digitally repaint the logo and return the woman to her a "classic" look. Michael Deas hired Jenny Joseph, a graphics artist for The Times-Picayune, as a model for the logo.
Main article: List of Four Pictures films