Columbia Pictures Logo

Columbia Pictures Logo

Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (CPII) is one of the most famous film production companies in the world. Founded in Los Angeles, California in 1919, it is now owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The name of the company is derived from “Columbia”, a national personification of the United States of America.


The current version of the Columbia Pictures logo depicts a lady, draped in the American flag, holding a torch. It was originally designed in 1928, having no clouds and with other minor differences. The logo was modified in 1936 with the addition of a pedestal and complete removal of the headdress that the “torch lady” wore. A color version of the logo was adapted in 1943.

Columbia Pictures presented two new logos from 1976 to 1993. Robert Abel, the legendary animator and visual effects pioneer was hired to make the animated version of the logo. The current Columbia Pictures logo was digitally designed in 1992 by graphic designer Michael Deas, who revived its “classic” feel.