Name Game #11: Name That Brand

By Mark Skoultchi

January 14, 2009

The Name Game has stumped even the savviest brand experts. See if you can guess the famous company or product name described in each game below.

5 clues. 1 famous brand name. 0 shame in defeat.

Game #11: Name That Brand

  • Stars
  • Goldfish
  • Lions
  • Oscars
  • Bonds
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    Answer #11: MGM Studios

    At one time MGM claimed it had “more stars than there are in the heavens” (Clue #1). New York theatre magnate Arthur Loew created Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1924 by merging the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, founded by Arthur Goldfish (Clue #2) and Edgar Selwyn, with the Metro Pictures Corporation, founded by Louis B. Mayer. The studio was run by the famously sentimental and temperamental Mayer, who claimed he could not remember his real birthday and chose to celebrate it every Independence Day with an over-the-top Hollywood bash. Audiences first heard the signature roar of Leo the Lion (Clue #3) in 1928, but the studio really hit its stride with the Oscar-winning (Clue #4) 1939 releases of “Gone With The Wind” and “The Wizard Of Oz.” After producing a remarkable string of epics and musicals in the 1940s and 50s, MGM began the most successful franchise ever with 1962’s “Dr. No,” featuring a hero named James Bond (Clue #5), who preferred his martinis “shaken, not stirred.” In the 1970s MGM fell on hard times and was acquired by corporate raider Kirk Kerkorian, who sold off most of its assets to fund the construction of the MGM Grand Hotel. In 1990 Sony Pictures bought what was left of the old MGM lot and spent $100 million refurbishing it.

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