Billy Gabor —Managing Director for Deluxe Entertainment’s Atlanta based operations that include Beast Editorial, Company 3, C03 Sound & Method Studios. He also continues to be a Senior Colorist for Company 3.
Gabor joined Company 3 LA in 1998 and moved to New York in 2001 to found Company 3’s original East Coast location. With the New York business expanding past its footprint, Gabor contributed to the growth and design of the new office located in Chelsea that launched in August 2010. One year later, Billy moved to Atlanta to found Company 3 Atlanta as Colorist and VP of Business Development to service the rapidly growing market. With his continued success in both commercials and features, Gabor led the redesign and build of the Atlanta facility including the addition of a full-scale DCI compliant color grading theatre for feature clients. In 2014 he was promoted to MD.
Acknowledged as one of the top Colorists in the industry, Gabor has been a part of the Company 3 team for almost 18 years. His passion, creativity and integrity for his work is underscored by his longstanding relationships with celebrated Directors and Cinematographers & the country’s top advertising agencies. Gabor has contributed to numerous award-winning projects including winners of Sundance Jury, Clio, Monitor, AICP, Cannes Lion, and Emmy Awards. In addition to his work in commercials and music videos, Gabor has colored television shows and an array of feature films, including Emmy Award winning Documentaries and Academy Award nominated Shorts.
The Atlanta tri-brand facility services span the post-production pipeline from on set/near set solutions, dailies, deliverables, archiving, editorial, final color grading, VFX & finishing, sound design and mixing. Additionally, they provide remote color critical sessions between the global Deluxe owned studios and other partner sites to enable real time collaboration between artists and clients in Atlanta and stakeholders who are in other cities.
Prior to Company 3, Billy worked at Roland House in D.C. and SMA Video in New York. He began his career with Editworks after being an intern at Bosstown Recording. He is a graduate of the Film School at Georgia State University. Gabor also studied International Business and Theater at Richmond College (American International University), London.
Ken Cook — Senior Meteorologist at YOUR FORECAST NOW
Mr. Cook spent 35 years as Chief Meteorologist for WAGA-TV/FOX5 in Atlanta. During those years, he prepared or presented weather forecasts, and warnings as necessary, five days a week, during the 5PM, 6PM, 10PM, and 11PM Newscasts.
Mr. Cook is a graduate of The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Meteorology. He has worked in Atlanta for more than 40 years forecasting the weather. For six of those years, he worked with the National Weather Service (NWS) preparing public forecasts and warnings of severe weather, aviation forecasts, fire weather forecasts, and more. He also served as the Atlanta NWS’ Disaster Preparedness Meteorologist working with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Governor’s Office, Georgia and local school systems, and as liaison with the Atlanta area news media.
He has received numerous public service and professional awards during his tenure, including the AP’s “Best Weather Cast Award”, Atlanta Magazine’s “Best Weather Forecaster—Peoples’ Choice Award”, Atlanta NATAS’ “Silver Circle Award”, State of Georgia “Governor’s Commendation”, The City of Atlanta’s “Phoenix Award”, and the National Weather Service’s “Outstanding Performance Award”.
According to Mr. Cook, “After 40+ years, I understand the vagaries and nuances of Atlanta’s weather very well. The NWS and computer forecasts are pretty good, if you don’t have money and time on the line.” This is why he has joined with Mr. Rubin at YOUR FORECAST NOW to give production and movie companies in the Atlanta Metro Area that extra edge that they need when it comes to the weather, when tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars or more are on the line during a single day’s “shoot”